1 - It was with a mixture of pride and excitement tinged with sadness that we said good-bye last week to our able and fun event coordinator -- and dear friend -- Libbie Johnson. In case you haven't heard or read it in the paper, Libbie was named Executive Director of Polk County's Economic and Tourism Development Department at last week's Polk County Commissioners' meeting. Libbie is definitely the person for that job. I knew when I offered her our position back in May that we might lose her to bigger and better things, and is was definitely worth it to have her with us for a while. Libbie has committed to helping see us through the rest of this year's events, and we will be following her new role with supportive attention.
2 - Steve Jobs died last week. What an amazing mind he was. He was one of those rare creative geniuses who was able to marry art, functionality, and good business. As chairman and CEO of a company that made just a few products, all of which worked seamlessly together, he demonstrated how focusing on doing one thing extremely well can lead to great things, both for the creator and for the user. And he was an example of the great American comeback story: after being kicked out of the company he co-founded, he was invited back 16 years later. Applying the wisdom of age and experience -- and defying plenty of naysayers -- he turned Apple into the powerhouse it is today. He was a very special man, and he will be sorely missed.
3 -Last week, iIn keeping with its recent roller-coaster pattern, the stock market again reversed its pattern of the prior week, this time gaining a couple percentage points. The market is always unpredictable, and we won't be surprised if the topsy-turvy disorder continues for some time to come.
Enjoy your week!