Friday, July 18, 2008

“Everyone needs to have a habitually critical attitude towards language — his own as well as that of others — both for the sake of his personal well-being and for his adequate functioning as a citizen. Hitler is gone, but if the majority of our fellow-citizens are more susceptible to the slogans of fear and race hatred than to those of peaceful accommodation and mutual respect among human beings, our political liberties remain at the mercy of any eloquent and unscrupulous demagogue." S. I. Hayakawa who was born on this date (1906 –1992) was a Canadian-born American academic and political figure. He was an English professor, served as president of San Francisco State University and then a United States Senator from California from 1977 to 1983.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

"My gourmet popping corn pops up lighter and fluffier than ordinary popping corn. Mine is blowing the top right off of the popper. Mine eats better too. Try my gourmet popping corn. You'll taste the difference or my name isn't Orville Redenbacher". Orville Clarence Redenbacher (1907 -1995) born on this date, he was an American entrepreneur most often associated with the brand of popcorn that bears his name.

Vincent Carroll writes in the Rocky Mountain News this morning about the closing of a turkey plant and the need for scientists, to which I posted this comment:

As Amory B. Lovins from the Rocky Mountain Institute in Aspen has said that we have plenty of technology right now, what we need is more true entrepreneurs to apply existing technology.

Dr. Amar Bhide's new book to be published this fall takes an in-depth look at this critical entrepreneurial shortage and it's causes.

To learn more about true entrepreneurship join us for the Denver IDEA Cafe this Friday.

Free copy of Amory Lovins’s Harvard Business Review article “A Road Map for Natural Capitalism at

Monday, July 14, 2008

"I think Americans, more so than any other culture, love second and third acts." Edward Graydon Carter who was born today 1949 is a Canadian-born American journalist and author. He is editor of Vanity Fair. He also co-founded, with Kurt Andersen and Tom Phillips, the satirical monthly magazine Spy in 1986.

Graydon and I were both born about the same time. Is this act two or three for us?