Ron Brown Way
I can’t let April go by without remembering someone who was a major influence in my life. For the last 17 years, I remember April 3, 1996 as if it was yesterday. That’s the day when the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and 34 other people – 11 Commerce employees, many of whom were close friends – died in a tragic plane crash near Dubrovnik, Croatia.
I still remember what I was doing on that day. I was in my office at the Small Business Administration talking on the phone to my friend, Dan McLaughlin, who had spoken earlier that day to Lawry Payne, one of the 34 people who died in that tragic plane crash. Dan, Lawry and I worked closely together at the Commerce Department when we served in the Clinton Administration. Lawry was one of a kind. He was smart, ambitious, kind and incredibly talented. While Dan and I were talking on the phone, we both heard a breaking story about a plane crash in Croatia. We quickly ended our conversation and headed to the closest TV. Read More
I’ve always wanted to be a movie critic and get paid to give people my opinions about what I like and dislike on the golden screen. The late Roger Ebert was a masterful film critic who had a knack for summing up a movie review with ‘bald honesty’ as described by Jeff McMahon in a recent Forbes article. “The movies he loved, he truly loved. And the movies he hated, he truly hated” wrote Christopher Orr in a fantastic piece in The Atlantic.
Can you imagine if Roger Ebert had turned his critiques to the websites of government contractors? I shudder to think what he would say about this company’s About Us page: