The genius who headed up the CNR at that time was Hunter Harrison. (pictured right above) Each year Hunter would invite a few junior executives to his seminars at the Breakers in Palm Beach. He held these seminars so he could teach his successful railroading philosophy to the staff, hoping to catch them on fire. However, it wasn’t all work, the attendees also got to play a little golf.
On one very special occasion, Jamie, who you can see in the photos, looks much younger than his forty-something years, got to play in a foursome with Hunter. On the first tee, Hunter said to him, “Hey kid, on this hole you need to go as long as you can but keep it to the left.” Jamie hit a perfect shot. On the next hole, Hunter said, “Nice shot back there kid, but even though this hole is a par three, you may want to hit it short and chip onto the green. There’s a bunker on the left and water on the right making it a narrow entrance to the green.” Once again Jamie hits the perfect shot and ends up in the middle of the green and so it went for the rest of the round.
Jamie finished one under which kicked Hunter’s ass but also got him invited back to every seminar from then on.
Ron Below: Payola isn’t illegal… but not reporting it on your taxes is. (Get Out Of Jail)
Geo: Damn! that info is a little late in coming, Ron.
Art Vuolo: Joey Reynolds has been preaching this exact same sermon for the past ten years, but (seemingly) nobody is paying attention. Next week there will be a ton radio people attending the NAB/RAB Radio Show, the biggest convention for the radio industry. Everyone will be patting each other on the back and proclaiming how great things are. I love radio with a great deal of passion, but realistically I agree with this entire piece and about WLTW Lite FM (an appropriate name) and the relationship to WCBS-FM. Did Bob know that BOTH are programmed by the same man…Jim Ryan? It’s true. As long that the profit column is longer than the loss column, expect nothing to change in the foreseeable future. Truly a sad commentary. (Radio? It’s Over)
Joel Thompson: Love it! You gotta get the movie rights. It beats WYRK all to hell. (The Future Is Now)
Heck…TV was supposed to quiet down commercials a year ago. Did it happen? The agencies and broadcasters have done nothing! The FCC has done nothing! Network Promos have gotten even louder! No Guts. No Innovation. No Creativity! DEAD! (Freedom Of Speech)
Roland Blaquiere: Congratulations Cami. We’ve never met in person but I feel I’ve known you all your life. Your dad and I go back 60 or so and I’m glad you kept his life a happy one, along with all the rest of his family. If you continue to stay the course that you have been on, I’m sure you will keep your dad young and happy with all the great things in your life that he is so proud of. (Camera Graduates)
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