Pink Cadillac

“Only those who dare will drive the world forward” is a line from a new commercial for Cadillac and it got me thinking about risk takers.  Again.

In my lifetime, that would included  people like Neil Armstrong, Bill Russell, Ronald Reagan, George Carlin, Andy Warhol, Bill Gates, Condoleezza Rice, John Coltrane, Warren Zevon and Ferris Bueller.

I would suspect that early mistakes, setbacks and a mindset to succeed drove them to greatness.

Those that dare make mistakes.  Those that dare live life.  Those that dare drive the world.

Not too sure if they drive a Cadillac.

Why the above?  I’m sure your list is different and as Ferris would say “Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”

I can’t imagine what Ferris’ story would be like if he took Cameron’s VW rather than the Ferrari.

Well now…I assume all of you have seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and therefore know what I’m talking about.  I just watched it for the “lost count” time.


I’m at a convention in Atlanta and before I hit the floor I’m having a quick beverage in the bar at my hotel.  There are four people in the bar, the bartender, me and two guys at the end of the bar. One of the guys is Ben Stein, he plays the high school teacher in the movie and I start saying louder and louder “anyone, anyone, anyone”  and he waves me over and we had a great chat about politics and Ferris.



A business colleague of mine used to say “In your lifetime you will take at least two trips in a Cadillac, one when you are matched and the other when your detached.

I have said it many times before, those that offer up their soul through a creative life,  that dares to present their work before the public, are true risk takers.  Risk takers that would have no problem driving the world forward in a Pink Cadillac.

Once again I must salute risk taker John Renwick and all the volunteers and artists that have made ArtBank a great success.  If you have the time and interest take a look at

You might find it daring.

logo newIf I may also suggest you re-visit the top of the page and look at the picture and listen to  Keep me in your heart by Zevon again.  It’s the last track on this album and if you don’t know anything about him it’s a teary farewell to family, friends and fans.  The picture tells it all.

Warren Zevon knew he was dying when he began recording his final and best album and two weeks after it was released he did.

He also had a bunch of famous friends willing to help him out one last time. Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen all joined him in the studio.

Read More: How Warren Zevon Said Goodbye With ‘The Wind’ |

Warren Zevon a true risk taker to the end.

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