Book Review: “Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s View of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show”

Jay Leno Tonight Show Book, Behind the Curtain by Dave Berg

Long overdue on my “to read” list was Dave Berg’s “Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s View of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show.” Berg published the book in July 2014, months following Leno signing off as host of the franchise (for the second time). Having served as a co-producer of the show during Leno’s entire run with NBC, the book promised to share interested insight into the behind the scenes aspect of the show.

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Potbelly Restaurant Goes “Belly-Up” on Napkins

Potbelly Restaurant

One of my favorite restaurants to grab lunch from is Potbelly’s Sandwich Shop, otherwise as Potbelly. Since I’m not a fan of the drive-thru, I usually order from inside and then eat from inside my car. Something I’ve noticed the last few times I’ve gone into my local restaurant in New Lenox is the lack of napkins.

I’ve noticed this because after I get my food, I typically grab a few napkins to throw inside my bag. At my local restaurant, the napkin containers used to be on every dine-in table, making them easy to find. A few visits ago, I noticed they were no longer there. When I turned around to see if they were anywhere on the front-counter near the cash register, they were not. I finally found one napkin container, over by the pop machine and somewhat hidden behind the straws and lids.

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Google’s Missed Opportunity with Messaging

Google's Flawed Messaging Strategy

It’s well documented in the tech community just how ridiculous Google’s attempt at messaging has been over the last decade. While Apple has perfected its messaging strategy with iMessage, both WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are highly prominent messaging options for millions of users around the world. Within the United States, traditional text messaging (SMS) that’s tied phone carriers is by and large still the default option. And then, there is Google…

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Remembering Art Bell

Art Bell

Art Bell’s radio show was a guilty pleasure of mine. The paranormal themed overnight show housed an abundance of fascinating topics that, while mostly derived of absolute nonsense, made for some great radio.

With that said, I was sad when I found out over the weekend that he had passed away on Friday, of all days, the 13th. While my expectations long ago faded that he would ever return to the air for an extended run, his death now cements that his voice is indeed permanently silent.

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Ok Google, Why Gboard?

Google Keyboard Name Change to Gboard

As someone involved with search engine optimization, the irony isn’t lost on me that while Google can make or break a company’s digital marketing efforts by changing its algorithm, Google is bad when it comes to marketing their own products and services.

The Pixel Phone, Google Play Music, and their various cluster of messaging apps are just some examples. I am leaning towards adding Google Home to that list.

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Thoughts on the White Sox Radio Broadcasts Going into the 2018 Season

White Sox Baseball

After two years on WLS, I’m happy that this season, the White Sox will instead have their games on WGN Radio.

Where as WLS seemed to put in the bare minimum as a radio partner for the White Sox, WGN has been a great partner for the Blackhawks, and previously as the longtime home for the Cubs and I am hoping the same will happen with the Sox.

The only downside is that the radio broadcasts will still be called by Ed Farmer. I’ve been hoping for years that the Sox would come to the decision that an upgrade at radio play-by-play was badly needed, and each year I am surprised when he is brought back.

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Starbucks “You Are Here” No More

Starbucks You Are Here Mug Collection

My near complete personal collection of Starbucks “You Are Here” mugs. A few mugs were either accidentally left in storage or are at the office.

As a coffee mug collector (or hoarder), I took a liking to the Starbucks “You Are Here” series of mugs that the company has for just about every city and/or state. Collecting such mugs while traveling over the years had become a semi-integral part of those trips.

That is why I was disappointed when I learned that Starbucks is retiring the “You Are Here” series. In place will be a new series of city and/or state themed mugs entitled “Been There.”

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First Night in Columbus: The Waiting Game

Downtown Columbus, Ohio

This past weekend, I ventured to the state of Ohio for a guy’s road trip, with the primary reason being to take in a Blackhawks road game in Columbus. The original idea was to leave early on Friday, stop in Indianapolis for lunch, walk around that city a bit, and arrive in Columbus by late afternoon.

About a week before the trip, one of my buddies suggested we add Cleveland as a destination and see the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. While I wasn’t overly enthusiastic over the idea, there were two other people on this trip and if they wanted to do it, at least I’d get to see a new city and maybe experience something cool at the Hall of Fame.

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You Will Not Be Disappointed

Muller Car Dealership, You Will Not Be Disappointed

One of the side discussions my boss and I often partake in at work are dissecting examples of good business and bad business in the outside world.

An example of bad business we have discussed on a few occasions are the Muller car dealership radio commercials, which have various Honda, Acura and Subaru dealerships throughout Chicagoland.

The signature ending for their commercials is recited by the owner Mike Muller, who says “you will not be disappointed.” To my boss’s point, “you will not be disappointed” is an awful way to end a sales pitch. So while a customer may not be disappointed, what kind of positive emotion might that person feel after doing business there? There is nothing inspiring about “you will not be disappointed.”

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