Assigning the Big A

Assigning the Big A

The tension in Tehran was palpable. It could be felt throughout every sector of the city – from the increased security at the airport all the way down to street vendors selling their wares from push carts. Just hours earlier, a number of would-be assassins had been...
The Man in the Arena

The Man in the Arena

One hundred and nine years ago today, barely one year removed from his second term as President of the United States and less than a decade before his untimely death from a blood clot at age 60, Theodore Roosevelt delivered a speech to a crowd of thousands at the...
Sears Files Bankruptcy

Sears Files Bankruptcy

On January 14th of 2017, Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus announced they would fold the big top for the final time in May of that year. In a post about the announcement, I mentioned that the death spiral for Sears was playing out in a public way. Earlier...
Put Wheels On It

Put Wheels On It

In 1899, Charles Duell, Commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office is reported to have said, “Everything that can possibly be invented has already been invented.” He was wrong. The very same day in 1899, thousands of people in Washington D.C. and elsewhere shopped until...
The Circus Comes to Town No More

The Circus Comes to Town No More

On January 14th, Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that their May 21st, 2017 date at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island would be the final performance after 146 years of delighting ladies, gentlemen, and small children everywhere. Was it an inevitable...