Gary Comer, the founder of Lands' End
, died yesterday. He led a mythical American life, rising from humble beginnings to providing both employment and quality merchandise to many thousands of people worldwide. In more recent years, he became known for his charity work, funding a new children's hospital at the University of Chicago
. Today's Chicago Tribune
gives a good synopsis of his life. His little known advocacy for protection of the environment is described in this article
For me, the character of Gary Comer was revealed most poignantly in the full-page advertisement he placed in the Wisconsin State Journal
just before the 2004 election. If you click on the image at right, a larger, more readable one will appear.The ad also appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May he rest in peace. Thanks for the great example, Gary.
(To read more about Gary Comer's life, click here