“Life Is Good” Co-Founder Delivers Inspirational Commencement Speech and a Few Well-Thrown Frisbees

Villanova University was blessed to have Bert Jacobs, co-founder of the Life is Good brand, as its commencement speaker this past weekend. Bert started selling t-shirts with his brother John out of a van back in 1989. But as their web site points out, it was not very prosperous. They lived on peanut butter and jelly, … Continue reading “Life Is Good” Co-Founder Delivers Inspirational Commencement Speech and a Few Well-Thrown Frisbees

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

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

Anything You Can Do, They Can Do, Too

This is the 66th 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. While you flex your muscles in front of your morning mirror and congratulate yourself … Continue reading Anything You Can Do, They Can Do, Too

The Most Creative Job in the World

This is the 61st 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. It involves taste, fashion, decorating, recreation, education, transportation, psychology, romance, cuisine, designing, literature, medicine, … Continue reading The Most Creative Job in the World

Keep It Simple

This is the 60h 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. Strike three. Get your hand off my knee. You're overdrawn. Your horse won. Yes. … Continue reading Keep It Simple

Will You Commit Larceny Today?

This is the 54th 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. You may be committing larceny and not even know it. You could be stealing … Continue reading Will You Commit Larceny Today?

Why Does Everyone Hate Meetings?

This is the 52nd 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. Three kinds of people attend meetings. Those who want progress, those who don't, and … Continue reading Why Does Everyone Hate Meetings?

What Are We Going to Do About Fred?

This is the 47th 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. "He smokes too much. Not only that, I saw him coming out of a bar … Continue reading What Are We Going to Do About Fred?

We’re Gonna Miss Ya, Duke

This is the 45th 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. When you came riding into town, varmints scrambled, dance hall girls powdered their noses, … Continue reading We’re Gonna Miss Ya, Duke