09.22.21 | Venerable Sears continues its decline with the closing of the last large format store in their home state of Illinois. Sadly, what was once America’s largest employer is down to fewer than 300 stores. Reuben Klamer died last week at 99. He created the number two selling board game of all time: Life. Finally, a new report shows that at least half of LGBTQ employees say they have experienced some sort of workplace discrimination over the past year. It is the Criterion Collection Sale, so play ‘Pick That Flick’ in the show today for a chance to win a Criterion Collection disc.
09.15.21 | Shop Talk covers an article that predicts the changing nature of business travel. Better tech, efficiencies with staying put, and helping with carbon emissions mean many Fortune 500 CEOs are rethinking the role travel plays. Caught My Eye takes John and Bob to visit listener Billy at a small plane meet-up. John now wants flying lessons and got a cool Nash auto hood ornament from Billy. China is concerned about the influence of Japanese and South Korean K-Pop, so they have banned “sissy men” from public TV. Max Factor, born September 15th, and the founder of Max Factor Cosmetics is our Business Birthday. Factor is responsible for creating the make-up industry beyond just the theater set.
09.14.21 | The Taliban inherited billions of dollars’ worth of NATO and American military hardware including planes and Humvees. The Pentagon made sure most of it can never fly or be used again. Then, more states are starting to employ a zipper merge approach for highway lane closures. So, the next time a sign says, “lane closed ahead,” stay in it and turn at the last minute. Research says this is best—despite the dirty looks and gestures you may get! Finally, ABBA returns with new music this November after a 40-year break.
09.08.21 | Shop Talk looks at regaining your identity after a hard job loss according to an article from Fast Company. Caught My Eye covers a promotion between Oscar Meyer’s Wienermobile and LYFT—would you ride that big meat around town? Also, an exhibit that celebrates the rescue dogs from 911 as we come upon the 20-year anniversary of that horrible day. Charles Barnes, born September 8th, and the founder of Barnes & Noble is our Business Birthday. Thanks to Deep Discount and Criterion for providing discs to give away for Pick That Flick as we celebrate the Criterion Collection Sale.
09.07.21 | Famed fashion photog Bruce Weber settles lawsuits with male models who were allegedly “Brucified.” Ford Motor Company in Germany takes a consumer’s gay comment about a color and gives the vehicles the Rainbow Treatment. Finally, a recently married Chicago couple has sent invoices to people who RSVP’d to their destination wedding and did not show. Thanks to Critics’ Choice Video it is the Criterion Collection Sale. Play Pick That Flick in the show for a chance to win a Criterion Collection disc.
09.01.21 | Shop Talk covers two stories this week. Apple’s Tim Cook is an early riser because he feels he can unplug and get more done in the morning uninterrupted before his day gets blown off-track. Then, while we concentrate on financial needs in retirement, we often overlook the importance of true social needs as we age. Surrounding ourselves with a network of friends we can rely on is as important as finances according to Forbes. Caught My Eye remembers Actor Ed Asner and a Belgian woman who is banned from a Zoo for bonding with Chita the chimp. Alfred Beach, born September 1st, is our Business Birthday. Beach published “Scientific American,” patented a typewriter for the blind, and designed NYC’s first subway.
08.31.21 | Former President Obama gets pushback from a local Chicago neighborhood group for wanting to build his $700 million Presidential Library in Jackson Park. They claim it will clear over 800 trees and disturb birds and create dust and noise. Spencer Elden, the nude toddler on the cover of Nirvana’s “Nevermind,” album is seeking millions in damages claiming the picture of him was equivalent to child pornography. Finally, the newest fad for enlarging your penis is putting apple cider vinegar on it. Just don’t.
08.25.21 | Shop Talk looks at a recent study that tries to settle the age-old question as to whether left-handed people are more creative. Then we explore the power of silence in business negotiations. Caught My Eye brings us a story about sorority rush in Alabama and the booming business of selling fake nobility titles. Rachel Ray, born August 25th, celebrity chef and businesswomen is our Business Birthday. Happy 53rd Rachel!
08.24.21 | A former nurse gets bullied by her co-workers for posting some naughty pics on social media, but when those same workers find her Only Fans videos, it proves too much for the nurse and she quits. While the former nurse, Former nurse Allie Rae pulls in about 70K a month through her Only Fans page—but she misses the nursing field. Bank that coin Allie Rae! Also, MGM Resorts will auction off some Picassos from The Bellagio, said to be worth close to $104 million. Tim and John look at some of these paintings and wonder whether the slot players had any idea the art was worth millions of dollars—while slurping on their frozen daiquiris! Finally, the event is taking a bigger toll economically on the LGBTQ population than others, the latest census finds.
08.18.21 | Shop Talk looks at a Fast Company article that highlights the real reasons—beyond being productive—that employees want to work remotely rather than going back to the office. Caught My Eye brings us a story about the USA returning to the Moon in 2024. John has his doubts. Did you know that the USA’s first gay ambassador was also a co-founder of the HRC? The death of Jim Hormel caught Tim’s eye. Steve Chen, co-founder of YouTube, celebrates his 43rd on August 18th as our Business Birthday. Tim is elected Commissioner of Rehoboth Beach and John finds humor in the responsibilities ahead.