The Apple IIx, early precursor of the Apple II GS, was killed because we
didn't expect to sell 20,000 units per month. Thankfully, the GS was revived
by a small group who truly believed in it. And thankfully, they were unhindered
for enough years that the OS evolved as much more stable and superior to
the Mac platform in many ways, on just a fraction of the machine.
The GS and it's various op sys incantations gave meaning to many of today's
enthusiasts like yourselves.
The Apple II will live forever, in the hearts of people who can smile while
they work, and in the heart of every computer that is a joy to use.