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Oscar Lindquist, a man whom Charity befriends and eventually falls in love with. Charlie, Charity's boyfriend in the opening of the show, and the name on her tattoo Nickie and Helene, Charity's closest friends who are taxi dancers at the Fandango Ballroom.
Herman, the authoritarian owner of the Fandango Ballroom; Charity's boss. Vittorio Vidal, a famous Italian movie star. Suzanne, Frenchie, Betsy, and Elaine, dancers at the Fandango Ballroom Original productions[ edit ] After a tryout at Detroit's Fisher Theatre , the musical premiered on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on January 29, and closed on July 15, after performances and 10 previews. Scenic and lighting design were by Robert Randolph and costume design was by Irene Sharaff.
The production was nominated for 9 Tony Awards, winning for Fosse's choreography. Well at least one veil, is the revelation that management as we know it is not needed — an apocalypse of the institution of management. There are real world examples of organizations without managers — Gary Hamel in Harvard Business Review discusses the Morning Star Company, and Yanis Varoufakis the former economist in residence discusses Valve — both are organizations without traditional management structures.
What Valve has is wheels on every desk, these wheels represent the desire to enable successful, spontaneous self-organization — based on responsible autonomy and a transparent working environment. This means that there is no system of command and a decentralized self-organization of the allocation of individual time. Varoufakis explains that instead of price signals enabling self-organization Valve employees emit signals to one another by how they select to allocate their time and hence their contribution.
But what about larger organizations? In this book Waber explains the development of the socio-metric badge which has sensors that can capture facial expression tone-tempo and other voice data and GPS movement. I doubt that youve heard of it, but I now run a kind of retreat house here, called the Institute for Spiritual Renewal pretty fancy-sounding, I know, but in reality quite down to earth. Although it has occurred to me many times over the years that I would enjoy seeing you again, a disturbing situation has nally given me the nudge I needed to stop thinking about it and get in touch with you.
Its a situation in which I believe that your advice would be most helpful. What Id love to do is pay you a brief visit. If you could nd it possible to spare me half an hour, Ill come to your home in Walnut Crossing or to any other location that might better suit your convenience. My recollections of our conversations in the campus center and even longer conversations in the Shamrock Bar not to mention your remarkable professional experience tell me that youre the right person to talk to about the perplexing matter before me.
Its a weird puzzle that I suspect will interest you. Your ability to put two and two together in ways that elude everyone else was always your great strength. Whenever I think of you, I always think of your perfect logic and crystal clarity qualities that I dearly need more of right now.
Ill call you within the next few days at the number that appears in the alumni directory in the hope that its correct and current.
With many good memories, Mark Mellery P. Even if you end up as mystied by my problem as I am, and have no advice to offer, it will still be a delight to see you again. The promised call had come two days later. Gurney had immediately recognized the voice, eerily unchanged except for a distinct tremor of anxiety. After some self-deprecating remarks about his failure to stay in touch, Mellery got to the point. Could he see Gurney within the next few days?
The sooner the better, since the situation was urgent. Another development had occurred. It really was impossible to discuss over the phone, as Gurney would understand when they met. There were things Mellery had to show him. No, it wasnt a matter.
No, it wasnt a legal matter, not yet, anyway. No crime had been committed, nor was one being specically threatened not that he could prove. Lord, it was so difcult to talk about it this way; it would be so much easier in person. Yes, he realized that Gurney was not in the private-investigation business. But just half an hour could he have half an hour?
With the mixed feelings hed had from the beginning, Gurney agreed.
His curiosity often got the better of his reticence; in this instance he was curious about the hint of hysteria lurking in the undertone of Mellerys melliuous voice. And, of course, a puzzle to be deciphered attracted him more powerfully than he cared to admit. He was a natural actor, undisputed star of the college dramatic society a young man who, however full of life he might be at the Shamrock Bar, was doubly alive on the stage.
He was a man who depended on an audience a man who was drawn up to his full height only in the nourishing light of admiration. Gurney opened the folder and glanced through the e-mail yet again. He was bothered by Mellerys depiction of their relationship. The contact between them had been less frequent, less signicant, less friendly than Mellerys words suggested.
But he got the impression that Mellery had chosen his words carefully that despite its simplicity, the note had been written and rewritten, pondered and edited and that the attery, like everything else in the letter, was purposeful. But what was the purpose? The obvious one was to ensure Gurneys agreement to a face-to-face meeting and to engage him in the solution of whatever mystery had arisen.
Beyond that, it was hard to say. The problem was clearly important to Mellery.
There was also the small matter of the P. In addition to subtly challenging him with the suggestion that he might be defeated by the puzzle, whatever it was, it also appeared to obstruct an easy exit route, to vitiate any claim Gurney might be tempted to make that he was not in the private-investigation business or would not be likely to be helpful. The thrust of its wording was to characterize any reluctance to meet as a rude dismissal of an old friend. Oh, yes, it was carefully crafted.
That was something new, wasnt it? Denitely not a cornerstone quality of the old Mark Mellery. This apparent change interested Gurney. On cue, Madeleine came out through the back door and walked about two-thirds of the way to where Gurney was sitting.
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Your guest has arrived, she announced atly. Where is he? In the house. He looked down. An ant was zigzagging along the arm of his chair. He sent it ying with a sharp ick of his ngernail.
Ask him to come out here, he said. Its too nice to be indoors. It is, isnt it? By the way, he looks exactly like his picture on the book jacket even more so. Even more so? Whats that supposed to mean?
