Thanks for that article Craig. It's been endlessly discussed how the dynamic worked between Michael Eisner and Frank Wells and it's my opinion that Eisner never really recovered from the death of Wells. And of course, that sad event also brought to a head the friction between Eisner and Jeffery Katzenberg. No doubt that Frank Wells made an incalculably large contribution to the history and financial health of Disney.
Eisner and Wells started working for Disney on the same day in 1984. The board of directors and major shareholders truly wanted Wells be CEO and Eisner to be president. It was Frank Wells who convinced those concerned that Eisner should be CEO and Wells should be president. That's a pretty rare thing in corporate America. There is no doubt that Frank Wells could have easily handled being CEO, but he voluntarily supported Eisner for the position. I think that gives great insight into the character of Frank Wells.
Frank Wells also attended Pomona College in the early 1950s with Roy E. Disney, so they had a long history together before they began a professional relationship.
Along with the Frank Wells tribute in the Matterhorn, he is honored with a window on Main Street at the Magic Kingdom. It occupies a prominent place in a third floor window just above Center Street West.
Echoing the Matterhorn tribute, the window says Seven Summit Expeditions, Frank G. Wells President, "For those who want to do it all".
There was some talk around the time of Wells' passing that he might be leaving the company in order to pursue his passion for adventure and perhaps run for a political office. Who knows what might have happened if Wells had lived, but I think the Walt Disney Company still keenly feels his loss.
The public statement that Michael Eisner made regarding the death of his associate ended with the sentence "The world has lost a great human being." Very true.