In this era of rote apologies for sexual transgressions, I’ll fess up and add one more—mine. You be the judge if what I once did should be added to the mounting trash bin of Weinsteamy wrongdoing that’s making America look not so great again. I’m referring of course to the continually breaking news about a … More ANOTHER ONE WHO REGRETS ANY PAIN HE MIGHT HAVE CAUSED
Boy, are we ever good at sales. America is the birthplace of freedom and democracy and one other outstanding attribute—salesmanship. We Americans can sell anything to anybody. Our slogan could be Make America’s Economy Robust Again, and a majority of us Americans will stand in lines outside for hours during a raging blizzard to vote … More We Americans Can Sell Ice to Retired Eskimos
Those moths of memory float by reminding us who we are and from where we come. One wafted out of a cigarette smoky childhood recollection. It explains perfectly why I started a licensed talent agency as a division of our PR firm, TransMedia Group (www.transmediagroup.com). We just renamed it TransMedia Versatile Talent (TVT), for which … More WHY I’M A TALENT AGENT
What bugs you! I’ll tell you what bugs me. No, it’s not the congressman’s nude photo going viral. I’ve become inured by over-sexed reps partying in our strip-joint capital. What I’m mad about today is how TV panelists respond so robotically in ways that make no sense. For example, why do guests on TV panels … More ‘THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME’ THAT MINDLESS PHRASE ON TV MADDENS ME THE MOST
Someone who made a big impression on me when I was just starting out as a newspaper reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer was an assistant managing editor of The New York Times. His name was Theodore Bernstein. Bernstein’s job at the Times was to get writers there to watch their language . . . to … More Hey, Watch Your Language
You see my desk? It’s a little more cluttered than usual today because Peter Wein is about to do his radio show from it, hence the microphone you see me cavorting with. Still on any typical day I’m proud to say there’s clutter enough to maybe qualify me for Mensa, for isn’t a messy desk … More CREATIVELY TUNED AND CLUTTER PROUD
Yes, we all make mistakes. Mine topped them all. It was a doozy, a humdinger, an asinine stunt that landed me right in prison. Not the prison of walls, guards and bars, but the interminable prisons of traction, body casts and braces. I broke my neck when I was 21. What fun! It happened back … More WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES
Here’s a test for you to lock horns with your imagination to see how creative a writer you are. Running with current events, I call it the Amazonian Writing Test. With 97.6% accuracy, it will reveal how good a writer YOU are. Here’s the fictional event you are to write pithy headlines about from different … More How Creative Are Your Antlers?
YOUR PIZZA DELIVERY IS ON ITS WAY! My oldest daughter visiting from New York City ordered pizza for us last night. She told us not to have the delivery person bring the pizza up to our apartment. She would go down and meet him in the lobby of our condo. She explained you don’t want … More Hello, Paranoia Pizza. May I help you?
Walking into your neighborhood bank branch is not a very electrifying experience. Often eerily quiet and on the darkish side, banks are pretty somber, dull places, right? So why wouldn’t you think of bankers as creepy. Scary. Halloweenish! Thinking about this while making a deposit at Bank of America the other day managed to break … More BANKING ON HALLOWEEN