One of the highlights of the U of I EMBA program is the capstone trip to China. All of the blood sweat and tears spent during the first year of the program culminate with a whirlwind of presentations, tours and fun in an exotic locale. However, bidding on the projects wasn’t unlike arguing over your favorite TV show or movie. All of the projects offered were great and will allow us to fully apply what we’ve learned, but everyone has different interests. Here’s how I viewed our choices…
When I was a kid, Buck Rogers was the man! “A 20th century astronaut, is revived out of 500 years of suspended animation to become the greatest hero of a future Earth”. The show was awesome – through my six-year old eyes. Looking back, I’m not sure why I was so excited about an open-shirted protagonist with a tin-can kickable as a sidekick.
Remember, Battlestar Galactica? “The last major Colonial fighter carrier leads a makeshift fleet of human refugees on a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth”. Cool show, but the lame toys couldn’t measure up to my G.I. Joe with the kung fu grip.
Note: Starbuck has been very busy (too bad we’ll be in class during his appearance in Tacoma).
Star Trek was my dad’s favorite. “Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” Kirk had his eclectic taste in alien women. Spock had his “Vulcan Nerve Pinch”. Uhura had her…nuff said. Needless to say, this show became iconic to millions across the globe in part because of the tight uniforms and captivating fight scenes. Not a bad option.
Then there was Star Wars. "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...." Greatest. Movie. Opening. Ever. The comparison between the other options wasn’t really fair to Buck, Starbuck or Kirk – they didn’t have George Lucas’ budget, James Earl Jones’ voiceover talent or Storm Troopers. George took the “spaceships and aliens” narrative to the next level. Don’t take my word for it – ask these life-long fans.
Illinois EMBA 2015