Nick Barrucci of Dynamic Forces on Arthur Lieberman
'Legacy Will Live on Forever'
Published: 05/08/2012 01:39am
Arthur M. Lieberman, 1935-2012").
Arthur Lieberman. The man. The myth. And yes, the legend. There are some people that come in your life, and you can't imagine them not being in your life. Arthur Lieberman is one of those people. I only met Arthur seven years ago. We were waiting in the office lobby to meet with him to pitch him on our publishing Red Sonja. It was an important pitch for us, and I was nervous. While waiting, and other people walked in through the lobby to go to their offices, I would look up to see which of these men in business suits was Arthur. You see, Arthur was an attorney, and the meeting was in his law offices, and there were attorney's, clients, etc. walking in and out of the offices through the lobby, and you didn't know which person in the suit was the person you were meeting with. So as people were walking through, I would look up to see "Is this Arthur?" In a way, trying to see the person I'm about to meet, and see if I can feel how the meeting will go. Of course, it usually doesn't work out that way.
First impressions before you sit down to speak with someone in a meeting, isn't the first impression. When you sit down, and you're talking, that's your first impression. After all, you're in a law office. In the lobby. With "suits" walking in and out with their clients. They all look the same, right? Wrong. Arthur came in through the elevator. I didn't think he was Arthur. He didn't look like any of the other attorney's. I didn't see a "suit." He was tall and intimidating, tan overcoat and hat on, yet with a big smile on his face. As I would get to know Arthur I would realize he was always smiling. He walked in, we shook hands, and he asked us to follow him into his office. We talked, negotiated, and would have further conversations and negotiations later. Eventually, we were the Red Sonja licensee. And yes, it was the start of a beautiful relationship.
There are some people you meet in your life who will have a profound effect on it. When that happens, you're the fortunate one. Arthur is someone who did that for me. Arthur was larger than life, a great family man, and a good friend.
Though Arthur has passed to the next life, my relationship with him is forever set in stone as we are fortunate to continue to work with his family. He is survived by his family and friends. His son, Luke, is one of my closest friends.
And Arthur's legacy will live on forever.
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