Andrew Conlee Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
In cooperation with this chapter on Imagination, imagine what could have been had not the synthetic imagination AND the creative imagination worked to full capacity:
Asa Candler would not have used the contents of the Enchanted Kettle to bring forth an economic powerhouse lasting well into the Third Millennium.
Dr. Frank Gunsaulus could not have acquired the million dollars from Philip Armour to build and organize the Armour Institute of Technology (now Illinois Tech).
Herb Kelleher would have given in to his competitors and his company’s own misfortunes, and Southwest Airlines never would have risen to the top of the airline industry.
Cecil G. Fisher could not have transformed farmland in central Indiana into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
John Stephen Akhwari would have thrown in the towel after falling in the marathon in 1968. (Special thanks to Tuula for sharing this earlier.)
Motorhead’s Lemmy and his friend Wendy O. Williams would not have made the Tammy Wynette classic “Stand By Your Man” into one killer duet.
Harry Turtledove would never have written his alternate-history novels of “what might have been” had the South won the Civil War, or had aliens invaded Earth during World War II, or others.
And Andrew Conlee would not have shot a video of his lipsynching the Christmas classic “Pretty Little Dolly”.
From the big to the little, everyone makes a difference. So if you don’t think you can make a difference, look at these examples, and think again!
Cedar Rapids, IA, USA