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The Wisdom of Stanley Flink
Richard Gottlieb -- Toy Industry Expert Richard Gottlieb -- Toy Industry Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: New York , NY
Tuesday, August 11, 2020


The man in the above picture with Marilyn Monroe is Stanley Flink. He is my life partner, Wendy’s father. The fact that he had a close relationship with Marilyn (Joe Dimaggio once grabbed him by the lapels and threatened to beat him up) should tell you all you need to know about why you need to listen to what Stanley has to say.

But there’s more, far more. Stanley served in World War II, worked as a reporter in Hollywood in the 1950s, went on to found the theater magazine, Playbill, in London in the 1960s, and eventually ended up as Head of Public Affairs and Communications for Yale University. While there he taught a course in ethics and the media. Stanley is not done, his publisher has just released his new book, “Due Diligence and the News.” Stanley is 96 years old.

Those are, of course, just highlights of a life that is very much in forward motion. Stanley’s experiences (Nixon, William Randolph Hearst, Howard Hughes, Marian Davies, and, of course, Marilyn) are too many and some are too daring for me to tell you about here. Let’s just say that he has some great stories.

So, you may ask, why am I writing about Stanley Flink? What does he have to say to me? Quite a lot.

His granddaughter, and the aforementioned Wendy’s daughter, was married over the weekend. Stanley wrote her and her new husband a note that carries such wisdom that it deserves to be shared with the world. Here is what Stanley wrote:

Dear Newlyweds, Huzza for both of you. It would seem you trained for this event and actually discovered that you had a future together. You begin in troubled times and I hope you will think of your country and its vanishing ideals along with your private aspirations. I wish you all the best in the journey you are on—good health, rewarding work, a sense of humor and the capacity to enjoy your family and friends. My only advice, drawn from nearly a century of trial and error, is this: Make each day productive in mind and soul, and remind yourself that there is probably no greater achievement than kindness in whatever you do. Which is not to say that you should neglect laughter—at yourself, at the foolishness of human arrogance, and because it makes each day better.

Richard Gottlieb

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