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If Everyone Gets a Chance…

February 10, 2011

…could you please click on this link to check out my latest blog post.

It’s not necessarily what you might be used to reading from me,  but I’d really appreciate it if you could just click the link and if you have any thoughts on the content, please leave a comment. 🙂



A Great History Lesson…

October 4, 2010

One of my all time favorite songs…and a great history lesson for people of all ages.

Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” was the subject of a final exam when I was in school. The test: to explain each historical reference in the song (in one sentence each). Good thing I know my history 🙂

Check out the video below…

For your reference, here are the lyrics:

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnny Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio

Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

Rosenbergs, H Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye

Eisenhower, Vaccine, England’s got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiov
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc

Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock

Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn’s got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland

Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, Bridge On The River Kwai

Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball
Starkweather, Homicide, Children of Thalidomide

Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia
Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go

U2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion

Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatle mania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson

Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician sex
J.F.K. blown away, what else do I have to say

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No, we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock

Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airline
Ayatollah’s in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan

Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal suicide
Foreign debts, homeless Vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz

Hypodermics on the shores, China’s under martial law
Rock and Roller cola wars, I can’t take it anymore

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning since the world’s been turning.
We didn’t start the fire
But when we are gone
It will still burn on, and on, and on, and on…

PepsiCo Recalls Pistachios

April 1, 2009

PepsiCo has recalled $200,000 worth of pistachios in the U.S. and Canada due to potential salmonella contamination.

From Bloomberg:

There have been no reports of illness associated with the recalled in-shell pistachios distributed by Frito-Lay, PepsiCo said today in a statement. The nuts are generally found at check-out counters, spokeswoman Aurora Gonzalez said today in an interview.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Supermarkets pulled pistachios and some pistachio-laden foods from their shelves Tuesday, moves resulting from this week’s Food and Drug Administration warning to consumers not to eat the nuts because they could be tainted with salmonella.

The FDA is scrambling to prevent a repeat of a recent salmonella outbreak from peanuts that has sickened more than 690 people in 46 states. And in Sacramento on Tuesday, a lawmaker introduced legislation to tighten safety standards for foods processed in California.

Earlier this week, Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., a San Joaquin Valley nut packer, recalled 2 million pounds of pistachios because of potential salmonella contamination. The company’s nuts tested positive during routine checks at a plant operated by Kraft Foods Inc. and other food manufacturers, according to the FDA.

Like Peanut Corp. of America, the company blamed for the widespread outbreak from peanuts, Setton is a bulk provider of nuts to food manufacturers and wholesalers. That means that the contaminated pistachios could have ended up in a variety of processed foods, including ice cream, cookies, candies and trail mix.

The Best Super Bowl Commercials

February 2, 2009

I thought that overall, this was a down year for Super Bowl commercials. But, there were still quite a few which drew a laugh from myself, and the crowd who I watched the game with.

For us, Doritos led the charge with their user generated spot which was conceived by two contest-winning brothers from Batesville, Indiana.

I also enjoyed commercials from Go Daddy, Budweiser and Career Builder.

What did you think? What were the best and worst commercials during yesterday’s game.

Also, check out USA Today for their reader responses. They also have video of their favorite commercials.

From USA Today:

It wasn’t just the Arizona Cardinals who met their match in the Super Bowl — so did Madison Avenue.

And it could be a game-changer. For the first time, it wasn’t an ad agency that created the best-liked Super Bowl commercial. It was two unemployed brothers from Batesville, Ind., whose ad for Doritos — created for an online contest for amateurs — won them $1 million from Doritos maker Frito-Lay, and leaves ad pros with a lot of ‘splaining to do.

What the duo did was beat 51 big-budget advertisers and won USA TODAY’S 21st annual exclusive Super Bowl Ad Meter real-time consumer testing of how much they liked the ads as they aired. (USA TODAY had no connection with Doritos and no connection to the online contest.)

The off-the-wall commercial, “Free Doritos,” features a guy who shatters a vending machine with his crystal ball after predicting free Doritos for everyone in the office.

Just as impressive, the two and backer Doritos displaced Anheuser-Busch and broke its Ad Meter streak. The brewing giant had won 10 in a row.

Although A-B did well, with two ads ranking among Ad Meter’s top five, it couldn’t match Doritos, which also aired a second ad from the contest — and it finished No. 5 out of the 52 ads in the games.

“Two nobodies from nowhere,” just walked off with one of the ad world’s top honors, says 32-year-old Dave Herbert, who made the winning ad with his 33-year-old brother, Joe.

We “beat the king of commercials,” says Herbert.

The two brothers now have fame, fortune and a decent shot at changing the way Super Bowl commercials — and maybe lots of others — are made in the future.

As if the $280 billion U.S. advertising industry doesn’t have enough problems in the struggling economy, now it’s got an even bigger problem: Amateurs are beating it at its own game.

“Regular people have great ideas. They took something simple and made it funny,” says Charles Boast, a 59-year old engineer from Alexandria, Va., an Ad Meter participant.

“Given the type of times we’re in, funny is in,” he says.

Anheuser-Busch executives were good sports, even though A-B was out A-B-ed this Super Bowl by two guys who stole from its playbook of low-brow slapstick ads. (Yes, the crystal ball in the Doritos ad also is heaved at a man’s crotch, albeit accidentally.)

“Tell them to do a recount,” said a jesting Bob Lachky, chief creative officer at Anheuser-Busch, upon learning A-B had been bested. But Lachky conceded that the winning Doritos ad was pretty funny.

“Congratulations to Doritos,” he said.

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