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Neither rain nor snow…
What’s the real scoop on why General Motors tapped Bausch & Lomb’s Ron Zarrella–who until six months ago had no experience in the auto industry–to head its marketing efforts?
A GM exec, Fortune magazine reports this month, joked that the auto giant had to recruit someone from Rochester because it was the only U.S. city with worse weather than Detroit–“and it wasn’t a slam dunk at that, either.”

Discreet charm
Opening night of Jean Cocteau’s “Indiscretions” drew the usual gaggle of gliterati–Drew Barrymore, Demi Moore, Harrison Ford and…Louise Slaughter?
Yes, it’s true. The congresswoman-cum-celeb made the press agent’s A-list, even snagging two front-row seats, according to an article in Sunday’s New York Times. Given the play’s title, perhaps Slaughter was expecting to see a comedy of her Capitol Hill colleagues?

An “F” from Fortune
A recent Fortune chart of 20 famous failures included former Kodak CEO Kay Whitmore–Mr. Nice Guy’s lack of focus earned him a spot on the chart. Fortune pegs Whitmore as a comeback kid, though, pointing to current work supervising missionaries in London for the Mormon church.
Another Kodak connection doesn’t fare so well in Fortune’s view. Consultant John Sculley also joins the Famous Failures gang, chided for being a “technology pretender” in his work at Apple Computer. But unlike Whitmore, Fortune sees no comeback in sight for Sculley.

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