Saturday, June 17, 2006

McDonalds Opens In Africa

Thank you

Post 349 for Father's Day

"I'm looking for someone to change my life...I'm looking for a miracle in my life and if you could see what it's done to me..."
The Moody Blues

Post 348 for Father's Day

"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."- Mark Twain

The Ten Greatest Drunks in History

Who's gonna tell you this stuff? Huh?
I am right here.

Stephen Colbert owns a representative

Note to US Congressmen: If you co-sponsor a bill requiring the 10 Commandments be displayed in the House and the Senate (so that we "don't lose a sense of our direction") you better know all ten when Stephen Colbert asks you to name them.

Here is the link. Oops

In Praise of...Colin Montgomerie

I was watching golf yesterday and I heard one of the announcers say something about how Colin Montgomerie was one of the least liked guys on the circuit, seems he's an arrogant Brit (ooh, and aren't those the worst kind).
On September 13, 2001 in the aftermath of 9/11, Colin was in town for a pro event at the Bellreive in St. Louis. They cancelled the event and that day, I did an all day telethon at the Galleria to raise money for Backstoppers, an organization that donates money to widows and families of fallen officers, paramedics and firefighters.
I saw him walk in the door and knew his reputation. He approached the table where we were and asked what was going on, I told him and he immediately whipped out his checkbook and wrote a check for $5,000. I know he makes that in a day, but I thought he was generous and I told him so. He said "I love America".

Post Number 344 for Father's Day

"My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life."
- Lee Iacocca

Friday, June 16, 2006

Post Number 343 for Father's Day

"I felt something impossible for me to explain in words. Then when they took her away, it hit me. I got scared all over again and began to feel giddy. Then it came to me -- I was a father."
- Nat King Cole

(for you, coop)

Sports Illustrated's Top Photos of The Year

Going into town from the farm on a Saturday morning meant the day was sweet. Fountain Dr. Pepper's from Norman's Rexall Drug(see earlier post), shooting pool, getting NEW comic books, cherry shakes from the Dairy Queen and the new SI would be out. I would buy it then ride home and read it.
Still love SI.
Here's their award winning photos from 2000-now.

Clear Channel Now Thinking About One Second Spots


:30's, :60's and :01's
In early 2005, I linked to an Adrants item about Cadillac trying out five second commercials (and made the obvious reference to Max Headroom). According to Advertising Age, Clear Channel is considering one-second commercials (called Blinks)

The Blinks could be used in a number of ways. Clear Channel's Creative Services Group crafted a demonstration spot using the McDonald's jingle, and placed it between one hip-hop song and another. The group also created a Blink for BMW's Mini Cooper with a horn honking and man's voice saying "Mini," and placed it before miniaturized news reports. (Neither marketer has a deal with Clear Channel for Blinks.) Other audio mnemonics that could use Blinks are the Intel chime and the NBC bells.

Sounds like a publicity stunt but who knows. Not sure how this syncs with CC's "less clutter" philosophy. If anybody has heard one of these (or, better still, could send me a wee air-check), gimme a shout. [Thanks, Jackie]

Steak and Shake has been doing this for years....."bean crock".

Wikipedia's Comprehensive List of Problems Solved By MacGyver

Loved the show. Warning!! Plot spoilers abound. Here's the list.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Blue Dress+Wind=Trouble

I love Toni Braxton. I think she is one beautiful lady and sings like a bird. When I was working in Smooth Jazz radio, I played her stuff a lot. During opening ceremonies for the World Cup in Germany, it apparently was a very windy day....

Song Rip-Off Update

I was watching the NBA gane last night. I never watch pro basketball until the playoffs, then I love watching the pros. I heard "Magic Bus" for some car company and thought to myself, does Pete Townshend really need all of this money? I used to love Pete and The Who and thought they epitomized what rock and roll was about...loud and not pretentious at all. How wrong I was about Pete. He has sold his soul to the corporate machine. Just about every popular Who song has been stolen for something to do with cars, TV shows, you name it, Pete's sold it.

What the hell does "Oye Como Va" have to do with Honda's? When I interviewed Carlos Santana many years ago, he said "Oye Como Va" was the song that Tito Puente started his "Houseparty" with on Saturday nights broadcasting on the "X" out of Mexico. It is now selling cars. I guess I can't blame Carlos, it's not his song and maybe Tito's family needs the money....

I have cut up my Chase card due to the fact that "All You Need Is Love" is now thier theme song. Outrageous!! Did Micheal do this or was it Paul? If Paul agreed, than he's even more greedy that I previously thought. I about shot my water through my nose when I heard this. I'm seriously steamed that future generations will associate "All You Need Is Love" with a credit card.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Why Advertise?

In a column this morning, Bill McClellan wrote an article about something that I have been wondering about. Why does Ameren advertise? Are there choices in electric companies? I don't understand the need for them to be buying commercials with my money. They also throw a lot of money to lobbyists on both sides of the state congressional isle. What is the point? We have no choice when it comes to electric power.

Another question...why does MOdot run spots? Do we have a choice when it comes to fixing our roads? I didn't think so. This is a blatant attempt to spend the taxpayers money foolishly.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

In Praise Of....A.R.S.

I thought the Atlanta Rhythm Section would be superstars. Formed out of the band that once was The Classics 4 (Stormy)(Spooky), this studio band caught me with "Doraville" from 1974. I caught the bug big time with "Dog Days" and was hooked. I never got to see them live, I just loved the smooth style and laid back playing that personified their music. Here are my fave ARS tunes....

1. "Sky High"
2. "Doraville"
3. "Crazy"
4. "Georgia Rhythm"
5. "Spooky"

As good as it ever got.

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