“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”
– Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci – or more commonly
Leonardo the hyper creative inventor, artist, engineer, etc born on this day 23
generations ago in 1452, in a town within the former Republic of Florence.
“A company is stronger if it is bound by love,
rather than by fear”
– The late Herb Kelliher, co-founder in 1971, and former
CEO of iconic Southwest Airlines (NYSE code LUV)
“Music is a lady that I still love because she gives
me the air that I breathe. We need all sorts of nourishment. And music
satisfies and nourishes the hunger within ourselves for connection and
-Cat Stevens (age 71) who recently played in Christchurch
Happy New Year and welcome to 2019.
In this age of uncertain Presidential behaviour it’s
worth observing that 76 years ago on this day in 1943, the first ever flight on
US Presidential business landed. A significant, risky 4 day event which enabled
Franklin D. Roosevelt to meet a cautious Winston Churchill and foot dragging
Charles DeGaulle in Casablanca. (Stalin declined to come, blaming the ongoing
seige of Stalingrad).
The TWA Boeing 314 flying boat departed Miami via Trinidad (now independent) via Brazil and Gambia (now a republic). The final leg used a Douglas C-54 (military version of a DC-4) 4-propeller aircraft to land at the French Protectorate of Morocco (now a Kingdom).
Three generations later the change in technology and
geopolitics is scarcely believable. Thus we remain optimistic of continued
positive change, the trend is our friend.