Published December 15, 2009 by Dan Presser
Over One Million Served… There is much ballyhoo and hoopla around the Tweedee office these days, and it’s not just because of the holidays. For one thing, Mac Chorlton, our rangy and esteemed VP of Business Development, won the fan basketball shootout at the half-time of the UW vs. Marquette basketball game!
In honor of his big win we’re all wearing terrycloth headbands and high-tops all week. Mac will be selling autographs later this month. And, there’s more hoo-ha! Last week, Gregg wrote about our Turkey Testicle Festival video closing in on one-million views. Definitely a seminal event here at Tweedee. Well, the tote board is flashing and the big band is playing. As I write, nearly 1,060,000 viewers have watched. The power of a good story lives! (Probably didn’t hurt that the word “testicle” is in the title, either.) Sandy Kowal and Carrie Cokins will accept their Gold Tubee Awards at a ceremony to be arranged when we get around to it. Plus, Sandy won the informal office pool on when the video would hit a million. What a month for her! Now, she’s on jury duty.
Speaking of a good story… Earlier this month, I took my 11-year old son to see Disney’s A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey. We both enjoyed it. More than 150 years after it was written, the story and lessons in Dicken's classic still hold up for the young...and the less-than-young. Like many of you, I’ve seen and read the story before. This time, one exchange between the Ghost of Marley and Scrooge has been clinging to my brain like ice dams to the eaves of my house. Scrooge says to the shackled Marley, “But, you were always a good man of business, Jacob.” The Ghost angrily replies, “Business! Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!” For me, those words are a great reminder of why our business exists in the first place. They carry even more weight during a time when so many are so focused on the next dollar...often with good reason. But, our relationships with people are at the core of everything we do. Thanks for being one of those people!
And, finally... Our next Tweede-E-News (video newsletter) does homage to our own Ghosts of TV Christmases Past. If you grew up watching your local network affiliate, our video will bring back holiday memories. Stay tuned to our website...and Happy Holidays!