Equal Parts Elvis And Colonel Tom.

November 3, 2011By FrancisArticles, brand marketing, BUSINESS, Communications, CULTURE, FUN, Miscellaneous, Rants, Tech

REMEMBERING TECH’S COOLEST CONTROL FREAK. It’s six days after Steve Jobs’ death, and I interrupted my work flow this morning to click on a melodramatic story headline about the biological father he never knew. Needless to say, I can’t ever remember being so endlessly fascinated by a company CEO—which is why, at the 11th hour … Read More

You Are Different, And That’s Bad.

April 6, 2011By FrancisArticles, CULTURE, Rants, Uncategorized

People are stupid. I should know. I’ve been one for over 50 years. The headline of this month’s column comes from an email I received more than a decade ago, which was entitled “Children’s Books We’ll Never See.” The sub-head is something I often say to remind myself that, deep down, I was born with … Read More

All The News That Fits The Premise

February 8, 2011By FrancisFUN, Rants, Uncategorized

In the intro paragraph to her January 25 article, “Daughter of Birmingham Plans Revival”, New York Times reporter Donna Paul writes, “…After a period of prosperity and growth, Birmingham was brought to its knees by the Depression and wracked by the end of segregation. Birmingham has never fully recovered its prominence. Its population today, 230,000, … Read More

Selling Yourself In A Buyer’s Market (Dos and Don’ts. Mostly Don’ts.)

November 15, 2010By FrancisBUSINESS, Communications, FUN, Rants, Uncategorized

(Alecia Silverstone in the movie “Clueless”) My agency has an opening for an art director, and I’ve placed an online Help Wanted ad which includes one non-negotiable prerequisite: “Previous Ad Agency experience absolutely required.” Here’s a very brief (and verbatim) sampling of the responses I’ve received: “I am a graduating senior in college that is … Read More

Why I Rarely Ever Post Reader Comments

September 28, 2010By FrancisFUN, Rants, Uncategorized

In general, the folks who send me Comments appear to come from another planet altogether. Like, for example, the putz with Abercrombie Fitch UK who sent me the same 902 word sales pitch thirteen times. That said, if you have a comment that’s actually related to one of my posts, send me an email with … Read More