Standing for Last Man Standing

This ain’t Walt Disney’s company any more. It really hasn’t been for some time. I don’t think that is news to anyone who has been paying attention. The recent examples of Disney CEO Bob Iger choosing to put political correctness and possibly his own political aspirations ahead of the interests of maximizing stockholders’ value and carrying forward the legacy of Walt Disney prompted me to compose this post.

Walt Disney

I have tremendous respect and admiration Walt Disney and all he accomplished and created for the company that now bears his name. His influence on entertainment and technology in the 20th century and beyond is second to none. That has not changed. I do believe he would have steered the company in a different direction than it has been headed the last several years. That is pure speculation on my part but it is based on a pretty good understanding of who Walt Disney was and the values he wanted his company to promote.

I remember…

I remember a time when parents could turn the TV to The Disney Channel and trust they would get wholesome family entertainment for their children to watch. That is no longer the case.

I remember a time when you could go to Walt Disney World and expect to have a family experience without alcohol and the issues that often arise where this is served. That is no longer the case.

I remember a time when you could take your family to a Disney movie based on a classic fairy tale with confidence it would be wholesome family entertainment with a moral lesson or two, good would defeat evil and the ending would be “happily ever after”. That is no longer the case either.

I think I remember when ESPN covered sporting events and the commentary was related to the sporting event and its participants, not that particular announcer’s political or social agenda. That has not been the case for some time and was part of reason for the recent ESPN layoffs.

Nostalgic

I admit it. I am nostalgic for those earlier times and am sad they will never return. I am one of those people who could spend the entire day on Main Street USA in Walt Disney World and consider that a wonderful day. There is a lot of truth in this Walt Disney quote.

“That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don’t remember what it’s like to be twelve years old.” ~ Walt Disney

Maybe a lot of people do actually believe this quote but misunderstand its meaning. He didn’t mean people should act like a 12-year-old. There are a lot of people doing that. He meant if more people lived with the wonder, curiosity, innocence and sense of fun of a 12-year-old the world would be a better place.

Meanwhile back to the reason for this post

In case you missed it ABC recently announced the cancellation of its 3rd highest rated show after it had received its highest ratings ever in the most recent season. That show was one of my favorites I looked forward to watching every week and it is called Last Man Standing.

As a…

As a Disney stockholder, I am angry because ABC cancelled their 3rd highest rated show without even entering into negotiations with Fox. This was not a good business decision for Disney or its stockholders. Shows with high ratings bring in high advertising revenue. That is good for business.

to cancel the show as it obviously does not line up with the corporate liberal philosophy of Disney and its subsidiaries. When giving the show a less than desirable time slot on Friday night, which it proceeded to dominate, didn’t work they had to do something.

As a Christian, father and conservative I am sad characters like Mike Baxter can no longer be portrayed positively in today’s entertainment world and especially on a Walt Disney Company network. Mike Baxter is a successful businessman, a husband, a Christian, a father with a sense of humor and also a conservative. Not all family members share his conservative beliefs. Yet, they work through their differences and all get along and support each other as families should do, despite their differences.

That says a lot about ABC and the society we live in today.

What if this was still Walt and Roy’s company? What would they do?

I believe Walt would have looked at the traditional family being portrayed and the fact it was entertainment the entire family could watch, laugh with, learn from and even cry with from time to time. That IS the Walt Disney entertainment brand legacy. The decision would have been a no-brainer for him. Politics would not have been a consideration at all and he only considered the financial details after the entertainment criteria was met. Then he would have told Roy to make the finances work. Unlike many of their other ventures, this one would have also been a no-brainer for Roy. ‘It’s our 3rd highest rated show on the network.’ He would have probably done his due diligence to see if terms could be improved and then he would have gladly given it his approval and stamped it RENEWED.

Sorry, just my nostalgia kicking in again. Now back to today.

