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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Art Linkletter

He touched generations of children

Art Linkletter is gone at 97. I had the honor or meeting him here in Boulder City as he promoted solar energy. Linkletter joked that he was the only man to open two national landmarks. He cut the ribbon of the Golden Gate Bridge and he cut the ribbon opening the New York Worlds Fair. While not a national historic site, in 1955 he wast here at the ribbon cutting for Disneyland, and at thousands of other supermarkets, theme parks, public buildings and even movie studio lots.

He told the story of a man who came up to him at an event in a walker. The old man said "don't you remember me, when I was a kid I was on your radio show."

As for his sex life, four years ago he said it had not changed except that when his wife ask him to go up stairs to "have a little whoopie" he has to respond "make up your mind, choose one."

At 93 he kept the country club tent full of VIP's laughing for a full 40 minutes, non-stop.

A Canadian by birth, Linkletter was a major campaigner for the war effort during the Second World War, and one of America's top entrepreneurs,  earning millions upon millions on investments and projects. Of course is best remembered for "Kids Say the Darndest Things."

The New York Times offers its obituary writes "the genial host who parlayed his talent for the ad-libbed interview into two of television’s longest-running shows, “People Are Funny” and “House Party,” in the 1950s and 1960s, died on Wednesday at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles." 

The Times goes on to report on his rags to riches, see the world and be opento everyone story book life.

Radio and TV personality Art Linkletter (left), who appeared in only two movies, was positively brilliant in his only acting role, as Happy Hogan in Richard Whorf's too-seldom-seen and eerily prescient TV satire "Champagne for Caesar'' (1950). Happy is the nitwit master of ceremonies on "Masquerade for Money,'' where unemployed geniusRonald Colman hopes to clean out eccentric sponsor Vincent Price. Happy also turns out to be the love interest of Colman's sister, played by Barbara Britton, the first actress I ever remember having a crush on. Linkletter also played himself in the 1946 movie version of his radio show "People Are Funny,'' which later had a long and popular run on TV. - New York Post

“I know enough about a lot of things to be interesting, but I’m not interested enough in any one thing to be boring,” Mr. Linkletter told The New York Post in 1965. “I’m like everybody’s next-door neighbor, only a little bit smarter.”

The Big Apple overtakes MS, now world's largest

It's official.

Today Apple overtook Microsoft to become the world's largest technology company.
iPad may revolutionize retail commerce.

- Marketplace, American Public Media

Apple has finally put Microsoft in the read view mirror. 

The capitalization ratio and the stock market has finally put Apple as the largest in value tech company in the world.

The iPad has become a valuable sales tool. 

The screen is large, clean and crisp to display product, web pages and documents. Applications include an entry type charge card system, or an attachment plus the ap will give you the full scan and pay system for on location 24/7 sales payments. 

A young lady in the seat behind me on the plane from DC spent the flight talking retail, religion and politics with Steve Dressler.

Oprah Winfry is among the retailers using the traditional Amway pyramid sales, pushing they use of iPads, iPhones and iPods as sales tools and retail sales points. Apparently the industry is growing at geometric levels, as people accept the image on the screen retail approach. Even Brick and mortar stores are following the Apple Store model of having iPod readers for point of sale transactions and video display walls for touch and see product displays.

Now the cell phone, led by the iPhone and the 3G iPad, tracks your motions throughout a brick and mortar store, your purchase history and your preferences. While this may rankle your independence a bit, the reality is that sales indicate people do want fewer choices and choices that somehow come closer to exactly what they are looking for. Phone and iPad aps can do this.

The Gap has an iPhone application, which allows you to check out product (meaning marketing materials) as you browse the retail store, or do the same without automatic item recognition, from anywhere in the world. It includes music videos and other interactive and downloadable and instant point of purchase sales.

Scan barcodes, buy products, pay bills, deposit checks instantly on secure internet connections from Apple.

A brave new world

The End of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?

The military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy could be repealed as early as this week, though the deal President Obama struck with congressional leaders to reverse the law after 17 years may fall short of the votes it needs to pass.  Under current military policy, gays and lesbians can serve in the military as long as they keep their sexual orientation a secret. NPR's "Talk of the Nation" featured a look at the issue, including an international perspective. Photo Credit: 
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo Petty Officer Larry Whitt handcuffs himself to the fence outside the White House during a protest for gay-rights in Washington. 

The Truth is Out There

LV Journal Review keeps an eye on local newspapers and the media. Try their web site:

This doe not make their view, that of the Las Vegas Sun or of the Las Vegas Review Journal truth. We all filter information and we seek out information that we agree with. A good citizen seeks out diverse and conflicting views and always enters with an open but questioning mind. Contact me for a pdf on how news is filtered and why there can never be "truth."

Fair Use under attack

First a quick refresher course in fair use. Typically, if you're commenting on an article and provide a link to it, that's fine. Typically, if you excerpt portions of the article (not surpassing 25 percent) that's fine."

-LV Journal Review