I have made lots of mistakes, some bigger than others, some I have learned something from making them, and others I wonder if learned anything.
But this morning I was scanning the N.Y. Times, and came upon this article, e.g. TV Showman, Once Exiled, Returns With Video Site TV Showman,
What leaped out at me were some pretty interesting quotes:
“Stephen Chao — who was fired from a top position at the News Corporation after, in separate incidents, hiring a male stripper to disrobe at a company meeting and nearly drowning Rupert Murdoch’s dog at a party — plans to announce on Wednesday the formation of a Web video company that he hopes to build into an educational alternative to YouTube.”
“Mr. Chao is an expert at getting attention, but it will be difficult to top some of his previous stunts. Once, during a party at Mr. Murdoch’s home, Mr. Chao nearly drowned his host’s purebred puppy after throwing it in a swimming pool to see if it could swim. Mr. Chao then had to jump into the pool, while in a business suit, to save it.”
“But a fiery relationship with Mr. Diller, the head of the network, overshadowed that experience. The two executives had a hard time living down an incident when both were at Fox in which Mr. Diller hurled a videocassette at Mr. Chao with such intensity that it created a hole in the wall. Mr. Chao framed that section of the wall.”
“What made him want to return to the public eye?
“You can’t spend all your life surfing,” he said.”
So, having never met Chao, it might be fun to meet a guy who embarrassed Dick Cheney, almost drowned Murdoch’s dog, had Barry Diller try to sink a videocassette in his head, and then spent time being a surf bum, and now wants to be a Web 2.0 star.
Is this a great country or what!