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Michael Eisner, the outgoing head of Disney, has just published a memoir titled "Camp."
The book is "a 182-page, all-kumbaya-all-the-time ode to Keewaydin, the idyllic Vermont getaway where he spent the summers of his youth on the shores of Lake Dunmore. It was at Keewaydin, Eisner writes, that he learned the value of mutual respect, teamwork and leadership, along with such enduring life lessons as "Help the other fellow" and "Be a fair winner and a good loser." (via LA Times)
I haven’t read the book, but this is what I imagine Chapter 3 to be like, subtitled "The CEO of Bunk 15":
It was another beautiful morning in Camp Keewaydin. I could hear the Vermont birds. I took a deep breath of the fresh air and remembered all the fun I had the day before while boating on Lake Dunsmore. I looked for Stu’s latest comic book collection at the foot of the bed, but it wasn’t there, like he promised.
That was not acceptable.
I called out to my bunkmates and they promptly gave Stu a wedgie and hung him from the rafters. Stu said that he just wanted to finish his Archie comic book before he turned it in to me. I told him that when I say something is due Saturday and it isn’t — don’t bother coming to the lake on Sunday. He cried "Uncle" and said that his mother was sending him a care package with Hostess cupcakes — and I could keep the whole box.
"And you’re going to make my bed for the entire month?"
Now, that was more like it!
"And no whistling while you work!" I added.
What good times I had at Camp Keewaydin. Everything I learned about being a leader and CEO began during that perfect Vermont summer.