The Face Of The Boss As A Face Of The Business

I could totally turn this blog into a display of old pictures and still be happy with it. Browsing through the old photos always makes me wonder why people’s faces changed so much since the 40’s and 50’s. When was the last time you saw a person who looked like this:

Kansas City Star Editor & Publisher Roy A. Roberts

“Roy Allison Roberts (more photos) was a managing editor, president, editor and general manager of The Kansas City Star who guided the paper during its influential period during the Presidencies of Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower”. Looking at Mr.Roberts’s photo I get a sense of a determined decisive person who knows what he is doing. Granted, this impression may be completely wrong, he may have been a total incompetent, but that’s what I think when I look at the picture.

mark_ziemanNow let’s take a look at the face of the current publisher of Star Mark Zieman. For all I know, Mr.Zieman may be a future Nobel Prize Laureate but his face doesn’t exactly exude business confidence, assurance, decisiveness and drive. Maybe he is a nice guy and a great person but who do you want to represent your business at a tough time – a man who looks like a nice guy, or a man with a face of a bulldog who looks like his is ready to kick your ass and shove that cigar you-know-where if things are not done, deadlines are not met and orders are not followed.

Even getting fired is more acceptable from a Mr.Roberts-looking guy, than from a an insincerely apologetic person who looks like Mr.Zieman. No amount of cigar smoke can compensate.

Does the path from bosses like Mr.Roberts – tough, larger-than-life personalities, to people like Mr.Zieman – nicer, more intellectual types, reflect the transformation of businesses like Kansas City Star from an influential force in the city to a thin folded stack of paper with color photos and crappy articles? I don’t know the answer but I thought it was a neat theory.

This concludes my amateur face-character analysis session. Make sure to look at the other photos of Roy A.Roberts where is featured on the cover of the Time magazine or pictured talking to President Truman.

  • dumbwhore

    I’d rather look like Roy. Everyone’s so busy trying to make their appearance more vanilla so they never have to defend their grooming standards/selections.

  • Grace

    This made me laugh. Every word is totally true. I grew up in rural Wisconsin and miss those old people so much. They don’t make them like that anymore and it’s not just the suspenders holding up the baggy pants or the beehive hairdos on the church ladies. People’s actual features look different these days.

  • I can’t argue with you that the first photo is very cool and the second is not.

    I’m just not big on judging people based on looks . . . Mocking them is fine (and fun) but making assumptions about their capabilities based solely on a photo is . . . bloggy.

    Additionally . . . I think one thing that shouldn’t be overlooked in this comparison is that they’re both probably about the same age in their respective photos. So, if we’re going to judge based solely on looks, in at least one category Zieman has the win.

  • I actually said that I have no idea about their actual characters. However, somehow old time bosses seem to be tougher-looking, I bet I can pull up a ton of examples. I just ran into this photo by accident and thought it would be fun to connect the two.
    Like you said making over-the-top connection is fun, like linking segregation to a photo of some school kids at the gallery.Actually the year these photos were taken is 1954, the year when “Brown” decision was issued.

  • The first photo… “get the damn story”. The second photo… “I can put you in that car today.”