Fullmerite, the opposite of Kryptonite.
Today Paul Fullmer’s wife Sandra informed legions of his fans that Paul is struggling with pneumonia and under hospice care.
The long time head of Selz/Seabolt, a Chicago public relations company, Paul hired me to lead the company’s Washington, DC office.
He is a gentle, firm man, an extraordinarily thoughtful strategist, writer, and editor. Paul is the smart affable type of boss few have the good luck to work with.
Occasionally, I flew into Chicago for meetings. If the timing was right, Paul would invite me to lunch with a few personal friends.
Not surprisingly, because Chicago is such a big-time sports-infused kind of town, even before the waiter could take our orders, there would begin a discussion of the latest rumors about the Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and, especially Paul’s beloved Notre Dame.
One day a new topic arose … aging. That was the day I became a Fullmerite, a follower of Fullmer.
Kryptonite, you might remember, is an alien mineral that drains Superman of his powers.
Fullmerite is a concept that has the power of making anyone a super man.
What Paul projected was to enjoy life as much as you can, do the best you can, and most of all, be a nice person. It can be empowering.
Paul Fullmer is a very nice man.
I love that guy.