Reading with Scissors

October 24, 2007

Father of Barbie: The Most Interesting Man in the World. Really.

Forget those Dos Equis commercials, Jack Ryan was the most interesting man in the world. This obit clip goes back so far it pre-dates the Internet. But he’s still in the news–check out this Newsweek article for more on Jack Ryan’s role in inventing Barbie. There’s a Ken joke here somewhere, plus the Gabor connection–but we’ll leave it. No truth to the rumor that he also invented the Easy-Bake Oven and the neutron bomb. (From the Chicago Tribune, Aug. 20, 1991).


October 12, 2007

Law & Order: Designer Label Unit

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Conspicuous consumption meets covetous car-burglar. At least the thief didn’t take the Hummer. (From the Barrington, Ill., Courier-Review Police Blotter, Aug. 25, 2005)


October 2, 2007

Scarier than a billy goat, creepier than Bartman

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No more waiting, “next year” is here. Maybe this would work better.

(A Sunday newspaper insert, 2004.)  



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