Bobbleheads and Tales
Niki D’Andrea – Executive Editor
You can tell a lot about a person by the things they keep on their desk. Walmart founder Sam Walton had a voice recorder surrounded by a few neat, small stacks of folders. Walt Disney’s desk displayed toy rockets. Albert Einstein – whose workspace was strewn with stacks of scattered papers, piles of open books, and mountains of miscellanea – famously said, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”
These days, it might just be a sign somebody needs a bobblehead. The nodding toy caricatures have become ubiquitous in offices. Cheech and Chong, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a zombie wearing an Arizona Diamondbacks jersey, Charlie Brown, scientist Nikola Tesla and Donald Trump are among the characters wobbling around offices near me. Each one corresponds to some part of the personality or interests of its owner, or has a story behind how it came to be where it is (the D-Backs zombie was a giveaway at a game in the spring of 2014; Charlie Brown could have been found in the basement of an abandoned home; maybe Trump was a white elephant party gag in the ‘90s, etc.).
Strangely, there were no plastic figures with nodding noggins on the desks of the Airparkarea CEOs we photographed for this month’s Office Spaces feature. But there were plenty of other interesting things from which to gather insight, including drumsticks, a Tiffany Studios desk set, a dog crate, and a baseball bat signed by Pete Rose. Find more telling objects and meet the CEOs behind the desks starting on page 25.
Also telling is the architecture coming to life around the Airpark – expansive, innovative projects that integrate technology with striking design and mixed-use development – which speaks of the business proliferation in and growing residential appeal of the area. In our story Desert Renderings (page 22), freelance writer Mike Butler pulls the blueprints and picks the brains of the architects behind three of the biggest projects in the Airpark: modern residential high-rise Optima Kierland, the new Vig McDowell Mountain, and the $27 million remodel of Scottsdale Airport itself.
Two more signs of the Airpark’s ongoing growth in this issue: our robust news briefs and Dining Destinations section. Our culinary coverage is the fattest it’s ever been at nearly nine pages (beginning on page 48), while business news fills almost four total pages (starting on page 6). There’s so much going on, from the completion of multi-million-dollar renovations at Desert Ridge Marketplace and the breaking ground on the 70,000-square-foot The Block at Pima Center to multiple local execs earning various national awards and the opening of Star Wars-themed Saber Knights Academy.
I bet their CEO has a Yoda bobblehead on his desk.