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Nick Nolte, reasonably famous star of TV and movies, was arrested, apparently drugged out, and the picture on the right is his "mug shot."
Here is a man, with a PR image on the left, who could have and probably did serve as a role model for some number of people.
After all, was he not a very successful movie star?
Click here for the story about his arrest.
You may not have the altitude that these prominent fallen angels have had, but you are a role model so someone, probably. At least to your children?
How will they guide their lives because of what you do?
Do you have a moral duty to behave in such a way as to serve as a useful role model?
Who would be YOUR role model in Politics?
But, people pay many millions of dollars to watch this beast perform.
It is a performance -- rigged for maximum audience interest.
The rape? Just grist for the PR mill!
It's hard to find glowing reports about this beast. Yet you cannot say that he is NOT a role model. Probably there are literally millions of black youths who see his example as a way out of the ghetto, and feel that he is the perfect role model.
Perhaps white delinquents too?
The Nevada Athletic Commission will see the perpetrator of all these acts at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Michael Gerard Tyson, former undisputed heavyweight champion, bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield's ear.
He acknowledged trying to break Frans Botha's arm.
He slugged Orlin Norris after the bell.
He knocked down referee John Coyle as Coyle was trying to protect a defeated Lou Savarese.
He failed a drug test after defeating Andrew Golota.
And he precipitated a brawl Tuesday at a New York news conference when he swung at one of Lennox Lewis' bodyguards.
The same Michael Gerard Tyson, a man whose career was derailed when he served three years in prison for rape, will plead his case for a boxing license before the commission and a national television audience at the Sawyer Building.
At stake will be millions of dollars -- potentially, hundreds of millions -- for a proposed April 6 fight at the MGM Grand.
The MGM paid promoters $12 million for the right to play host to what is expected to be the largest grossing fight in history. Lewis will be paid a reported $20 million and a percentage of the pay-per-view revenue. Tyson will make a reported $17.5 million, plus a share of the pay-per-view revenue. (source)
Do you want YOUR child to use Tyson as a role model? You wouldn't be reading this, of course, if you did.
Rape? Well, three years in prison might have made into a gentleman?
There figure to be a lot worse days ahead for Mike Tyson before there are any better ones. Almost emotionless as the verdict was read, Tyson was convicted of one count of rape, and two counts of deviate sexual conduct. Each of the three felony charges carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. As to what Tyson will get, "The presumptive sentence for a class B felony is 10 years, down to six for mitigating circumstances, up to 20 for aggravation," said Prosecutor Greg Garrison, "It's too soon to say."
Too soon to say also, perhaps, what effect this case will have on the crime of date rape. Coming on the heels of the William Kennedy Smith acquittal, this conviction could send a message to victims of date rape that if they come forward with credible stories, they can win. "It doesn't matter whether it's a hired gun from out of town, Washington D.C., or it's competent local counsel, we can still go forward with the evidence," said Prosecutor Barbara Trathen. (source)
By now you have the idea. Our national scene is filled with "heros" who are the worst of men and women.
Yet they continue to get huge media attention, therefore serve as role models.
Surely there is something better we can teach our children than to rape and bite? What do you suppose he got for that nude pose? Who paid it? Who paid to look?
Until just a short while ago Jack Welch, the retired CEO of General Electric was being lauded as one of history's greatest business statesman.
Whisked by chopper from New York City, Jack Welch arrives early at the (GE) training center at Croton-on-Hudson. He scoots down to The Pit--the well of a bright, multitiered lecture hall--peels off his blue suit jacket, and drapes it over one of the swivel seats.
This is face-to-face with Jack, not so much as the celebrated chairman and chief executive of GE, the company he has made the most valuable in the world, but rather as Professor Welch, coach and teacher to 71 high-potential managers attending a three-week development course.
The class sits transfixed as Welch's laser-blue eyes scan the auditorium. He hardly appears professorial. With his squat, muscular, five-foot, eight-inch frame, pasty complexion, and Boston accent, the 62-year-old balding man looks and sounds more like the guy behind the wheel of a bus on Beacon Hill. And he isn't there to deliver a monologue to a polite group.
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''The two greatest corporate leaders of this century are Alfred Sloan of General Motors (GM) and Jack Welch of GE,'' says Noel Tichy, a longtime GE observer and University of Michigan management professor. ''And Welch would be the greater of the two because he set a new, contemporary paradigm for the corporation that is the model for the 21st century.''(source)
Oh, how the mighty have fallen!
Literally millions of eager businessmen, hundreds of thousands of top executives, used Jack Welch as their Role Model.
There could be nothing more, higher, to aspire to than his proven record of success, not only as a manager, but as a human being.
What is it about chunky, blue-eyed middle-aged gents that turns some tough female journalists to jelly? Jani Allan, at the time South Africa’s leading columnist, risked (and lost) her platform when falling for the dubious charms of one of her interviewees, AWB Leader Eugene Terreblanche. Now the editor-in-chief of the prestigious Harvard Business Review has been forced to resign after admitting to bedding one of her subjects, 66 year old Jack Welch, former chairman of General Electric who is now almost as famous for his best-selling biography “Jack”.
Welch’s soon to be ex-second wife Jane (49) whom he married in 1989, is not amused. She is suing for divorce, has hired one of New York’s top lawyers and according to those in the know, looks like landing a big chunk of her husband’s vast fortune. According to the LondonFinancial Times, his outstanding stock options in GE alone are worth over US$900m (R10,5 bn). A big plus factor for Mrs Welch is the recent expiry of the once happy couple’s original pre-nuptial contract.
