The [Thursday] Papers
Memo to Cubs fans: Please Stop Believin'.
"In researching its records after inquiries from the Tribune, Jim Leonard, the company's chief operating officer, said Schylling found a June 2002 test report showing that the Thomas & Friends top contained lead paint on its wooden knob," the paper reports.
The company researched its records at the Tribune's request? As if it has a civic responsibility to be reasonably transparent about its operations?
For all I know, they fought the Trib tooth-and-nail and they're royally spinning, but on the face of it, it looks like Schylling, a family-run operation doing business around the globe, stepped up in the face of shameful past conduct.
After the test that found lead paint on the top's wooden handle, the company switched the handle to plastic. But it did not recall the wooden-handled tops.
"Asked why the company did not recall the toy at the time, Leonard said, 'I can't answer that . . . I had just started here.'"
Leonard, the chief operating officer, said that? You mean this hasn't been routed through a PR professional whose job is to obscure the truth?
Again, Schylling is guilty of, well, endangering children. They're wearing the black hat. It was just nice to hear even a little bit from someone in a position of responsibility.
It's too bad it's so unusual that it jumped out at me.
So quid pro quoish.
The Tribune Company is set to begin delivering the Sun-Times and 10 of its sister suburban papers.
Tribune does have a massive distribution network at its disposal. How 'bout dropping off coffee and donuts with the paper too?
Isn't that the problem? That this is just the way they operate?
At least they haven't tracked down some Chicago guy named Brad Pitt and asked him what it's like to share his name with a celebrity. Yet.
Hey, if you really wanna milk this thing, get creative. Why not try to enlist Jolie in a Chicago cause with big freakin' headlines like:
* "Save Chicago's Kids, Angelina! TIFs stealing from their education"
"Angelina: Help Save The CTA!"
"Please Find Out, Angelina: Who Hired Angelo Torres?"
Or better: "Angelina, Buy Our Newspaper!"
Kung Fu Et Tu
But here's the good part:
"[T]he matter has received quite a bit of attention on Capitol Hill and in Omaha, Neb.," Mark Brown writes. "It might have never filtered back to us here, though, if it weren't for some eye-opening photos of Jackson demonstrating his kung fu moves, which became fodder Tuesday for the bloggers."
Because pokey old Chicago can't exactly be expected to cover its congressional delegation, even if one of its members threatens to clock the distinguished gentleman from the great state of Nebraska.
Role of a Lifetime
I'm a film maker about to make a short zombie film and I'm looking for some one to collaborate with me. Not to help with my film but to make their own. I plan on putting a DVD together with my zombie film along with 3 or 4 others and sell them. The zombie films can be completely different then mine or they can have similiar plots or they can tie in directly. In fact if you want to tie your film in directly, I think that would be a lot cooler. I'm shooting my zombie short next week or so. I'm going to ask anyone who is doing a film to have it be no less then 15 minutes long. Ours is only going to be 20 minutes, but with three or four others it will be worth buying in a DVD. Before shooting the film I will ask that you clear the script with me and get the paper work done for it so we can distribute it. There will be percentages involved. Thanks!
Mmm, zombies. Seriously. Who's with me?
The Beachwood Tip Line: Undead or alive.
Posted on August 9, 2007
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