Heroes of the Second World War – Discover Rishi Sharma’s Amazing Project #WWII

Since mid-October, I have essentially been on tour, launching my new documentary film and book, The Last Ring Home. In case you had not come across it yet, here is the trailer: I am now back in the saddle and … Continue reading

Rishi Sharma, 19, Capturing The Stories of All the Heroes of the Second World War (MDE218)

Minter Dialogue with Rishi Sharma After a long absence where I was away doing a tour for my new documentary film and book, The Last Ring Home, this interview is with a different kind of guest, consistent with my latest … Continue reading

Unbroken film review – Angelina Jolie’s tribute to a great spirit

The film, Unbroken, the epic story of Louis “Louie” Zamperini, was released this Christmas Day. Based on the eponymous and gripping book by Laura Hillenbrand, Angelina Jolie’s inaugural film as a director is a worthy film to see. As stated at the … Continue reading

Do you have a purpose that can drive innovation?

I wrote recently about the innovation-confidentiality conundrum and how the code or veil of secrecy can have a negative impact on the spirit of creativity and innovation. The main point of that article was to invite senior management to make sure that the degree of … Continue reading

The incredible USS Trout story …lives on through Tim McCoy

Over the last 20 years, I have had the chance to meet a number of members of the Greatest Generation. It’s been a mission (if not an obsession) of mine. My purpose for the large part has been to find and meet … Continue reading

Long-term vision with bold actions – is it your mantra?

At the Freedom & Solidarity Forum, taking inspiration from Operation Overlord and the D-Day Landings, Brian Gallagher, President and CEO at United Way, said: “We need a long-term vision with bold actions. Our endeavors must be values (or purpose-) based” … Continue reading

Arlington Cemetery – Tomb of the Unknowns Jeopardy Question with some Surprising Answers (UPDATED Aug 10, 2015)

There has been an email circulating for well over 13 years (I found a 2001 reference to this email in a brief Google search).  The email starts: “On Jeopardy the other night (MD: !), the final question was: “How many … Continue reading

Happy spring and happy birthday grandpa! RIP NMD1

Today would have marked my grandfather’s 103rd birthday. Three years ago, we celebrated what would have been his 100th birthday with a magical 24-hour global social experiment!  Here was the result by the way… Nothing quite as grand today. However, … Continue reading

Interview with Jan Thompson, filmmaker: “Never the Same, The Prisoner-of-War Experience”

Jan Thompson, Professor of Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is the producer of a new feature-length documentary, “Never The Same: The Prisoner of War Experience,” which is going to premiere this Saturday (April 6) in Chicago, at the Gene Siskel Film Center. … Continue reading

Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers: Timeless as Life itself

This week in 1938 (August 22), Hollywood’s most famous dancing duo, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, were featured on the cover of Life magazine.  With the US still in the grips of the Great Depression and with war heating up … Continue reading