Charlie Rose meets Ted Turner

My grandmother’s 2nd marriage (actually 3rd but we don’t talk about that one) was to a man named Lawrence Gassenheimer. He was an amazing entrepreneur. He made lots of money during the depression by being in cash and owning hotels. When my Grandmother married him, he was probably around 75 years old. He had never had kids in his life, so the 3 of us (my brother and my sister) were a bit overwhelming to him. He made a real impact on me. He had a saying about being old. He liked it because he felt that anyone over 75 and anyone under 6 could basically say anything and get away with it. He lived by that.

Last night, I saw Charlie Rose interview Ted Turner. I can see that Ted Turner lives by that principle too. He is probably the best entrpreneur ever. He was brutally honest last night. He had more one-liners during that interview that had me howling. Nothing that someone hasn’t thought about but he has the balls to come out and say it. He was fantastic. He talked bluntly about his sale of CNN to Time Warner. The relationship he had with Jerry Levin. Why he is giving his money away. How he has been humbled in the past 5 years. How important it is to restructure the government. How we should give to people less fortunate and change the education system. You name, they touched upon it. You can probably see the interview on PBS in the next few days. Absolutely worth watching.

Turner was out there. He gave people something to think about. He reminded me of my step-Grandfather. Bold, brash and in your face honest. I only wish more people who are involved in running this country and large Fortune 500 Companies had the wherewithal to look at themselves every morning and really speak the truth. Obviously, Ted Turner does and has. I applaud that.