S. Prestley "Pres" Blake
At age 96, Pres divides his time between homes in Florida and Connecticut, enjoys visits from his many friends around the world, still sails occasionally, and still dabbles in Rolls-Royces. He loves hearing from former employees. Every August he attends the retiree’s picnic; and occasionally, at Christmas, dressed jauntily in bow tie and blazer, he pays a visit to Friendly’s manufacturing plant in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. He and his wife, Helen, support many causes, giving away $1.5 million a year. He especially enjoys speaking to audiences of young people, telling them that they, too, can enjoy a successful life if they work hard and play by the rules.
Alan works for ABC News. He previously worked for Forbes magazine as senior editor, overseeing Forbes’ lifestyle coverage. Prior to that he was a senior writer at Fortune for 13 years. His books include Guts: The Seven Laws of Business that Made Chrysler the World’s Hottest Car Company, (John Wiley, 1998), ghost-written for Chrysler’s then vice chairman Robert Lutz; and Forbes’ Greatest Success Stories: Twelve Tales of Victory Wrested from Defeat, (Wiley, 2000) written under his own byline.