Back to School with Alice Cooper

Aug 14, 2011 | 2388 Views | 1 Comment

What a treat for a Scorpio girl born in the Season of the Witch! On August 12, 2011, I experienced Alice Cooper live in concert for the first time - just five months after his induction into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. It’s no surprise that my childhood love of all things spooky -- cemeteries, musty old Victorian ghost story books from the public library, late-night "Chiller Theater" flicks starring Peter Lorre (the King of Madness)  -- would lead to an inevitable attraction to Alice Cooper and his ghoulish stage show. When his School’s Out LP debuted... Read More »

Draggin’ the Line with Aging Pop Stars

Jul 24, 2011 | 2278 Views | 0 Comments

On July 22, 2011, I had the pleasure of seeing two major pop/rock acts from the 1960s -- The Young Rascals (now known as Felix Cavaliere and the Rascals) and Tommy James and The (new) Shondells -- at the Chautauqua Institution, that venerable adult education center that began as a camp for Sunday school teachers in 1874! Felix started the night with a lively set of the Rascals hits, such as Groovin’, I’ve Been Lonely Too Long, People Got to Be Free - and the big hit - Good Lovin’. He engaged the audience in some spirited singalongs... Read More »

My Fifteen Minutes of Fame – in Bulgaria

Aug 1, 2010 | 2644 Views | 2 Comments

If we all experience what Andy Warhol called our "fifteen minutes of fame," I had mine in Bulgaria, a small Balkan nation I visited six times in the early 1990s. As a Westinghouse PR manager it was my job to inform the Bulgarian media of my company's capabilities related to the country's nuclear program. I knew nothing about Bulgaria when I first visited in 1991.  And, I soon learned, Bulgarians knew nothing about Westinghouse, as well.  It was my mission to inform them, but it wouldn’t be easy.  I survived tricky press tactics, highway breakdowns, dreary... Read More »

Castles, Kafka, Controversy: My Days in Czechoslovakia

Jul 5, 2010 | 2694 Views | 0 Comments

I touched down in Prague in April 1991 to launch a public relations campaign for Westinghouse Electric Corporation - 16 months after the collapse of communism. And that’s when my real PR education began. Forging relationships with skeptical journalists is hard enough, but imagine the difficulty of communicating to audiences stifled by 50 years of communist propaganda. I wanted to communicate facts, but first I had to gain trust. Sometimes I felt a bit like a propagandist myself! In the early 1990s ,the Czech government sought international nuclear suppliers to help complete a partially-built Soviet-designed nuclear plant... Read More »

Those Ukraine Girls – and Guys – Really Knocked Me Out

Nov 14, 2009 | 2379 Views | 0 Comments

Some of my most interesting work experiences took place in Ukraine in the early 1990s, when Westinghouse Electric Corporation sent me to Kiev to work with representatives from that country's nuclear industry. Ukraine's Soviet-designed Chernobyl plant was the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster in 1986. But Chernobyl was only one of more than a dozen Ukrainian reactors that required massive safety upgrades - upgrades that would cost billions of dollars. Westinghouse was a potential supplier of advanced safety and control systems for these plants.  Acquiring the approval and  financing for such upgrades would require the trust... Read More »