She was already returning to the house and did not answer. He approached Gurney as if planning to embrace him, but something made him reconsider. My God! Mellery went on. You look the same!
God, its good to see you! Great to see you looking the way you do! Davey Gurney! Still do havent changed a bit! If I didnt know you were forty-seven like me, Id say you were thirty! He clasped Gurneys hand with both of his as though it were a precious object. Driving over today, from Peony to Walnut Crossing, I was remembering how calm and collected you always were.
An emotional oasis thats what you were, an emotional oasis! And you still have that look. Davey Gurney calm, cool, and collected plus the sharpest mind in town. How have you been?
Ive been fortunate, said Gurney, extricating his hand and speaking in a voice as devoid of excitement as Mellerys was full of it. I have no complaints. Mellery enunciated the syllables as if trying to recall the meaning of a foreign word.
Its a nice place you have here. Very nice. Madeleine has a good eye for these things. Shall we have a. Gurney motioned toward a pair of weathered Adirondack chairs facing each other between the apple tree and a birdbath. Mellery started in the direction indicated, then stopped. I had something.
Could this be it? Madeleine was walking toward them from the house, holding in front of her an elegant briefcase. Understated and expensive, it was like everything else in Mellerys appearance from the handmade but comfortably broken in and not too highly polished English shoes to the beautifully tailored but gently rumpled cashmere sport jacket a look seemingly calculated to say that here stood a man who knew how to use money without letting money use him, a man who had achieved success without worshipping it, a man to whom good fortune came naturally.
A harried look about his eyes, however, conveyed a different message. Ah, yes, thank you, said Mellery, accepting the briefcase from Madeleine with obvious relief. But where. You laid it on the coffee table. Yes, of course. My brain is kind of scattered today. Thank you! Would you like something to drink? We have some iced tea already made. Or, if youd prefer something else. No, no, iced tea would be ne. Thank you.
As Gurney observed his old classmate, it suddenly occurred to him what Madeleine had meant when she said that Mellery looked exactly like his book jacket photograph, only more so. The quality most evident in the photograph was a kind of informal perfection the illusion of a casual, amateur snapshot without the unattering shadows or awkward composition of an actual amateur snapshot.
It was exactly that sense of carefully crafted carelessness the ego-driven desire to appear ego-free that Mellery exemplied in person. As usual, Madeleines perception had been on target. In your e-mail you mentioned a problem, said Gurney with a get-to-the-point abruptness verging on rudeness.
Yes, Mellery answered, but instead of addressing it, he offered a reminiscence that seemed designed to weave another little thread of obligation into the old school tie, recounting a silly debate a classmate of theirs had gotten into with a philosophy professor. During the telling of this tale, Mellery referred to himself, Gurney, and the protagonist as the Three Musketeers of the Rose Hill campus, striving to make something sophomoric sound heroic.
Gurney found the effort embarrassing and offered his guest no response beyond an expectant stare. Well, said Mellery, turning uncomfortably to the matter at hand, Im not sure where to begin. If you dont know where to begin your own story, thought Gurney, why the hell are you here?
Mellery nally opened his briefcase, withdrew two slim softcover books, and handed them, with care, as if they were fragile, to Gurney. They were the books described in the website printouts he had looked at earlier.
The other was called Honestly! You may not have heard of these books. They were moderately successful, but not exactly blockbusters.
Mellery smiled with what looked like a well-practiced imitation of humility. Im not suggesting you need to read them right now. He smiled again, as though this were amusing.
However, they may give you some clue to whats happening, or why its happening, once I explain my problem. The whole business has me a bit confused. And more than a bit frightened, mused Gurney. Mellery took a long breath, paused, then began his story like a man walking with fragile determination into a cold surf. I should tell you rst about the notes Ive received. He reached into his briefcase, withdrew two envelopes, opened one, took from it a sheet of white paper with handwriting on one side and a smaller envelope of the size that might be used for an RSVP.
He handed the paper to Gurney. This was the rst communication I received, about three weeks ago.
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Gurney took the paper and settled back in his chair to examine it, noting at once the neatness of the handwriting. The words were precisely, elegantly formed stirring a sudden recollection of Sister Mary Josephs script moving gracefully across a grammar-school blackboard.
But even stranger than the painstaking penmanship was the fact that the note had been written with a fountain pen, and in red ink. Red ink?
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Gurneys grandfather had had red ink. He had little round bottles of blue, green, and red ink. He remembered so little of his grandfather, but he remembered the ink. Could one still download red ink for a fountain pen? Gurney read the note with a deepening frown, then read it again.
There was neither a salutation nor a signature. Do you believe in Fate? I do, because I thought Id never see you again and then one day, there you were. It all came back: If someone told you to think of a number, I know what number youd think of. You dont believe me?
Ill prove it to you. Think of any number up to a thousandthe rst number that comes to your mind. Picture it. Now see how well I know your secrets.
Open the little envelope. Gurney uttered a noncommittal grunt and looked inquiringly at Mellery, who had been staring at him intently as he read. Do you have any idea who sent you this? None whatever. Any suspicions? Did you play the game?Little did Dave know that this was about to consume every waking and sleeping moment of his life.
I dont know, its just what came to mind. There was no shocking suprise. Out of the blue Dave gets a phone call from an old school mate telling Dave that he is getting these really weird ominous poems sent to him. Her mouth was too pouty, her cheekbones overly prominent, her nose too strong.