Eight decades ago, an oil man named George Blaisdell observed a friend try—and fail—to light a lady’s cigarette on a windy day in rural northwest Pennsylvania. The futile attempt sparked an idea in Blaisdell’s mind: He’d create a windproof lighter.
Practically every entrepreneur has heard someone say, “You should start a blog!” Ever since blogging became a highly successful marketing tool, some businesses have begun to act like it’s the only form of online marketing that matters. There’s an unspoken expectation that if you’re an entrepreneur, you must be a blogger, too.
Damien Patton creates his own debris field. Stories swirl around him of smoldering vehicles, broken bones and shredded ligaments, a girlfriend launched "like a missile" into the Mojave Desert from the back of a dirt bike.
Welcome to the land of health care’s 1 percent. During the four years I spent interviewing and following nurses for my book, I was continually astonished by the red carpet some hospitals rolled out for certain classes of patients.