Sarkes investigates who originated the phrase: Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way
– Is Ted Turner’s, Ted’s Montana Grill, guilty of plagiarism?
Recently, Sarkes and Chris went to Ted Turner’s, Ted’s Montana Grill, in the Coconut Mall in Bonita Springs, for dinner. Ted’s Montana Grill offers a broad menu featuring Bison and other healthy offerings. Ted’s Montana Grill is a chain with restaurants in 15 states.
Chris ordered her standard Diet Coke and Sarkes ordered an Unsweet Ice Tea. When the server returned with the drinks, he placed a coaster which immediately caused Sarkes to ruminate. The coaster was printed with: “Do Something, Lead, Follow, Or Get Out Of The Way”.
You see, over the years at Boeing, the Premier Aerospace company in the World, Sarkes and his 160,000 co-workers were exposed to dozens of catchy Slogans such as: Quality First, Forever New Frontiers, The Customer is Always Right, If it’s not Boeing, I’m not Going, A company of Leaders, and, of course, Lead, Follow, or Get out of the Way.
So you can imagine Sarkeses angst when he saw the Ted’s Montana Grill Coaster, how could they be using the Slogan; Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way? Had they plagiarized this slogan from Big Blue (Boeing)?
Sarkes pushed the alarm and it was all hands on deck for the Sarkes Corner Staff. What is the origin of the phrase Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way?
It seems that the phrase “lead, follow or get out of the way” has been used by many famous people such as Thomas Paine, General George S. Patton, Lee Iacocca and Mitt Romney.
Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way is widely attributed to Founding Father Thomas Paine, an American political activist, philosopher, theorist and revolutionary. A Sarkes Corner Staff search of his works revealed that the quote doesn’t appear in any of them.
World War II US General George Patton said: ”Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.” At the time, people believed that this famous quote originated with the great General.
Former Chrysler executive Lee Iacocca, who saved the Corporation from bankruptcy, was the face of Chrysler in their advertising campaign. In these adds, Chairman Iacocca utters the phrase: “In the car business, you lead, follow, or get out of the way.”
A 1981 Biography of Ted Turner was titled: The Story of Ted Turner: Lead, Follow, or Get Out Of the Way. Apparently, Ted embraced the slogan and it eventually ended up on Coasters in his Bison restaurants.
After his win in the 2012 Republican Primary in Florida, Mitt Romney quoted and gave credit to Thomas Paine when he said; Lead, Follow, or Get Out Of the Way. Apparently, the American electorate decided to “Get Out Of the Way” as Romney was defeated by Barrack Obama. As it turns out, if Donald Trump had proven earlier that Barrack Obama was born in Kenya, Mitt Romney would have been our 44th President.
There you have it, there is no conclusive evidence on the origin of the phrase, Lead, Follow, or Get Out Of the Way. For sure, Ted’s Montana’s Grill Coasters would lead an unsuspecting customers to believe that Ted Turner was the originator.
One thing is for sure, Ted Turner was not the Originator. Sarkes will be contacting Ted Turner’s Montana’s Grill Lawyers requesting a cease and desist order to stop using the plagiaristic Coasters. Sarkes is NOT asking the public to boycott Ted’s Montana Grill, that is too extreme at this point. The last time Sarkes boycotted a restaurant, Paula Deen’s Lady & Sons Restaurant, in Savannah, GA, they almost went bankrupt. Never underestimate the power of a Sarkes boycott.
Finally, in a future edition of Sarkes Corner, Sarkes will analyze another great Boeing expression; Don’t be a JAFO (Just Another F – – king Observer).