Nearly six years ago, I was cautioned against taking this job because, I was told, "Nothing exciting ever happens in the accounting profession," and that I would be bored to tears. Dissecting that misguided prognostication with a series of bullet points or a timeline of events would take far more room than I am allotted on this page. But if there is some sort of measuring stick that defines my tenure as editor, it would be the Enron debacle and the recent convictions of company founder and former chairman Kenneth Lay and former chief executive Jeffrey Skilling on an aggregate 25 counts of conspiracy and fraud.If there was one constant with my association here, it's Enron. From the moment the company imploded into one of the largest bankruptcies in corporate history, and terms such as "off-balance-sheet partnerships" became embedded into the lexicon of everyday folks, Enron became a lasting headline fixture on myriad business channels and publications, as well as here at Accounting Today.
As a test, I recently thumbed through a stack of back issues, and it was difficult to find even one that didn't at least have a news brief on the company, let alone a larger story.
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