Wall Street Journal May Launch Saturday Edition

Dow Jones is said to be considering a Saturday edition. I think it would be a hit.

Yahoo Finance: Dow Jones Said To Be Considering Saturday Edition Of WSJ

by Steve Hall    Jan- 8-03    

Lisa Dergin to Star in Next St. Pauli Girl Ad Campaign

Lisa Dergin, former Playboy Playmate and Fox Sports Net reporter, has been chosen to be the new St. Pauli Girl. She will become the brewer's next German barmaid and her image will be plastered all over the place from posters to print ads. She will also go on the ususual celebrity-based marketing tour.

As part of the tour, there will be an online sweepstakes with a chance to win a trip to the St. Pauli Girl photo shoot and a weekend in Las Vegas.

Starting next month, 500,000 posters will be distributed to retailers and 15,000 will be given away on the brewer's web site.

[via BrandWeek]


by Steve Hall    Jan- 8-03    

Prediction: Charlotte Church Becomes As Popular as Britney

Charlotte Church as popular as Britney? Crazy? Maybe. But I have this feeling that she will be. If I'm wrong, I'll look stupid. If I'm right, I'll at least be able to say I said so.

Why do I say this? Well, she can sing. That always helps. She's 16 and sick of doing her operetic stuff and wants to go pop. She is starring in a movie. She's cute. She has an English accent. OK, so maybe some of those are stupid reasons.

Just remember, if it happens, you heard it here first.

BBCi: Charlotte Church makes her big screen debut

by Steve Hall    Jan- 8-03    
Topic: Celebrity, Opinion

Idiotic: Ad Campaign Says SUV Owners Support Terrorists

Have we become so ridiculously green and politically correct that we can now say that the millions of SUV owners actually support terrorism? Author and columnist Arianna Huffington, came up with the idea to run this idiotic campaign:

"This is George," a girl's voice says of an oblivious man at a gas station. "This is the gas that George bought for his S.U.V." The screen then shows a map of the Middle East. "These are the countries where the executives bought the oil that made the gas that George bought for his S.U.V." The picture switches to a scene of armed terrorists in a desert. "And these are the terrorists who get money from those countries every time George fills up his S.U.V."

A second commercial depicts a series of ordinary Americans saying things like: "I helped hijack an airplane"; "I gave money to a terrorist training camp in a foreign country"; "What if I need to go off-road?"

This is like saying when you buy a sweater, you support sweat shop work conditions. Or that when you buy an electronic gadget, you support dumping chemicals in a river. Or that when you buy milk, you are "hurting" a cow.

Get over it! What are we supposed to do? Nothing? Eat nothing? Buy nothing? Sure, lots of things we do in this country have adverse affects. and sure, there are some things we can do about it. The station wagon is gone, The minivan sucks so we buy SUVs because they carry lots of stuff and like it or not, Americans have a lot of stuff.

Huffington's argument falls flat on it's face since all cars use gas and therefore every one in this country that owns a car supports terrorism.

Should we have cars that are less reliant on fossil fuel? Of course. But do we need radical tree huggers to say we support terrorism? There's nothing wrong with the message of buying an SUV wastes resources. But to blame SUV owners for terrorism simply goes too far.

Give it a rest.

NYT: TV Ads Say S.U.V. Owners Support Terrorists

UPDATE: Here are the ads

by Steve Hall    Jan- 8-03    

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