Tribune Company with new CEO Sam Zell is now owned by the Tribune employees and nobody else. This morning the Tribune Tower features a new banner in the lobby stating, “YOU Own This Place Now!” What a great sign! Everyone is walking around the tower stating that he or she owns the company.
Later in the morning I go back down to the Tribune Tower lobby to photograph the new sign. There is a group of fifteen to twenty Tribune employees who are also down there taking a photo of their group in front of the sign. Once they see me with a camera, they jump over to me to take a photo with their camera.
As soon as I’m setting up to shoot, some of the girls exclaimed, “oh my God! Look who’s walking through the door!” Then Sam Zell walks into the Tribune lobby complete with a orange ball cap on and jeans. One of his associates is with him and points out the sign to him. Zell finds the sign quite humorous and had a good Zell-a-riffic laugh. The group of Tribune employees rushes over to meet him.
Sam Zell is one nice guy. It was 10:47am and he just arrived at the Tower for a 11:00am Q&A and with the Chicago Tribune and LA Times press. Yet he still took the time to shake everybody’s hand, and didn’t rush through it at all. I didn’t to waste Mr. Zell’s time (and I know how he hates butt-kissers), so I just stood off to the side. And yet he still turned over to me and waved at me. Very nice.