The modern version of this classic is quite different than what Hemingway intended when he wrote For Whom The Bell Tolls. No this isn't about Robert Jordan attached to a republican guerilla unit during the Spanish Civil War. It's about another expert in the use of deception. Looks like Hollywood is going to have to modify the The Spine Technology Awards. The other nights lack luster performance by Robin Young starring as Robert Jordan, left many of the attendees exasperated with many unanswered questions. Based on the people's opinions, the STA is in dire need of a new leading man, and an independent voting panel like Deloitte and Touche.
Robin Young's vision of this red carpet extravaganza is in serious trouble. One can rationalize that the lack of interest in attending may be attributed to a struggling economy, based on reports that the powers to be at OTW were hounding people to buy tickets up until the night of the event. Where's Cameron Diaz when you need her? You know what they say in the real estate market, location, location, location. Many complained of the nice hike through Sea World. Hopefully, the party goers stopped and paid an obligatory visit to Shamu. Oscar was downsized. What a shame even the trophy is having to tighten its belt during this double dip recession.
The President's Award, (by the way who is the President), was presented to two stem-cell based products, NuCell and PureGen. TSB must ask our bloggers, is there no honor amongst thieves? Is this a self-serving venue with the intent of benefitting one's agenda to be known as a market-maker in the stem cell market? One would think that the analysts' and investors are smarter than that. Unfortunately, TSB doesn't believe that. Yet, watching Robin on the dais, is like watching Commodus the Emperor in Gladiator exclaim, Republic! Republic! Republic! The only difference is that he is crying out, Stem Cells, Stem Cells, Stem Cells. Oh yes, Stem Cells are the second coming, but the second coming of what? Is this really new technology? Or, is this old technology with a new spin? Even Muhammed Ali knew when he overstayed his welcome with the rope-a-dope. So in closing, TSB wants to know, is it time to pull the plug on this event? Is this a self-serving venue? Does the industry really need a Spine Technology Award show, especially if there is no real value or entertainment. You be the judge, TSB wants to know what the people think?