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Newz-E-Letter
For Members, About Members December 15, 2010

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Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa & Happy New Year!

Snores & more: The closest most of us will get to the Super Bowl is the big-screen, such as the 21-incher in the B Mansion's livin-large room. The Omni Fort Worth Hotel, host of the AFC Champions for the Super Bowl, feels your pain and has the slumber number to partially cure what ails you. How'd you like to sleep in the same bed some AFC Champion will/did? Mr. B stood on the hotel's rooftop screaming, “We wanna, Shauna! We wanna, Shauna!” and Miss Shauna Kelly scored with this complimentary one-night stay at the wondrous hotel and breakfast for two in the Cast Iron restaurant. Maybe Nolan will be down from his penthouse and join you for grits.

'Tis the season, you know: At Gordon Boswell Flowers, owner Martha (Cornbread) White brings the colors of the season and Misty Reznicek brings us to tears. Together, they are the fairest florists in Fort Worth. This is a two-in-one giveaway. 1) "Capture the charm of Colonial America with merry Christmas flowers cradling a cozy lantern aglow with soft candlelight. The festive bouquet includes red roses, miniature red carnations, white button spray chrysanthemums, Douglas fir, variegated holly and cedar accented with gold-sprayed pine cones, and comes with a red votive candle.” 2) Not to be outdone, except by the verbiage, is a traditional poinsettia plant.

   
 

Texas Representatives Marc Veasey and Vicki Truitt were among several state legislators who spoke to Chamber members last week at a Leaders in Government luncheon presented by Kelly Hart & Hallman at the Ridglea Country Club. Their comments were published in Star-Telegram stories here and here in the Business Press. And check out photos of other panelists and attendees here.


 
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The line starts here: Michael Bloomberg may be the “date night” planning man in town, but at what cost? Let's see him top this treat from Adrian De La Garza of Pizza Inn, which recently opened a new concept restaurant in Fort Worth. Adrian says grab your favorite pizza pal and pepperoni on over to any Pizza Inn for a complimentary buffet. Five winners can leave the cooking to Adrian.

Yule smile with better business leads: The Connors are back and in the Nick of time, the cost of doing business is lower. The 2010 Book of Lists, produced by The Fort Worth Business Press, is on sale for $15 until the end of the year if you buy from the Chamber. It includes 156 pages of info on the top area companies in several industry sectors. Better yet, we've got three to give away.

Livin' large...and rich: Chris Munizza, an AXA Advisor who tries to make talk about life insurance “cool,” says if you bought a whole life policy from the '60s until the '90s and it still is in effect, then it is time to update. He says you most likely can get greater coverage for no premiums because of the built-up cash value.

Fat chance: When word leaked that the Baumeisters were expanding, Mr. B was woohoo-ing that Sanford, Baumeister & Frazier partner Allyson B was preggers. Husband Rick Baumeister, managing partner at SB&F, says no, but noted the accounting firm is expanding by merging with Hugly PC, a North Dallas-based accounting firm. Donna Hugly will become a partner with SB&F. 

To Sir, With Love: With all the Virgin America/DFW International Airport hoopla, what do you think about this name change - Mr. B to Sir B? At an introductory breakfast, Sir Richard Branson, the maiden Virgin, has learned the TCU Horned Frogs' hand sign, but warned that if we didn't fly Virgin, he'd be doing another hand sign. 3M - Mayor Mike Moncrief -- said he was happy to provide some of the Fort Worth Herd at the Virgin arrival at D/FW, but thinks they may have felt uneasy about being invited to a barbecue.

Party talk tidbits: Mr. B has impressive reading credentials. Look what he found in the New York Times -- The number of Americans that reached the age of 100 in 1990: 38,300; in 2009: it's 96,548. And in Forbes magazine - 85 percent of prescriptions written are for generics.

It's a (bad) wrap: There was no other choice for water at this Chamber event, but Culligan salesperson Bryan Arnold didn't want to be seen drinking bottled water from a competitor so he stripped the wrapper.

