Friday, January 19, 2007


Here’s an ironic line from Thomas Friedman’s 1989 book, From Beirut to Jerusalem:

"In my day, Abdul was the fixer for both Newsweek and UPI Television News, and he was the most delightful and lovable operator I have ever known. His long career as a fixer finally came to an abrupt close in 1985, when Newsweek and UPITN sent to Beirut some bureaucratic-minded reporters who did not understand that in Wild West Beirut one does not hold to the accounting standards of Arthur Andersen."


Matt E. Ryan said...


Reminds me of when Arthur Andersen had spun off its consulting services into a separate company, Andersen Consulting, and then took them to court to make them change their name so as not to live off the good will of the Andersen name. That was about 6 months before the shit hit the fan-- and Accenture probably couldn't have been happier that they lost that one.

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