August 14, 2007
Passing of a Gentleman: Phil "Scooter" Rizzuto
I worked at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in the Library from November 1996 to November 1998. I have returned each year to help with the database and computing tasks for the Hospitality Crew for Hall of Fame. We setup in The Otesaga Hotel (the event headquarters for the Hall), and I basically stay there all weekend. It is where I have learned a great deal about service and hospitality.
One year, I believe it was 2004 or 2005, I had a great experience. We have a TV in the suite and it was, as you might imagine, on a Yankees game. Phil Rizzuto and collector Barry Halper came into the suite and sat down to enjoy the game. While I had work to do, I stopped in every so often to see if they needed anything and just to chat about the game. Sitting there with the two of them was the most enjoyable moment I ever had watching the Yankees (more of a Mets man myself). I remember one year he returned early from Induction and I got him tea to drink. He was so appreciative and thankful that it made the rest of the day much easier to manage.
Rizzuto was a class act and a great guy. We'll miss you Phil.This entry was posted in the following categories: The Culture of Sports
August 13, 2007
Now that is Marketing
Ordered a sample of Folgers coffee today on the web. When I filled out the form, I had the option of adding this offer to my blog!
Now while I am not keen on selling out (I am much more of a Lavazza coffee man myself, I am really interested in the incorporation of the peer to peer marketing from blogs. It's almost like they are building a mouth-to-mouth or blog-to-blog marketing campaign and making it easy in the meanwhile.
But since the net result is free coffee, I guess I will pander myself. Sounds like a bumper sticker "Will lower ethics for coffee"
Here it is:Completely Off Topic!
August 02, 2007
LJ Talks to John Elder Robison
Reviewed the first book by John Elder Robinson, Look Me in the Eye. This book is Robinson's autobiography of living with Asperger's Syndrome and not really knowing it. Robinson is the brother of Augusten Burroughs, the author of Running with Scissors.
This is the intro to the interview -
We think of Asperger’s syndrome (considered a milder form of autism) as a disability that prevents someone from leading a full life. But can it be a disability if you don’t know you have it? John Elder Robison, older brother of Augusten Burroughs (Running with Scissors), was self-diagnosed with Asperger’s in his forties but not before he built a successful business, designed pyrotechnical guitars for KISS and had a family. All this and more are chronicled in his satisfying biography, Look Me in the Eye (see the review in LJ 8/07). LJ reviewer Corey Seeman (Kresge Business Administration Library University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) sat down with Robison to discuss how Asperger’s has affected his life.
To catch the questions and answers, please to the Library Journal Site.. I think the review will be up later. It was a great book.