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Fresh Air Fund

Monday, June 21, 2010

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My wife and I don’t have any kids. We have periodically talked about getting involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, but the same problem keeps popping up its ugly head. We just can’t afford the time commitment that they demand. But recently I was contacted by Fresh Air Fund You can get involved by letting […]

Ballooning in Cocoa Beach

Thursday, May 27, 2010


It would’ve been easier finding a Nobel Prize Winner in Cocoa Beach… … than trying to get any friends to wake up at 6:00 am on a Sunday morning. But I finally hit pay dirt when I called my life-long unlucky charm, David Gralla. Alas!.. He didn’t jinx me this time. David, his wife Pat, […]

Sunken Flagships and Side Doors

Sunday, May 9, 2010


What would you do if the direct sales from your top selling product tanked tomorrow? Well it’s gonna happen. It may not be tomorrow, but the death of your star will come some day. It’s a fact, so why not assume it is going to happen sooner than later? One of the tools I use […]

3-1-2 – The right combination

Saturday, February 27, 2010


My friend Roy Williams told me years ago that the best way to develop a killer advertisement is to follow these steps in this order of priority: 3 – Start with the end first. What is the Last Mental Image (LMI) you want your audience to have stuck in their head after they have read […]

2200 Pennies

Friday, January 29, 2010


“A pound of water and a pound of feathers are both still a pound!” “Right… I know that, but we are talking about fluid ounces not weight ounces, there is a difference” “No there’s not” “OK, this 20 fluid ounce bottle of water weighs about 2 pounds, right?” “Yep”…tossing it from hand to hand. “So […]

Easter Bunny at Christmastime

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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Which is more inescapable? Death Valley in July or Santa is December No I am not some kind of Scrooge; I just want to show you an example of how you can use deliberate creativity. A tool to help you think “how to think.” If you’re running holiday advertising with some version of St. Nick, […]

CBHS Video

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


I took Julie’s pictures and turned them into an Animoto video. If anyone wants the actual video, they can download it here. I uploaded it to YouTube but it didn’t look good. I think YouTube compressed it too much. If you anyone wants to send me more pictures and/or another song MP3, I can make […]

Class Reunion

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


“That’s because only 3 people didn’t smoke pot in high school: You, Me, and one other person.  I can’t remember who the 3rd was right now…but… I know for sure it wasn’t HER” ———- “Why didn’t you ever like me? “What are you talking about? What do you mean I didn’t like you? Of course […]

Innovation Book

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Earlier this week I presented my workshop “Da Vinci and the 40 Answers” as part of an Innovation Series to 80 of this country’s leading women. Specifically Women in Defense. Each attendee received a physical copy of my Innovation Book. “Thank you for coming to Picatinny!   I thoroughly enjoyed your Innovation presentation, as I know […]

Airline Blues

Friday, November 20, 2009


Well it’s not much, but it’s something. In the days of $7 pillows, blankets and Budweiser’s pretty much anything the airlines do that is positive comes as a surprise. When everyone in your industry sucks, even a little gesture can make a difference. On October 16th, our flight was an hour delayed since our plane […]