This Week in Business History
Episode 49

Episode Summary

“I’ve come to much more comprehensively know and appreciate the Tina Fey I’ve seen on TV for over 2 decades. What a remarkable individual that has overcome significant setbacks in her journey. Has stuck to her own way of creating things & and her approach. And after striking it big, Tina Fey’s never forgotten how important it is to take real action to help others in need.”

-Scott Luton, Host, This Week in Business History

 

In this episode of This Week in Business History, your host Scott W. Luton dives into the business of Hollywood, in particular, the business of comedy. He learns a lot more about an individual that is fast becoming a true living legend: Tina Fey. She has famously created big-name productions such as: “Mean Girls”, “30 Rock” and “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” – – but what else do you know about this incredibly talented actor, writer & comedian. Join Scott as he shares 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Tina Fey – – including who is the only person allowed to call her “Betty.”

Episode Transcript

Scott Luton (00:12):

Good morning, Scott Luton here with you on this edition of this week in business history. Welcome to today’s show on this program, which is part of the supply chain. Now family of programming. We take a look back at the upcoming week, and then we share some of the most relevant events and milestones from years past, of course, mostly business focused with a little dab of global supply chain. And occasionally we might just throw in a good story outside of our primary realm. So I invite you to join me on this. Look back in history to identify some of the most significant leaders, companies, innovations, and perhaps lessons learned in our collective business journey. Now let’s dive in to this week in business history.

Scott Luton (01:11):

Hey, good morning, everybody. Thanks for joining us here today. I’m your host Scott Luton, and welcome to this edition of this week in business history for the week of May 17th. Thanks so much for listening to the show. Hey, before we get started today on our primary topic question for you on a related note, have you ever been a big fan of Saturday night? Live the show premiered on October 11th, 1975 on NBC posted by the one and only George Carlin. And while the writers, actors hosts, and some aspects of the delivery have continued to evolve. Many of its core elements have remained. I’ve been a casual fan for much of my life and a huge fan during some of the cast members run Chris Farley, may he rest in peace gone way too early was one of my all time. Favorite cast members, Chris Catan, Tracy Morgan, Cheri Oteri will Farrell also my favorites and for a stretch.

Scott Luton (02:10):

They’re a big part of my regular Sunday school morning was reviewing the previous nights. Saturday night live with my fellow classmates. Some shows are certainly better than others and some of the sketches are instant all time classics. We haven’t even mentioned the music yet. Legendary musical performances have been a big part of the broadcast on Sarnat lab, including the likes of the rolling stones, Kanye West Beastie, boys, Taylor Swift, queen Nirvana, LL cool J REM and many, many, many more in October 20, 20 Saturday night live began its 46th season, which certainly makes it one of the longest running television programs here in States. And while there are plenty of ingredients that give a show like that it’s success and longevity. One of the key components is the writing that goes into the show. And today we’re going to be focusing on one of the most talented writers and comedians that not only have been part of SNL’s success, but she has contributed to much of Hollywood success in the last couple of decades.

Scott Luton (03:21):

On this week in business history today, we’re going to be diving into the business of Hollywood and comedy. We’ll be discussing non things you didn’t know about Tina Fey, who is quickly becoming a living legend, stay tuned and as always, thanks again for joining us on this episode of this week in business history, PowerBar team here at supply chain. Now the first thing you didn’t know about Tina Fey, well, let’s start with her upbringing. Elizabeth STEMA Tina Fey was born on May 18th, 1970 and upper Darby township, Pennsylvania. She was a daughter of a Korean war veteran, Donald Henry Fe, Mr. Faye was said to do extraordinary work for schools, hospitals, and other agencies in need. In fact, it’s been said that he helped raise over $500 million in much needed funds. As a grant proposal writer, he tirelessly led outreach campaigns via direct mail. And other means when Donald Fay passed away in 2015, Tina established a scholarship at temple university, his Alma mater for veterans interested in studying journalism.

