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BY FRANK J. RICH

A new TV series presents a bionic man more given to rationality than physicality. Lee Majors, the original bionic man, would find this new fellow an insurmountable foe. Josh Holloway’s character, a high-tech intelligence operative, has been fitted with a computer in his brain that has both an appetite for data and the processing power to use and recall them. That coupled with his human instincts and analog senses prepare a unique blend of the old and new, in bionic terms at least. (more…)

January 10, 2014 |

Marketing & Merchandising: Know the Difference and How to Use Both

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BY FRANK J. RICH

We are a nation of commercial enterprises learning to do better what we have always done. If we accept the view for the moment, the idea that not much has changed but the method in the doing, we quickly trace two paths to form a growth perspective. In one, the idea is a cautious reminder to those who hope for the best in commerce; perhaps willing efforts to “help shoppers find what they are looking for, what they need.” The logic may fail the practiced in this math, but compels even they to question the obvious while observing shoppers’ daily walk. (more…)

January 10, 2014 |

Greene Means Go! Go! Go! for Kennedy Catholic High Star Athlete

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SLATER’S SLANT
BY CHUCK SLATER

One of the drawbacks of John F. Kennedy High’s athletic switch to the Catholic League this school year is that the followers of Section 1 sports miss seeing some fine players.

Players like Leah Greene, the JFK senior who led its championship soccer team in scoring and does an outstanding job point-guarding its winning basketball team.

Of course, don’t blink or you might miss her.  She’s that fast.

Even before people tell you how nice she is, how smart she is, and how incredibly athletic she is, they tell you how fast she is.

“She’s very, very fast,” says Kennedy soccer coach Brent Tieber. (more…)

January 9, 2014 |

How to Succeed in Business…

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BY FRANK J. RICH

Award-winning 1960s Broadway musical “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” may have been a satire, but the words make perfect sense. “Trying” is how to succeed in business. And the effort is more sweat today than in recent history. The current seven-year cycle—the average length of economic cycles in America—finds key verticals still struggling to regain lost customers. Employment, retail and real estate remain weak, while only the auto segment may be in recovery.

Consumption is the fulcrum issue, and while investors are driving new highs in equity markets, Wall Street is shedding jobs, and consumer spending is slow as more net disposable income (NDI) goes to savings, 4.9%, according to Bloomberg News. What can small business America do? (more…)

January 9, 2014 |

‘The Old Guard’ Keeps ‘em Young

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BRUCE THE BLOG
BY BRUCE APAR

“You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em.” Those lyrics from Kenny Rogers’ hit song “The Gambler,” written by Don Schlitz, could be a theme for The Old Guard of White Plains. Now in its 60th year, the august group of retirees, like its members, is still going strong.

Virtually all its members are older than the organization, ranging in age from the 60s to 90s and beyond. A friendly fraternity of 150 male members, The Old Guard holds dear to the passion that “to fold ‘em” is to surrender to the aging process. Their mutual resolve is “to hold ‘em.” (more…)

January 7, 2014 |

Colleges, Coaches Covet Iona Prep ‘Big Shot’ Matt Ryan of Cortlandt Manor

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SLATER’S SLANT
BY CHUCK SLATER

Matt Ryan didn’t move his sneakers to a basketball court until he was 8 – “The Ryans are a football family,” he said – but right away two things were obvious. He was taller than his friends, in a sport where height helps – and he could score from further out.  “I always could,” he said.

It’s a contradictory combination, and one that has dozens of college coaches courting the high-scoring 6’-7” Iona Prep junior.

One doesn’t every day find big men hitting 3-point shots almost as if they were layups.  Which is why Ryan has 28 scholarship offers and is being followed and pursued by more than 50 coaches at last count.  And he’s a junior.

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January 2, 2014 |

It’s You!

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By Frank J. Rich

Where would life be without the Internet? How well would we make it to work, or to the trash can outside each day if we didn’t put our feet into shoes? How many lives have been saved, crises averted, schedules met, assurances made, friends connected, products and services found, etc., because of the proverbial “hip cricket” on our person? Desk or desktop, sedan or SUV, train or bus, boat or rail—all are tools we choose to make life more workable, more livable, more productive, more enjoyable, and more promise-filled. The one thing common to all is you, the user of tools, perhaps itself, the greatest tool of all. (more…)

December 27, 2013 |
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