'Thank you for flying Mandarin Airlines, please do not look to your right '
[Thanks Bob Richards]
Burma Shave Story
Burma-Shave was created by the O'Dell brothers, who lived in
Minneapolis and had a little plant in the Bryn Mawr district.
On Mondays they would drive along the highways near a town
and place these signs along the road.
Then they would proceed to the next town and repeat the process.
Late on Thursday and into Friday they would backtrack and call
upon the local drug store...taking orders & leaving merchandise.
That's how they got started in the thirties, and they did it for years.
Finally in the early 60s, Philip Morris became interested in
this little Burma-Shave company. The company's sales were
about $900,000 a year when the business was sold to Philip Morris.
Philip Morris then proceeded to buy a series of one-minute
TV commercials on NFL football,.... which cost something like
In one football season, this decision actually destroyed a good
little profit-making company.
You might say it went up like smoke! [Source and full story/samples:http://www.strangepersons.com/content/item/25222.html
BURMA SHAVE MADE THEIR SALES
PETA Deer Slayer
[Thanks Mark Niedert]
My Size Cups ...
[Thanks Jim Wood]
Richards Makes Iron Float
By Bob Richards; Our Crack Correspondent Covers Dixie Like the Dew
Folks…. Some strange things have happened to me while golfing but I think this may be # 1.
I was at Snee, on the 4th hole finishing putting when it started to rain. I drove my cart under a tree until it started to thunder and lightning. Thinking of the last golfer with his hair curled from lightning I drove on to the mid-point rest area. I hung around there for an hour while it rained hard, chatting with four other folks in the same dilemma. After another 30 minutes we heard the siren telling us the course was closing and to come back to the club house (one of the other guys told me about the siren, I thought a hurricane was coming).
Two of my four new acquaintances were walking so we loaded their bags on the carts, taking off toward the clubhouse on the cart path. Between #2 & #3 I found a river running across the fairway. Thinking of the many terms I’ve used to call people who drive through raging water I turned around and found the closest intersection with a street. I headed in the direction of the clubhouse only to find myself being stopped by a city employee telling me I could not pass as the street was flooded. All this time it’s raining buckets; me looking like a wet dog.
Following directions I turned left at the first intersection. Sure enough I could see the fairways behind the houses, hurray I was almost there. In four blocks I ran into another flooded street. I stopped to contemplate the depth of the water as it was over the curb. I could see no current but it was spilling on both sides of the road into yards. Judging the depth to be less than 2 feet I got the cart going full speed and headed in like a true yachtsman. (Thinking lighter was better I made the other guy wait to see if I could drive through. This was not a popular decision with him.)
About half way across I was amazed to find golf carts do float. A bit of advice…..be sure when you jump out to push a floating cart you get your footing under you. The railing on the side of the seat saved me or I might be in Charleston Harbor by now.
I pushed the cart through; surprisingly it did run when it hit the cement on the far side. My passenger said, “okay come back and get me now”. Of course I said, “do I look like an idiot?....walk. By the time he got to me his $300 golf shoes did not look so good. Needless to say we did not have much “light” conversation on the rest of our ride.
Thankfully we ran into no more water on the way back but I did notice when I unloaded my bag that it had water in the bottom. It’s still raining now; we’ve had a couple inches so far.
Lesson for the day….a wise man once said, “People will pay to play harder than they will work for pay.” All the above cost only $16.
[Thanks, from Bob Richards on vacation in Charleston, SC]
May 20th marks 20 years in the advertising business for this agency. Beverly and I are grateful to our clients, suppliers and friends who helped us in so many ways. We are especially indebted to Mr. Danilo Damjanovic for his thousands of hours work in our behalf since 1985. (Danilo started his studio in January of that same year).
Our current clientele includes, in chronological order of when we started working for them: Lattner Boiler, Matt Parrott & Sons, Advanced Heat Treat, Collision Services and Holmes Construction Equipment.
Beverly said she is like this twenty-year old wine: She's not getting older, she's just getting better. So, I locked her in the cellar with the wine. :-)
Thanks everyone, we love you all.~~~RF
[This reply to a congratulatory note]
According to the Pew study, 76 percent of poor Republicans believe most people can get ahead with hard work. Only 14 percent of poor Democrats believe that. Poor Republicans haven't made it yet, but they embrace what they take to be the Republican economic vision - that it is in their power to do so. Poor Democrats are more likely to believe they are in the grip of forces beyond their control. [Flag image: Thanks Bob Richards] American Dream in the 1960s.
After making the cut in every tourney since 1997, Tiger Woods missed the cut by one shot today in the Byron Nelson. Tiger had a string of 142 straight, Byron himself was second on that list with 112. Ernie Els is now the leader at 20 straight cuts. Imagine that gap between Tiger and Ernie. 142 to 20. :-(
Never forget: You get just what you pay for in Congress.
Truth in Epitaphs Dept.
Beverly's Mother's Day Present
Nairobi's Airport Screeners
[Thanks Mark Niedert]
New Pope's First Miracle ...
[Thanks Jim Wood]