Scott Luton (04:33):

Tina Fey’s mother is an opiate. Jean Fe was born in Greece and according to Tina, it’s her mother where she gets her ultra dry whip from number two on our list is an early life traumatic incident that Tina Fey has had to overcome. When Tina was five years old playing out in the front yard in her neighborhood, a random stranger would walk up to her and slash her face with a knife. Initially, Tina had taught she was marked with a pin, but in reality, her face had been gashed. The individual was never called and Tina fade doesn’t really like to talk about it, but in her autobiography, bossy pants, Tina Fey says that the scar and the incident gave her an early form of celebrity. All the neighborhood kids would know exactly who she was. Tina writes, quote, adults were conned to me because of it.

Scott Luton (05:26):

Aunts and family, friends gave me Easter candy and oversize Hershey’s kisses. Long after I was too old for presence, I was made to feel special in quote, amazingly teen was largely able to block out the incident and not let it get in the way of her life journey until she was in front of the camera. Can you imagine an incident like that being part of your childhood, number three on our list, just where did Tina gain a passion for comedy and writing her family seemed to really appreciate comedy. When Tina was a kid, she recalls watching influential shows at an early age, such as Monty Python’s flying circus and the honeymooners. In fact, her father would not let the family watch the Flintstones because he thought it was such a rip off of the honeymooners. Her parents snuck her in to see the movie young Frankenstein, and they would also watch old Marx brothers movies together when she was 11 years old.

Scott Luton (06:27):

Tina read a book by Joe Franklin entitled 70 years of great film comedians. She was reading this when she was building a school project about comedy. Tina Fey has said that by middle school, she knew she was interested in a career in comedy. In fact, Tina shared with USA today that as she started to crack jokes in middle school and people laughed, she decided that quote, this is going to be my thing. I’m going to try to be that person at the party. But one of Tina’s eight grade teachers suggested that she consider comedic writing as a career path in high school, Tina would gain early writing experience. As she served as co editor of the school’s newspaper, the acorn, she wrote a regular satirical column entitled the Colonel Tina graduated from high school with honors a self-described happy-go-lucky nerd, and would go on to enroll at the university of Virginia where she graduate in 1992, with a degree in drama.

Scott Luton (07:30):

Number four on our list of nine things you didn’t know about Tina Fey, her humble start to a career upon graduation from UVA, Tina and a friend would choose to go up and move to Chicago. Tina would later describe her five years in Chicago as the most important five years of her life. She would live in Rogers park, a community about nine miles from the loop on the far North side of the city and on the shore of Lake Michigan. Tina knew her passion of writing and comedy, but she also knew that she needed a job to pay the bills. So Tina Fey would get a day job working at the Mughal, Y YMCA in Evanston working the front desk by night. She would take classes at second city and do improv comedy work at improv Olympic. Second city had been on Tina’s radar, growing up, watching SNL.

Scott Luton (08:24):

It was a training grounds of legendary comedians, such as Gilda Radner and John Belushi. It was during this time that Tina says she became addicted to improv work. Now the level set a bit and make sure we all know improv of course is short for improvisation where actors performed together without a script. But oftentimes with a theme, Tina would later say this period was instrumental to her career because it quote, tapped into the writer part of my brain and the actor part all the same time. As we all know, Tina Fey, we go on to be one of second city’s most famous alumni. And there’s a sign that hangs in our honor at second city to this day own. It is a quote from Tina that reads, there are no mistakes, only possibilities. Number five on our list, just what gave Tina Fey. Her big break.

Scott Luton (09:19):

My dear friend and colleague Greg white has said on many occasions when you’re looking for a job quote, it’s not who you know, it’s who knows you in quote, Tina Fey was gaining a ton of folks who knew her. She was asked to join the second seed touring group. And then in 1994, Tina was promoted to the second city main stage. The big time a former second city colleague Adam McKay was now at NBC’s Saturday night live, Tina thought she’d take a chance, write a few scripts and send them to her former associate. The shows producers liked what Tina submitted really liked it. They loved it. So they offered her position on the SNL writing team. And Tina jumped at it, moving to New York city in 1997. Number six on our list of non things you didn’t know about Tina Fey, just what was Tina Fey’s first SNL skit that made the show?

Scott Luton (10:20):

Well, that’s tough question. The first skit that Tina wrote that made the cut. Well, that would be a brief sketch that had Chris Farley as Sally, Jesse Raphael. Remember the talk show host with the infamous red eyeglasses. Tina Fey would appear as an extra in 1998 on camera, but it was in October, 2000 that Tina will become co-anchor of the iconic weekend update segment of SNL. Along with Jimmy Fallon, Tina would regularly sign off with a phrase use from some of SNL’s earliest comedians saying quote, good night and have a pleasant tomorrow. Number seven on our list. Let’s talk about some of the firsts that Tina Fey had at Saturday night live. When Tina was promoted to head writer in 1999, it was the first time a woman held that formal role. When Tina was chosen to become an anchor on the weekend update segment in 2000, it was the first time a woman filled that spot since 1982.

Scott Luton (11:22):

And when Amy Poehler replaced Jimmy Fallon in 2004, it was the first time the segment had a two woman anchor team in 2010, Tina Fey became the youngest recipient ever to receive the Kennedy center’s Mark Twain prize for American humor. Tina joined fellow prize honorees, such as Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin, Carol Burnett, Dave Chappelle to name a few in 2016, Tina Fey would be recognized at the annual women in entertainment event with the Sherry Lansing leadership award named after the former CEO of paramount pictures. Tina would close her acceptance speech at the event with the following advice for fellow women in business quote don’t smoke, wear a bra trust her instincts and don’t date John Mayer in quote words to live by for sure. And finally in 2019, Tina Fey would be named the best comedian of the 21st century by the guardian number eight on our list.

Scott Luton (12:27):

What are some of Tina Fey’s other projects that have received critical acclaim? Tina’s certainly found ways to stay busy using our talent and a wide variety of projects. I must admit, I haven’t seen the movie mean girls, which Tina Fey pinned the screenplay for, and also appears in, but between the awards that received it’s business success and the sequels video games and musicals that it spawned mean, girls has become an all around cultural smash, hit and phenomenon. Of course, you’re likely also aware of the influential and successful sit-com 30 rock over the course of its run from 2006 to 20 1330 rock was nominated for a whopping 103 prom, Tom Emmy awards in 2013, the writer’s Guild of America West named 30 rock the 21st best written television series of all time. And to think the first pitch that Tina Fey made NBC to get the series off the ground was actually rejected.

Scott Luton (13:34):

A second television comedy has been a hit, created and produced by Tina Fey. That would be the unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The show stars, one of our favorites from the legendary sitcom, the office, which would be Ellie Kemper, but you may not be aware of some of Tina Fey’s smaller roles such as her appearance as Tinkerbell and a Disney campaign entitled year of Amelia dreams. Faye has lent her voice to show such as SpongeBob square pants and Phineas and Ferb. Tina’s narrated a well-received radio documentary entitled the secret life of girls, where she shared stories of triumph from women and girls around the world. Tina Fey even joined former colleague Donald Glover and wrapped in a tune that was included in Glover’s mixed tape world team. I’d say that Tina Fey is quite the versatile talent. Number nine on our list of nine things you might not know about Tina Fey.

Scott Luton (14:34):

Let’s share a few charitable initiatives that Tina is involved in. She’s a big supporter of autism speaks, which is an organization that sponsors autism research. Tina has also supported groups, such as mercy Corps, which is a global organization dedicated to a wide number of causes. Love our children, USA, a nonprofit that works to protect children from violence and neglect in 2020, Tina Fey hosted a telethon to raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts in New York city. Tina stated quote, we can’t leave our children or any of our neighbors behind in quote. She was moved to tears when told of the $115 million that the effort had raised for those in need. Now, I don’t know about you, but as I’ve gone through my research for this podcast, and now that I’m sharing my notes with you and kind of working my way back through it, I’ve come to so much more comprehensively know and appreciate the Tina Fey that I’ve seen on TV for over two decades.

