Tina Fey inadvertently puts Wellesley, MA business school on the map.
Tina Fey, when accepting her Golden Globe last Sunday, made some unlikely friends with her public "suck-it" acceptance speech at the world-wide televised event. Fey, who began her speech by saying that no matter how good she may feel about herself, the invention known as the Internet works wonders to keep her humble.
"You can find a lot of people there who don't like you," Fey said. "I'd like to address some of them now. Babson-Lacrosse, you can suck it. DianeFan you can suck it. Cougar-Letter you can really suck it, cause you've been after me all year."
Len Schlessinger, president of the small Wellesley business school, Babson College, posted a video response of gratitude on YouTube yesterday, speaking directly to the Hollywood star. Schlessinger, wearing a Babson Lacrosse t-shirt in the vid says, "Hi Tina. As you know over the last couple of days with your response to your Golden Globe Award, you've managed to put this institution on the map in ways that the academic leadership has been incapable of being able to deliver."
He goes on to invite Fey to the college's commencement ceremonies in May and invites her to get to know "the real Babson that loves Tina Fey". Brilliant, free, PR I say, but somehow I think I already know what Tina's response will be.
Chicago man makes the purchase of a lifetime.
Timothy O'Boyle, a 49-year-old Chicago "pizza guy" seems to have found his "golden ticket" when he purchased a used Chrysler 300c back in February 2008. The luxury sedan's previous owner was none other than President-Elect Barack Obama.
"There was a salesman at the dealership who said,'You'd better hang on to that car'.", O'Boyle said. "I said, 'Why?' And he said, 'Because it belonged to Obama.' I said, 'Get outta here'."
O'Boyle bought the fully-loaded car for $24,ooo.oo and yesterday put the car up for auction on ebay. The staring bid on the future Prez's one-time vehicle was $100,000. The listing for the car predicts that it could sell for as high as $1 million.
Obama, who bought the car in 2004 and drove it until 2007, traded it in to "go green", swapping it for the Ford Escape Hybrid.
O'Boyle says he was "almost too scared to drive the thing" and has kept in in a heated storage unit because he couldn't cover the insurance on the what is the true value of the car. Some people have all the luck.
If Sybil were around today.
"The United States of Tara", Showtime's newest critically acclaimed series, debuts on the cable network Sunday night at 10 pm. Created and written by Academy Award winner Diablo Cody, who also wrote "Juno", executive produced by Steven Spielberg, and starring the super talented Toni Collette, this clever series is being hailed as a "delightfully old-fashioned half-hour family sitcom".
Collette, who plays a 40 something suburban mom who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, or in more common terms, multiple personality disorder. Her personalities range from a typical 40+ super mom, to a hormonally challenged 15 year old, to a "redneck bigot", to a 1950's era June Cleaver stand in. Tara is married to a great guy Max (John Corbett of "Sex and the City" fame) and has two teenagers. The pressures of suburban life cause Tara's personalities to emerge to "clean up the messes" Tara can't handle. Movie critics say that Tara's disorder is not the catalyst for the shows comedy, rather it's the actions and reactions of the "healthy" people around her. Enough said. I'm setting the DVR right now.
Ricardo Montalban dies at the age of 88.
Ricardo Montalban, the smooth-talking, suave star, best known for his portrayal as the white suited, Mr. Roarke on TV's "Fantasy Island" died yesterday morning at his home in Los Angeles. Montalban enjoyed a long career in Hollywood, starring in movies and on Broadway stages since 1946. Most recently, he starred as a villain in the 1980's hit, "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan" and, "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad".
Somewhere I think St. Peter may be out of a job, because if Heaven is anything like we imagine, Mr. Montalban will be waiting for us, lie in hand, as we arrive.