Peter Golden 09

September 8, 2003


Peter Golden, Max Fisher's biographer, explains what drives Max Fisher.
Credit: Mort Crim Communications

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Max doesn’t have anyone to envy. So what is it that drives him? Being interested. Why get up in the morning? He’s got to be interested. It’s game time! There’s something that can be done, there’s somebody that he can help, there’s somebody who wants to ask him a question, there’s somebody who wants to talk about the past, there’s someone that wants to talk about the future. Aren’t they opening up a Performing Arts Center now with his name on it? He was involved with discussions about that. Why do that? I mean he doesn’t have to do that. People would love him just as much. Because he can do more, and—again, I know, I keep harping on it, it’s very, very important, and what I’m hoping is that people will go back and read some of the thinking in the early twentieth century about social progress—people deeply believed, you’ve got to make the town better, you have to make yourself better. It was the improvement of everything. And that’s what drives him. Because he’s here, and when he’s not here, then he won’t have a chance to do anything.