December 11 – Happy Birthday Scott Miller

Miller22He was Charley Miller’s boy. The popular publisher of the Amsterdam Evening Recorder had brought his son, Syracuse University graduate Scott Miller to the newspaper in 1969 to serve as advertising director. The first reaction both at the paper and on the street was that a little nepotism had occurred over at the Recorder’s Venner Road offices. That rumor was laid to rest quickly when young Miller started interacting with his coworkers, Recorder advertisers and the Amsterdam community. He made an instant positive impression on everyone. He worked diligently to not just understand the market but also earn its respect. He got deeply involved in a bunch of community organizations and worthy causes.

He became such a positive and charismatic force for that newspaper that nobody blinked an eye when his Dad made him General Manager a few years later and when Charlie Miller unexpectedly died in October of 1980 at the age of 61, his hard-working son had evolved into the logical choice to succeed him as publisher. But during the fourteen months Scott sat in that top seat he came to realize that the way he had worked and communicated with his father was not an effective formula for success when working with the Recorder’s Board of Directors. He did not have the demeanor or personality of his dad when it came to obtaining approval to managing the business the way he thought best so in April of 1981 he abruptly resigned…

You can read the rest of my story about Scott including how he once saved my life in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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