Here's To The Crazy Ones

Here's To The Crazy Ones
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"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler."

Michael Heaton

"The Minister of Culture!"

"Michael Heaton" is an award-winning columnist and
reporter. His byline has appeared regularly in the
Plain Dealer since 1987. Prior to that he was a critic
and columnist for the San Francisco Examiner and
a reporter for People magazine. He is a graduate
of Kent State University. He is co-author of the
New York Times bestseller Motherhood and
Hollywood by his sister, actress Patricia Heaton,
and co-author of I’ll Be Right Back, the
autobiography of TV host Mike Douglas.
A book collecting his Plain Dealer columns,
titled Best of the Minister of Culture, was
published in 1992. The son of legendary
Plain Dealer sportswriter Chuck Heaton
and brother of actress Patricia Heaton,
Michael lives in Bay Village, Ohio.

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Minister Of Culture

"Truth and Justice For Fun and Profit"
by Michael Heaton

"The first collection of feature-length reporting
from one of Cleveland's favorite print journalists.
(Foreword by Joe Eszterhas.) Michael Heaton
has reported on as wide a range of stories as any
active Cleveland journalist. On any given day his
byline might appear in any section of the Plain
Dealer, where he is a regular columnist and reporter.
To get the story he has put on boxing gloves
and entered the ring, and gone undercover with
the FBI and mob informants. He has interviewed
chefs and coroners, gypsies and priests.
This collection of 40 newspaper and magazine
stories shows Heaton's Cleveland to be a crazy
quilt of bold schemes, failed dreams,
and colorful characters.

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"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"

~ Warren Zevon

Anthony Robles

"For His Indomitable Spirit!"

"Anthony Robles" (born July 20, 1988) is a wrestler who
won the 2010-11 NCAA individual wrestling championship
in the 125-pound weight class despite being born with
only one leg. Robles red-shirted as a freshman at Arizona
State University, and finished 6th in the 2006 FILA Junior
World Championships in the 55kg Freestyle Wrestling
category. Robles started his collegiate wrestling career in
2007-08, where he was nationally ranked and finished the
year with a record of 25-11, falling just short of being
named as an All-American. In his second competitive
year as a collegiate wrestler (2008-2009) Robles earned
All-American Honors, finishing the year 29-8, winning
the PAC 10 Conference Championship at 125 pounds
and finishing fourth in the NCAA Championship's 125
pound weight class tournament. In 2009-10, Robles again
earned All-American honors, finishing seventh in
the NCAA 125 pound weight class, going 32-4 on the season,
and repeating as the Pac-10 125 pound wrestling champion.

In Robles' final year of eligibility (2010-11), Robles
went undefeated, going 36-0 on the year, becoming a
three-time Pac-10 champion (defeating Jason Lara from
Oregon State in the final, and a national champion,
defeating the defending 125 pound NCAA Champion,
Iowa's Matt McDonough 7-1 in the final. For his efforts,
Robles was voted the Tournament's
Most Outstanding Wrestler.

The 5'8" Robles concluded his Arizona State wrestling
career with a record of 122-23, a three-time Pac-10
wrestling champion as well as a three-time All-American.
Robles ranks 8th for most match wins by an
Arizona State wrestler.

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"You can get ripped off easier by a dude with a pen than you can by a dude with a gun!"
~ Bo Diddley

Mark Zuckerberg

"For connecting more than half a billion people,
   mapping the social relations among them, creating
   a new system of exchanging information and for
   changing how we live our lives!"

"Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (born May 14, 1984) is an
American computer scientist, software developer and
philanthropist best known for creating the social
networking site Facebook, of which he is CEO and
President. It was co-founded as a private company
in 2004 by Zuckerberg and classmates Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, and Chris Hughes while they were
students at Harvard University. Zuckerberg dropped
out of Harvard in 2004 (like other legendary
entrepreneurs). In spite of any controversy that
may surround Facebook and its origins,
I've always believed in that old adage,
"credit where credit is due."
And Facts are Facts.


~ 900 million active users

~ One out of every 12 people on the
planet has a Facebook account

~ More than 300 Million
    photos are uploaded daily

~ 207 Countries in 75 languages

~ More than 700 billion minutes
on Facebook every month

~ Recently the site accounted for
1 out of 4
American page views

~ Its membership has grown at
rates of up to 700,000 people a day

~ IPO May 18, 2012
Class A Stock @ $38
Market Cap 104.18 Billion
Which made Zuckerberg
Worth $17.5 Billion !
(I'd be laughing too!)

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How Ironic. A Case Study: Facebook
He may be a Harvard dropout but Mark Zuckerberg is
now the main character in a Harvard Business School
case study and likely to be so for many years to come.

Facebook proves again that -
"There's a sucker born every minute!"
P.T. Barnum (1810-1891)

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"When you learn to see the world the way people who suffer see it, then you will understand them differently!"
~ Akiva Goldsman

Bob Andrews

"For Being Crazy Enough to Think That He Could Be
   A Champion Golfer - Even Though He Is
Bob Andrews is a B1 Golfer, which means he is
       really blind and not just visually impaired

Bob Andrews was born in 1944 and grew up overseas
in Venezuela, South America. On returning to the
United States in the 1960s, he attended Southern
Methodist University and later graduated from
Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta,
Georgia. After College he volunteered to join the
Marine Corps and was sent to Vietnam.

