Archive for July, 2012

Yeats Must Have Been In A College Fraternity

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Last night, more than 40 middle-aged men gathered at a restaurant in Midtown Manhattan as the skies threatened a downpour but delivered humidity instead. The purpose for the gathering was simple. The bond, singular.

Fraternity boys grown into men, their hair a little grayer and their stomachs not too much wider, joined for a reunion dinner.

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Corporate History Done The Disney Way

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Happy anniversary, Disneyland!

Disneyland debuted on July 18, 1955 when its gates opened to the public for the first time.

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Corporate History and Executive Speeches

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Often, an industry event honoring a veteran executive will be a chance to see and be seen. Men sport their black tie formal wear and women wear evening gowns, cocktail dresses, or fashionable pantsuits. The air is laced with industry gossip, personal and professional. Maybe a deal is hatched over drinks at the bar.

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Do Your Employees Know Your Corporate History?

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

One of my biggest thrills was working as a consultant on an exhibit honoring Leonard Goldenson, the Founder of ABC, at the Museum of TV & Radio, now Paley Center for Media.

As a television history buff that grew up watching ABC in the 1970s, I was in my element researching ABC’s corporate history.

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Building A Corporate History Library

Friday, July 6th, 2012

A corporate history is only as good as the resources that inform it. A corporate history library, in turn, is only as good as the books that populate it.

A corporate historian may want to consider the triad approach, consisting of primary books, secondary books, and tertiary books.

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Lou Gehrig, Baseball History, and July 4th

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

On my desk, a 25-cent Lou Gehrig stamp rests in a frame nestled on a plastic stand.

It reminds me of Gehrig’s dedication to his baseball craft, reflected in 2,130 consecutive games played.

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Rural Comedy, Racism, and “The Andy Griffith Show”

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Today, the man that launched a thousand folksy proverbs passed away – Andy Griffith.

As Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show, he guided the fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina with a gentle hand, a compassionate demeanor, and a folksy wisdom.

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The Other Wrigley Field

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Wrigley Field is a baseball landmark. It thrives in nostalgia, our baseball memories contributing to its increasingly rich history.

Not that Wrigley Field, “the ivy-covered burial ground” as described eloquently yet mournfully in Steve Goodman’s song A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request.  The other Wrigley Field. The one that used to be in Los Angeles with the boundaries of Avalon Boulevard, 41st Street, 42nd Place, and San Pedro Street.

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Building An Author Platform? Always Go For the Porsche!

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

“We got the Porsche! We got the Porsche!”

I heard these words of celebration ringing on a spring night in 1986.

I was not quite 19 years old, a somewhat shy pledge at Tau Epsilon Phi, Tau Beta chapter at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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