Second-Generation CEO Is Focused on Evolving—and Vietnamese Food
I agreed to meet Francesco Pagano, the CEO of Interpreters and Translators (iTi), at noon to attend the Rotary Club of Hartford meeting. We haven’t seen each other in years. It’s a few minutes before noon on Monday, May 2, 2022, and 50 people are milling around and eating an international smorgasbord of foods at the Parkville Market in Hartford, Connecticut. But I don’t see Francesco.
The market promotes itself as Connecticut’s first food hall—a much smaller version of New York City’s Chelsea Market or Quincy Market in Boston. I make several slow, time-killing loops around the first-floor perimeter past food stalls the size of a walk-in closet, carefully examining each posted menu as if I were Gordon Ramsey, the British chef and restaurateur.
New Haven Entrepreneur Will Never Stop Showing Up
I feel good today because the drive to IKEA in New Haven, Connecticut, from Greater Hartford was under forty minutes. Only a few cars are in the parking lot when I arrive. It’s Tuesday, May 10 at 10:20 a.m.; my meeting with Samantha Williams is in ten minutes. This is our first in-person meeting since our telephone conversation in late March 2022.
IKEA is the world’s largest furniture retailer. Entering the store is like falling down an Alice-in-Wonderland-like rabbit hole into a world full of furniture you probably don’t need, but the magic lures you in. Ninety minutes later, you’re happy as can be, eating a cinnamon bun as you lug an oversized box to your vehicle.
The Evolution of a UCONN Professor: From ‘Radical Cat’ to the ‘Hip-Hop Revolution'
Unannounced, rap music burst onto the music scene in 1979. This new art form was unpredictable, brassy and authentic. That year, Rapper’s Delight by the Sugar Hill Gang was the first commercially successful rap single, peaking at #36 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The record reached #1 on the Canadian Singles Chart, #1 on the Dutch top 40 and #3 on the UK Singles Chart. It ultimately sold more than 500,000 copies.
While rap was making its debut, Jeffrey (Jeff) Anthony Green Jr. was a fourth-grader living in Los Angeles, California, learning to play the recorder, the quintessential first musical instrument taught in schools. His single mother was an aspiring actor, singer, dancer and playwright. Jeff did not possess her prodigious talent; he would have to find his own path.