1‘PLEASE TELL THAT GAGGLE TO PIPE DOWN,’ I’D LOVE TO TELL THE BARTENDER AT MY ‘PRIVATE’ CLUB AFTER INDURING QUAKES OF LAUGHTER.

The opening scene of the 1935 Fred and Ginger movie “Top Hat” finds Fred waiting for his business manager in the quietest, snobbiest private club in London. The slightest noise he makes produces angry stares and grimaces from the tuxedoed gentlemen who insist upon stiff decorum as they peruse their newspapers and quietly sip their … More ‘PLEASE TELL THAT GAGGLE TO PIPE DOWN,’ I’D LOVE TO TELL THE BARTENDER AT MY ‘PRIVATE’ CLUB AFTER INDURING QUAKES OF LAUGHTER.

IT’S THE VIDEO, STUPID!

It’s not “the economy, stupid” anymore.  It’s the visual (or video), stupid.  That photo of Trump embracing the little boy at The While House could erase a ton of Trump’s tweets that might have offended or bothered some people. Remember “It’s the economy, stupid?”  It was the phrase political campaign strategist James Carville had coined for … More IT’S THE VIDEO, STUPID!

Artist Kenny Ruiz Once Had Reason to Hate Police, But Today Sees Only a Collage of Bravery in Blue

Kenny once saw only red, but today sees a collage of bravery in blue. Here are the police images artist Kenny Ruiz deplores the most today: A woman caught on camera spitting on demonstrators against the Chicago Mayor for turning his back on police officers. The Fraternal Order of Police were accusing the Mayor of “pandering to … More Artist Kenny Ruiz Once Had Reason to Hate Police, But Today Sees Only a Collage of Bravery in Blue

Here’s My Mea Culpa Prescription To Redeem Roseanne’s Reputation

First let me tell you I spent years at ABC and NBC television networks putting out fires, managing crises, helping stars stay up in their respective realms after making blunders like Roseanne’s that sent their careers crashing. Today my PR firm, TransMedia Group, offers crisis management that has saved many businesses, including not too long … More Here’s My Mea Culpa Prescription To Redeem Roseanne’s Reputation

HOLLYWOOD HASN’T ALWAYS BEEN LIBERAL WHEN DIRECTING AND CREATING PRESIDENTS

Between actor Robert Montgomery’s coaching Ike, Sammy Davis Jr’s cavorting with Nixon and Sinatra’s hosting glitzy birthday bashes for Kennedy, conservatives and liberals both have benefited spectacularly from the entertainment industry. While Hollywood’s political pendulum has swung decidedly liberal and being conservative today is like being gay in the eighties, it wasn’t always that way. … More HOLLYWOOD HASN’T ALWAYS BEEN LIBERAL WHEN DIRECTING AND CREATING PRESIDENTS

You Have a New Connection on LinkedIn Learn More About . . .

  When I started this blog, I never dreamed I would ever become INaddicted, my term for having developed a benign, but adventurous, exuberant yet gnawing infatuation that has led me to romantically embrace LinkedIn. But that’s what’s happened.  I’m in love with LinkedIn.  Every morning the first thing I do is pick up my … More You Have a New Connection on LinkedIn Learn More About . . .

Get Ready For High Stakes Poker in Singapore

If the latest bump in the road doesn’t upset the nuclear apple cart, get ready for our shrewd deal-making cat to sit down with mister mashugana mouse for a high-stakes game of poker in Singapore. Here’s a glimpse of how the game might go down “I’ll raise you total nuclear abandonment,” says the cat, smiling … More Get Ready For High Stakes Poker in Singapore

FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TODAY, IT’S A LAUREL OR HARDY WORLD

Basically there are two ways to safeguard our livelihoods and protect America’s most precious resource today, her nearly 30 million small businesses. One is to adopt a cheerful, welcoming, open-door attitude toward potential customers.  I call it the friendly, open arms, optimistic Laurel way. The other is to take heavy Hardy’s suspicious stance, staying always … More FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TODAY, IT’S A LAUREL OR HARDY WORLD

Was It the Ultimate ‘Less is More’ That Made Release of Three Americans from North Korea an even Bigger Story?

  What if there had been 30 or 300 Americans released?  Would it have been as powerful a story?   Journalistic history tells us that large numbers don’t necessarily make as much news as when a precious few are involved whose individuality and humanness shine through.   The word rescue causes many dramatic pictures to … More Was It the Ultimate ‘Less is More’ That Made Release of Three Americans from North Korea an even Bigger Story?

From Where Did Her Blue Eyes And Freckles Come?

To: Martin Scorsese FR: Tom Madden   Dear Martin, that’s the engrossing mystery in ‘The Mayor, The Mob & Me,’ an autobiography by 85-Year-Old Catherine Spitale that would make a movie to rival The Godfather.   My PR firm, TransMedia Group (www.TransMediaGroup.com), was hired to do some investigative reporting to confirm whether author Catherine was indeed … More From Where Did Her Blue Eyes And Freckles Come?

Just like it’s not easy bein’ Green, It’s not easy bein’ brief

Take it from me, a writer of speeches, books and blogs.  It takes a lot more time and effort to write a short piece, versus a long one. And usually the shorter they are, the more punch they have, definitely in humor with the famous “one liner.”  Is not brevity the soul of wit?  I … More Just like it’s not easy bein’ Green, It’s not easy bein’ brief

Excuse me, I’ve a Bit of a Scratchy Throat Today. Après Vous

  Each morning as a writer I dive into a sea of words. Sometimes I come up with clammy expressions that are better off sinking back to the sandy bottom. Others I find mauled by tradition-eating sharks who enjoy noshing on my keyboard. One recentlyI came across was that quaint phrase “after you.” Here’s a … More Excuse me, I’ve a Bit of a Scratchy Throat Today. Après Vous

WHETHER ON SEA OR LAND, BE NICE TO THAT BIRD IN HAND?

It seemed perfectly natural that the world’s first solar yacht builder would hire TransMedia Group for its launch at The Palm Beach International Boat Show. Our PR firm has a history of introducing revolutionary products. As the first oceangoing yacht fully solar sustainable and exclusively powered by solar energy, this beautiful, futuristic yacht built by … More WHETHER ON SEA OR LAND, BE NICE TO THAT BIRD IN HAND?

Now Who’d Want to Bust Poor Little Tony?

Once I had to get Tony the Tiger out of a serious scrape, along with his buddies Snap, Crackle and Pop. I was in New York working the D-A-Y shift atDudley Anderson Yutzy, one of the country’s largest PR firms at the time.  I was assigned to get Tony, Cornelius Rooster and bunch of others … More Now Who’d Want to Bust Poor Little Tony?