Happy 97th B’Day Mel Brooks, b. (Melvin Kaminsky) … “We were so poor my mother couldn’t afford to have me—the lady next door gave birth to me.” Iconic Comedian, Actor, Writer, Film Maker. One of very few to win the entertainment ‘Grand Slam’ of Oscar, Tony, Grammy and Emmy awards.
His inspirational style:
  • TEAMWORK:  Famously built trust, comity and loyalty with others. Envisioned goals and worked hard to achieve them. Selflessly shared credit with others while working for Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows” in the 1950’s. His partnership with the late Carl Reiner in “2000 Year Old Man” skits, and production of “Get Smart” in the 1960’s is comedy genius.
  • TONE:  Patriotic WWII Vet; Combat Engineer who fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Mel’s courageous boundary-breaking slapstick, parodies and satire attacked social norms. “Being stupid and politically incorrect doesn’t work … You can be politically incorrect if you’re smart.” A “Mark Twain Award” recipient for contributions to society.
  • TENACITY:  Mel’s seven decades of boundary-breaking work still makes us laugh: “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “High Anxiety,” “Silent Movie,” “History Of The World, Part I,” “Space Balls,” “Robin Hood: Men In Tights” and more!

Worthy of a Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contributions to American culture!

– Rear Admiral Paul Becker, USN (Ret) is a leadership expert.  He is the CEO of The Becker T3 Group, a platform for his motivational and national security keynote speaking. A former Naval Intelligence Officer, he’s successfully led large, diverse, high-performing teams afloat and ashore in peace, crisis and combat.  In 2016, The Naval Intelligence Community established “The Rear Admiral Becker ‘Teamwork, Tone, Tenacity Award for Leadership” in his honor.  He is the President of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Non-Profit “Friends of the Jewish Chapel”

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