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60 years at ACF – see his original work badge

Yesterday, I got to talk with a man who has worked at ACF in Milton FOR 60 YEARS.

Bill Yost certainly wins the company loyalty award in my book. And in a cool bonus, he said he was looking around and found his original badge from the company from when he started in 1953.

Take a look:

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I think that’s so cool – a unique piece of history that for many has faded into the background. But for Bill Yost’s family, they’ll forever have this important piece of him with them.

It’s also neat to think that the 19-year-old kid in this photo had no idea that he would be in the same place 60 years later – only a lot more successful and a lot more knowledgeable.

Congrats to Bill! You’ve earned your place in ACF history!

Warrior Run mural project

As you must have figured out by now, I love me some murals.

And yesterday, I got to see the progress on the Warrior Run school mural, which will begin being installed next month.

The cool thing about this mural is its construction, which is through digital and tile work – very cool stuff. And the artist, Warrior Run alum Jon Laidacker, is giving a behind-the-scenes look on his Facebook page.

One thing that fascinated me was the paint-by-numbers concept he’s using to help students and community members get involved. Here’s a look at what the tiles look like after he traces them from a digital file onto a tile and numbers them by color:

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And the scale is amazing.

It’s going to be huge. Here’s a video look at the eagle, just one-fifth of the mural.

I’ll of course be keeping you updated as this progresses – check back!

Hollywood publicist completely disses reporter – on camera

Next time I ever contemplate complaining about publicists or public relations person, I’ll have to remember this viral video of Marion Cotillard’s publicist completely dissing a reporter on the red carpet.

Since it was a red-carpet event, the cameras were rolling and caught the whole thing:

Wow.

I think the sentiment is OK – I mean, she’s busy, whatever, but the tone was just KILLLLER.

Look, everyone’s just trying to do their jobs, you, me, the reporter, etc. There’s no need to be rude about it. That’s the only thing I will say.

Any reporters out there with similar horror stories?

Blogging on the job: How far is too far?

Yesterday, fellow reporter Marcia Moore said she had an article she wanted me to read and discuss.

It was a Gawker article on a reporter from Alabama who posted 10 “confessions” on her blog and – after refusing to take them down – was fired.

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Shea Allen, the reporter in question

Here’s what she said:

  1. I’ve gone bra-less during a live broadcast and no one was the wiser.
  2. My best sources are the ones who secretly have a crush on me.
  3. I am better live when I have no script and no idea what I’m talking about.
  4. I’ve mastered the ability to contort my body into a position that makes me appear much skinner in front of the camera than I actually am.
  5. I hate the right side of my face.
  6. I’m frightened of old people and I refuse to do stories involving them or the places they reside.
  7. Happy, fluffy, rainbow stories about good things make me depressed.
  8. I’ve taken naps in the news car.
  9. If you ramble and I deem you unnecessary for my story, I’ll stop recording but let you think otherwise.
  10. I’ve stolen mail and then put it back. (maybe)

My thoughts were: Well……she deserved it.

My approach to blogging is to always make sure that while you’re blogging about what’s going on, you always have to assume that your boss and your sources are going to read it – whether it’s on your personal blog, work blog, Twitter, anything. If you wouldn’t want them to, then don’t post it.

And if you happen to make a boo-boo and your boss says to take it down …. do it. Or you can lose your job.

You have to always assume your boss is out there, reading what you write.

And while I completely support the right to free speech – you have to realize that we’re living in a world where you have to be aware of what you say because these things go global. Sure you can say whatever you want, but if someone decides it’s harmful to their brand, they can fire you.

So, I agree with her boss’ decision. It’s a hard lesson to learn, but sometimes, you need to learn it.

Siblings at work

As I said yesterday, we went to Knoebels this week, and my miniature self also happened to be there.

Who is that you ask?

My younger sister, who is basically a shorter skinnier version of me, works at Knoebels and we stopped in briefly to see her.

Here she is:

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She is spending her Fourth of July there too.

So stop by, say hello, and have a great holiday!

Rain at the Daily Item office

Yesterday was rain-pocolypse here in the Valley.

Just in time for everyone to head home, rain just poured from the sky, making it almost impossible to avoid getting soaked when you ventured outside.

We’ve had quite a few thunderstorms lately, but I have to tell you, I sitll haven’t gotten sick of them.

I like the rain and the thunderstorms, as long as I don’t have to actually go outside.

And of course, as it began to pour, here at the Daily Item, since we are all essentially perpetual 13-year-olds, we were fascinated by looking out our window at the storm.

Here’s what we found:

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Here’s a look out our window – those fingers belong to the Daily Item’s own Francis Scarcella.

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