Sunday, June 20, 2021

OK Daddy-O

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Daddio is a variant form of daddy-o, slang or hip variant of Dad or Daddy. A cool male. From the 1950s Beatnick culture. Ah, but is it Daddio or Daddy-O? And which came first: Dad or Daddy?

Pop or Poppa, or is it Pappy? Maybe it is Papi. 

I really don't think Darth Vader would have said "Luke, I am your Daddy" (or Pop, or Pappy). 

My kids always called me Dad. Sometimes my wife says "Daddy" when talking about me - on the phone - to the kids. Now that both boys are married, I have two new daughters. Hearing "Dad" from anyone but my two boys was (is now) very cool. 

I remember the TV show Daddio, an American sitcom that aired on NBC from March 23 to October 23, 2000. It stared Michael Chiklis and Anita Barone. 

The show's first season consisted of five episodes, but was renewed for a second season of 13 more episodes. However, only four (4) shows were aired, before NBC canceled the show in October 2000 due to low ratings. Four shows were aired. 

Four

Season one of Seinfeld, was originally called The Seinfeld Chronicles. The series name was shortened to Seinfeld because there was already ANOTHER sitcom called The Marshall Chronicles. The Seinfeld pilot was originally met with very poor responses from test audiences, and NBC decided not to pick up the show. However, believing the series had potential, NBC executive Rick Ludwin ordered four episodes - about a year after NBC's rejection. With only four episodes after the pilot, season one of Seinfeld is one of the smallest sitcom orders in television history. 

Daddio. Seinfeld. One had a Rick Ludwin in their corner. The other, not so much. 

To me, a business is like a marriage. It can be short lived, or it can last a lifetime. You have hopes and dreams, but there are no guarantees. I had to ask my wife Dianne (my mother's nurse at the time) to go out with me many, many, many times before she FINALLY said yes. Five years later, we were married. I was my own Rick Ludwin. 

I see business, and family, like a sitcom. The cast of characters can come and go. The ratings can be high, the ratings can be low. The road can be rocky, as there are never guarantees of success. 

But when it's right, you will have the time of your life. 


Family. Business. Family Business!!!!


Time of your life







Sunday, June 13, 2021

Loki Dokie

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Is Tom Hiddleston OK?

One theory is that "OK" actually originated with the Hessians soldiers during the Revolutionary War in the US, where the acronym OK stood for "ohne Korrektur," (without correction). 

I also heard that when doctors inspected the camping areas of injured soldiers, trying to count the number of dead bodies........ if nobody had died in a specific tent, they used to mark it as OK (zero K), or Zero Killed. And, that would create happiness, since "OK" on the side of the tent meant that no one died inside.

The Scots expression och aye, the Greek ola kala ('it is good'), the Choctaw Indian oke or okeh ('it is so') the French aux Cayes ('from Cayes', a port in Haiti with a reputation for good rum) could be the source.

Or, the initials of a railway freight agent called Obediah Kelly who is said to have written OK on all of the documents he had personally checked and approved. 

Ah, but is it OK to say Okey-dokey? Or is it "Okie-dokie" 

Okey-dokey is a playful or humorous way of saying "okay." It means the same thing, but would be used in fewer situations. It would not be used as a verb: "The boss has to okay the decision" is acceptable, "The boss has to okey-dokey the decision" is not. 

Disney+ / Marvel Studios "Loki" launched on June 9th and it broke the internet. Loki, the God of Mischief, steps out of his brother's shadow to embark on an adventure that takes place after the events of "Avengers: Endgame" which also, previously broke the internet. Rotten Tomatoes has Loki at 96% and rising. 

By the way, how is Disney+ doing these days? Is it just OK? Or is Disney+ doing Okay? I am kinda feeling that Disney+ is doing Okie Dokie Artichokie!  

Is Loki a bad guy? Or is Loki now a good guy? Or is Loki such a bad guy that we love him? Maybe we shall love Loki like he is the "Tony Soprano" of the Marvel Universe, right? 

