jtaylor's picture
Monday, February 9, 2009 - 2:32pm

Maybe it's because I caught some bug, or maybe because a couple of news items further down really bug me. But first, my junk-food confessional:

  • As a young PR guy in New York, I once hawked vitamin-fortified potato chips.

  • As an older PR guy in Milwaukee, I once pandered the virtues of Miller, "the champagne of bottled beer."

  • As a way to make more dough, I once freelanced a story for the Fresno Bee based on personally taste-testing varieties of wet and dry dog food.

So, today two stories rolled past me about the dangers of fast food.

wholderman's picture
Friday, February 6, 2009 - 1:07pm

What?!? Well, in movies and apparently in reality, law enforcment officials offer potential suspects a smoke when they are being interrogated and this may be a thing of the least in Tokyo...

jtaylor's picture
Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 12:42pm

Impressions from reading the 40-page "Final Report: Planning for a 21st Century Medical School at UC Merced."

  • Keeper cliché: "As a microcosm of unmet health needs worldwide, the Valley is a natural 'laboratory' for examining critical questions on the global health agenda."

  • Where this "lab" stands in the pecking order: Way back. Blame the economy, the difficulty of starting a med school, the byzantine ways of the University of California.

jtaylor's picture
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 11:03am

My first telephone was a "party line" -- a line shared with someone somewhere else. I have a manual typewriter, a fountain pen and I sharpen and use Community Foundation pencils daily.

But I also blog (no-duh), have a Facebook page and a Linkedin account -- I'm also Tweeting, but haven't gotten any followers yet. Some people call it fun, others a waste of time, still others a way to network and find folks they've lost track of  -- the "it" is Social Media.

wholderman's picture
Monday, February 2, 2009 - 7:39pm

Does the name Jason McElwain sound familiar? Well, it certainly didn't to me until I saw him on a commercial during the Super Bowl...affectionately referred to as "J-Mac", he's the Team Manager of the Trojan's Varsity Basketball Team at Greece Athena High School near Rochester, New York. He is very passionate about the game and has been for many years. He is a 5' 6" senior that didn't make the team and life's been a bit of a challenge since he was diagnosed with autism at age 2.