Monday, July 27, 2009

I always get in the wrong line, but...

World Class Bad Decisions

Lucille Ball sold Desilu Productions, including the old RKO studios, for $6 million.
Star Trek alone has generated billions in the years since the sale. Oops!

IBM wanted to buy the rights to MS-Basic, a programming language from Microsoft. They planned to by the operating system from another company in Seattle. The two IBM guys got tired of waiting around at the other company -- rather than wait for the IBM guys, the owner had taken his kid to play in a soccer game. IBM went back to Gates and asked "Can you make an operating system?" The result was MS-Dos, which evolved into Windows. The soccer game was probably the most expensive parenting decision ever made! Oops.

Brian Dunkleman and Ryan Seacrest (pictured above) were co-hosts of American Idol for the show's first two seasons. After the second seaon, Dunkleman decided to quit. Seacrest will make $15 million per seaon for the next three years on Idol. He also hosts E! News on the E! cable network, the annual Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve broadcast on ABC, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, which is based on KIIS-FM in Los Angeles and is syndicated throughout the United States on Premiere Radio Networks, and American Top 40, which is also syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. Dunkleman was recently quoted as saying he probably made a "bad decision" leaving Idol. Dah! Do ya think? Oops!

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