Archive for the ‘RobertinSeattle’ Category

TBT: Customized T-Shirts in the 70’s

Author: robertinseattle

Digging through some old boxes of photos and memoribilia and came across a few things from back in the 70’s.

Back in the late 60’s and early 70’s, I’d made my first big bucks by building several successful t-shirt businesses. I eventually sold my businesses and properties in Toronto and bought a camper van to travel across North America and down to Mexico and back for over a year, eventually living in Paris where I did a lot of painting and writing before settling back in Toronto in ’75.

I ended up building a new business with t-shirts as customization became even more personal because of technology. My friend, Thach, and I launched FaceLift, to bring personalized t-shirts (and other products) into the mainstream. Xerox had brought out the 6500 color copier a year or two earlier and we had come across a company that developed a plastisol-coated paper that could run through these color copiers and produce full-color iron-on transfers that could then be pressed on to t-shirts, tote bags and all sorts of personal goodies. So we launched a shop inside the Hudson’s Bay Center Mall at Yonge and Bloor to generate retail business. Then we also pursued a wholesale business where we would provide these customized products to all the photo processing shops that were as popular as coffee stands are today. Anyone remember those? PhotoHut, PhotoLab and more. (Of course, those businesses are long gone with the advent of digital photography and photo processing inside of almost every major drug store chain these days.)

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A Close Encounter from 50 Years Ago

Author: robertinseattle

Last Friday, August 8th was the fiftieth anniversary of one of the first mass shootings that I can recall from Canada or the States. Long before Columbine or any of the other shootings that followed, Edward Thomas Boutilier was a mentally-disturbed 18-year old who rode his bike around the South end of Halifax on that summer afternoon in 1964 and shot three young boys, killing two of them. After giving himself up days later, Boutilier was later diagnosed as mentally ill and institutionalized instead of being tried in a court of law. He subsequently killed himself 10 years later. There’s a link in the first paragraph to the article that spurred me to write this post for New Canadian Media.

This story is still as fresh in my mind today as it was when it happened. Or I should say two days after it happened, as you’ll soon understand after you read my post.

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Worst Comcast Disconnect Call Ever

Author: robertinseattle

Inspiration

Author: robertinseattle

I absolutely love the One Day on Earth series. Here are the first four available:

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Adventures Along the Way: Christo 1985

Author: robertinseattle

Wow! I still remember a weeks-long trip to Europe in 1985 with my friend and tech industry analyst, Tim Bajarin. My company, SpectraFAX, had just successfully developed the first color digital scanners for PCs (and MACs not long after) and Tim was helping to introduce me to many of his connections in London, Paris and Munich as part of our international rollout plans.

After several days in Paris meeting with potential distributors, we were up early one morning to head for the airport to hit the final leg of our journey in Munich. Everywhere we stayed on this trip, journalists somehow managed to follow Tim and leave messages for him at the front desk of every hotel. We were in the middle of the very publicĀ  Apple/Steve Jobs/John Sculley spat and everyone from the Wall Street Journal to the San Jose Mercury News wanted to hear Tim’s opinions on what was happening at Apple. (Jobs ended up getting canned from Apple at the time and Sculley consolidated his power base with the backing of the Board and that was the start of the Jobs-less era at Apple.)

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How Women and Men Think They Look

Author: robertinseattle

I love a well-done parody. Top video is the actual Dove Soap commercial. The one below? Well…

A Man’s Bar

Author: robertinseattle

Perfect Irish BarOne of the many fun e-mails I get – and share – daily from friends had this touched up image with a title, The Perfect Irish Bar. It gave me a chuckle and brought back a memory from my traveling days back in the early 70’s.

I was enjoying a well-deserved semi-retirement sabbatical after finally selling my property and businesses in Toronto in ’73. My girlfriend and I had driven across Canada from Toronto to Vancouver and down the West Coast to Arizona and then all the way down to Mexico in my camper van with no particular itinerary, savoring new adventures as they came up. My girlfriend loved her beer and there wasn’t a bar we didn’t visit along the way. My Asian genes kept telling me I didn’t really enjoy alcohol at all but that’s a story for another day. (more…)

p*wning a Craigslist Scam

Author: robertinseattle

Seems you can’t even post something up for sale on Craigslist without some scammer trying to hit you up. I re-posted a large printer late last night and I’ve already received 4 scam inquiries. This one was the most brazen and I’m posting the entire exchange online here along with what I also found out about mi nuevo amigo, Hector Fanandez!

First the short inquiry:

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How to Replace a Highway… F-A-S-T!

Author: robertinseattle

Snoqualmie Pass Map

Snoqualmie Pass is a key road running through the Cascade Mountains along Interstate 90 coming from Eastern Washington by way of Idaho. It’s a really important road that’s critical to all kinds of goods to and from Seattle. When this highway gets covered in a major snowstorm, they get it cleared as quickly as possible, sometimes going so far as to blast some of the ice and snow down from the mountains just to avoid snowslides on to the road. So when they had to finally re-pave this puppy this past May, the DoT had to tear I-90 up and replace it immediately so everyone’s back in business with as little disruption as possible.

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from AllPosters.com

OK – I’m really fired up this morning. Sometimes fake science just goes too far and you have to shake your head. There’s a new “study” from the CDC (Center for Disease Control, no less!) about how 20% of our kids suffer from some form of mental illness (!). And it’s rising!

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