It wasn’t what I expected.
The story reveals a man of money, privilege, and a high and mighty attitude.
Michael struts away from Yale just short of graduation. It doesn’t matter; a close friend hands him a job as a copywriter with a well-known company and soon he’s making the big bucks.
Michael Gates Gill is living the good life until age 53—when a supervisor calls him to the Detroit office to discuss a campaign.
It’s a bold-faced lie; the unsuspecting executive is fired. Downsizing he is told. Actually, his job is given to someone younger for a quarter of his salary.
The ad man then creates his own successful consulting company. What is not going so well is his marriage. Michael has an affair, which results in the birth of a son and a divorce.
The sixty-three-year-old isn’t so privileged now. The business fails, his mistress leaves him, and Michael is diagnosed with a brain tumor and has no health insurance.
A short time later he is at the Starbucks in Manhattan when a “partner” asks if he would be interested in a job.
I would say the rest is history, only it isn’t.
Michael Gates Gill, now 67, writes a book. Starbucks Saved My Life: A Rags to Riches Story.
The Starbucks “partner” works only one day a week now.
I guess he still lives in the sparsely furnished apartment near the Bronxville train station, only how long will he stay now that his book is a headliner…
May Your Glass Always Be Half Full
Read a chapter of Maxi’s novel
Over the Edge