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Wells Fargo’s Abbot Downing; It’s No U.S. Trust

April 2nd, 2012 · 2 Comments

Last week, I was in a Wells Fargo branch, looking at a beautifully produced booket/story of the company. It included an explanation of how it ran stagecoaches and ran money to the West, and detailed many of the innovations of the hundreds of banks that made up what is now Wells Fargo. Inside the leaf […]

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Tags: Financial Services

Brands of Jim Rockford’s L.A.

April 11th, 2010 · 9 Comments

LOS ANGELES – What guy doesn’t want to be Jim Rockford? Well, perhaps living in the trailer was a bit tiresome (how come they let him keep it in the parking lot?), but the rest of the life as L.A. private eye is way cool. It would be fun to drive about L.A. in a […]

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Tags: Media · Regional Brands · Tourism

Where is Ortega’s Snap E Tom?

January 28th, 2010 · 29 Comments

He was the hot tomato of the 1970s brunch, Snap E Tom. But when did this tomato juice mascot disappear from grocery shelves? Snap E was a product of the Pioneer Ortega Chili Company, and later Heublein, from what I can find. Made with chile peppers, onions and tomatoes, it was a Bloody Mary mix […]

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Tags: Liquor · Preservation

California Artist (and Beverly Hillbillies Director) Richard Whorf

November 24th, 2009 · 16 Comments

There is one person we need to know more about; it is Richard Whorf (1906-1966), the sometime actor who was director of the Beverly Hillbillies. Whorf was also a dancer, a designer, a producer and a writer. Whorf has a whole world view that we rather appreciate; traditional with a warped view of the world. […]

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Tags: Art · Media

Brands of Escape from the Planet of the Apes

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Catching the film Escape from the Planet of the Apes on Planet of the Apes weekend on Fox Movie channel, we could not help but notice a few cool brands. I am sure there are more, but these were the ones I noticed immediately, just after Zira and Cornelius, previously confined to a zoo, head […]

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Tags: Cars · Regional Brands · Tourism

Ten Reasons The Century Plaza in L.A. Can Be Preserved

July 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

LOS ANGELES – One of the great modern hotels, The Century Plaza, is potentially going to be demolished. I say potentially because the owner, developer Michael Rosenfeld, is only applying for permission to tear it down for another real estate development. The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza (click on the pool image above to make reservations! […]

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Tags: Regional Brands · Tourism

IHOP and DineEquity Inc. Prove Casual Sector

July 24th, 2009 · No Comments

SARASOTA – Many of us can recall when IHOP wasn’t cool. Somewhere between 1980 and 1990, the chain got into the category of undesirable. It was so much so that the chain became a joke; comedienne Paula Poundstone’s “IHOP: It was a dream, I made it happen” routine about working at an IHOP came to […]

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Tags: Fast Food and Franchises

Hope Springs Motel Resort

July 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

PALM SPRINGS – Any person who owns a silly little motel by the side of the road ought to look at Hope Springs Motel Resort in Palm Springs, California. It’s an utterly nondescript motel that has turned into a Travel & Leisure favorite. The recipe? A hip approach, minimalist design and ultra clean rooms. While […]

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Tags: Preservation · Tourism

Parrette’s Ten Basics of Ad Creation

May 10th, 2009 · No Comments

Great ads have one thing in common. They sell things. Things like products, services, ideas or lifestyles. If they don’t do this directly, they are memorable enough to influence a consumer at the time he or she makes a purchase.Bad ads are brand poison. If you go public with a half-baked concept, a forgettable headline, […]

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Tags: Advertising

Remembering California’s Bart Lytton

October 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment

We think of all the crashed financial empires of today, and remember crashed empires of yesteryear. Each generation leaves its famed financiers. We wondered what happened to Lytton Financial, which was a high flying savings and loan company, and its founder, Bart Lytton. He looks right out of the “Mr. Drysdale” California of the 1960s, […]

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Tags: Financial Services