G&G – The Heart of an Angler – Andy Mill, Chris Evert’s ex-husband, transformed himself from an Olympic class downhill skier to arguably the best Tarpon fisherman in the world. This is a great story of someone who has lived a fascinating life.
BusinessWeek – Can a Plastic Owl Explain Global Trade? As part of a much-hyped effort to bring factory jobs back to the U.S., Wal-Mart persuaded tiny Dalen Products, of Knoxville, Tennessee, to shift production of the garden scarecrow back home from China. The only catch: not many jobs followed.
Revisionist History – My Little Hundred Million. In the early ’90s, Hank Rowan gave $100 million to a university in New Jersey, an act of extraordinary generosity that helped launch the greatest explosion in educational philanthropy since the days of Andrew Carnegie and the Rockefellers. But Rowan gave his money to Glassboro State University, a tiny, almost bankrupt school in South Jersey, while almost all of the philanthropists who followed his lead made their donations to elite schools such as Harvard and Yale. Why did no one follow Rowan’s example?