LESSONS MY DAD’S VIOLIN TAUGHT ME

#1: You Never Know Who’s Important My dad was still a young violinist. Talk about a prodigy, he had started playing concerts at age 8 and now was leading an orchestra one summer in a small coastal town in Massachusetts.  The five-piece orchestra was playing in the only theater.  The audiences were mostly campers. One … More LESSONS MY DAD’S VIOLIN TAUGHT ME

KANDER QUITTING MAYORAL RACE PUTS NEW URGENCY BEHIND ‘AMERICA SALUTES YOU’

My PR firm TransMedia Group was about to issue a news release about “America Salutes You” teaming up with ReverbNation.  Then something happened that put more urgency behind this nationally televised concert series honoring U.S. veterans.   A U.S. veteran and a rising political star, Jason Kander, announced he was quitting the Kansas City mayor … More KANDER QUITTING MAYORAL RACE PUTS NEW URGENCY BEHIND ‘AMERICA SALUTES YOU’

YES, IT’S THE NON VERBAL, STUPID!

Without taking sides in the riveting dispute between Supreme Court nominee Judge  Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford who accuses him of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school, I posted some crisis management suggestions last week after watching an interview Kavanaugh and his wife Ashley did on FOX News.    Thinking back to my … More YES, IT’S THE NON VERBAL, STUPID!

Do You Like a Paraprosdokian As Much As Me?

  Because it takes up so many characters, a paraprosdokian is probably not a word you’d want to tweet very much.  What is a paraprosdokian?    It’s a fulsome figure of speech where the latter part of a sentence jumps in an unexpected direction, often comically. Frequently a paraprosdokian is used for humorous or dramatic … More Do You Like a Paraprosdokian As Much As Me?

GUYS, LISTEN TO LYNN*

One of the sexiest gals in my talent agency,TransMedia Versatile Talent, is the famous Trump Divorcée Lynn Aronberg. Here Lynn picks the best online dating apps she’s become such an expert on since her highly publicized divorce. And Guys, if you want to score big, I suggest you follow Lynn’s Advice on how best to … More GUYS, LISTEN TO LYNN*

YOU CAN SAY STEVE AND I GOT ALONG SWIMMINGLY

  Funny, the guys you wade into in front of my oceanfront Boca Raton Resort and Club. Steve Budin and I were the only ones in the ocean late in the day a few weekends ago and while waste deep we started chatting about everything and anything.  He asked me to wade in front of … More YOU CAN SAY STEVE AND I GOT ALONG SWIMMINGLY

In ‘Gotcha’ World Are Many Prisons, Some Made To Order, Others Undeserving

*rough cut of book cover still being designed    In ‘Gotcha’ World Are Many Prisons, Some Made To Order, Others Undeserving Our news release on PR Newswire caused quite a stir last month in media land. “Imprisoned Author Retains TransMedia Group to Promote ‘My Bizarre Times with Robert Durst” roared our catchy headline. The book’s full … More In ‘Gotcha’ World Are Many Prisons, Some Made To Order, Others Undeserving

TAKE MY CRASH COURSE IN PR

We hurried the other day to give Sam, an anxious prospective client, a crash course in PR before he falls back on a risky, doomed-to-fail DIY approach.   Sam was ready to sign a contract with our PR firm TransMedia Group until something happened to his feet.  They suddenly got cold.   So Sam calls … More TAKE MY CRASH COURSE IN PR

TRUMP ENLIVENS THE CHEMO ROOM AS PATIENTS PONDER WHAT CATEGORY DOES MY BOOK FALL UNDER?

So I’m sitting beside my brave, undaunted wife getting her monthly chemo to combat her relentless breast cancer when I notice on my iPhone an email from BookLife. It says entries for the 2018 BookLife Prize of $5,000 must be in by August 31.  Hmmm, not that far away, I thought. Better hurry. Then I notice … More TRUMP ENLIVENS THE CHEMO ROOM AS PATIENTS PONDER WHAT CATEGORY DOES MY BOOK FALL UNDER?

Global Warming Is Here To Stay

Global Warming is here to stay, but The Global Warming Foundation says what we’re experiencing now is only an early stage.   You might say Vous n’avez enore rien Vu, the title of the French German film shown a few years ago at the Cannes Film Festival.  Or as the Foundation’s founder Peter Ticktin, puts … More Global Warming Is Here To Stay

O say can you kneel . . .

I look at it this way.  Our Nation’s Flag and our National Anthem are sacred. When you think of all those who gave their lives fighting for those symbols of freedom that we Americans cherish, revere and hold sacred, you have to feel eternally grateful . . . and proud! Watching our star-spangled banner yet … More O say can you kneel . . .

