In November, not long before Thanksgiving, I got the following e-mail from a dear friend, someone I went to college and have been friends with ever since (and she let me be the Maid of Honor in her wedding):
I took a package for you to the post office today. I enjoy the people who staff the counter. This was my conversation with the postal worker:
Me: "I'd like to send this media mail, please. It's a book."
Postal worker [deadpan]: "Is it a fragile, hazardous, liquid ,or perishable book?"
Postal worker: "Some of 'em can be hazardous, y'know."
There's no risk with this one; it's a dependable classic. I hope you like it.
The book arrived a few days later and in time for me to pick something from it to make for Thanksgiving. The book is full of wonderful recipes for desserts. I picked a recipe for an apple and cranberry pie--which I chose to pair with a from-scratch, all butter double crust (recipe from another cookbook) Yum!
Now that my conference is over and Christmas will be here soon, it's time for me to dive back into the book and see what else appeals.
Come to think of it, maybe my dear friend did send me a dangerous book after all!
I have no idea what prompted the decision to remove Bill Marimow from his post as Editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, but I do feel the people who made the decision probably need a deeper appreciation of how editors in general, and Editors-in-Chief, can help people who want to make their thoughts and opinions known in print. I say this after having read the statement the decision makers made public after the news of the firing broke. Here is part of the statement the decision makers published following the firing:
"The decision to terminate Bill Marimow as editor of the Inquirer was made by me and associate publisher Mike Lorenca, which is within our authority to make such a decision," Hall said.
I already have a category on this blog called "If I Could Change the World." Tonight I am adding one called "You Can't Make This Stuff Up." In my newsletter, the Seybold Report, we report on what is going on with the Post Office in this country these days as what happens to it has direct and material effects on the publishing industry, most notably on magazine publishers, but all aspects of the graphics art industry are affected.
Mostly, lately, we have been reporting on how broke the Post Office is and why and how bonehead ideas like stopping Saturday delivery are going to make things worse and not better and hurt the entire country's economy in the process.
So, imagine my surprise when the general news started reporting yesterday about how the Post Office is planning to offer a line of clothing! Seriously? They don't have enough logo-laden tchotchkes lining the counters, falling off cheap shelving, hanging off the walls in the local post offices already? And when is the last time you saw someone walk out of the post office with some of that stuff?
Well, I could not find the official press release on the USPS.com Web site. It's not, as I write this, on the list of official releases. But, I did find a USPS press release about this on the
Wahconah Group Web site--the company planning to make the clothing. The following is a quotation from that release:
snow, nor rain nor gloom of night has taken on a different meaning at
the U.S. Postal Service with plans to launch a new product line of
apparel and accessories under the brand name, “Rain Heat & Snow.”
Postal Service’s unofficial motto, Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor
gloom of night stay these couriers from the swift completion of their
appointed rounds, serves as a backdrop for a licensing agreement the
organization has signed with Cleveland-based fashion apparel company
Wahconah Group, Inc. The agreement leverages Postal Service intellectual
property by introducing the Rain Heat & Snow brand of apparel and
agreement will put the Postal Service on the cutting edge of functional
fashion,” said Postal Service Corporate Licensing Manager Steven Mills.
“The main focus will be to produce Rain Heat & Snow apparel and
accessories using technology to create ‘smart apparel’ also known as
Wahconah Group is excited to be working with the U.S. Postal Service in
launching this all-weather line of clothing, said Chief Executive
Officer Isaac Crawford. The products will build on the rich American
history of this iconic brand, creating specialized apparel for
consumers, at affordable prices, delivering something new and exciting
that retailers can offer their customers.”
Hmm, seems the Post Office think it might make some money by selling its logos and the look and feel of its uniforms for use by this company. Truly, you can't make this stuff up: "put the Postal Service on the cutting edge of functional
What the Post Office needs to put its time, energy, effort, and imagination into full-time, 100% is putting its services on the cutting edge of functionality. Period. And that is all I have to say about this other than to say I will be writing my Congressional representatives to make sure they hear from a concerned taxpayer about this.