Former Time Warner chairman Richard Parsons introduced Moore with a mix of timely wit and endearment (“I almost missed this lunch because my plane was late,” the new chairman of Citigroup quipped in reference to the financial company’s embarrassment over giving back its $50 million private plane. Parsons traveled by Amtrak to Washington to meet with President Barack Obama, per a report in Thursday’s New York Post).
He praised Moore, a colleague whom he called “an Energizer bunny of optimism” and “the most effective magazine person I’ve ever met,” and highlighted Moore’s successes with Time Inc.’s largest magazine properties, People, Real Simple and In Style.
Other fans of Moore featured in a congratulatory video included current chief executive Jeff Bewkes, actress Marlo Thomas, Billie Jean King, Caroline Kennedy and Moore’s son, Brendan, who attended the lunch with Mom. Aside from being Moore’s lunch date, Brendan served as the minder of the glass award she received — he had to run back to the Plaza ballroom to retrieve it when her camp initially forgot to take it with them.
Moore’s acceptance speech was mindful of the challenging times facing print, but she was still able to express her gratitude for print’s strong attributes, including that “our readers haven’t abandoned us,” “that print advertising is still effective” and “that we’re not in the newspaper business.”
Matt Lauer of the “Today” show introduced Stewart with the generous use of sports metaphors: “Like Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio and Ann [Moore], Martha is a game changer,” he said.
The founder of her eponymous brand that now includes 26 merchandising lines, radio shows, television programs, magazines and books thanked her dedicated staff during her speech, but mostly reminisced about her journey. Surely one of the recipes from her many cookbooks would be worth a Lifetime Achievement Award, but which one? “My apple pie,” she revealed before leaving.