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Author archive for Bob Allen

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    Disney’s 100th Anniversary

    October 19, 2023

    It has been fascinating to see the range of narrative on the hundredth anniversary of the Walt Disney Company....

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    How Making Something a THING Happen

    March 1, 2021

    Let’s start with this: I don’t think there is anything special called “Immersive Entertainment”. This is the most blatant...

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    The Art of The Steal

    February 22, 2021

    As I get older, I find I read more biographies. I guess when you have more road behind you...

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    Poetry is Essential

    January 25, 2021

    Poetry is to language what a fine brandy is to grape juice. It is refined, distilled, and concentrated. It...

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    Conjuring Sacred Space

    December 28, 2020

    In contemplating Lessons From Live Performance, I had to think for a while about what I thought a “live...

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    Using What You Have

    November 23, 2020

    Improvisation immediately drives me to music. I spent a good deal of my life as a “musician” but I...

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    Caliban and the Mask of Villainy

    October 19, 2020

    Here, I presume a reasonable lay-person’s familiarity with Shakespeare. Fair, I think, and if you know but two of...

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    The Next Normal

    September 28, 2020

    The Next Normal My  grandparents never completely let go of the Great Depression. Mistrust of banks, obsessive frugality and...

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    No Boundaries

    August 3, 2020

    When I was 9, the walls of my bedroom were covered not with hot rods or pop stars. They...

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    May 28, 2020

    It would be irresponsible and cruelly glib to imply that the Covid-19 pandemic has not been difficult, and that...

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    I Pledge…

    July 19, 2019

    For the last 3 years, we’ve been engaged in a project that could, if it is successful, have transformative...

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    Coming of Age

    July 1, 2019

    At the turn of the century, out of the chaos of a chilling economy and the double punches of...

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    Happy Continuation to A Great Idea

    May 1, 2019

    The park now known as Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a name I have never gotten quite comfortable with, turns 30...

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    What Burns?

    April 17, 2019

    I am not a Catholic. I am not even a Christian in the way that Christians define themselves. I...

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    Creativity, Innovation, Life and Death

    March 18, 2019

    Simply getting older-participating in the entropy attendant to a certain number of solar orbits-confers nothing. Even the much-vaunted acquisition...

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    Making Up The New Year

    December 27, 2018

    We have made up something called “The New Year”. TNY happens arbitrarily on December the 31st at midnight. Don’t...

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    August 22, 2018

    In our Zen tradition, we learn from the Buddha’s perspective that there is no-coming, no-going. That is a teaching...

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    Good Old Systems

    May 15, 2018

    A while back, I discussed (politely, with just a light dusting of snark) what I call the “danger of...

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    Cultural Exploration

    May 1, 2018

    Travel broadens you, they say. Well, exploring other cultures doesn’t always require a passport. I spent the weekend at...

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    Me and Mrs. Bush

    April 18, 2018

    In the early summer of 1992 I got a call from my boss. “Bob, I need you and your...