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TFG Unbuttoned: Comic Con special and two sci-fi reads

10.26.21 | The Focus Group was at Comic Con New York this year. Stay tuned for a Halloween special podcast featuring comic book artists and writers Issac Goodheart and Dan Parent, along with Drag Race stars Jackie Cox, Tamie Brown, and Yuhua Hamasaki. John recommends some new sci-fi books, Klara and the Sun and When the Sparrow Falls.

Apple must-have accessory

10.20.21 | Shop Talk covers two stories this week. The first one looks at the large number of American workers that are leaving jobs in search of more money and meaning—or both. Then we disclose the five most and least expensive states in which to conduct business in the USA. Caught My Eye exposes brands that destroy returned items to prevent resale versus fixing and reselling, and Apple is hawking a $19 Polishing Cloth to clean your iPhone or other gadgets. What is it P.T. Barnum said? Our Business Birthday is Jonathan I. Schwartz, born October 20th, the former CEO of Sun Micro Systems, who quit with a haiku, and is now the founder of health care service Care Zone.

TFG Unbuttoned: LEGO goes neutral

10.19.21 | The LEGO Group has made the decision to rid its toys of harmful gender bias. This is on the heels of California enacting new legislation in 2024 requiring retailers to not separate toys by boys and girls. Also, Newsmax pundits think Las Vegas Raiders Coach Gruden’s racist and homophobic comments could be about cigarettes and plastic surgery. Absurd. Finally, Mayor Pete schools Tucker Carlson for calling into question his manliness regarding parenting.

Nine photos to have on your phone

10.13.21 | Shop Talk looks at the Eisenhower Matrix as a method to plan your day and prioritize tasks. Caught My Eye highlights another treasure found in a drawer of a UK estate worth millions. Also, the nine photos that we all should consider keeping on our phones are revealed. Famed fashion designer and business mogul, Ralph Lauren is our Business Birthday. Born on October 14, he is 82 years old and continues to take an active role in his business and philanthropic causes.

TFG Unbuttoned: Dancing Grannies

10.12.21 | China has a problem in suburban areas with loud dance music from “dancing grannies,” sometimes late into the night. One man has invented a remote-control device that he now sells—20K units to date—that will shut off the speakers and thus shut-down the dancing granny parties. Then a CEO sits on a toilet for 50 hours to raise awareness and money for sanitary products for the developing world. He raised over $30 million for Who Gives a Crap. Finally, the US Mint will release 5 new quarters in 2022 celebrating trailblazing women of America.

Plug and Play

10.06.21 | Shop Talk discusses electric cars with the latest entry promising over 500 miles on one charge. It will cost you though. Caught My Eye celebrates the naming of a Michigan Post Office in honor of American Icon and National Treasure Aretha Franklin. Also, Venezuela lobs some zeros off its currency and a George Lucas doll akin to Jesus is in the works! Our Business Birthday is Lonnie Johnson, born October 6th and he is 72 today. Johnson invented the Super Soaker Water Gun among 250 other patents while an aerospace engineer with NASA and working on the Stealth Fighter and Jupiter Space programs.

TFG Unbuttoned: Take the money and run

10.05.21 | A museum says they gave a Danish artist $84,000 in cash to use in artwork they wanted updated. He delivered blank canvases and titled them “Take the Money and Run.” But first, Dollar General is now raising prices beyond the dollar mark—no complaints from consumers thus far as the pandemic has increased the cost of goods on all levels. Then, Disney Actor Tommy Kirk, best known for his role as Travis in Old Yeller, died this week at 79. after being outed to Disney execs at 21, his career never recovered and died poor.

Time is a thief

09.29.21 | Shop Talk discusses Oliver Burkeman’s new book, “Four Thousand Weeks.” That’s about the average number of weeks in a lifetime, and a good lens to look at time management through. Caught My Eye looks at the antics that may or may not take place on private jets and a marble gravestone is returned to Michigan cemetery. The marble slab was used for the last 100 years or so to make fudge in the home of a woman who recently was moved to a nursing home. Two Business Birthdays this week: Our very own John T. Nash celebrates his birthday Thursday the 30th along with Laszlo Biro, who was born on September 29th in 1899. Biro made millions having invented the ballpoint pen and selling the patent to Marcel Bich and collecting royalties. BIC has sold over 100 billion pens worldwide.

TFG Unbuttoned: Buy low, sell high

09.28.21 | Finance savvy TikTokers find success mimicking the stock buys from members of Congress. Many believe politicians may be in the know, but a recent study says that they are just as unlucky as the rest of us picking stock winners at times. Then, an ad agency in NC creates a vaccination campaign around a non-existent funeral home in order to encourage people to get the shot. Finally, Elvira, Cassandra Peterson, comes out and dishes the dirt in her memoir “Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark.”

Last call for alcohol

09.22.21 | Shop Talk looks at long term care options that some of us may face in our retirement years. Caught My Eye relays that several states are starting to see shortages of certain alcohol brands. If you like champagne, cognac, tequila, or bourbon—stock up now! The world’s first stewardess, and America’s first flight attendant, Ellen Church is our Business Birthday. Born on September 22 she was a trained nurse and started the “Sky Girl” profession. Thanks to Deep Discount and Criterion for providing discs to give away for ‘Pick That Flick’ as we celebrate the Criterion Collection Sale.

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