Los Angeles--Imagine my surprise to see John Chambers, the CEO of Cisco Systems, immortalized with a star on Hollywood Boulevard. Right near Levar Burton no less.
What did they give it to him for? For his fine performance of the "Are you ready?" speech he used to give during the Internet heyday. Chambers gave this speech once every few days, it seemed, between 1996 and 2000. It was rousing, until the third time you heard it. (And it turned out the answer to the question was: "For the dot.com implosion? No.")
Was it for his unflappable Southern charm, even under difficult circumstances? He never gets riled in public. Was he a stunt double for Ron Howard on Andy Griffith show back in the 60s?
No. It turns out that the star belongs to special effects whiz John Chambers, who transformed Roddy McDowell into a walking chimp in the original "Planet of the Apes" series.
The router king will no doubt one day get a more fitting memorial. Still, I like the idea of him in a board room bellowing "Get your hands off me you damn dirty ape."