My Disruptive PR Firm Heads to Vegas Baby To Disrupt BlockShow America 2018 Where TimiCoin Will Turn Heads

TransMedia Group off to Las Vegas Baby for BlockShow Americas 2018, August 20-21 at The Venetian (The Palazzo), to make a big splash for one of our major clients at blockchain technology’s most influential, sought after conferences.  No gambling here, Baby, we’re doubling down on TimiCoin to wow the crowd. Forgive a little boasting, but TransMedia Group is one of the … More My Disruptive PR Firm Heads to Vegas Baby To Disrupt BlockShow America 2018 Where TimiCoin Will Turn Heads

WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH THE MONEY?

Your boss is going on a trip.  He calls three of his most trusted staff into his office.  To John he hands five crisp one thousand dollar bills. To Hector he gives two thousand and to Mike a thousand.  “Now you’re the guardians of these funds until I return,” says the boss as he leaves the … More WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH THE MONEY?

SOCIETY, PUT YOUR PILLS DOWN AND YOUR HANDS UP. OPIOIDS ARE UNDER ARREST!

Society, it’s time to stop committing opioidside, the indiscriminate killing and executing of people across the entire social spectrum, from innocent kids in schools to now even convicted murderers in prisons. Opioid sellers, the Opioid Awareness Foundation has you in its sites.  Doctors, you’d better cease and desist from over-prescribing opioids.  Dealers, stop getting rich … More SOCIETY, PUT YOUR PILLS DOWN AND YOUR HANDS UP. OPIOIDS ARE UNDER ARREST!

THAT WAS THEN. NOW IT’S A NEW WORRY. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR DNA IS?

Years ago on New York’s WNEW-TV, the 10 O’Clock News began with this ominous question: “It’s 10 PM. Do you know where your children are?”   This followed a period of urban unrest when the streets were not safe at night for kids to be out.   Today it should be: “Do you know where … More THAT WAS THEN. NOW IT’S A NEW WORRY. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR DNA IS?

AND THE WINNER IS . . . ME, ELON MUSK

Yes, Tom Madden has copyrighted and is developing a TV Series titled XtraTerresla whose main character is modeled after yours truly.  Hardly surprising, huh?   With all the meteoric waves I make in media taming my Tesla tiger, I’m a natural to base a TV Series on. So in a recent MaddenMischief multiple choice quiz, the … More AND THE WINNER IS . . . ME, ELON MUSK

Vacationing Permanently on Idyllic Isle of Eighty

Ever been to Eighty?  That alluring, perfectly serine and inviting Isle of Eighty? I hear Eighty is a lovely laid-back escape. Great place to visit, but do we really want to live there? Well, my good friend Bill won a trip there in October thanks to Dr. Murphy lowering his cholesterol and keeping his blood … More Vacationing Permanently on Idyllic Isle of Eighty

IS NATO OUR ‘FOE?’ IS INTERFERING WITH OUR ELECTIONS JUST ‘MEDDLING?’ TERMS ARE GERMS THAT INFECT OUR BODY POLITIC

Mr. President, do you really think it was right to call the EU or NATO a “foe” as you did just prior to your Helsinki summit.   NATO is hardly our foe.  The word is not really interchangeable with “opponent,” which I’m sure is what you meant when you described NATO members as foe whom you … More IS NATO OUR ‘FOE?’ IS INTERFERING WITH OUR ELECTIONS JUST ‘MEDDLING?’ TERMS ARE GERMS THAT INFECT OUR BODY POLITIC

MEET DISRUPTOR DONG

Ever been to a car auction?  They’re noisy.  Messy.  Costly.  Right? Well here comes our superhero to the rescue–Disruptor Dong–who is about to transform that endangered species known as the auto auction into a smother, more sensible, saner and safer operation. Kevin Dong is the Jeff Bezos of the auto biz who is about to … More MEET DISRUPTOR DONG

GUESS WHICH CONCEPT MADDEN MISCHIEF IS DEVELOPING INTO A TV SERIES?

Yes, Madden Mischief is developing a TV Series titled “XtraTerresla” and we were wondering if you can tell by the title what it’s about.  Don’t worry, it’s copyrighted.  So take a guess.Winners will receive a special invitation to the series world premiere. You have three choices. Is the property being developed: 1, 2 or 3? … More GUESS WHICH CONCEPT MADDEN MISCHIEF IS DEVELOPING INTO A TV SERIES?

BREAKING NEWS IS BREAKING OUR CHOPS!

  Look, Harry, there’s breaking news. I wouldn’t worry, Martha, it’s probably about another tweet Trump sent out.  No big deal.   Hey news departments, give us a break from all the breaking news?  The term is barked so often on FOX or CNN, its impact may be breaking down. You’re like breaking our chops … More BREAKING NEWS IS BREAKING OUR CHOPS!

DID MELANIA TAKE A SUPERTRAIN TO TEXAS?

Sometimes you need to speak up, the old truth to power, to avoid sending mixed messages that otherwise spoil a well-intentioned act. In this case the power is statuesque and beautiful.  It resides gracefully and elegantly in a quietly intelligent immigrant known as the First Lady, Melania Trump, So big deal, she wore a coat … More DID MELANIA TAKE A SUPERTRAIN TO TEXAS?

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?