Welch’s new sweetheart, attractive divorcee Suzy Wetlaufer (42), is a mother of four. There’s obviously plenty of passion between two as she says the affair, which started last November is still going strong. It began after she interviewed Welch for a story. Wetlaufer, herself a Harvard MBA graduate (class of 1988), resigned from the editorship of the Harvard Business Review on Friday, a position she has held for the past 17 months. But the now “out of town” journalist will not leave the publication, returning for duty next month as editor-at-large – an appointment which spurred two of the senior editors to resign in protest.(source)
Now, what is his value as a role model?
I am a graduate of the Harvard Business School. I suppose she is too distant from my life for me to feel she has besmirched the reputation of MY school, or that it is too big to be hurt by one tart? Well, it is certainly not a nice thing to think about my alma mater.
A life time of achievement is wiped out by a moment in bed!
I hasten to assure you that one of the important features of the free book I will send you is that it DOES not name names of examples for either good or poor conduct. You can use the principles in this book with your own judgments and decide that YOUR DECISION is senior to mine.
|The media has a near total blackout on the first insider's view of Bill Clinton's impeachment ["Sellout" Hits #7 on N.Y. Times Bestseller List] ... David Schippers, the former Chief Investigative Counsel of the House Judiciary Committee, and a loyal Democrat, went against his party, the press, and public opinion to build a powerful case against the most corrupt President in American history and bring him to justice... [amazon] (source)|
My OPINION is that Bill Clinton was immoral. Yours may not be the same. But, the book I will send you simply says that you should behave in such a way as to serve as a good role model. If you think Clinton fits this criteria, and I don't, it would appear that we both agree on the same moral code, but differ on the criteria used to come to a final conclusion.
There is nothing wrong with our differing on such an important matter. However, when the matter is as important is this one is, then I suggest that you have a moral duty to seek out the truth of the matter. What more enhances the survival of our nation, and of individuals? That would be the criteria to use in detecting the truth and agreeing on a moral judgment about Bill Clinton.
The problem with virtually all other moral codes is that they would be very specific on things like this, and immediately lose a large number of people who might, otherwise, agree on the principal, but cannot agree on this detail.
Let us agree, per the book, that you (and I, and all of us) should behave in life so that our behavior can serve as a good role model to others.
I suspect that we will ultimately agree on the details too.
But, Bill comes to my mind as one of the worst possible role models because he was in such a high position and because he lied to the American people, and had sex in a blatant way -- violating his marriage vows.
So, he's the guy who I would vote as the worse possible role model in American Society.
Click here for dozens of references to his career.
The six-foot, one-inch (185-cm) Nebraska-born Nolte began his career on the stage and first shot to fame on the hit 1970s television mini-series "Rich Man, Poor Man," which earned him an Emmy nomination.
Nolte's other work includes "Under Fire", "Down and Out in Beverly Hills", "Cape Fear" and "48 Hours". He is due to appear in the movie "The Hulk" which is set to be released next summer.
Nick Nolte and Sean Penn starred on stage together in the Fall of 2000 in Sam Shepard's new play, "The Late Henry Moss". This was Nolte's first stage appearance in 25 years. Woody Harrelson also acted in this play. Variety said in its review by Dennis Harvey; "It's easy to imagine "The Late Henry Moss" as a pleasing 90-minute one act, its light trot through familiar authorial terrain just right for the intimate scale and potent local casting that define high-grade regional institutions like the Magic. For now, however, "Henry Moss" is more like an 800-pound gorilla: With Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Cheech Marin and Woody Harrelson providing more star power than any S.F. stage has seen in decades, this three-hour, Shepard-helmed premiere is one Big Event that both flatters and overwhelms the very modest play lurking somewhere inside." Harvey had great praise for Nick Nolte's performance though saying; "As much as any contempo U.S. male, Nolte has built a screen resume approximating a great stage actor's range, turning diverse roles into tragicomic Lears and fools. (What a James Tyrone he'd make!) He's hardly stretching here, character-wise. Nolte's character Earl is the same crumbling, dissolute lug he's inhabited many times of late (including the film of Shepard's "Simpatico"). Still, it's an act that works every time. Betraying occasional stagefright, Nolte nonetheless lends Earl a luxuriantly lived-in malaise that mines laughs in the smallest grunt, slouch or swallowed cussout. It's a terrific performance."
People magazine September 20, 1999 voted Nick Nolte as one of the worst dressed people of the year. Here is what they had to say: "Film critic Pauline Kael once called Nick Nolte a "master of the inchoate, of the mixed-up" because of his penchant for playing troubled eccentrics. But the words could apply just as easily to Nolte's fashion approach: always put together, just put together in perplexing ways, as when the 58-year-old Affliction star steps out in a cashmere trench coat and Calvin Klein pajamas.
I'm sure you can find both better role models and worse.
Good Role Models!
Paul Petzoldt's idea was simple: take people into the wilderness for an extended period of time, teach them the right things, feed them well and when they walk out of the mountains, they will be skilled leaders. The core of his idea was the extended expedition, one of sufficient length that a person could learn and practice the skills over and over again. That is the backbone of every NOLS course and today the school is widely recognized as the world's leader in the extended expedition, from two weeks to twelve. (source)
When NOLS students step into the world's wild places, they carry not only their backpacks, but also the weight of nearly 40 years of experience in expeditioning. Running any expedition successfully requires establishing goals, planning, efficiency and teamwork. During the past four decades, NOLS has raised this formula for successful courses to an art form. The NOLS way is a proven, time-tested model that is as valid and effective today as it was in 1965; the kinks were worked out a long time ago.
How proud would YOU be to have one of your children go through one of these courses. How well would HE serve as a role model in his neighborhood, or school?
Children and adults can become sports heroes to others -- without destroying the image of goodness!
How would you like to know Tiger? Is he one of the positive role models in life?