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December 11, 2019

Pete Frates Boston College Star with ALS (Ice Bucket Challenge), Dead at 34


Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball star whose battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis inspired the viral Ice Bucket Challenge and raised millions for ALS research, died Monday at age 34. 
"Pete was an inspiration to so many people around the world who drew strength from his courage and resiliency," his family wrote in a statement, released by Boston College. 
"A natural-born leader and the ultimate teammate, Pete was a role model for all, especially young athletes, who looked up to him for his bravery and unwavering positive spirit in the face of adversity. He was a noble fighter who inspired us all to use our talents and strengths in the service of others."
At Boston College, Frates set baseball team records, once hitting a grand slam, a three-run homer and a double in a single game. After college, he played professional baseball in Germany and coached young players before returning home to sell insurance.
Up to bat during a men's league baseball game in 2011, Frates was struck on his left wrist by a fastball. The injury led to a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease — a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. 
Frates did not invent the Ice Bucket Challenge, but he helped it gain national attention. The idea originated with another ALS patient, Patrick Quinn, whom Frates met online and later befriended. 
The typical Ice Bucket Challenge looked like this:
Often outfitted in bathing suits or wrapped in a towel, participants would get in front of a video camera and then dump a big bucket of ice water on their heads. The soaked participant would then nominate friends to take on the challenge and make a donation to ALS research.  

Frates spread the word on social media and got high-profile participants involved, like New England Patriots star Tom Brady and Red Sox owner John Henry. Before long, celebrities like George W. Bush, Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga, Bill Gates and Steven Spielberg were making their own Ice Bucket Challenge videos throughout the summer of 2014. According to the Boston Globe, the challenge is estimated to have raised between $160 million and $220 million for ALS research. In 2016, a global gene-sequencing effort, funded by Ice Bucket Challenge donations to the ALS Association, led to the discovery of a new ALS gene.
"Our hearts go out to Frates family and Boston community," the ALS Association wrote on Twitter. "Pete Frates changed the trajectory of ALS forever and showed the world how to live with a fatal disease. His efforts to lead the Ice Bucket Challenge had a significant impact on the search for treatments and a cure for ALS."

Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn wrote in a statement that Frates embodied the university's values: courage, integrity, selflessness and a drive to help others.
"He accepted his illness and devoted the remaining years of his life to raising awareness of ALS and helping to raise money for a cure," Dunn wrote. "He is a role model for all BC students and a beloved figure on our campus."
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who made his own Ice Bucket Challenge video back in 2015, weighed in on Twitter. 
"Pete, you changed our city & our country for the better and made a difference in the lives of countless people," he wrote. "You helped us remember that we're all one family & we have to look out for one another. There's no telling how much good you've set in motion."
A year after his diagnosis, Frates was interviewed by the Boston College student newspaper, The Heights. Back then, he said his newfound role as an advocate "gives me another reason to get out of bed every day. Being part of something bigger than yourself is one of the best things you can do."

August 18, 2019

Peter Fonda Dead at 79

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Peter Fonda, whose counterculture classic Easy Rider helped usher in the New Hollywood movement of the 1970s that paved the way for filmmakers from Martin Scorsese to Quentin Tarantino, has died after suffering respiratory failure due to lung cancer. Fonda, the son of screen legend Henry Fonda, younger brother of Jane Fonda and father of actress Bridget Fonda, was 79.
The family confirmed the news of his death Friday in a statement to Yahoo Entertainment.
“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” the family said, adding Fonda “passed away peacefully on Friday morning, Aug. 16 at 11:05am at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family. The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer.
“In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy.
“And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life,” the statement concluded. “In honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom.”
According to Jane Fonda, her brother “went out laughing.”
“I am very sad,” she said in a statement. “He was my sweet-hearted baby brother. The talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing.”
Fonda was best known for his starring role 1969’s Easy Rider, which he co-wrote and produced, and which celebrated its 50th anniversary on July 14. The film, co-starring the late Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson, earned Fonda his first Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. In 1997, he was nominated for Best Actor for starring in Ulee's Gold.
Born in New York City, Fonda began acting in the early '60s. He started to make a name for himself with 1966's The Wild Angels alongside Nancy Sinatra and Bruce Dern, but his big break came three years later with Easy Rider. He was inspired to write the film in 1967 in response to a speech by Jack Valenti, then the newly appointed head of the Motion Picture Association of America who was advocating for more family-friendly films.  

