Saturday, August 10, 2013

All It Takes Is Willpower



I recently enjoyed consuming an entire 12 oz.carton of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream. The quality seems to have diminished since the previous time I sampled it, which was a long time ago. But as we all know, superior products always manage to go downhill in time, with all the new improvements (cheaper ingredients for higher profits) -- among other things.

It must be admitted, though, that I enjoyed every sweet, tasty morsel of cherry-flavored ice cream, whole embedded cherries, and brittle little slivers of milk chocolate.


But . . .


For a brief moment of time, I forgot . . .



A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than was the Wright brother's first flight.



On this day, August 10 in 1945, just a day after the bombing of Nagasaki, Emperor Hirohito submitted Japan's acquiescence to the Potsdam Conference terms of unconditional surrender, and President Harry S. Truman ordered a halt to atomic bombing.



The action or business of promoting and selling products or services.

Marketing is the process of communicating the value of a product or service to customers, for the purpose of selling the product or service. It is a critical business function for attracting customers.

Shrewd marketing practitioners know that, once a product has been adopted as superior to all its competitors by loyal consumers, the original product can be safely downgraded in quality by using cheaper ingredients, without being noticed by the consumer, The bottom line is always profit, profit, profit.


(born August 10, 1924)
Martha Hyer is a retired American film actress. She had roles in So Big (1953), Sabrina (1954), The Delicate Delinquent (1956) (Jerry Lewis' first film without Dean Martin), Houseboat (1958) and Once Upon a Horse, also in 1958 with Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.

In the 1960s, Hyer would play in films like The Best of Everything (1959), Ice Palace (1960), Desire in the Dust (1960), The Carpetbaggers (1964), First Men in the Moon (1964), Blood on the Arrow (1964) and The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), Night of the Grizzly (1966), among many others. She co-starred with Keenan Wynn in Bikini Beach (1964), one of the Beach Party movies with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Her most significant role came as the love interest of Frank Sinatra in Some Came Running.

(born 10 August 1960)
Antonio Banderas is a Spanish film actor, director, producer, and singer. He appeared in some high-profile Hollywood movies, especially in the 1990s, including Assassins, Evita, Interview with the Vampire, Philadelphia, Desperado, The Mask of Zorro and Spy Kids. Banderas is also a voice artist, portraying the voice of Puss in Boots in the Shrek sequels and Puss in Boots as well as the bee in the US Nasonex commercials.

(born August 10, 1959)
Rosanna Arquette is an American actress, film director, and producer. Arquette has appeared in both television and screen films. In 1982, she earned an Emmy Award nomination for the TV film The Executioner's Song. Arquette's first starring role was in John Sayles's Baby It's You. She starred in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) alongside pop singer Madonna, for which she won a British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA).  Following the commercial and critical success of Lawrence Kasdan's Silverado in 1985, and the failure of both After Hours and 8 Million Ways to Die, she quit Hollywood to work in Europe

(Aug. 10, 1928 - June 13, 2010)
Jimmy Dean was an American country music singer, television host, actor and businessman. Although he may be best known today as the creator of the Jimmy Dean sausage brand, he became a national television personality starting in 1957, rising to fame for his 1961 country crossover hit "Big Bad John" and his television series, The Jimmy Dean Show, which also gave puppeteer Jim Henson his first national media exposure. His acting career included a supporting role as Willard Whyte in the 1971 James Bond movie, Diamonds Are Forever.


"You try moving things with nothing but willpower, and you'll see it's about as easy as trying to lasso a bull with a licorice whip!"
--Richelle E. Goodrich


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