by Norman Horowitz
George Blaud died a couple weeks ago. He was my friend and colleague for over fifty years.
The fulcrum of our relationship was probably Screen Gems/Columbia, but our relationship transcended these organizations.
I want to tell one particular story about George that took place in London about thirty five years ago. Continue reading “Twinkle Toes George”
by Norman Horowitz
I am the product of the industry in which I have worked for 50+ years. In fact, the only insight I can bring to anything is not based on my intellect, but rather on my experiences in life in general, as well as the Air Force and the business of television.
I grew up watching my father run his small dress manufacturing business at 1385 Broadway in New York. To me, he was to me the ultimate operating executive in that he knew everything he needed to know to run his business. Everyone who worked for him had a job to do (including my Dad). He had no “formal” business training, yet he ran a profitable business for many years.
My career in the entertainment industry started as a part-time, minimum-wage shipping clerk and messenger for the editorial department of Screen Gems Television in New York. In the intervening years, I became a functioning operating and sales executive. Although I’ve had many staff positions in the intervening years, I’m still an operating guy. Continue reading “After All, Someone Needs to Get the Job Done”
This expression is taken to mean: To do something pointless or insignificant that will soon be overtaken by events, or that contributes nothing to the solution of a current problem.
Both the Democrats and the Republicans have found it to be convenient to borrow now and pay it back later.
It’s difficult for a “film salesman” like me to hypothesize what our country’s financial situation would be, had we not been involved in wars such as Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, or spent as much as we have spent for F-35’s and F-22’s and such. I also wonder what would have happened to our once great nation, had we taxed the rich a little more in order to “pay as we go.” Continue reading “Why Don’t We Just Rearrange the Deck Chairs on the Titanic?”