Jun 24, 2017

Hyujndai Marketing Officer Wins Award

     He's ranked 29th Best Chief Marketing Officer in the world by Forbes. From the Hyundai news release:

"Dean Evans, the chief marketing officer (CMO) for
Hyundai Motor America, was selected as one of The World’s Most Influential CMOs by Forbes. Dean was ranked No. 29 and was the second-highest CMO from a global automaker in the 2017 report, developed by Forbes in partnership with Sprinklr and LinkedIn.

“Being named to the Forbes Most Influential CMO list is a tremendous honor for Dean and the entire marketing team at Hyundai,” said Jerry Flannery, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. “Hyundai consumer consideration and brand opinion reached all-time highs this year, and we’ve seen significant increases in dealership traffic. Dean and team have also successfully articulated our ‘better’ brand philosophy, developed outstanding creative and pushed new approaches to retailing.”

 Alabama---site of the company's only U.S. assembly plant--- is not mentioned in the news release. Evans works in California, where the Hyundai U.S. Operation is headquartered.

Saturday Data: Maher vs The SPLC

     A guest on "Real Time with Bill Maher" on HBO said Friday night he will sue the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center because, Mediaite reports:

(Maajid) "Nawaz told Maher tonight that he’s getting “sick to death” of “well-meaning white men sitting in sweet Alabama” just declaring him to be an anti-Muslim extremist:
“I’m sick and tired of a lot of the well-meaning… liberal and left-wing usually white men who decide that I am saying what they don’t agree with, don’t allow for me to say about my own community, my own religious heritage… So I’m gonna take them to court for defamation.”

Jun 23, 2017

Media Extra: Hello Summer.... And Hello Alabama.

  The cover of Food and Wine Magazine boasts the first headline just as it it moving from Manhattan..... to Birmingham.

     The New York Times reports

"Food & Wine will take up residence in the multimillion-dollar complex — housing 28 test kitchens and 13 photography bays and video studios — that Time opened in 2015. The center produces food-related content for a wide variety of Time publications, not just its food titles."

Read the entire NY Times article HERE (Pay Wall). 

For those of you from outside Alabama, here's another blogger's nice tour of the new offices Y'all. (Not "You All") (-:

Oh, New Yorkers moving here will have to get used to one of the many oddities of Alabama law impacting half of their name.

Alabama Direct shipping prohibited. Consumers may order wines from out-of-state wineries but must obtain permission from the state liquor authority and have the wine sent to an ABC store for pickup and payment of taxes.

Jun 22, 2017

Alabama's Image.

Headline in the New York Post

Alabama has a student-teacher sex problem


"A third Alabama schoolteacher has been arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with students, according to a report.
Taylor Brooks Boyles, 27, a Moulton Middle School teacher, was charged with being a school worker engaging in a sex act or deviant sexual intercourse with a student under 19, the Times Daily reported.
Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said the victim was an 18-year-old senior who was not at Boyles’ school."


Jun 21, 2017

That tiny blue dot dead center is...............

NASA's Curiosity Rover on the surface of Mars.

JPL writes:

Using the most powerful telescope ever sent to Mars, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught a view of the "Curiosity rover this month amid rocky mountainside terrain.
The car-size rover, climbing up lower Mount Sharp toward its next destination, appears as a blue dab against a background of tan rocks and dark sand in the enhanced-color image from the orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera. The exaggerated color, showing differences in Mars surface materials, makes Curiosity appear bluer than it really looks.
The image was taken on June 5, 2017, two months before the fifth anniversary of Curiosity's landing near Mount Sharp on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6, 2017, EDT and Universal Time).
When the image was taken, Curiosity was partway between its investigation of active sand dunes lower on Mount Sharp, and "Vera Rubin Ridge," a destination uphill where the rover team intends to examine outcrops where hematite has been identified from Mars orbit."

Jun 19, 2017

A Free Showing of Atticus v. The Architect!

  Several donors in Montgomery have basically bought
all of the tickets for a showing of "Atticus vs The Architect" on
Saturday, July 8th.

     That means a free showing of the documentary about the prosecution and imprisonment of the former Alabama Governor.

      Richard Scrushy says the film will exonerate both he and Siegelman, although both men are now out of prison.

Capri Theater
Saturday July 8th
2:00 PM.

1045 E Fairview Ave, Montgomery, AL 36106