Harold Butler

March 1, 2007

Founder of Denny’s, which began as Danny’s Donuts in the 1950s.


Mars Blackmon

February 23, 2007

Scrappy Knicks fan b-boy played by Spike Lee.  Best remembered for those wonderful Nike Air Jordan commercials.  “Do you know do you know do you know?”

Gerry Thomas

February 21, 2007

1950s Swanson salesman and inventor of the TV dinner.  Beautiful Swanson TV dinner ads here.

Chris Columbus

February 21, 2007

Prolific film industry jack of all trades, who we’re thinking about today because he wrote Gremlins and The Goonies.  This guy’s head gave us Mogwai AND Chunk.  God bless Chris Columbus.

Drake Sadler

February 20, 2007

Founder and CEO of Traditional Medicinals, the company that makes my favorite tea: Nighty Night

Anselmo Martini

February 20, 2007

Lead winemaker for Cavit, who makes the sweet and cheap Cavit Pinot Grigio.  Anselmo, your rotgut keeps me warm in trying times, and for that I thank you.

Bruce Chatwin

February 20, 2007

Travel writer who, according to Modo & Modo, played an instrumental role in keeping the Moleskine notebook alive and in production.  I don’t much buy the extensive self-mythologizing of the Moleskine, but dammit if they’re not the best notebooks in town.