What Happens in Vegas…

Since I live here in Las Vegas, I see this place through the eyes and mind of a local resident--not a visitor. As a local, I accept without holding anything back that Vegas is, if nothing else, a place of business. Vegas is a place where people attempt to make money selling goods and services... Continue Reading →

Is AARP a Scam?

I was employed at the national headquarters of AARP in Washington, DC from 1995 through 2006 in their communications and outreach operations. These views and opinions that I express here are mine alone and do not necessarily align with the views and opinions of AARP. The very short history of how AARP got started is... Continue Reading →

Your Career Choice Can Ruin You Financially

Mama's don't let your babies grow up to be DJs or journalism majors. Your kids will soon after choosing to be in radio or television or journalism become dead broke and they will come begging for you as parents to let them move back in with you. Stop them before they make a terrible career... Continue Reading →

The Show Must Go On

What would it feel like to be a stand-up comic who was scheduled to perform in San Francisco the night after Robin Williams was gone? San Francisco's KCBS radio covered this angle of the larger story concerning the suicide of the beloved actor and comedian. My partner, Sam Glass, and I happened to have August... Continue Reading →

Innocent Schoolboy No More

The date November 22 became infamous 50 years ago when President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. I remember the panic that spread like wildfire that Friday morning through the elementary school I was attending. There was an awful lot of crying, and not just by us schoolchildren. Seeing so many adults weeping freely and openly... Continue Reading →

Mission High Memories

What was then known as Mission Central Catholic High School in San Luis Obispo holds a special significance for many of us today. We survived high school during the turbulent Sixties and lived to tell. We were young and restless and believed that we would grow up to become the leaders of tomorrow. Look back... Continue Reading →

Birthday Commentary

A few months ago I updated my commentary entitled “Should I Stay or Should I Go” -- a title from that song from the 1980s by the English punk rock group The Clash. Here is update on the occasion of my birthday, June 29, about how to stand out. It is good to reflect upon... Continue Reading →

Create Your Own Reality

Throughout Western culture in literature, song, movies and other artifacts there is a common meaning to be found: Each person has the capability of creating their own reality. Tapping into this ancient wisdom can save your life and reinvent who you are. A very recent echoing of this wisdom came from Jeff Immelt, Chairman and... Continue Reading →

Achieving Courage and Competence

Even if we do not live and work in Boston, we all were impacted this past week by life-changing events that happened there. Many lessons can be learned from what happened to help us stand out from everyone else. Because I lived and worked in the Boston media market years ago, I will always feel... Continue Reading →

Get Rid of the Hookers

I worked for one of the so-called Beltway Bandits in the Washington, DC media market. These are companies that provide services to the United States government. Your taxpayer dollars go to these companies, which is why some consider them to be stealing your money. One unforgettable experience was when the client, an agency within the United States military, wanted to use social media outreach for cause marketing.

Is a Degree in Journalism Useless?

A controversial online report from The Daily Beast suggests that some majors, such as journalism, are "useless." One working journalist disagreed in a well-written statement worth reading. I take issue with the label of "useless" in referring to majoring in journalism, not just because I majored in journalism. Truth and beauty and what is "useless"... Continue Reading →

We Have No Secrets

Sometimes I like to annoy non-Boomers by quoting song lyrics written by from singer/songwriter Carly Simon. Usually, the annoyance fades especially when I am sharing especially profound Carly Simon lyrics that transcend generations. Certainly one of the most profound of all the many, many lyrics written by Carly Simon is "We Have No Secrets" from... Continue Reading →

Brighter Future Possible for Cal Poly Journalism Department

During September 2010 I posted a commentary online that was reposted elsewhere. What I wrote was a strong expression of the anger that I felt about troubles within the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Journalism Department. I could not understand how a once vibrant Cal Poly Journalism Department that shaped my professional career in the... Continue Reading →

Lessons from the Hoover Dam Bypass

Lessons from the Hoover Dam Bypass. A new bridge connecting the states of Arizona and Nevada over the Colorado River recently was opened to the public. Since the great Hoover Dam was built a generation ago, there was a curving two-lane highway that crossed right over the dam, itself. After 9/11, concerns grew that terrorists... Continue Reading →

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