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Fans of the hit television show M*A*S*H know Wayne Rogers as the actor who played Captain “Trapper” John McIntyre. They may not know that, offscreen, Rogers has a long record of business success. He reveals how he studied the usual business systems and then worked around them to come out ahead. Rogers hopes that readers will extrapolate lessons from his experiences: Work with people you trust, seek innovative solutions and provide excellent customer service – common sense tenets you’ll find in almost any business book. However, remember that taking off into a field of business about which you know nothing is a lot like boarding an army helicopter at a wartime mobile field hospital and chopper-riding into the wild blue yonder. You have to bring the right doctor’s bag of skills along to get away with it. getAbstract considers this breezy hodge-podge of business philosophy, political views and personal experiences an engaging page-turner for any business student or fan of M*A*S*H.

About the Authors

Actor Wayne Rogers, who wrote this book with journalist Josh Young, starred in the hit television show M*A*S*H. He is a successful entrepreneur, Broadway producer as well as a business co-owner. He is also a board member of Vishay Intertechnology.



Rogers’s Mish-M*A*S*H Career Wayne Rogers discovered his love for acting when a friend invited him to watch a rehearsal for a play. Over the course of his career, he’s acted and produced plays, movies and television programs. His roles include Gambler in Cool Hand Luke with Paul Newman, a child molester in the TV movie One Terrific Guy and the starring role in the sitcom House Calls. His experience in show business taught him valuable lessons about working with other people.

Rogers realized that, as an actor, he had chosen a feast-or-famine profession, so he began to save and invest at the beginning of his career. Aside from starring in the early years of the TV version of M*A*S*H, Rogers has been a movie and Broadway play producer, a partner in residential and commercial real estate deals, and the co-owner of a vineyard, a restaurant, a few hotels and a convenience store chain. He even became involved in reviving several distressed businesses, including the bridal chain Kleinfeld, now featured on the reality TV show, Say Yes to the Dress.

Rogers explains his varied business career easily: “Learning...

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