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April 12, 2010
Photo by Bill Bernstein
Cliff Robertson told us that he began acting as a way to avoid work. "I learned in third grade that if you volunteer for that stupid class play where they extol the virtues of vegetables and somebody plays the carrot and somebody else plays the bad food, you won't have to stay after school and clean the erasers," he said. "It was a way to avoid stuff you didn't want to do.
February 1, 2010
Arnold Palmer
Arnold Palmer isn't your typical business jet traveler. A curiosity about airplanes-and a fear of flying on early airliners-led him to the pilot's seat in 1956. He was just 27 then, but his aggressive play on the golf course and magnetic personality already were hinting at the greatness to come.
February 1, 2010
“A man has to be right only three times in his life. Three major decisions ha
Stephen J. Cannell arrived in a black stretch limousine for our interview at Southern California's Van Nuys Airport, where the novelist and TV show creator, writer and producer keeps his Gulfstream III and Learjet 55. The 68-year-old Cannell is handsome and elegant while also exuding a charm that can put anyone around him instantly at ease.
December 1, 2009
"The SJ30 has sea-level cabin pressure to 41,000 feet so you are a lot freshe
Morgan Freeman began acting in grade school plays at age nine. By the time he was in high school he was on the radio in Memphis. He turned down an acting scholarship to Jackson State University in Mississippi to join the Air Force, but after his military service he began a slow, steady climb to show business prominence, initially as a dancer and later as an actor in touring companies.
December 1, 2009
Attorney Daryl M. Williams not only flies clients, trial witnesses and often a videographer and court reporter all over the western U.S. in a Cessna 421C that he pilots himself-he also trailblazed his own bit of aviation law.
October 1, 2009
“Those last couple of laps it felt like my whole life kind of flashed before
An afternoon drizzle fell over the grounds of the Grande Prêmio do Brasil as the banshee wail of the fastest racecars in the world ricocheted through the team paddocks. It was November 2-the final lap of the last race of the 2008 Formula One season.
October 1, 2009
“If you drive, you get there at like six in the morning, but it’s only a 55-m
You might never have heard Mick Jones' name, but if you've spent any time near a radio since the late 1970s, you've probably heard plenty of his music. Because the founder and guitarist of the rock group Foreigner rarely sings lead vocals and also because the band touts its brand name rather than its individual members, the UK native has never become particularly well known in his own right.
September 1, 2009
“You want to have a few delicacies, and that’s enough. The same with wine. It
When the effervescent Wolfgang Puck visits Spago, his signature restaurant in Beverly Hills, he often stops by each table to greet fans of his innovative "fusion" cuisine, which blends cooking styles and ingredients from various parts of the world.
June 1, 2009
Portrait by Manuello Paganelli
As Golf legend Gary Player's Black Knight Enterprises continues to grow, his travel schedule is expanding to allow him to keep commitments all around the globe.
June 1, 2009
“My law practice started to take off and I said, ‘What I need is a Learjet.’
F. Lee Bailey argued his way into the American consciousness, having directed the defense at many of the most talked-about criminal trials of the last half century. He represented Albert DeSalvo, the so-called Boston Strangler, as well as Dr. Sam Sheppard, the man widely believed to be the inspiration for the TV series The Fugitive.

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“"How many leaders actively seek out and encourage views alien and at odds with their own? All too few...Who in your organization serves as your Challenger In Chief? Interrogating the choices you are considering making? Making you consider the uncontemplated, the unimaginable and that which contradicts or refutes your position? And also challenging you?"”

-Noreena Hertz, author of Eyes Wide Open: How To Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World