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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

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Joe Banner: Up Close and Personal
Apparently, the Eagles prez and COO (chief operating officer) is as Ch. 29's sports anchor Don Tollefson might say, "a goooood guy." Banner is tough as nails when it comes to negotiating contracts, but a piece in the Sunday Inquirer's Currents section reveals a more sensitive side. A TV show he hates to admit he watches: "The Bachelorette, when I get to snuggle with my daughter." Station his car radio is set on: "B101" (you were expecting WIP?). Song that picks him up: "How Sweet It Is," the James Taylor version. His favorite poet: Mattie Stepanek, a young boy who despite muscular dystrophy wrote hopeful bestselling collections of wishes for peace. His favorite book: Of Mice and Men. Book that influenced him: You Shall Be As Gods, by Erich Fromm, which suggests "God should be thought of as representing the best that human beings have to offer, and therefore we should live our lives 'as gods' defined in that way." Living person he'd like to join for dinner: Nelson Mandela. Person I admire the most in my field: "Drew Rosenhaus ... (just kidding). All the people I work with who are unselfishly committed to making us the best we can be every day, frequently at the cost of their own interests." Who knew?


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