Published November 08, 2010 by Steve Donovan
"You're right to say he's no businessman, Mr. Potter!" -George Bailey, It's a Wonderful Life I think we sorta knew that it was a crap shoot. We wanted to give every person/business a chance to work with us. We put together one of our little movies about creating Holiday Video Greetings. It was a pretty horrible idea. We are offering Holiday Video Greetings for $249.99. We put it out there just in case somebody wanted to make movie magic. In fact, we're probably losing money by creating these. Worst business decision ever. BUT, it is an offer made to you because we want to work with you.
We love what we do and we're looking for opportunities to work with a wide range of clients in a wide variety of ways. This was another way of trying to work with you. We want to help you see how fun and effective this work can be. Was it a great business decision? No. It was a good idea because we're always trying new ways to bring you here to try to put video to work for you, like it has for dozens of our clients. We want to be remembered the same way George Bailey remembers his father. As the guys who made a fun, effective project possible. It's not exactly the Savings and Loan business but we're trying to make video accessible to all.
Just a minute - just a minute. Now, hold on, Mr. Potter. You're right when you say my father was no businessman. I know that. Why he ever started this cheap, penny-ante Building and Loan, I'll never know. But neither you nor anyone else can say anything against his character, because his whole life was - why, in the twenty-five years since he and Uncle Billy started this thing, he never once thought of himself. Isn't that right, Uncle Billy? He didn't save enough money to send Harry to school, let alone me. But he did help a few people get out of your slums, Mr. Potter, and what's wrong with that? Why - here, you're all businessmen here. Doesn't it make them better citizens? Doesn't it make them better customers? You - you said - what'd you say a minute ago? They had to wait and save their money before they even ought to think of a decent home. Wait? Wait for what? Until their children grow up and leave them? Until they're so old and broken down that they... Do you know how long it takes a working man to save five thousand dollars? Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you're talking about... they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my father didn't think so. People were human beings to him. But to you, a warped, frustrated old man, they're cattle. Well, in my book he died a much richer man than you'll ever be. -George Bailey, "It's a Wonderful Life"
What are you waiting for? Watch Tweedee Video Holiday Greetings!