Arthur W. Page Society dinner

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the Arthur W. Page Society dinner, where I discussed trends with the industry's luminaries. Irascible former Mayor...

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the Arthur W. Page Society dinner, where I discussed trends with the industry's luminaries. Irascible former Mayor Ed Koch gave the keynote speech, which went over well. He clearly knew his audience, tailoring his comments with thoughts about interacting with the media (claiming, probably correctly, that he was never scared of them) and communications issues related to health scares. But the audience didn't seem to know itself, or didn't care about Koch's thoughts on the industry, because the Q&A session featured questions about whether or not he would run for President, what he thought of the actual Presidential candidates, and this thoughts on immigration. The latter question led to a odd seven-minute-or-so monologue about illegal immigration.

In actual news, everyone was raving about the Fareed Zakaria keynote. Zakaria is, of course, editor of Newsweek International and author of The Future of Freedom. His talk, per the Society, was about "the impact of globalization on business, economy and society." For more thoughs on Zakaria's conversation, check out Peter Debreceny's commentary on Arthur Page Society's new blog.

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