That anecdote lacks some power, because just about every other laptop manufacturer uses the 'logo upright when opened' orientation. It's not just an Apple thing, and it has really become an expected part of laptop design.
Huh, I just tested your theory. I just took a look at my Lenovo Thinkpad X220, a laptop I chose for functionality/reliability, not style. Logo upright for the user when closed. Went to check my wife's T410, same.
Although I use a Mac Pro (the last non-cylinder version, I like my multiple internal drive bays thank you very much), I only tried a Macbook once and I found it had quite a lot of shortcomings compared to something like a Thinkpad (the most serious problems where when using it with an external monitor, but it's a long story), so it's mostly Thinkpads since.