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Interests: music, softball, b-movies
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Most knew him from his turn with The Blues Brothers, as the ax-wielding, guitarist husband of Aretha Franklin (and that sensational song "Think"). But, he was so much more. In the late 1940s, he played with Howlin Wolf; in the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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I've noted an interesting phenomenon on commercial airliners. As they have asked deplaning passengers to close window shades to keep the cabin cool for the next flight, an increasing number of next flight travelers opt not to open said windows.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Catching up over the weekend, I discovered this sensational article by Travel Weekly's Arnie Weissmann. As cool as Eco-Tourism is, he says...it's Ego-Tourism upon which we should focus. According to new research, over half of young professional travel is chosen... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It happens all the time. The creatives get together and cook up an ad, a campaign or a new slogan. There is excitement in the air, everyone in the room nods enthusiastically and it is approved. Nobody wants to test... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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This so dates me. In the era in which "mixtapes" were what the cool kids did, we would assemble a playlist (before they were called "playlists") of songs to rock our rides. Usually made up of album tracks that you'd... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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I'll admit it. I was late to the party. I know...as one who is looked to be on the cutting edge of everything, this was one I missed. There was something about Anthony's early video persona that I rejected...I'm not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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My post last Friday was the most viewed post (by a shit ton) in over a decade of blogging. And, it was a throw away (go figure). It was merely a set-up to explain why I selected a favorite Billy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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As I noted on Friday, we're on the move to a new homestead. Lots of decisions on what to take and what to leave behind. Our friend Jon Schmieder has been going through a similar purge...as noted on his Monday... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Exactly where should the apostrophe go? Regardless...is it just me? Are Father's Day ads consuming the consumer marketing space like never before? My favorite is this e-mail missive from one of my favorite steakhouses on the planet. Honor the Stud,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It has been the best of times. Terri and I have been truly blessed to live on shores of Madison's Lake Mendota for the past five years. It is where we built our bond as partners in life, love and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Don't get me wrong...I think that making condoms available for sale in hotels is a good idea. It was just the way that such a service was offered during a recent stay that made me chuckle. If you click on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Most advertising in airports is vapid (with the exception of the coordinated campaign at CMH). But, I do have to give props to Enforce Consulting for their recent ad in the concourse of the Madison Airport. Madison is a magnet... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Ibiza is an island off the coast of Spain that is known for its nightlife and party scene. Will Ferrell wanted to produce his new Netflix film (called Ibiza) there...but the government said no after reading the script. So, it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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More and more, I find myself attracted to covers. Other artists reimagining the originals. Nothing against the originals...but, it's fun to hear a different interpretation. On this Music Friday, we trip back to the Holland-Dozier-Holland Motown classic "You Keep Me... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Besides the life lessons imparted by my loving parents, I learned a lot about living from the Board games I played as a child. I learned that children are expensive from the game of Life. I learned that things are... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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I'm thinking that you had to live through (or be a fan of) '60s music to understand what a freaking treat it is to see Tom Jones in concert. We did earlier this week at the sensational Toyota Music Factory... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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By official decree of the King, Swaziland is now eSwatini. The official rationale is that the Southern African country was being confused with Switzerland. Another reason might be that the country has the highest rate of HIV in the world... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Longtime readers of these missives know that we are passionate about Destination Marketing being one of the most important strategies a community can employ to enhance quality of life and increase the generation of non-resident tax revenue. Which is why... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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I can't decide whether this is clever or obvious. But, as Pat Tobin tweeted: "Everything that has happened since the dawn of mankind has been leading to this." In the ramp up to this weekend's launch of "Solo: A Star... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Stumbled upon this gem the other day...and it cried out for Music Friday status. Lonnie Mack, Albert Collins and Roy Buchanan, three of the meanest blues axemen to ever grace terra firma...together at Carnegie Hall. I imagine all three still... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Arby's (the roast beast sandwich chain with a logo that looks like a fish) is adding lamb-filled gyros to its menu...but, that's not what they are calling the main ingredient. They're calling it "Gyro Meat." Apparently, a lot of people... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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From the "who's gonna get fired for this" file (click image to enlarge). From my friend Tim Morrissey. From the Pratt KS Tribune. Remember, hyphens are your friend. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Cleaning out the freezer, I found a single-wrap frozen food thing. It kinda looked like a Chicken Kiev...but not. Upon further review, it was a Hot Pocket. I have a theory on how it got there...but, that's another story. If... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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In the early days of MTV (when they actually played music videos), there were really only so many angles for artists to employ. There was the concert video. There was the dramatic video. And then, there was the (often cringe-worthy)... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Coincidence often isn't. Even when my iTunes nails a perfect segue. This is National Travel & Tourism Week; a time when the Destination Marketing sector celebrates the impact the Visitor Economy has on our communities. Coincidence that someone posts the... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist