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March 02, 2006

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follow instructions EXACTLY as I tell you." It is a lesson well-learned. PS I later found out that Andrew already had the number to the Four Seasons restaurant in his rolodex because the owner at the time was his client!

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John Delikanakis

Dear Cody, Your story about Andrew brought back a number of fond memories of my time with that extraordinary man. I carry the lessons I learned from Andrew to this day. I'll share one of my stories . . . On my very first day as a part time college intern in 1984, Andrew summoned me from the back of the room up to his desk. "John, please go to the telephone directory and look up the number of the Four Seasons restaurant." "Yes Andrew", I said and trotted back to my desk. I then dialed 411 and got the number which I then carefully wrote down the number on a 3 x 5 index card ( I still use them), in my specially chosen pen color (brown). I then wrote down the date and the time. Proud I had acomplished this task, I walked up to Andrew's desk and placed the 3 x 5 card in his in-box. Andrew waited until I walked all the way back to my desk and sat down and then shouted "John! JOHN! WHAT did I ask you to do?!". I froze and stammerd, "Get the number for the --" "No!" he thundered. "I told you to go to the TELEPHONE DIRECTORY and get the number for the Four Seasons restaurant. Now please do so." After I did this in red-faced embarrasment and placed the second 3x5 card in his in-box, he explained in a gentle voice, "John, in this business a mis-communication could cost us hundreds of thousands of dollars. You must follow instructions EXACTLY as I tell you." It is a lesson well-learned. PS I later found out that Andrew already had the number to the Four Seasons restaurant in his rolodex because the owner at the time was his client!

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