I can't resist either. I must bring closure to part of this thread, just
in case somebody has a time machine accident or stumbles into a worm-hole
and finds themself back in 1986. :-)
There were several ways to eject a disk on a Mac.
1) Select the disk icon and choose Put Away.
2) Select the disk and choose Command-e or Eject. (Newer Finder versions)
3) Press Command-Shift-1.
4) Drag the icon to the trash.
If the normal methods weren't working, you would just hold down the mouse
button when you started up the computer. The paper clip was a last resort
for cases like a dead power supply.
If a disk got corrupted, the usual problem was a corrupted "desktop" file.
That's the hidden file with the disk content database. To rebuild this
file, you held down the Command (pretzel) and Option keys when you
inserted the disk. You'd be asked if you wanted to rebuild the desktop
file. Click OK, and most of the time you were back in business.
It goes to Jeremy's point -- to get the best results from a tool, you need
to learn as much about it as you can. E-mail lists like this help make
that easier today than it was in 1986.