Scott Luton (15:37):

What a remarkable individual that has overcome significant setbacks in our journey. She’s stuck to her own way of creating things and her approach. And after striking it big, Tina, Fey’s never forgotten how important it is to take real action to help others in need. Hey, that’s a hero in my book, folks, the world certainly needs more folks like Elizabeth stay Matina Fe or in a term of endearment and a nickname that Amy Poehler refers to her as Betty Short for her first name Elizabeth. Well that just about wraps up this edition of this week in business history. A big thanks to you, our listener for tuning into this show each week and for all the feedback that you send our way, Hey, most importantly, check out the link in the show notes for more information on how to help healthcare efforts in India as a fight that second wave of COVID-19 Hey to our friends in India, we’re with you and our hearts and thoughts and action are with you as well. Hey, be sure to let us know how we’re doing. We’d love to earn your review on Apple podcasts or any other podcast channels, which of course will help us get the word out a little bit better on behalf of the entire team here at this week in business history and supply chain. Now this is Scott Luton wishing all of our listeners, nothing but the best. Hey, do good give forward and be the change that’s needed. And on that note, we’ll see next time right here on this week in business history. Thanks for buddy.

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Katherine Hintz

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.

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Ben Harris

Host

Ben Harris is the Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ben comes to the Metro Atlanta Chamber after serving as Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Prior to joining Manhattan, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for all logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia.

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Page Siplon

Host, The Freight Insider

Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).

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Kristi Porter

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.

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Kevin Brown

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics.  He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.

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Sofia Rivas Herrera

Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol

Sofia Rivas Herrera is a Mexican Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey class 2019. Upon graduation, she earned a scholarship to study MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and graduated as one of the Top 3 performers of her class in 2020. She also has a multicultural background due to her international academic experiences at Singapore Management University and Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Sofia self-identifies as a Supply Chain enthusiast & ambassador sharing her passion for the field in her daily life.

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Jose Miguel Irarrazaval

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.

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Demo Perez

Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol

Demo Perez started his career in 1997 in the industry by chance when a relative asked him for help for two just weeks putting together an operation for FedEx Express at the Colon Free Zone, an area where he was never been but accepted the challenge. Worked in all roles possible from a truck driver to currier to a sales representative, helped the brand introduction, market share growth and recognition in the Colon Free Zone, at the end of 1999 had the chance to meet and have a chat with Fred Smith ( FedEx CEO), joined another company in 2018 who took over the FedEx operations as Operations and sales manager, in 2004 accepted the challenge from his company to leave the FedEx operations and business to take over the operation and business of DHL Express, his major competitor and rival so couldn’t say no, by changing completely its operation model in the Free Zone. In 2005 started his first entrepreneurial journey by quitting his job and joining two friends to start a Freight Forwarding company. After 8 months was recruited back by his company LSP with the General Manager role with the challenge of growing the company and make it fully capable warehousing 3PL. By 2009 joined CSCMP and WERC and started his journey of learning and growing his international network and high-level learning. In 2012 for the first time joined a local association ( the Panama Maritime Chamber) and worked in the country’s first Logistics Strategy plan, joined and lead other associations ending as president of the Panama Logistics Council in 2017. By finishing his professional mission at LSP with a company that was 8 times the size it was when accepted the role as GM with so many jobs generated and several young professionals coached, having great financial results, took the decision to move forward and start his own business from scratch by the end of 2019. with a friend and colleague co-founded IPL Group a company that started as a boutique 3PL and now is gearing up for the post-Covid era by moving to the big leagues.

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Kim Winter

Host, Supply Chain Now

The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.

He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.

A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).

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Nick Roemer

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Nick Roemer has had a very diverse and extensive career within design and sales over the last 15 years stretching from China, Dubai, Germany, Holland, UK, and the USA. In the last 5 years, Nick has developed a hawk's eye for sustainable tech and the human-centric marketing and sales procedures that come with it. With his far-reaching and strong network within the logistics industry, Nick has been able to open new avenues and routes to market within major industries in the USA and the UAE. Nick lives by the ethos, “Give more than you take." His professional mission is to make the logistics industry leaner, cleaner and greener.

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Alex Bramley

Sales Support Intern

Alex is pursuing a Marketing degree and a Certificate in Legal Studies at the University of Georgia. As a dual citizen of both the US and UK; Alex has studied abroad at University College London and is passionate about travel and international business. Through her coursework at the Terry College of Business, Alex has gained valuable skills in digital marketing, analytics, and professional selling. She joined Supply Chain Now as a Sales Support Intern where she assists the team by prospecting and qualifying new business partners.

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