One June morning, in 1967, he was sent out on a scouting mission. Walking about 25 yards being a rookie sergeant, he recalls thinking, "That idiot is walking down the path." Then a wire was tripped that sent two hand grenades rolling out at Bob's feet. Bob's sight was blown out of his head that June morning. By all rights he should have been killed. Another Sergeant carried Andrews, Forrest Gump style, to a clearing and radioed for help. When the Medevac choppers did arrive they radioed back that there was too much fire to land. The sergeant aimed his M-79 grenade launchers at the chopper and radioed back, "You're coming down here one way or another."

Andrews was unconscious for 2-1/2 months. He underwent
29 surgeries and was given last rites 3 times. His father
would sneak into Vietnam disguised as a doctor and make
off with his son, taking him back to the states. When Bob's mother called Bob's girlfriend Tina, she told her not to bother coming over but she did anyway. They would soon marry and spend the rest of their lives as a team.

Bob Would became a building contractor and he and
his wife raise healthy three sons. But on the day he
turned to golf for exercise everything would change
and a whole new chapter of his life would begin. Working
with his caddy (in blind golf they're called "Coaches")
he would slowly and imperceptibly improve his game.
Eventually his hard work and dedication would pay off
in back-to-back National Blind Championships in
2009 and 2010. He proved to the world to the world
that,"You Don't Have To See It . . . To Tee It."

It's worth noting that, unlike many other sports that
make allowances for disabilities, the only rule change
made for blind golfers is that they are allowed to ground
their club in the sand. Everything else is the same,
an extraordinary fact considering these blind
golfers can still shot in the 70's and 80's.

Blind golf competitions are set in classes
determined by the golfer's level of sight,
using the same categories as in other
sports played by the visually impaired:

light perception in either eye,
or slight light perception but inability to
recognize the shape of a hand at any
distance or in any direction

From ability to recognize the shape
of a hand, up to visual acuity of 2/60, and/or
visual field of less than 5 degrees

Visual acuity between 2/60 and 6/60,
and/or visual field of between
5 degrees and 20 degrees

(In case anyone asks! )

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"I am very easily pleased by the very best."
~ Winton Curchill

College Stadium Vendors

"For Arbitraging Poor College Kids to the tune of $9 a cup         for Hot Chocolate at a cold Big Ten Football Game "
                               - That's CRAZY(ness) !

"$9 Hot Chocolate!" That's right, you heard me correctly. Look at the rest of the menu items. You can get a full meal for $8. Yet, come a little cold weather and Voila and Arbitrage opportunity appears. (An Arbitrage Opportunity is any opportunity to make Abnormal Profits & I think this fits the bill on that definition). I am assuming these are independent vendors
since it's inconceivable that the University would be involved in this type of activity. I'm also assuming they're part of the Hot Chocolate Cartel. This kind of pricing is reprehensible, irresponsible and completely unjustifiable. I would like to think that everyone else at the stadium that day was as shocked as I was about such absurd price gouging. So, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to expose this type of predatory behavior. Hopefully the University will get wind of this and "Do The Right Thing" and put an end to it. Even if they sub out the vending, they still have a responsibility to make sure that its fair to
both parties - vendors and students/fans.

Having said that, it turns out that the vendors are only part of the root cause. Event Management Solutions (EMS) is the company contracted by OSU to run stadium vending. They are the ones setting the base prices. Vendors must buy from EMS and a vendors profit margin is based on a markup after the supply price is set by EMS. EMS even brags about this very hot chocolate example on their website (see link below)
This is not right! There are 2(+) markups on the price before it reaches the student and Prices float with the weather !!



This Speaks For Itself!

Look at the menu carefully. You can get an entire meal
for $8 but if you want a cup of hot chocolate to warm up
on a cold game day - it's gonna cost you $9! How does
this fit with any common sense notion of fairness to students? You can tell these signs were added to the permanent
sign-age, so this is no accident either. To be fair to other vendors, I got the same cup of hot chocolate on the
ground level for $2.50. From what I can tell OSU, or who
ever is responsible for this contracting decision, contracts
out this work to Event Management Solutions (EMS) and
they brag about price gouging on their website:.

"The Purchase Price for bottled water and soda will be $3.60 and the Sale Price will be $4.00.  The commission will be $0.40 which is 10%.  When the weather is cold we will sell Hot Cocoa and the Purchase Price will be $7.20 and the sale price will be $8.00 for an $0.80 commission at 10%."
Even if are willing to accept the contractual terms set forth on their own webpage
defining agreed upon cost - someone is still clearly gouging the students!



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For over 75 years, the "Greatest Tradition in College Band History"
has lived in Ohio Stadium. The Ohio State University
Marching Band performs Script Ohio at halftime.

Taking the Field After beating Michigan for an undefeated 2012 season.
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