This site is just super: Mr. B went to www.NorthTexasSuperbowl.com and ordered former NFLers Icky Woods and Billy (White Shoes) Johnson dancing routines for his Super SiriusXM New Year's Eve Alone Again Naturally bash. All the NFL and Super Bowl stuff you could want is available if you order by the deadline--TODAY!

Virtual-ly home: The Jetsons are sooooo yesterday. Home shopping can be completely mobile. For example, text an address of a home for sale to Chad Henderson at HBK Realty (text charges could apply, blah, blah, blah) and you get an entire MLS listing text back to you.



Lights, camera, action! If Chesapeake Energy is going to light up Energy Way in such wondrous fashion, maybe the city could save a few bucks and turn off tangential street lights this holiday season. 107 trees on the Chesapeake property have been wrapped in violet, green, blue, red, white and pink with 9,600 light strands, all powered by natural gas from the Barnett Shale (ok, just kidding). The building crown is illuminated red and green.

 

Painting you a profile: Mr. B was sniffing around and found out from Blaine Gray that aerospace paint specialist Graco was founded by his grandfather. Blaine's father sold it to an equity group. The company, which works with Bell Helicopter and Lockheed, is located in east Fort Worth, in the former Jolly Time skating rink.

When the well goes dry: Cally Monson of MMG already has her Super Bowl prediction - with all the events, there will be a port-a-potty shortage. MMG has been hired by TCU for “support services” during remodeling of Amon Carter Stadium.

Great patriot: Admiral Thad Allen, United States Coast Guard (Retired), has been named the recipient of the 2010 Great American Patriot Award. The award will be presented at halftime of the Dec. 30 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.

Allergies attack brain: Riding the T bus, a heretic challenged Mr. B, who had said “God bless you” when the man sneezed. Why do you say that, he asked? OK, help Mr. B tell him.

Serve & reap: Perrone Pharmacy is a 58-year-old independent pharmacy. How does an independent overcome $4 and mail-order prescriptions? Paula Perrone (along with sister Kim) says their father's legacy, and their staff's service, compassion and commitment are factors in the success.

Si, si: “The World's Largest Taco Bell,” what many parishioners “fondly” called their building at Altamesa Church of Christ, is no more. Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford's new facade and interior renovations has it looking very Grace-ful. The before and after pictures are astounding.

Watchdog: Star-Telegram watchdog columnist Dave Lieber wasn't concerned when he asked Karen, the woman that completed him, to be his wife. “If she had said ‘no,' I'd just have to run a correction.” Lieber spoke to a Chamber breakfast group earlier this month and will tell you he receives about 75 contacts a month from people who believe they have been wronged. What he won't tell you is that Summer Santas, a nonprofit he co-founded, has awarded about $900,000 to more than 30,000 kids in 10 years.

Dogged: Lieber, active in a national society of column writers, says fellow Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy may be the nation's premier social media journalist. Bud says he got his start writing a neighborhood NFL sports tip sheet at age 12. His first professional byline, in the Star-Telegram at age 17, was a mistake. In 1970, he covered an Arlington Heights-San Angelo football playoff and was supposed to call in notes about the game. When he called, he was sent to the dictation desk; he manufactured a story and had the byline.

Doo-tiful dog: Chamber sales superwoman Jennifer Vuduris says she would rather do fun runs with her golden retriever than her kids, but the dog has a tendency to want to lay a gift at the feet of the race's starter. Husband Jim is more serious about running. He's a marathon man.

Familial-hilarity: Son NoBGood asked Mr. B to recommend someone to do screenprinting. B suggested he call his sister MisBehavin', a fashion project manager. NoBGood said: “Daaaad, I want it done right.” Hope your holidays are more festive than Mr. B's appear to be headed.

Speaking of holidays: Thank you for reading and participating during 2010 and making Chamber life more fun. Have a happy holiday season. We'll be back for a new year on Jan. 5, 2011.


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