The first time I saw one of Bill Plympton's animated shorts was at one of the Spike & Mike Festivals of Animation. It wasn't long before Plympton's hallucinogenic adventures in storytelling were delighting audiences at the Sick and Twisted Festivals of Animation.
If he thought you were a sub-par employee, he told you. If he thought you were a B-person, he said it to your face. If he thought you were a nudge who interrupted his meeting just to get him to lecture, he told you so in no uncertain terms.
Steve Jobs, in one of his less profane moments, might have called an educational system devoid of the liberal arts, like a computer or a phone or a music player devoid of both beauty and functionality, "a piece of crap." I can't say that I disagree.
With the recent passing of the most important visionary and technology innovator of our lifetime, Steve Jobs, I am left with this question: Why can't the Islamic world produce a person as brilliant and generous as Steve Jobs?
If we do not support and preserve the segment of American higher education that provides instruction in the liberal arts we will be reducing the likelihood that we will continue to be global leaders in innovation.
As I began to reflect on the passing of Steve Jobs, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and the celebration of the opening of the King Memorial in Washington, it caused me to think back to January 1963 and the special role of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth at that time.
Focus on quality and excellence in delivering goods and services -- and ultimately, you create value for everyone who touches the enterprise -- the customers, as well as investors. Indeed, like Apple, you might change the world.
From the beginning, the creator and the creation were a single bonded brand. It is an exceptional business achievement if people think of you when they see the product and the product when they see you.
Few people know that Apple founder and icon Jobs originally came from Syria. As the news of Jobs' death vibrated throughout the globe, young technology-savvy Syrians mourned his death, laying claim to a computer genius who revolutionized the world.
Jobs imagined technology as a force to make human lives better. He took technology invented by others and through his genius as a manager and designer, translated those technologies intro transformative commercial products.
America and the world need extraordinary Americans. Steve Jobs showed us that the future belongs to those who can envision and create it and not to those who are mired in the past and define themselves by limits rather than possibilities.