I posted this question on Ask Different a few days ago. In this short time, it became very popular and got over 25 upvotes. However, a moderator put it on hold for "being off-topic". I have the highest respect for the specific moderator in this case, but I just wanted to put it to Meta, are questions on Apple history on-topic or is the Ask Different forum just for practical questions about Apple hardware/software?
Firstly, thank you for your involvement and contribution to the site. I hope you find it to be a valuable resource!
With regard to your question, although it wasn't me, I agree with the Moderator's decision here. The question you asked is certainly interesting and a great discussion topic, but it's not well-suited for the main Q&A site.
The main Q&A site is designed for questions from users who have a practical problem they are trying to solve with their Apple product or service.
For questions such as the one you asked, we do have a chat room that allows for more general discussion.