I feel like I'm living in a real-life Simpsons episode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZGIn9bpALo
> jumped ship to the Mac when the Lisa tanked.
Jobs was taken off the Lisa team before it even shipped (he joined the Mac in 1982, the Lisa did not ship before '83)
> The OS X technology was written by NeXT before Apple bought them.
Of course, what would have been the point of buying NeXT otherwise? NeXT was founded by Jobs.
> iPod (etc.) was a design win and a business win, but Jobs just helped hire good people.
Most of them he actually brought with him from NeXT (the NeXT acquisition has often been referred to as a takeover). Or he found rotting inside Apple itself (Ive had been working for Apple for 5 years before Jobs came back and put him in charge of Industrial Design). And Jobs's main role has never been to be in the production trenches (it's easy to see that from Folklore.org), I don't understand what you're trying to achieve taking down irrelevant strawmen.
> But seriously- the man was a front man for great technology that people use.
What you're trying to achieve is apparently being high as a kite.
That's like saying the iPod developers just helped write code, or the iPod designers just helped design. Hiring good people is huge.