In 2004, my Mor Far (Danish for "Mother's Father") passed away after suffering from Alzheimer's Disease for nearly eight years. Before that, Mor Far was a successful San Francisco businessman who really understood how to make money--and more importantly, how to save it.
Arthur Anderson liked to tell the story of the young boy who said he preferred radio to television because "the pictures are better." Anderson, who died Saturday in Manhattan at the age of 93, didn't identify the boy, but it would be safe to speculate it could have been him.
This week marks the arrival of the first Friday the 13th of 2015. For many of us, even the mention of this "unlucky day" brings a quiver of anxiety. We say it's hoo-hah, but a little voice in us whispers, "what if?..."
The educational environment should not serve as a blank canvas for food industry advertisers. While Box Tops for Education may appear to be a philanthropic effort, it is yet another example of industry's incessant and predatory -- and worse, school-sanctioned -- marketing to children.