Last week's PlasticsNews.com Web poll, “Should inductees to the Plastics Hall of Fame be required to attend the induction ceremony,” generated some responses.
If for some reason a Hall of Fame electee chooses not to attend what is essentially an exercise in industry recognition and industry self-congratulation, does that diminish her accomplishments?
To require attendance at a schmoozfest demeans the award — the Academy should be recognizing objective accomplishment, not social agreement. If an Olympic athlete refused to attend the awarding of his medal, should it be stripped from him? He is still, for example, the fastest swimmer in the world.
We may not like someone's attitude, but that doesn't mean that building an enterprise is any less an accomplishment. Recognition should be built on what one has done, not what one doesn't do.
Salt Lake City