Just Asking: What Will You Miss About ’08?

We asked industry execs what they’d miss the most about 2008 — and the least.
Miss most: “Irrational exuberance. We all knew in our heart of hearts that the party wouldn’t last forever, but it was fun.” Miss least: “Irrational exuberance. Distortions in the financial world corrupts. Gigantic distortions corrupt everything. The pain will get worse before it gets better, but in the end we’ll all be better off for it.” -Chris Knopf, ECD and chairman, Mintz & Hoke

“I’ll miss wanting Barak Obama to win.The thing I’ll miss the least will be the closing ceremonies at the Chinese Olympics, if they’re over yet.” -Jim Haven, principal and co-creative director, Creature

“I’ll miss the first half, and bid adieu to the second in a heartbeat.”
-Scot Morgan, president, Brunner

“I will miss the money in my 401k account the most. And the sleepless nights worrying about it the least.” -Beau Fraser, managing director, The Gate Worldwide

“What I’ll miss most about 2008, oddly enough, is the constant buzz and hype that the election and the financial crisis created. It was both inspiring and frightening on such a major scale — unlike anything I’ve ever seen or experienced. It affected absolutely everyone and everything. There was always this expectation of something either disastrous or hopeful in the news almost every day. I got addicted to reading or watching or listening to everything I could about it. Not surprisingly, it’s also the thing I’ll miss the least. A person can only take so much that kind of thing. Now, I’m ready to move on and focus on what’s next.” -Jay Nelson, cd, Sprague Nelson

Miss most: “January, because the year seemed so promising.” Miss least: “October, because the market voted the other way.” -Joe Grimaldi, CEO, Mullen

Miss most: “My stock portfolio.” Miss least: “Self-professed know-it-alls with their cracked and cloudy crystal balls.” -Richard Roth, principal, Roth Associates

“What I’ll miss the least in 2008 is the lying politicians and their bad political ads. After 18 months, the longest campaign season in the history of the U.S., it’s finally over. Whew.” -Steve Kolander, Small Army