Your Social Security Benefits (1953)

Shortly after the Federal Security Agency was renamed to The Department of Health, Education and Welfare on April 11, 1953, the Government put out this video explaining the revision to the Social Security Act, as amended by the Truman Administration in 1950.

Watch this film (edited by me for time and some content) and you will learn these facts among others: Continue reading “Your Social Security Benefits (1953)”

Baby Boomers and Social Security Entitlement

By Larry Teren


Why do younger people think that baby boomers are acting selfish about upcoming entitlements? There has been a recent outcry by those who have outgrown diapers and  nose rings to demand that the federal  government cut back on social security and medicare  to those of us who will be entitled to them in a few short years. After all, government spending is getting way out of hand.    Continue reading “Baby Boomers and Social Security Entitlement”

Seikh, Watchmaker and an Insultant

By Larry Teren


What do a Seikh, a watchmaker and an insultant have in common? Not much except that the three of us were hanging around shooting the breeze at the  watch repair place a block from my condo. I’m sure you’ve seen the store- the watchmaker has a big sign on his car that reads WATCH REPAIR to encourage those who get off the expressway a block away to think about putting a new battery in a watch that long ago stopped working.

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Chevy Runs Deep into Marketing Trouble

By Larry Teren

General Motors tolerance for being patient for the success of Chevy marketing campaigns does not run deep. Earlier this week, General Motors fired its chief marketing person, Joel Ewanick, for failing “to meet the expectations the company has of its employees.”

Mr. Ewanick a year or so ago came up with the advertising slogan “Chevy Runs Deep”. Apparently consumers did not catch on to its ambiguous meaning. This reminds me of the time many years ago when General Motors could not understand why the Chevy Nova was not selling in Mexico and other parts south of the border. That is, until it took for a Spanish speaking person to explain to a General Motors corporate honcho that nova, or “no va” in Spanish means “doesn’t come or go”. The Mexicans thought it was a joke to own a Chevy Nova, a car that doesn’t go. I’m guessing that today a lot of truck owners have an image of a truck not being able to get out of a muddy or snowy pile while the tires dig deeper into the mire.     Continue reading “Chevy Runs Deep into Marketing Trouble”