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If Opportunity Doesn’t Knock, Build a Door

That’s a quote from the Milton Berle, the first major American television star, known as “Uncle Milty” and “Mr. Television. He was a comedian and actor with an 80-year entertainment career. Nothing was handed to him. He was relentless.

He was born in 1908 to a paint and varnish salesman and a homemaker, beginning his career as a child actor winning a children’s Charlie Chaplin contest at age 5. From there he went to silent films and vaudeville, and then radio where he became a regular on the Rudy Vallee Hour, eventually landing his own radio show, The Milton Berle Show.


He crashed into the brand new television medium bringing all of his skills, and his skits with him, and within a few years became the host and star of Tuesday night television, earning a 97% viewership per Nielsen ratings. He went on to dramatic acting, Las Vegas, hosting Saturday Night Live, as a guest on the Muppet Show, and, in drag, in Ratt’s music video for “Round and Round”.


He was a presenter at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards when he mentioned to RuPaul that he has once worn dresses himself and RuPaul responded that now Berle wore diapers. Sharp as ever, Berle responded, “Oh, we going to ad-lib? I’ll check my brain and we’ll start even.”


We’ve all got a bunch to learn from this relentless self-starter, unless, of course, you were born with a silver spoon.


You could sit and send our positive vibes and wait for the universe to deliver clients (the same thinking usually yields the same results). Or, you could get up on your toes and go out and get ‘em. We’ve got the nails in our mouth and the hammer in our hand and we’re ready to build a door - for you.


That’s why we’re here.

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