Jim Thompson, the founder and chairman of logistics giant Crown Worldwide, celebrated his 75th birthday this year by doing 75 pushups in just 47 seconds, according to The Jersey Journal. The feat was accomplished in front of Thompson’s cheering employees at the company’s headquarters in Hong Kong on Wednesday. “It’s become a tradition and creates quite a stir.” Thompson said in a press release. “I managed to get through 75 with no problems this time so we’ll have to see how long the tradition continues…I don’t know if I’ll be able to do 100 at 100 but I hope I’m around to try.” [CNBC]
Last Friday was the Bridgwater founder’s birthday– did you wish him a happy or even pause to commemorate the moment he came into this world? Or did it go by unnoticed, unremarked? Start thinking now about how you’re going to do better next year. At three-days out, we’ve already missed the window for coming in with a belated phone call or text. Read more »
No? Then educate thyself:
- 1509: Henry VIII marries Catherine of Aragon.
- 1919: A horse named Sir Barton becomes the first of his kind to win the Triple Crown.
- 1947: The US ends WWII sugar rationing.
- 1948: Nat King Cole’s “Nature Boy” spends its 7th week at number one.
- 1956: A star is born.
Some people are such founts of generosity that on their birthday, they think not of themselves and what they will receive, but rather of how they can brighten the days of others. Charles Gasparino is one such selfless, gallant human being. On this special day, January 28th, the 50th anniversary of his entrance into the world, Mr. Gasparino has chosen to present us with a priceless gift: the secrets of his success. Print them out, mark them up, use them to advance your own cause, or simply give thanks to the god of journalism for his magnanimous spirit. Read more »
Howard Stern Has A Dream That Involves Leon Black Asking Him Why, If He Hasn’t Been Drinking, Does His Breath Smell Like Beer?By Bess Levin
“Leon throws some good parties, because Leon’s worth like twenty gazillion, like twenty billion or something crazy, and for him, you know, a billion dollars is like ten dollars to us,” Mr. Stern said on his Monday show on SiriusXM Radio, following Black’s 60th birthday party in Southampton. Mr. Black sits on the company’s board…Mr. Black had his backyard transformed into a faux nightclub setting, constructing a wooden deck over his swimming pool and building a tent for Mr. John’s concert. After a buffet of crab cakes and steak, partygoers sat on couches with big puffy pillows. They watched Mr. Black’s four grown children deliver touching toasts to their father, including a poem by the youngest son. “Oh, I wish I was Leon Black’s child,” Mr. Stern said on Monday. [Dealbook]