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Interests: music, softball, b-movies
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Wisconsin's Governor has taken his fair share of criticism for pledging $3 billion in incentives to Foxconn to locate a manufacturing plant in the Badger State. Many believe the 15,000 promised jobs will be temporal as automation is increasingly creeping... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Not a name normally associated with a rock band...but the influence Dolores O'Riordan had on the genre was unmistakable. As fellow Cranberries guitarist Noel Hagen told Rolling Stone: "There are songs I hear today that we wrote over 20 years... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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As we've seen over the past few weeks, a number of those responsible for the initial build out of Facebook have expressed their despair over what they created. While the platform is a wonderful way for friends to share experiences... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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The Zambian Government can say that they have nothing to do with the DMO behind ZambiaTourism.com all they want...but the "About " page states that the Zambia Tourism Agency was established through an act of Parliment a decade ago. Regardless...whoever... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Y'all know...this is only gonna get harder as we enter the 2020s. But, there are a plethora of 18 for 2018 lists out there this year. Most are mildly interesting. One nails it. Check out this 18 for 18 post... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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I get why political parties came to be. There was a time when it made sense to align with a centralized point of view. But, that was when there wasn't nearly as much nuance as exists today. For, in these... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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While probably not the first name that most associate with the Moody Blues (except among flautists), Ray Thomas co-founded the soon-to-be Rock Hall of Famers and laid an indelible imprint on Rock by introducing the flute as a primary instrument,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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In the beginning...there was Room Tax. And it was good. In most States, the initial imposition of the tax was actually supported by local hotel communities because the revenues were to be invested in tourism promotion. And then, tourism development... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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One of my mentors in the Destination Marketing sector famously walked away from targeting Motorcoaches in the early 1990s, saying that the market was dying (literally). Over the next few years, a number of DMOs that also looked to her... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Jack Hall departed terra firma this week. And, while you may not know the name, you definitely know the sound. Widely respected as the father of "the Muscle Shoals Sound," and having shrugged off racial pressures to produce only white... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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One of the most frequent complaints I hear from the Boards with which I work is the difficulty they seem to experience when trying to recruit new Board members. I hear that the talent pool just isn't out there anymore.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Years ago, I stood with my former college roommate on the shores of the Cuyahoga River in the entertainment district known as "The Flats" in Cleveland. My jaw was pretty clearly hanging as I watched the long-abandoned cranes and other... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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As Terri and I drove back from another out-of-town New Year's Eve excursion (have I mentioned that Madison doesn't do NYE very well?), we clicked through all the "fails" from the night before (I guess, like being President, this NYE... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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As is our custom, we search for a Year-End song that inspires us to be a better version of ourselves in the months ahead. While there's no video, John Cowan's sublime version of "Gimme a Stone" is certainly a contender.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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But, on this Christmas Day, is anyone listening, as Don Henley once said, in such a graceless age? Peace to you and those you hold dear. This is Casting Crowns with a live version of "I Heard the Bells on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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As I look back at my annual weeks of Holiday songs on this blog, I can almost tell you the year that each song spoke to me...and why. As I look at my Christmas Eve selection for 2017, it's no... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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While the song is called "Lonesome Christmas," it's exactly how I hope Terri and I spend ours. Regardless, enjoy Jon Bonamassa's version of the Lowell Fulsom classic. And, do it with headphones (just sayin'). Merry Happy, y'all. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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So, here we are. The Christmas Music Friday post. I should feature something from Trans-Siberian Orchestra, as one of the founders left terra firma this year. And, here's his tip of the hat. But, I'm in a minor key kinda... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Clarence Carter did the original and, like yesterday's Holiday Music find, several have covered his original. Bon Jovi. B.B. King. Jet. The Bellrays. And tons more. Which gets us to my favorite version. This is the Black Crowes with "Back... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It's one of those Holiday Rock Ravers that has a long pedigree. Chuck Berry. Keith Richard. Foghat. Bon Jovi. Bryan Adams. Dwight Yoakum. And, the list goes on. If you're short on time...go for the ultra rare Foghat version. If... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Those who hang here at the cabin with us know that we run internet radio pretty much 24/7 on the first floor and deck. And, more often than not, the DJs are speaking something other than English. The TuneIn App... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Terri and I love New Year's Eve. Unfortunately, Madison hasn't a clue on how to celebrate the holiday in a way that appeals to either one of us (e.g., a fun, sweaty R&B or Rock cover band that has us... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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My friend Amir Eylon was the first to break the news to me that we'd lost another amazing musical talent this week, urging me in a Facebook post to feature the Smithereens' Pat DiNizio on this Music Friday. How could... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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50 Years ago this weekend, one of the greatest soul singers in history perished in a private plane crash in a winter squall in my town. It wasn't my town then (that would happen decades later), but, it's my town... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Forgive me if this surprised me...but Waffle House just nailed a moment. The venerable roadside attraction experienced a customer service malfunction recently when a patron ended up whipping up his own late-night snack while the scheduled staff slept. And, then... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist