, 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.
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.