"And like a TV evangelist [Valenti] says, 'It's time we stopped making movies about sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll and more movies like Doctor Dolittle,' but he's looking right at me," said Fonda in a 2013 Role Recall interview with Yahoo Entertainment. Soon after the ever-rebellious Fonda began writing the story of two drug-fueled motorcyclists on an ultimately tragic cross-country odyssey.
Fonda shared the screen only once with his famous father, in the 1979 western Wanda Nevada, which he also directed.
"A fairy tale. A perfectly written fairy tale," he told Yahoo. "I was fortunate enough to cast my dad. And he came and played for one day with us. And it was really an amazing moment for me, to be able to work with my father, to direct him and act in a scene with him. Up until that moment, no matter the success of Easy Rider, and the tremendous success of Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, these were not films that my father would understand."
"In 1978, I'm shooting in the Grand Canyon with my father, who's basically dying," Fonda continued. (Henry Fonda passed away in 1982 from heart disease at age 77.) "Any rate, it was fabulous. We had such a good time. He just did one day's work. And I was warning him he had to chew tobacco, so I had all this licorice ready for him to spit instead. I said 'I don't chew tobacco, and I don't want you chewing tobacco.' He said, 'Nope, I'm gonna do it!' You know, stubborn. And so he passed out at lunch!"
Fonda added, "I got a letter, the fifth one I ever got from him, this fabulous letter. Basically it said, 'In my 41 years of making motion pictures, I have never seen a crew so devoted to a director, and you're a very good director, Son. And I love you very much.' The first time it had been put in writing, and there it was. Signed, 'Love, your dad.' It was just amazing."

August 15, 2019

Henri Bololo Died }} "The Village People"

