Gray Matter: How We Perform as Individuals Will Determine How We Perform as a Nation

Every Monday for the past 18 months I have been posting and commenting on a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Last week I wrote about the 75th, and final one, of those ads. … Continue reading Gray Matter: How We Perform as Individuals Will Determine How We Perform as a Nation

Do It Now

This is the 75th, and final, in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad. If you're putting off something you've been meaning to do, what are … Continue reading Do It Now

The Decline of Standards

This is the 74th in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad. A big city school system requires a student in the seventh grade to be … Continue reading The Decline of Standards

Decisions, Decisions. Featuring Freddie Fulcrum…

This is the 73rd in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad. Sometimes the decision to do nothing is wise. But you can't make a career … Continue reading Decisions, Decisions. Featuring Freddie Fulcrum…

Team U.S.A. – You’re the Finest

This is the 72nd in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad. In just 200 years, your country, through freedom and hard work, has changed the … Continue reading Team U.S.A. – You’re the Finest

A Day to Remember

This is the 71st in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad. If one day were singled out as the most important day of the 20th … Continue reading A Day to Remember

Common Sense and the 2016 Election

This is the 70th in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad. A best seller in 1776 was Tom Paine's "Common Sense". Maybe someone should do … Continue reading Common Sense and the 2016 Election

Common Courtesy Is No Longer Common

This is the 69th in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad. Someone once asked a Southerner, "Where does the South actually begin?" The Southerner said, … Continue reading Common Courtesy Is No Longer Common

Clearing the Air and Festivus

This is the 68th in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad. There's nothing more awkward than a misunderstanding left unresolved. And nothing more unnecessary. It … Continue reading Clearing the Air and Festivus

Can Eight Words Make a Better World?

This is the 67th in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad. Doctrines, credos, manifestos, laws, declarations, codes of ethics. Ever since people have been able … Continue reading Can Eight Words Make a Better World?