Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Those Other Blogs

I received one blog comment and a couple of emails from people asking about the significance of the non-local blogs listed on the right-hand side of this page.

40-Ton Tourists -- My long-time pal Mike and his wife, Lori. Lori was a successful real estate agent who got out of the business when the downturn began, then took the course to become a trucker! She and Mike always loved taking long road trips anyway, so this was a dream come true. And now Mike, who is a fellow PIO, is getting ready to retire and join Lori full-time on the road.

Jan Curran Events -- Jan and I first met in 1981, I think, when she was Jan Goldberg and we both lived in Walnut Creek and worked as account executives for the same public relations agency in the Bay Area, for the nuttiest loon of an agency president who ever lived. We made him oodles of money with our hard work, clever campaigns and superb client relations. She moved to Palm Springs to work as a senior account executive at the Jones Agency, convinced agency president and Palm Springs kingpin Milton W. Jones that she and I were a team to be reckoned with (she was right), and Milt paid all expenses for me and my children to move to P.S., where I also was a senior account executive at the agency. Among my many other clients, I handled the City of Palm Springs, which, after I left the agency, hired me to do their marketing, publicity and protocol in-house. I got to work side-by-side every day with Sonny Bono, and I've been a public servant ever since. (Jan was hired to do network TV commentary and interviews for two or three hours before Sonny's funeral started. It was a horribly sad day for us all.) But I digress. Jan went on to become society editor of the Palm Springs Desert Sun (which we used to call the Desperate Scum), then retired to do occasional consulting work after a serious health issue developed. She has been battling it for years but she keeps on tickin' and has kept her sense of humor through it all, which is half the battle. Now she lives in Ventura where it's much cooler and better for her health.

Ventura City Manager Blog -- I get asked all the time what's happening with Rick Cole and what he's doing , so I decided to add his blog so everybody can see for themselves what he's up to. Rick is a great dad, which is #1 in my book. By the way, Jan and Rick don't know each other.


OK!!! Now that that's out of the way, I'm off to San Diego Thursday morning to attend my granddaughter Kimberly's high school graduation (yes, the jig is up -- I'm a geezer), then back here on Saturday, and then. . .

-- drum roll please --

. . .HOPPING A PLANE FOR LUDWIGSHAFEN AND JARVENPAA ON SUNDAY!!!

Stay tuned!

18 comments:

Aaron Proctor said...

Palm Springs is like, full of Scientologists! :-)

- AP
http://www.proctorformayor.com

Jan Curran said...

Ann, Just found, by accident, your blog and love it. Welcome to the world of bloggers! David Hough would be proud of you... Hey, give me your current email address, have about 4 of them for city of pasadena and not sure which is the current one. Have a wonderful time on your trip. Sorry we weren't both in PS at the same time this year. Congrats, too on grand daughter's graduation. Love, Jan

pasadenapio said...

OK, I wasn't going to name David J. Hough, but Jan went ahead and outed him as the lunatic agency head, so now you all know!! Hey, he's either in some state hospital for the criminally insane or somebody has certainly murdered him by now, so he can't sue us, right? By the way, my current email addresses are aerdman@cityofpasadena.net and pasadenapio@gmail.com. Either one is fine.

Jan Curran said...

The interesting thing about Mr. Hough was his ability to create this world for himself that did not really exist. For example, his resume said he went to UCLA. Sure. We discovered he had probably walked across the campus, or drove by, but had never attended as a student! We were "bad girls", outing him to the local press and then outing outselves right out of a job! Those were the days, my friends, those were the days !! We could do endless blogs on this guy and how foolish we were to believe we had real jobs with him.. We dressed every day in proper business attire drove to his house, and then sat at his kitchen table as our senior executive offices. It was a pretty wild time but there were along with our many clients, a great deal of laughs... and Ann and I were bonded to each other for life from then on.

Aaron Proctor said...

I heard I'm going to be the Interim Acting Deputy Vice Mayor while you guys are gone.

Heard that on the streets.

- AP
www.proctorformayor.com

pasadenapio said...

Well, the streets never lie. Just be sure to keep the Public Affairs Office in the budget while I'm gone so I have a job to come back to!

Miss Havisham said...

I love that outing, and vetting. I love it more than you will ever know.

Cheers to you, ladies.

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