Things we learned this week:
Have a good and/or safe Labor Day.
So says the ACLU of Texas. Seems the Honorable Albert Cercone told Amardeep Singh to take off his “hat” before the trial for Singh’s traffic violation got started back in 2006. Singh refused. The judge threatened to throw Singh in jail. Singh capitulated. The ACLU filed a lawsuit today.
A Hilltop-working FBvian sent over a t-shirt for Adam. Looks to me like he’s pretty ponied up. Now if he’d just ditch the hipster Lisa Loeb/Buddy Holly glasses.
The Richards Group radio campaign for Motel6 is one of the most enduring, and endearing, inÂ modern advertising history. Tom Bodett tells how it happened here.
Uwe Blog has word that Lacey Von Erich has signed a deal with WWE. Besides being … let’s just say, attractive, yes, she’s one of those Von Erichs — specifically, the daughter of the late Kerry Von Erich, and niece of the late David, Mike, and Chris. I hope she has a better experience with the wrestling business than the rest of her family. And I hope (but doubt) that Vince McMahon and WWE don’t exploit that aforementioned tragic legacy.
Meet the chef with the best name I’ve heard lately: Vincenzo Indelicato, exec chef at The Club, a newly opened restaurant in the old Draelion space in the Centrum building. Last night was the grand opening par-tay, and they even found a red carpet to roll out for the occasion.
The singer reveals that and more in her patient interview with Pitchfork. Perhaps most interesting: the reason she called her album Marry Me.
An alert FBvian points us to the story on ESPN.com:
As part of the team’s “come into the cold” ad campaign to sell seats for 2007-08, the Stars took a shot at the NBA’s referee scandal on a billboard near the American Airlines Arena, the building the Stars share with the Dallas Mavericks.
The message? “The only thing our refs shave is the ice.”
[standing, clapping] Not sure whether the credit goes to Brad Alberts or Jim Lites or who. But that’s some good work, Stars.
If you followed my live blog yesterday evening from Victory Park (thank you, iPhone!), now you can watch the video from last night’s Gordon Keith Show. It’s further proof that Gordon is an ambush artist who has no scruples. I was really offended that he made fun of my thinning hair and left me hanging on a high-five.
Plano weighs in with the highest median household income for a city with more than 250,000 people, according to CNNMoney.com, coming in at $77,038. That’s ahead of San Jose ($73,804) and San Francisco ($65,497), and well above the national median household income of $48,451.
An FBvian also fed up with the Labor Day MADD hype sends us this from a magazine I’m subscribing to by the end of the day — it’s a guide by a former cop on how to avoid getting a DUI and an interview with the author. Good lunch reading.
Some called the Wattstax festival at the Los Angeles Coliseum on August 20, 1972 — organized by soul/R&B powerhouse Stax Records — the “black Woodstock.” Some would say it was even better than that. Hear for yourself now that a new three-disc deluxe edition of the concert has just been made available. Among others, it features Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, the Bar-Kays, Carla Thomas, and the late, great Johnnie Taylor.
Of course, if you care, you probably know already. But if you do and you don’t (care/know): Brazilian soccer star Denilson joined FC Dallas this week. He might even play for the Hoops tomorrow, now that he has a work visa. Denilson is kind of a big deal. Or was. In 1998, he was the most expensive player in the world — or so says Wikipedia.
For all you shoe addicts, one of my favorite websites, shuzsociety.com, is giving away a pair of designer (Christian Louboutin, Missoni, Moschino, Marc Jacobs, or Strutt Couture) shoes every Friday this September. Good luck.