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Henri Belolo recently died. Not familiar with the name; you most certainly will be familiar with his most famous creation – The Village People. According to his obituary in the New York Times (NYT), “Belolo had been a music producer and executive in Morocco and France in 1977 when one night he and the composer Jacques Morali, his business partner, were at the Anvil, an after-hours gay nightclub in the West Village of Manhattan. They noticed a bartender who doubled as a dancer wearing a headdress and loincloth. As they watched, the man, Felipe Rose — who was wearing that outfit to honor his Native American father — attracted the attention of a man dressed as a cowboy.”
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  Belolo and Morali immediately saw the connect as “the characters of America. The mix, you know, of the American man.” Out of a chance encounter and vision came the Village People, a police officer, an Indian, a construction worker, a leather-clad biker, a cowboy, a cop and a sailor all became a hugely successful group at the end of the Disco Era, largely through their signature hit Y.M.C.A. The Village People were far different from anything else in mainstream music from 1977 to the early 1980s.
The Village People inform today’s topic of how business ventures are different risks than third-parties. Business ventures, whether Joint Ventures (JVs), partnerships, franchises, team agreements, strategic alliances or one of the myriad types of business relationships a US company can form outside the US, are different than the usual risk presented by third-parties under compliance requirements such as those mandated by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The problems for companies is that they tend to treat business venture risk the same as third-party risk. They are different and must be managed differently.
These problems continue to exist in places, such as China and India, where there have been a number of FCPA enforcement actions involving US companies entering these markets via a JV. They have some sort of arms-length business relationship with a Chinese or Indian company; then they move to a JV relationship and, as the final step, end up buying out the foreign partner so that they bring theJVinto the company. By the time of the full merger into the US organization, the corruption is so established and ingrained that it continues. Then it is no longer themdoing bribery and corruption; it is nowyoudoing the bribery and corruption.
Consider the business risk for JVs. It begins with the business reason for setting up the JV. The US company wants a connected, well-placed partner who can gain them influence in the foreign market. That foreign partner may be a government official, employee of a state-owned enterprise, or a state-owned enterprise itself. Mike Volkov has said, “by definition the JV relationship you are creating has risks in terms of why you are even doing business with them or even bringing them to the joint venture”. The next problem is in JV governance.
The first problem was why the JV was created but the next is how it will be created? Will it be 50/50 ownership between the US and foreign partner or something else? If its 50/50 how will you split the Board or other governing body. How will you resolve final disputes? All of these questions should be considered from the compliance perspective.
Next, what are the incentives of all the parties and what were the roles that everybody was going to take on regarding the business operation. Volkov said, “if you have a 50/50 joint venture then you would have a situation where the joint venture itself retains third-parties or distributors.” Whose third-party risk management program will be followed? What if red flags arise, who and, more importantly, how will they clear them going forward.
Next is the JV going to use lobbyists and consultants to facilitate the JV operations? The foreign partner may want to hire third parties with no US partner input. The bottom line is that this is an incredibly high risk which requires more than just third-party risk management strategies because you need to get into the guts of the business; how it was created, how it operates and then how is it going to operate.
A different situation comes into play with franchisors and international franchising. Here the issue may be one of control and you must look at the nature of the relationship between the parties in a franchise relationship. Most franchise agreements raise significant FCPA risks. They are outside the classic agent/distributor situation a business needs to take a hard look at the nature of the business venture or how it is operating, why the people have gotten together, next look at the intricacies of the business and, finally, apply a risk analysis to the entire transaction.
In addition to the following the money issues present in every business relationship, the franchisee may also hire its own third-parties, have its own interactions with foreign government regulators, need to train on compliance programs and of course have its own compliance program in place. Yet how many international franchisors have thought through all of these compliance requirements? Regarding franchising, it is both structure and oversight that are required. A company must use its full compliance tool kit in managing the relationship. Sitting back, putting compliance requirements in a franchise agreement will simply not suffice. There must be active management of the compliance risk going forward on an ongoing basis.
The bottom line is that may compliance practitioners have not thought through the specific risks of business ventures such as JVs, franchises, strategic alliances, teaming partner or others as opposed to sales agents or representatives on the sales side of the business. I hope that this will help facilitate a discussion that maybe people will begin to think about more of the issues, more of the risk parameters and perhaps put a better risk management strategy in place.
While you are considering all this, my suggestion would check out the follow Village People set list, all from YouTube.

