I’ve been in the marketing and public relation business for a long time. I’ve seen some pretty effective product campaigns, but none more effective from a cost and impact perspective than the one I saw in sixth grade. This particular campaign was the genius of a determined English teacher who sought to rid the world… Continue reading When A Lot is Not Alot
Author: Chris G Thelen
The Chance of a Lifetime
It’s not often we get to disarm someone in authority with one sentence. I had that opportunity early in my career and now have more appreciation for that rare moment.
Measuring Age in Internet Years
There was a time when age was measured with such great events as the moon landing, the Civil War or World War II. My dad talked about living through the Great Depression as a kid and my grandma recalled using horses for transportation and farming when she was a girl. But in today's technological world,… Continue reading Measuring Age in Internet Years
The Wonder of Winter Fashion Trends
Maybe it was just a style that eventually went out of fashion or just pure practicality, but for some reason when I was in grade school all the kids wore bread wrappers on their feet. Not as footwear, but over our socks before we put our feet into our winter boots. I remember the floor… Continue reading The Wonder of Winter Fashion Trends
When Rudolph Challenged the Wild Wild West
It was like one of those great standoffs in those old Western movies. The dusty Main Street with tumble weeds blowing across and a whirlwind whipping up a cloud of dust. Spurs clink as two tough gunslingers take their positions opposite each other; steely eyes staring each other down as they position their hand over… Continue reading When Rudolph Challenged the Wild Wild West
How Someone Helped Me Get My First Job at Their Competitor
In the course of a busy work day, it can be hard to stop and think that there is a person at the other end of a request. Taking a few minutes to respond could change someone’s life.
While You Were Out
It’s hard now for me to think that there was actually a time when you were unreachable when you left home or the office — you were gone as in no one was able to contact you. There were no cell phones, pagers or even voice mail. If someone called the office and no one… Continue reading While You Were Out
And The Password Is?
Passwords. When did they get to be such a major headache? Seems today everyone wants a secret password or special code word so they can know it’s the true me and not some double agent. I mean really, some days I don’t know if I’m really me or not. Sometimes I feel like I’m not really… Continue reading And The Password Is?
My wife and I booked a trip for later this year which includes airline reservations. Since we booked the tickets, we have received repeated changes to the flight details. The latest revision included a change in airports to another city halfway across the country in the opposite direction of our destination. Fortunately, it was our… Continue reading Pandemic Lessons
The Cows Shared Our Swimming Pool
Who needs a swimming pool when you have a cow tank? That’s what we thought when I was a kid. But we never told our mom — until now.