Petition to save Last Man Standing

There is a petition at Change.org to Save Tim Allen’s Show “Last Man Standing” with almost 350,000 signatures when I last checked so I know I am not the only one who feels the same way about the cancellation of this show. I really don’t expect ABC to bring this show back but am hopeful some other network might. It would have to be done soon because I expect the actors are now all looking for new work or getting an opportunity to do something they have had on hold due to working on the series. They are all professionals and will all be fine. I will be fine too. It is a TV show after all. I just wanted to share my thoughts on the illogical business decision and true motivation behind this cancellation.

We all have choices

As a consumer, I realize a 55-year-old white male is probably not the primary target market for the sponsors of this show but this is one viewer from that demographic who is seeing fewer and fewer of any ads on Disney, ABC and ESPN networks. The Walt Disney Company and its advertisers have choices and so do I. I am sure my one consumer vote is not a concern of Disney or its sponsors.  It is obvious, however, based on over 350,000 people, so far, taking the time to sign an online petition I am not the only one who feels this way. Maybe our collective stand for Last Man Standing will be noticed.

Until next time…

Originally posted on Peculiar Perspective on 5/19/2017

I don’t run marathons…however

I have never run a marathon, never really had any desire to. To me running is not fun or something I want to spend time doing. However, I do know people who have run marathons and half-marathons and I am amazed by their drive and persistence in accomplishing this feat.

I was reminded of this again this morning as I saw some tweets on twitter about the Walt Disney World Half Marathon being over today. This brought back memories of last year at this time when we were there.

My wife, Sharin,  completed her first half-marathon.2013-01-13 05.07.44

On the next day my daughter Amy, running with her friends Meggie and Anne, completed her first marathon.2013-01-13 12.45.48

I am still amazed and in awe of these achievements as I know they are far from easy and often painful and discouraging. The thrill and sense of achievement one feels after achieving this feat should never go away.

If you have completed one of these events and have lost that feeling of pride in your accomplishment, go back and think about all the sacrifices you went through to get there, days you did not want to get out and run, days when you were unable to run due to a nagging injury your doctor recommended you rest until it got well, days when it was raining and cold, or both, and you ran anyway. Look at any pictures you have of you with your medal after you finished and just be proud of what you accomplished.

Regarding those tweets I found myself congratulating people I didn’t even really know. I have followed @runDisney on twitter since last year and saw the posts and just felt like congratulating them. They deserve it. That is the thing I wanted to emphasize with this post. Even if you, like me, have never even considered running a marathon or half-marathon I encourage you to go watch one. Find a spot near the finish line and just watch. I guarantee you it will be something you will not soon, if ever, forget.

You will see all different types of people and all different types of stories. Everyone has one. You will see young people, middle aged people, and older, seasoned, people. Seeing them push through those last few steps and yards to reach the finish line will inspire you. Some will make you laugh. Some will make you cry. All will make you cheer and by doing so you can share in their accomplishment.

If you are considering running either a half-marathon or marathon I read a book recently called You Can Go the Distance by Bruce Van Horn. I recommend this book to runners and non-runners alike. You will probably learn many things about how to prepare and run a marathon. You will also learn many things about how to run this marathon we are all running called life. One of the quotes from the book makes this point, “Marathon training is like life; it requires that you train in all conditions for all situations.”

I am not going to suggest or recommend you start preparing to run a marathon since I have no direct experience or desire to do so myself. If you are considering it though I say go for it! You will be glad you did. If you are looking for a good first marathon experience check out http://www.rundisney.com. Disney does know how to make anything fun and interesting and they don’t disappoint with these events.

If running is not your thing, I do understand that. I do recommend you go watch one sometime though. It will change your perspective for any future marathons you see in the news. Find someone you know training or running one and go support them.

Congratulations to all runners running this weekend or if you have run and completed one of these in the past. Be proud of your accomplishment and use the lessons you have learned about running and yourself in all other areas of your life.

Until next time…

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