The sounds of the past & piped-in typewriter clacking.

New York Times piece on Sunday, 9-14-14: “The Sounds of the Past By Hope Reeves * There’s nothing like the sound of clack-clack-clacking booming through a loudspeaker to boost your concentration — and if not that, then at least your energy and enthusiasm.  So hopes the brass at The Times of London, which recently began…

More than an apple for the (ailing) teacher.

I’m always looking for validation of my theory that ‘thank you’s make the world ‘go round’. School is back. And this story about an elementary school teacher who’s battling cancer caught my eye. Her husband asked other teachers to donate some of their ‘sick days’ to help. She got 154 days… and when she went…

Killer Shoes.

Jamie’s roommate from Rhode Island School of Design — Alison Schwartz — has a background in Sculpture… and managed to brilliantly morph that talent into industrial design.   She works for Donald J. Pliner Shoes now — my favorite brand! — and I always send her interesting shoes when I see them… as inspiration. Since…

“Friends” — think Jennifer Aniston — forever.

Kevin Bright is a brilliant Executive Producer who oversaw “FRIENDS” — the phenomenon show that broke out so many stars. He’s now Founding Director for Emerson College in Los Angeles. He may have a GOOGLE ALERT to catch any & all references to the shows he produced during his storied career. In case he hasn’t…

Sole Sisters.

Pat White (my fellow Rhode Island School of Design Trustee) was wearing a pair of lace-up men’s style oxfords … when I complimented her choice in shoes. When I appeared with a similar pair a few months later, she said, “I like your brogues”. It was the first time I’d heard that word… and we…

Slip & Slide fame.

Christopher Baker, now a Beverly Hills attorney, had a brainstorm back when we were in college.  He created an ‘installation’, Christo-style, of a “Slip & Slide” — first outside the dorm of College Five, then inside the hallway of the dorm. It was an instant hit. It’s also one of my favorite memories of my…

Tom Hanks craves typewriter sounds, creates app.

www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/08/14/tom-hanks-hanx-writer-typewriter-app/13580367/ My friend CHUCK FRIES noticed an article in yesterday’s USA TODAY… that typewriter-lover TOM HANKS, who admits to being “obsessed” with the machines, created an app for the Iphone that re-creates the sounds of the clackety-clack-clack of the keys. I tried to order it just now but need to get a software update first….