Tom! Where are you going with this? Seriously, are YOU OK?

Before June 9th, there was a slim chance that YOU (the person reading this) knew who Loki was from reading comic books. There is a better chance that you knew who Loki was from the Marvel movies. There is now a VERY good chance that you (or someone that you know) is going to talk to you about Loki, a delightful diversion from the MCU as we know it. Test: did you know what MCU means? 

Yeah, the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) owned by The Walt Disney Company became a thing. A very big thing. 

Disney+ was launched on November 12, 1999 and has 103.6 million paid users as of April 2021. Disney owns Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ have become the ultimate streaming trio. You did catch WandaVision on Disney+ right? 

If I said "Mandalorian" around a year ago, would you know what I was talking about? 

Today, you do.

Tom Hiddleston, who (currently?) plays Loki will never be the same. Just as when we say Thor, we think Chris Hemsworth. And when we say Iron Man, we think Robert Downey Jr. 

But - when we say HULK, we think..... Lou Ferrigno???? Who did YOU see in your mind when you just read HULK? Edward Norton? Mark Ruffalo? Eric Bana? Don't tell me Bill Bixby......

When I say Captain America do you not IMMEDIATELY see Chris Evans in your mind?

BRANDING is an art. And Walt Disney, was at his core, an artist. 

OK. That's my blog for today. My "Master Class" on branding has ended. Okay? 

See? I fooled you all. Just like Loki..... the God of Mischief. 

Before the days of SMS, "K" was used as Morse code prosign form "Go Ahead". This slang term was popularized in the film "The Little Rascals" (Oki doki). The phrase can be extended further, e.g. "Okie dokie (aka) pokie / smokie / atrichokie / karaoke. 

And that folks is......

The Matthew McConaughey Brand

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Sunday, June 6, 2021

We're back baby!

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August 24, 2020. "The Feud" between Jerry Seinfeld and James Altucher was hot and heavy. 

James launched the first salvo with his "NYC IS DEAD FOREVER. HERE'S WHY" post. Jerry shot back with his "SO YOU THINK NEW YORK IS DEAD (IT'S NOT)" New York Times opinion rebuttal. FIGHT!!!

I remember reading the post in LinkedIn from James and saying to myself: "Holy Shit, he's right."

I also remember reading the Op-Ed response to James from Jerry and saying to myself: "Holy Shit, he's right." 

June 6th, 1944. 28,125 days ago. 

The Normandy landings were the landing operations and associated airborne operations on Tuesday, June 6th 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front. 

The day before, General Dwight D. Eisenhower was preparing to send Allied troops across the English Channel to France. There he hoped they would push the German troops, who fought for an authoritarian fascist state, back across Europe, securing a victory for democracy over authoritarianism. 

On the afternoon of June 5th, Eisenhower went to see the men he was almost certainly sending to their deaths. He joked with the troops, with his letter "The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!"

But after cheering his men on, he went back to headquarters and wrote another letter. This letter was designed to blame himself alone if Operation Overlord failed. It read:

"Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and Devotion to Duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone." 

The second letter of course, was never delivered. 

Operation Overlord was a success, launching the final assault in which western democracy (defended by ordinary men and women) would beat back - and destroy European fascism. 

June 6th, 2021. It has now been 287 days since the Jerry Seinfeld New York Times Op-Ed response to James Altucher. 

This month, NYDLA ( and now NADLA) will be hosting it's first LIVE (yet hybrid) event in NYC. Fittingly and ironically our first LIVE event will be hosted on THE INTREPID Sea, Air and Space museum. Launched in 1943, the former aircraft carrier USS Intrepid fought in World War II, surviving five kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike. Intrepid, indeed. 

Today I pause to reflect on how General Dwight D. Eisenhower did not need to send his second letter 28,125 days ago. I also pause to reflect on the Jerry / James feud regarding the fate of New York City from 287 days ago. And now: I look forward to our "Building Back Better" event - the first of MANY events - in the city that never sleeps. 

As George Costanza of Seinfeld would say: "We're back baby!"