One of the beliefs instilled in me at an early age was that
whenever possible a family should dine together. During our
precious mealtime we will talk about the events of the day.
On day in 1989 we were sitting around the table sharing
stories when I pointed out that I had been in a meeting with
Jaclyn Smith. Four years earlier this star of television’s
Charley’s Angels had been hired by Kmart to develop a line
of clothing for career-oriented women.
On this particular day she was visiting Kmart’s International
Headquarters in Troy, Michigan, with her husband,
filmmaker Tony Richmond. They were introducing the
newest collection of apparel to be sold under her name.
I had dashed into the meeting where seating was auditorium
style, grabbing the first empty seat I came upon. Shocked, I
noticed Richmond was sitting directly in front of me with
Jaclyn to his left.
Kidding was not uncommon at the dinner table, so I
embellished the story.
After giving the facts just mentioned here, I added. “You
know, honey, I think she kept looking at me.”
My wife, Betty, was quick on the uptake and played along,
“Well what’s not to like. She won’t be able to get you out of
It was good for a laugh at the time, but several days later it
took an even more comic twist.
Another dinner and another chance to milk the humor.
“Did you hear the news?”
“No,” Betty replied.
“It was on the radio,” I added, “Jaclyn Smith’s people
announced today she had filed for a divorce.”
“I told you she could never be happy with him after meeting
you,” quipped Betty.
Of course there was no truth to the story other than my sitting
behind them at the meeting, but we still laugh about it to this
- Morale #1: There is humor all around us.
- Morale #2: Leaders need to laugh..
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