You gotta know that I am sitting here in bed with a cigarette in my mouth hoping that it was good for you, too. You’ve gotta know that I’ve already contacted the Guinness Book of World Records. I mean, this is PR.
This is one for “Amazing Feats of Mass Participation.” Eight-hundred seventy-five people dancing The “Longest Contra Line” for five minutes at Waid Academy in Anstruther, Scotland... please. Twenty crazies at 6,500 ft., capturing the “Most to Parachute from a Balloon Simultaneously,” have got nothing on us. I am thrilled to announce that we’ve broken the 1 million mark. According to our webmaster, the Strumpette did 1.2 million hits last month.
Well, of course, my first reaction was, “if I had a dime for every geeky little blogger I had to WOM for this.” Seriously, that’s not far from the truth. In April we serviced just shy of 30 thousand unique visitors. Damn!! Any wonder why I’m so tired and walk with a noticeable limp.
THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTING CAST
Actually, this feat has been the result of hard work and dedication by a long list of supporting characters. I'd like to thank my all-girl posse: Norah on lead guitar, Vikki on bass, Red on drums and Ana Lydia on keyboard. I’d like to thank our backup singers: Phil Hall, Adam Zand, Marcy Levy, Lissa Jacoby, Nicole Hill, Melissa Oslund, Jessica McManan, Julie Greenwald, Jessica Freud and Paula Bennett. Of course, we'd be nowhere without our "blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band," Ms. Annie Burkhart. And last but not least, we’d like to thank our roadie and head tech, Brian Connolly, for keeping the lights on, the mics working, and the whole show on the road.
THANKS TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS
I'd also like to thank some of the industry's most esteemed personalities for having graced us with their contributions: Frank Shaw, President of Waggener Edstrom Worldwide; Michael Petruzzello, Managing Partner, Qorvis Communications; Eric Dezenhall, CEO of Dezenhall Resources; Katie Delahaye Paine, CEO, KDPaine & Partners, LLC; David Gallagher, Partner/CEO, Ketchum London, John Bell, Managing Director, Ogilvy PR; Doug Dowie, Former MD, Fleishman-Hillard LA; and Jack O'Dwyer, Publisher, O’Dwyer’s Newsletter.
AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO THOSE THAT INSPIRE US
We'd like to thank Richard Edelman, CEO of Edelman PR for his tremendous personal investment into the "Me2Revolution." No one has given more to alter PR's course and foster the perception of "innovation."
We'd like to thank all the firms that have similarly chased something "new" to help us all sell something timeless: Fleishman-Hillard, The MWW Group, Ketchum, and Text 100.
We'd like to thank our PR blog and social media "experts" for their enthusiastic and unbridled opinions: Jeff Jarvis, Steve Rubel, B.L. Ochman, Debbie Weil, Shel Israel, Brian Oberkirch, and the always entertaining Phil Gomes.
We'd like to thank 5WPR's Ronn Torossian for getting in bed with pornographer Joe Francis and defending our right to represent barely-legal 18 girl-on-girl action.
Lastly, we'd like to thank PRSA, PRWeak and Lapdog for their tireless efforts in helping to prop up and promote this whacky industry.
As we've said many times, all the tremendous support aside, obviously, without certain individuals and organizations in our business, there would be no Strumpette.
NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball, in its continuing effort to promote and expand the game in fun and exciting ways, today announced the launch of the Citizen Player Program. The most radical change in over 100 years, some experts are already predicting that this modification could totally revolutionize the game.
Modeled after the "citizen journalism" craze that's currently sweeping through the media business, the Citizen Player Program is actually the brainchild of the Tribune Company, the owners of the Chicago Tribune Newspapers and Chicago Cubs. The idea basically is that instead of having all the fuss of a minor league system and all the rigmarole of huge contracts and negotiations, players for a particular game would be selected based on the Google link popularity of their blogs.
Commissioner Allan (Bud) Selig said, "Major League Baseball has been looking at the best ways to prepare for the 21st century and fortify our relationship with our audience. If this is what they want, whatayagonnado?"
Chicago Cubs President John McDonough issued the following statement: "The Chicago Cubs are terribly saddened by this decision. I mean we're not really known for winning but you don't have to humiliate us. Why doesn't the Tribune just sell us and move on?"
The Cubs current manager Lou Piniella added, "Hey, I am getting paid either way. What the hell, it's not like we're going to do much worse."
The full details of the changes have not yet been disclosed; but according to an insider there will be minor rule changes and field alterations. First base will be moved to 10 feet from home plate. Player/bloggers will each get 30 strikes. If an opposing pitcher even looks at them funny and exhibits "troll" behavior, the player/blogger will get to take first base and the pitcher will be thrown out of the game. All other professional players will be fitted with special 20 lb. weights for their arms and legs.
The Cubs will play the first game under the new Citizen Player Program against the Pittsburg Pirates on May 8. The Cubs' preliminary roster includes: Robert Scoble, Steve Rubel, Shel Holtz, B.L. Ochman, Debbie Weil, Shel Israel, Brian Oberkirch and Brian Solis. They will variously rotate as pitchers, catchers and infielders. Minor leaguer Steven "Vapors" Streight has been unanimously selected as their way outfielder; and old timer Jeff Jarvis has been signed on as the new pitching coach. Of course, all this is subject to change at game time.
On Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 7:41 AM, Ronn Torossian, President and CEO of 5WPR, emphatically promised that he was going to sue us. No real reason, he was just irritated by our teasing him about getting in bed with pornographer Joe Francis. Anyway, Ronn gave his obscenity-laced word that we'd see the complaint in 72 hours. It's now late by
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