Ben’s Latest Makeover

David Wolman of The New Yorker takes a look at the reasons behind the two-year delay in the introduction of the re-designed $100 bill. Apparently, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, or BEP, as it’s known in the Beltway, has some issues with bleeding ink. “The cause of the latest blunder is something known as…… Continue reading Ben’s Latest Makeover

Apple of My Life

The year was 1986. I was toiling in Hill and Knowlton’s Broadcast Media department under the tutelage of George Glazer. Our focus was almost exclusively on media training and broadcast media placement. For the latter, the program pickings were rather slim by today’s standards: the network morning talk and evening news shows, a couple of…… Continue reading Apple of My Life

Political Hedge Money

Near the end of “Michael Clayton,” the lawyer played by George Clooney approached his boss played by Sydney Pollack with a document that would cast a long-time client in a most egregious and indefensible light. Pollack turned to Clooney and matter-of-factly quipped that he knew this client had problems from day one, but the law…… Continue reading Political Hedge Money