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January 6, 1999

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DOG PROZAC?: You probably knew it but it came as a surprise to me. My dog Willy is getting a little older, he's having a harder time jumping up on the bed at night. I've had the thought that I might just have to start helping him up there some time in the future. Anyway, the Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that it had approved Prozac, already used in people as a mood stabilizer and mental reinforcer, for the use with dogs. "Old Dog Syndrome," which is clinically defined as canine cognitive dysfunction, and the usual barking, chewing, and reversal of house breaking behavior in old age, can now be treated with Prozac. And while a canine version would be better (doctors now prescribe quarter tablets or half tablets and the owners have to break them or cut them) drug companies are afraid to pursue it because of the legal ramifications identified. Blame Prozac for that dog bite and reach into the deep, deep pockets of Pfizer. It's easy to see their point. "Your honor, the drug just didn't work. He ruined my orientals!" Here, boy. Here, boy. Here, boy.

THE LARGEST SELLING COMPUTER: Well, we didn't run out and buy the stock, but those little iMac computers are doing great. At the recent annual dog and pony show, Steve Jobs, in his traditional holed blue jeans and sneakers told the world that Macintosh with its plug-and-play iMacs and its powerful and popular G3 (soon G4) computers were part of a resurging Apple Computer. He also said that the "marriage" with Microsoft was like "all marriages, 99% terrific, 1% we argue over stuff." Apple stock closed yesterday at 43 5/16 just off its all time high of 43 15/16. Jobs has to be considered a major factor, raising morale, increasing visibility, and giving Apple back its enthusiasm for innovation. Plus, until you've tried one of those G3s, just don't say a word. As Scott McNealy of Sun Microsystems said on 60 Minutes, "Windows is obsolete. Period." (Pictures: the new iMacs in different colors, and the G3 "Tower of Power.")

NATIVE AMERICAN ICON DIES: Iron Eyes Cody, shown in this 1986 photo, the ``Crying Indian'' whose tearful face in 1970s television commercials became a powerful symbol of the anti-littering campaign, died Monday Jan. 4. He was in his 80s or early 90s. No one knows for sure.

You remember those tears? Symbolizing the destruction of the pristine American frontier with flying bags of fast food burgers? This authentic American's "Crying Indian" anguish caused a generation of baby boomers to wake up.

He also appeared in silent movies and dozens of films and television shows. Born in Oklahoma, he followed his Cherokee father, Thomas Long Plume, as a performer in circuses and Wild West shows. His standout movies credits include: Back to God's Country (1919), The Great Sioux Massacre (1965), Nevada Smith (1966), A Man Called Horse (1970), and Ernest Goes To Camp (1987).
See the famous commercial. (RealPlayer required.)

Who knows the good he achieved. Who says advertising agencies are the scourge of modern civilization?

And you said, we couldn't get all the way through a Comment of the Day without mentioning President Clinton. Shame. Shame.

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