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A-Rod is no Willie Mays

“The only man who could have caught it, hit it.”

Talk. Laugh. Live.

Two decades ago, a great basketball player from East Stroudsburg High School died from prostate cancer at age 19.

Test driving the Wonderlic

Easy questions. No time to finish the test.

The most trusted brands in America

Digital rules the day when it comes to the most trusted brands in America.

Selling liquor a bad idea at Citizens Bank Park

Decades ago at Penn State's Beaver Stadium, the most popular guy in the student section of the stands was the Coke man.

There is life after daily newspapers

A mind is a terrible thing to race.

Biggest employer in Pennsylvania? Says here it's a retailer

The organizations with the most employees in the Greater Lehigh Valley are health systems.

There is no Next Silicon Valley

Whether it be from desperation or because of strategic marketing, communities, cities, regions and even states occasionally try to rebrand themselves to capture business, industry, new residents and/or tourists.

Twitter has cachet, but advertising has yet to follow

The folks on Twitter relish in saying that Facebook long ago jumped the shark and is no longer cool.

'It's a gorgeous view from the moon here, Chet'

Embattled NBC News anchor Brian Williams is taking time off as the network investigates his credibility issues with respect to claims made about his reports from the Mideast.

SUPE'S ON

Pete Carroll vs. Bill Belichick.

Five things you owe your employees

Managing or supervising people is never easy. Unless, perhaps, you are coaching Michael Phelps or Michael Jordan.

Google unveils self-driving car

Last month, we wrote about potential business opportunities when driverless cars get the green light – possibly just two decades from now.

Top 10 dubious excuses for calling in sick

Ever wake up in a good mood and not want to ruin it by going to work?

HR power on the rise

Don't know exactly when it occurred, but human resources departments have gained a lot of power in corporate America.

Thankful as thankful can be

Please indulge this list of 10 things to be thankful for as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday.

How low will oil go?

Regardless of their politics, most Americans would agree that something should have been done by now to wean the U.S. off its dependence on foreign oil.

The sweet science of candy marketing

Candy makers are nothing if not savvy when it comes to marketing to the calendar.

The computer. The automobile. And the Frosty.

One person's half-serious, half-fun list of mankind's greatest inventions of the past 200 years:

One fan's sports bucket list

(Warning: No good phrases – only clichés – were harmed in the writing of this blog.)

Back in my day? No one wants to hear it

The story usually begins: “When I started in this business, I used a manual typewriter and had to write a story on deadline in 30 minutes. Try doing that.”

Marketing customized to the individual?

A principal premise of the George Orwell novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four” is that citizens in the year 1984 will be under constant surveillance by the government/authorities.

Three years later: A monster in jail and misconceptions remain

Penn State students and fans Saturday showed support for late coach Joe Paterno with a “Joe-Out” – wearing clothing or displaying images of the Hall of Famer at the Nittany Lions' football game.

It's not always about the money

Several small-market teams with below-average player salaries – such as Milwaukee, Kansas City, Seattle, Pittsburgh and Baltimore – have strong-to-decent chances of making the playoffs in Major League Baseball.

Guess Google's original name – and no Googling!

Google was the 1990s brainchild of Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who met at Stanford. Two decades later, Google is the world's leading search engine for the Internet.

Just what does za mean? Or qi? Or jo?

In the interests of not feeling guilty when you make obscure but point-gobbling plays in “Words With Friends,” we offer to you a dictionary.

Supply and demand in its primal form

Decades ago, several future successful businesspeople cut their teeth on the laws of supply and demand by scalping tickets at football games. (Scalping, at the time, was not illegal in this municipality.)

Amazon and the Eagles and Jony Ive (who?)

Amazon is forecasting third-quarter losses of $410 million to $810 million.

Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and, yes, TV star Susan Anton

Every summer during the heart of auto racing season, I think of the several years that I covered NASCAR and Indy car races as a sportswriter in the late 1980s.

The delectable baker's dozen

An office mate this week brought to work a basket of candy. Included was Pez – the all-time greatest candy in the history of this or any other galaxy.

Invest now, reap later – hopefully

The Philadelphia 76ers' new strategy of drafting players for the long term while absorbing losses for a couple of years is similar to a plan for a business startup or a new retail shop.

Boomerang kids: When will they fly the nest?

One in five people in his or her 20s and early 30s is living with his or her parents, according to a New York Times Magazine article.

Money: It's why barbaric sports won't be banned

A couple of decades ago in another career, I wrote an editorial saying that one could make a good case for banning football.

Consumers still want something for nothing

It's no surprise: People prefer watching videos for free.

Ranking the holidays: Memorial Day is No. 2

The meaning of Memorial Day escapes many Americans.

7.6 million hoagies a day

About three decades ago, I was introduced to my first Subway restaurant in upstate New York, likely in Binghamton.

The myth of commuting, driving times

Recently in Atlantic City, we were advised by a local that a particular casino was a 10-minute walk on the Boardwalk.

Real life and work advice for our latest class of graduates

Several million new high school and college graduates this spring will listen to commencement speeches full of guidance.

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