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Herb Allen’s Sun Valley Conference – Day 1

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DAY 1 – TUESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE:

My plane landed safely at Friedman Airport.  I was picked up on the tarmac by a self-driving Google car.  This scared the shit out of me, especially when I sat in the back and was greeted with a video of Sergey Brin asking me “Where do you want to go today, Khan?”  I told the Sergey screen to take me immediately to The Drankin’ Hole at the Sun Valley Lodge.  The Google car performed pretty well in mid-day traffic (Idaho traffic) – though the small talk conversation with the Sergey video screen was a little forced.

I am now safely at The Drankin Hole and have ordered two dirty martinis from my favorite bartender in the world – Bin TranPhilippe Dauman is at the other end of the bar talking to himself.  I don’t want to interrupt.

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DAY 1 – TUESDAY MORNING

Good morning.

OK, so I decided (after a couple of long, late night conversations with Sumner Redstone) that I would attend Herb Allen’s Sun Valley Conference again this year.

After last year’s conference (an absolute drunken freak fest), I vowed never to attend again.  On top of that, I’m still recovering from my horrifying keynote address to the Bilderberg Conference last month in Switzerland.

But then I received Herb’s child-like invitation a few weeks ago (see left) – and it was so charming, like a 3-year-old’s birthday party invitation – that I started to change my mind.

Believe me, a child-like mentality is what is necessary for a conference like this.  It’s all bullshit, you know, and if you don’t come in with an absolute open mind, what’s the point of any of it, right?

Sumner will not be attending and that makes me a little sad but, deep down, that’s fine because I’m fairly young (in mogul years) and don’t want to be linked with that dinosaur forever.  I mean, Rupert is bad enough – put Rupert and Sumner together and it’s time to break out the knitting shawls and crank up the heat.

The other night Sumner was talking about how great Cinemascope was and I just had to get off the phone.  Dig up Carl Laemmle or my dad if you want to talk about that shit, old man.  Leave me out of it.  I’m into digital now, loser.

But I digress…

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I feel it is my duty as Chairman & CEO of the World’s Largest Media Company to attend this very important conference (at least in Herb’s mind) for the sake of my stockholders and board of directors.

I’ve been told to bring comfortable clothes, really good workout shoes and as many Dramamine as I can fit in my bag.  I’m not sure what that last order meant  – but I’ll abide it all the same – Herb is God up there and you don’t want to fuck with God.

So, another Sun Valley fest is upon us.  May Herb have mercy on us all.

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  1. Chairman says:

    My car is here. Heading for the airport.

  2. Choco says:

    Please do not walk around in cabana attire. i.e. flowerd shirt, pasty white legs and dark socks with sandals. Otherwise enjoy the debauchery…

  3. Hollywood Producer says:

    The theme is preservation? Thank God you’re going, Khan. Man does that sound boring.

  4. Chairman says:

    It ‘s damn hard to typoe on the idad especially when youhave had several martinis.

  5. Jenny Murphy says:

    I look forward to your posts. There isn’t alot of information about the conference right now.

  6. Jill Kennedy says:

    There are rumors that AMC Networks may be up for grabs following their disastrous IPO. Big discussion planned for Sun Valley.

    http://mankabros.com/blogs/onmedea/2011/07/01/amc-networks-had-an-ipo-today/

  7. Alexander F. says:

    Reporters have been banned from the bar on opening night. I think Herb remembers how crazy it was last year…

    http://mankabros.com/blogs/chairman/2010/07/09/song-of-the-mogul-sun-valley-2010-day-4/

  8. Sun Valley Sue says:

    Nobody spending money in sun vallye. why do the moguls even come if they’re just goin to stay in the hotel.

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