Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

Rest In Peace, Harry Morgan

Monday, January 9th, 2012

  I once had a career producing media. When I began, I did some work that was for public consumption such as television commercials and print advertising. Later, once I moved to Chicago, almost everything I did was corporate communications. In addition to film and video, I did a lot of live ...

Moment of Truth in Iraq – book review

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Moment of Truth in Iraq by Michael Yon My rating: 3 of 5 stars A good compilation of Mr. Yon's blog posts plus some original material from the relevant period of his war reporting in Iraq. The story is worthy, but the book is fatally flawed by a lack of professional editing. ...

Today’s WSJ perception of the flyover states

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

This photo in today’s Wall Street Journal caught my eye. It accompanied an earnings report story on John Deere.   Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903639404576513981361991242.html?mod=ITP_marketplace_4   I thought about the conversation or email that must have solicited this image back from the media library people: “Need 4 column photo for Deere & Company” Somebody down there dutifully ...

Facing the Future

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

  I compiled my thoughts on the primary challenges the United States faces in the coming decade, and ways to overcome them, here: http://www.hackneys.com/docs/facingthefuture.pdf The primary focus in this collection is on domestic challenges, although some geopolitical issues are addressed. .

Elia Kazan’s America

Monday, May 31st, 2010

  As part of our effort to reintegrate into American society and its culture, we’re spending part of our summer in the air conditioned retreat of the Paramount, a faithfully restored theater originally built in 1915 to host vaudeville as the Majestic and transformed in 1930 into a Baroque Revival movie ...

Steph Hits The News Again – Twice In One Day

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Steph is in the news again. This time twice in the same day. First, in a story in MSN Money: http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SavingandDebt/FindDealsOnline/big-discounts-on-little-pleasures.aspx Second, in a story on FoxNews: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2010/04/16/rv-travel-beginners/ The Fox story included a link to our Travel web site, www.HackneysTravel.com, which was nice of them to include. I haven't checked the traffic levels ...

One in 560,626

Friday, October 30th, 2009

  I'm going to admit this right up front: I'm terrible at marketing myself. Even though I get paid very well by others for consulting services advising them how to market themselves, and that advice has been very successful, I'm not good at applying those techniques and strategies to myself. Not a small part of ...

The Lost Purpose

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

I recently read Dan Brown’s new thriller novel, The Lost Symbol. I promise not to reveal any plot twists or surprise endings. However, I will say that there was only one plot twist that I found truly surprising, and that is indicative of my feelings about the book as a whole. In ...

Truck Camper Magazine Interview – Part One

Monday, August 17th, 2009

We were recently interviewed by Truck Camper Magazine. The interview is here: http://www.truckcampermagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=841&Itemid=34 .

The Blind Leading The Blind

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Steph and I completed our “Big Summer Drive Across America” trip yesterday with an eight hour run from Arkansas to Texas. Along the way we listened to C-SPAN, the BBC and XMPR. One show on XMPR, Let’s Consider The Source, really jumped out at us, unfortunately for all the wrong ...