A few weeks from now, the skies over Akron will be more congested than the streets of Manhattan.
Snoopy’s blimp (aka MetLife) will be here Aug. 1-4, helping to cover the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, as it has for the past six years.
Meanwhile, after a 10-year hiatus, the Budweiser blimp has returned to the skies this summer and is in the midst of a 17-week national tour to pump out a message urging the use of designated drivers. Bud’s blimp is scheduled to ply the local skies during the last two days of the aforementioned golf tournament.
And if Goodyear’s Spirit of Goodyear is bopping in and out of its home base, the Wingfoot Lake hangar in Suffield Township, things could get really interesting.
Speaking of air travel ... Richard Schunk of Tallmadge figures the Nigerian billionaires who keep asking us for help in bringing their fortunes to America have grown bored with email and returned to snail mail.
Schunk recently opened a letter congratulating him for having qualified for two round-trip airline tickets anywhere in the continental United States. All he had to do was pick up the phone and punch in his claim number.
And then, no doubt, provide some personal financial information.
As if he weren’t already skeptical, the names of six airlines printed at the top of the stationery included “US Air.”
Uh ... US Air hasn’t been around since 1997, when the name was changed to US Airways.
Akron is losing one Alton Brown and gaining another.
The Alton Brown who is the executive vice president and general manager of the Beacon Journal is leaving at the end of the month to work for some guy named Warren Buffett.
Buffett has been buying up newspapers lately, and his holdings now include the Virginia Community Newspaper Group. Brown will serve as the regional publisher, based in Lynchburg.
Alton and his wife have family ties to that area, so he’s heading home — unfortunately for us. He’s a great guy who will be missed.
The other Alton Brown is more widely known. He’s the fellow who hosts multiple programs on the Food Network.
I used to think our Alton Brown made good money — until I saw the ticket prices for a local appearance by the other Alton Brown.
The food guy will be in town Nov. 5 at the University of Akron, where he will offer comedy, food experiments, a multimedia lecture and live music.
Anything from Row AA to Row Q in the lower level of E.J. Thomas Hall will set you back $71.55.
Seventy-two bucks? For that kind of money, you ought to get multiple appetizers, if not a main course and a bottle of wine.
After reading about the frustration experienced by an Akron man who keeps getting membership solicitations from the AARP addressed to his father, who died a quarter-century ago, Munroe Falls resident R.H. Walters offered a great tip.
“I kept getting solicitations from AARP and Beltone hearing aids,” wrote Walters. “I kept sending the information back that he passed away in 1984.
“The next time I received mail with his name, I did not open it. I marked on the letter that he no longer lives at this address, and gave a forwarding address: the cemetery’s.
“I am no longer receiving mail addressed to him.”
The problem with going on vacation is that you fall out of the news loop and miss out on some terrific opportunities.
Why, had I known, I would have rushed over to Youngstown earlier this month to participate in a demonstration organized by the Alliance for Senior Action and the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative.
According to the news release, those groups and other local leaders were going to stage a “Demonstration Against the Chained CPI Social Security Benefit Cut and Show Support for Medicaid Expansion.”
A chained CPI demonstration. Awesome!
I can’t believe we didn’t put that on the cover of Enjoy! magazine.
The day after I wrote a column making light of the return of the Twinkie, I received feedback from two former employees of the now-defunct Hostess Brands Inc. in a span of 20 minutes.
The first ex-employee sent an email praising me for exposing the event as a “farce,” saying, “I want to thank you for not ‘romanticizing’ the return of the Twinkie.”
The second ex-employee left an angry voice mail ripping me for sucking up to the new Hostess and “giving them all this glory.”
I give up.
Bob Dyer can be reached at 330-996-3580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.