Out of the Blue

Variety, among other outlets, is reporting that Sumner Redstone is dead at 97. Sumner was my boss on some level, as I was at MTV when it was acquired by Viacom. I never met the man personally, but have always been struck by an anecdote about him from someone who did. As mentioned in the obituary, he suffered serious burns in a hotel fire. The way the story was told to me, shaking with him was surprising by the hard-edged scars on his hands. His hands were scorched by the fire as he hung from a window ledge. His intense will to live that allowed him to hang on as his hands burned and his enormous success in life seemed to go hand-in-hand, so to speak. I always found this tale to be quite inspirational, as well as a bit intimidating.

Determined Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.