The editor of AdAge, Scott Donaton, thinks the four inductees to the AAF's Hall of Fame are gutless and ball-less for not directly addressing the issues he, in his esteemed wisdom, believes are causing "earth-rattling change in the business in which they were pioneers." Nice to know that he does give a "free pass" to Henry Luce, Time Inc. founder. In his Gatsby-like prose Donaton lets Mr. Luce off the hook with his classy "After all, he died the year I was born so I wasn’t expecting much in the way of a speech."
He's right though, these guys are ball-less and gutless. I mean as I group they only founded the first national newspaper, Al Neuharth of USAToday/Gannett, created a multi-billion dollar ethnic-specific entertainment company, Robert L. Johnson of BET, started one of the most successful and important media empires of our day, Henry Luce of Time, Inc. (posthumously) and ran one of the most recognized brands for over 10 years, Donald R. Keough of Coke. Yeah, a bunch of wimps. It's not like they ever wrote for a trade journal. We hear that Scott's piece for next week talks about how Bill Gates was nothing more than a lazy coder who didn't have what it takes to graduate Harvard.
Now to be fair. We've met Scott and he's a decent guy and his stuff tends to be pretty decent. He's certainly upgraded the quality of writing at AgAge, not that there was anywhere else to take it.