Category: History

The Spontaneous Christmas Truces

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The odds are pretty good that you’ve never heard of Bertie Felstead. And yet, when he died in 2001, the New York Times, the Economist and many British newspapers published articles about his life. Most folks who get famous do it when they’re young. Then they fade from view and we hear about them again only when  »  Read More

That was then

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John Baldoni asked me a provocative question when he interviewed me on his podcast. He asked me what had changed since I started in business more than half a century ago. John’s question has stayed with me since he asked it. I’ve had some time to reflect on it. Here is a longer and better answer than I gave John at  »  Read More

The Spontaneous Christmas Truces

  |   History

The odds are pretty good that you’ve never heard of Bertie Felstead. And yet, when he died in 2001, the New York Times, the Economist and many British newspapers published articles about his life. Most folks who get famous do it when they’re young. Then they fade from view and we hear about them again only when  »  Read More

How three men in suits made Apollo 11 a success

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October 5, 1957 was mild for October in New York City. I usually don’t remember the details of weather on a specific date, but that night was special. My family and several other people went to the roof of our apartment building and scanned the skies for Russia’s Sputnik, which had been launched the day before. The  »  Read More

When the crisis comes, it is too late to prepare

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Bishop Hanns Lilje was imprisoned by Hitler but I didn’t know that when I met him. For me he was a genial man who laughed often. I considered him one of my father’s many German pastor friends. Then I read his book, The Valley of the Shadow. That book is no longer in print, but in a few pages it told about  »  Read More

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