June 17, 2019

Millionaire and Mother of Anderson (CNN) Gloria Vanderbilt Dead at 95

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Gloria with her son Anderson Cooper and Carter Vanderbilt Cooper
 Gloria Vanderbilt, a woman famed from birth as the last of a Gilded Age clan of millionaires, as the subject of a toxic 1934 child custody trial, as an early inventor of designer jeans, and later as the mother of CNN's Anderson Cooper, has died.
She was 95, Cooper confirmed in an on-air first-person obituary Monday. Cooper said she died at home with friends and family at her side. She had been suffering from advanced stomach cancer, he noted.
"Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms," Cooper said in a statement. "She was a painter, a writer, and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend. She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her, and they'd tell you, she was the youngest person they knew, the coolest, and most modern."
Over nine decades, most of them in the public eye and sometimes not in a good way, Vanderbilt's storied name could have been followed by any number of epithets ranging from sad little Gloria to shy young beauty. She was, by turns and sometimes at the same time, an artist, author, actress, fashion model, designer, creative force, philanthropist, lover, and socialite. 
She was the mother of four sons and wife to four men, who suffered double tragedies when her fourth husband died suddenly and one of their sons died.
Her relationships included the late photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks, movie star Marlon Brando and singer/actor Frank Sinatra, eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes, and writer Roald Dahl.
She was an heiress to Vanderbilt millions who made more millions decades later through her eponymous fashion brand, especially the jeans stamped on the derriere with her signature. 
Her name made headlines from the moment she was born Gloria Laura Vanderbilt in 1924, daughter of Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt, a rich and idle equestrian and a great-grandson of a robber baron and railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt. Only 18 months later she was fatherless after alcoholic Reggie died of cirrhosis of the liver at age 45.
She was left in the care of her 19-year-old mother, "Big Gloria" Morgan Vanderbilt, who with twin sister Thelma Morgan Furness preferred a life of constantly crossing the Atlantic on luxury liners, spending her daughter's trust fund money and partying in Europe's gathering spots for the rich and glamorous. Often she had her baby daughter in tow. 
By the age of 10, Vanderbilt was "Little Gloria" and dubbed the "poor little rich girl" by the press after her paternal aunt, artist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, fought her mother for custody in a court case that was a tabloid sensation for months in 1934, thanks to its salacious overtones (was "Big Gloria" a lesbian?) and its family feud details (Big Gloria's own mother testified against her).
Poor little Gloria indeed. Once cold Aunt Gertrude had won, she stashed her niece in luxury at her Long Island estate in Old Westbury, and pretty much ignored her for years. Her mother remained elusive; she had only limited visitation rights, to prevent her allegedly scandalous lifestyle from influencing little Gloria.  
Gloria's relationship with her mother suffered irreparable damage, a victim of this first-ever tabloid scandal case. It wasn't helped by the nanny who largely raised her and despised her mother enough to testify against her, too. When Gloria came of age and took control of her multi-million-dollar trust fund, Mom was cut off, and it wasn't until much later that the two reconciled (she died in 1965).
In between, Vanderbilt began studying acting, started painting, appeared in theater productions (her first, in "The Swan," inspired the logo she later used as a fashion designer) and got married – four times.
She was 17 when she went to Hollywood in 1941 and married Pat DiCicco, an agent who also had a reputation as a mobster. They divorced in 1945. (He died in 1978.)
Within weeks, she married conductor Leopold Stokowski (he died in 1977). This marriage lasted 10 years and produced two sons (and three grandchildren): Leopold Stanislaus "Stan" Stokowski, 68, and Christopher Stokowski, 67, who was long estranged from his family.
Her third husband was the late director Sidney Lumet; they married in 1956 and divorced in 1963.
She married author Wyatt Emory Cooper a few months after her third divorce, in December 1963. Their 15-year union ended with his death in 1978 while he was undergoing open-heart surgery. Their elder son, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, died by suicide at age 23.
"I love to talk about Carter, because for me, it brings him alive again," Vanderbilt said in an interview with USA TODAY in 2016. "People talk about 'bringing closure,' but in my opinion, there's never closure."
In the 1970s, Vanderbilt's name became synonymous with a lucrative fashion brand, starting with scarves and moving on to the signature tight-fitting jeans that made her even more famous than ever. Eventually, her swan logo appeared on apparel, perfume, linens, shoes, leather goods, and even liqueurs. All of this she promoted vigorously with public appearances, one of the first designers to do so. 
In more recent years, Vanderbilt has been best known for exhibits of her art and for her writing, which includes books on art and home decor, four volumes of memoirs and three novels, such as "Obsession: An Erotic Tale." 
She's also been the subject of numerous books, including the best-selling 1980 tale of the custody trial, "Little Gloria...Happy at Last," by Barbara Goldsmith, and a 2010 tome chronicling her life, "The World of Gloria Vanderbilt," by Wendy Goodman.
The Goldsmith book was the basis of a 1982 NBC TV movie by the same name that was nominated for six Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.   
But the book that has gotten the most attention recently is the memoir Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper wrote together, "The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Loss and Love," which reached No. 4 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list in 2016.
The book is an exchange of correspondence between mother and son, between a survivor of an early press frenzy and a player in what has become a frenzy-a-day media mob. It was also a companion volume to the 2016 HBO documentary, "Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper," which covers her storied life and their family history.
Together they made the rounds of TV shows to promote it, as well as a sit-down with USA TODAY. His mother, Cooper said, has had a “much more interesting life” than his
She “was dating Errol Flynn at 17, and (later) Marlon Brando and Howard Hughes and Frank Sinatra. Compared to my mom, I've led a pretty tame existence."
Plus, she approached life and loss in a different way from her son, who, since the death of his father when he was 10, became more concerned about "preparing for the next catastrophe, which I always think is right around the corner.
"My mom believes the next great opportunity is always around the corner." 

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