My Newsletter



My newsletter is published Saturday mornings and is by opt in subscription. It is published here for easy reference to previous issues.          Just click on any date and you will find a PDF file of that week’s newsletter.

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Addendum to the 12.31.2022 newsletter: TOBACCO

These are but a few of the 363 issues of the newsletter…onward to 2023!

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About This Blog

I began this blog a few years ago with a simple one page occasional report I would email to our five kids.

That’s our gang in 1973 (at left) on our hobby farm in southern Minnesota.

A “few” years later, I find myself a widower with the same five kids riding herd on me as I spend my retirement years ranting and raving for anyone who will listen.


I do often wonder why the kids say “be nice” to me as they introduce me to people.

The newsletter has since grown to a weekly (every Saturday about 10:30am depending on what I was up to Friday night). I’m learning new software to convert the newsletter to a blog (which you have found). Previous delivery of the newsletter was a pdf file as an attachment to an email. I use publisher software to create the newsletter and can send to those requesting a copy should you want a copy instead of waiting until I fully master the mechanics of this blog format.

You’ll find the weekly newsletter on this blog as a PDF file.

I am also including the occasional article I write that gets picked up by news aggregate websites like They also like the memes I create so I am including those.

In the meantime, you can check my progress here and have a chuckle or two as I wade through very unfamiliar territory involved with WordPress software and the not-so-intuitive instructions from the company that also hosts my business website

I’ve discovered that retire is what you do to your car. I’m still active as a small business consultant specializing in helping start ups…most pro bono.

I didn’t figure growing old would happen this fast. They (whoever they are) say that wisdom comes with age. I know a lot of old people who are still stupid…many politicians among that group. There is a great concern right now about who will be in the White House for four to eight years. I worry more about the old (and stupid) politicians who have been in Congress for over 20 years and spend most of their time pandering for money and facetime whenever a camera shows up.

Thanks for visiting.

You are now among my group of imaginary friends.

I’ll try to keep the blog as enjoyable for you as it is for me.

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About Frank

Frank is a pioneer in the use of integrated marketing communications techniques and is the author of a textbook and numerous published articles on the subject. His memberships in The Public Relations Society of America, American Association of Advertising Agencies, International Association of Business Communicators and Investor Relations Society of America span five decades. He has been certified by the Small Business Administration as a SCORE counselor. He taught marketing classes in four school district adult education programs. He was President and CEO of a Midwest advertising agency for ten years, and held key marketing positions with 3M, FUJI and others. He has provided marketing consulting services to numerous high technology startup firms, such as Templex Technology, Best Power Technology, Exide Electronics and CSI of Knoxville. All of these startups eventually went public or were acquired resulting in substantial financial return to the company founders (and me). Frank’s B.A. degree in Mass Communications is from The Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.
“After surviving two tours of combat in Vietnam, there is nothing in the business world that scares me…unless they start shooting.”