Speaking of James’s protégés, Niki probably didn’t know this, but he actually was one (excerpt from Shunt):
Lauda was planning a comeback with Hunt’s old team, McLaren. (…) McLaren was now under new ownership, and a young entrepreneur called Ron Dennis had taken over the team. The takeover had been orchestrated by John Hogan, frustrated by the years of underperformance since Hunt had left.(…)
Bringing Lauda back was Dennis’ idea, not Hogan’s. Hogan was unsure about the wisdom of the decision, and consulted Hunt. Hunt’s Marlboro contract as a global ambassador was worth US$60,000 a year, and it now extended to giving others advice as a consultant.
Part of the new brief was to advise Hogan on drivers, and he consulted him on Lauda. At that time, no retired driver had ever made a successful return to Formula One, and Hogan wasn’t sure it was even possible, as he says: “I asked James, and he was adamant that Lauda could do it. The only question in his mind was his motivation.” But Hunt told Hogan firmly that, if Lauda was motivated, he could be world champion again. Hogan went away and questioned Lauda carefully about his motivations, relaying his answers back to Hunt. When he heard the answers, Hunt was unequivocal, and advised Hogan to sign Lauda. Hogan admits it was Hunt’s advice that won Lauda the drive. Hogan was an enormous admirer of Hunt’s ability to, in his words, “read the game.” In fact, he thought there was no one better at it.
Here’s how that interview probably went:
James: What did he say?
Hogan: He said his motivation was Wednesday…
James: Sign him up!
I just downloaded an exercise chart to reduce lower back pain. Yes I need it. BADLY. OH CHRIST. You have no freaking idea. If there is one for knee pain I will download it too and maybe eat both if possible.
Yesterday I saw the 2009 Ron Howard film “Angels and Demons” and well I got glued to the actor who played Camerlengo Peter McKenna. It took me more than 24 hours to figure out (er thanks Google) it’s Ewan McGregor. He’s cute pala no?! and the cleft chin is hmm well…hahahaha