Friday, September 19, 2014

The Phantom Tollbooth roars into Chicago October 7 - November 15. How a beloved Childbook Classic takes centerstage for Endless Generations.

ASK/CHICAGO:  1 OF MY TOP 5 BOOKS OF ALL TIMES THAT SPANS TIME (i.e.: from the 1900s to the 2000s we could say) that I ever read is now transformed into a leading and well-anticipated Chicago Performance.  That timeless Production is:


by NORTON JUSTER, Author & JULES FEIFFER, Illustrator


that I had the honor of meeting twice at the Jean Albano Art Gallery in River North in Chicago. 


Mr. Feiffer's Daughter:


Kate Feiffer


 (also a terrific Artist) is one of my Facebook friends.



THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2008

The Next Movie Steven Spielberg should address, direct and produce.




A Free Blog-Burb for Norton Juster of The Phantom Tollbooth Fame


The Theatre School at DePaul University

60 East Balbo Drive, Chicago


will present this Masterpiece based on the Book by:


Norton Juster


by Susan Nanus and directed by David Catlin


from October 7 – November 15, 2014. 


Box Office Info:  312-922-1999

Tuesdays – Thursdays & Fridays – 10 AM

Saturdays & Sundays = 2 PM


My Boyfriend/FiancĂ©e, ROBERT E. HOFSTADTER (of the famed Family that won 3 Pulitzers & 1 Nobel Prize)  bought the Book for me as a Gift when I was in my late 50s right before I began writing:


SKiN: Sacred Kinship in Nature

How 10 Beloved Plush Toys Redefine Race (C)2009


and was fully influenced in being bound and determined to the write something of great Substance & Conviction that would last through Time & Space in essence, style and character(s) as THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH has, had and continues to do so.


Upon rereading it every year, I can honestly say THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH is as darling then; now as it would have been – as a Storyline & Plot --  had I read it when I was a bit younger or as a Kid 50 years ago. 

C U there.  Dress as your Favorite Character!  That’s what I plan to do.

The Circle completes itself.  



Greatness Continues online at:



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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The 3 T's: Tullman - Thursday - Turkey: How 9 innovative, fast-track Turkish Start-Ups break into the US Tech Scene. ENTER: 1871 Chicago.

EXPLANATION:  For those of you confused at the following, let me explain.  Being ‘America’s Premier Eventologist,’ I create Holidates (Holidays) that are symbolic of a much better Way of Living Life.  2014 marks my 20TH Year of creating NATIONAL SPLURGE DAY ©1994 that took-off (ie: went VIRAL) when Joe Mansueto’s Fast Company Magazine (based in New York City) included it in their June, 2010 Edition called:  100 of the most Creative People in Business.  SPLURGING is a Way of Life.  SPLURGING is controversial. Every  SPLURGE tells a Story that each of us can relate to and elate in.  This is my Interpretation of how ‘The Daily Splurge’ reads for Thursday, September 18 thanks to the Efforts of ‘The Windy City’s’ 1871 Chicago.  Phoenixes can rise and ignite anywhere as this Presentation showed us.   


Thursday, September 18, 2014. #NationalSplurgeDay’s #TheDailySplurge #90 marks this HOLIDATE’s 20TH Year & 2 Month ABC: Anniversary – Birthday Celebration Milestone.  And, in order to really ‘party-hardy,’ it’s time to leave (y)our Comfort Zone and go somewhere that is trending its Path into 21ST Century Living.  However, one does not need to go far when living in Chicago to accomplish this.  Jump on the Internet and merely sign-up for an @1871Chicago Event spear-headed by Howard A. Tullman whose Track Record speaks of only doing the most incredible Work the last 6+ Decades. 

SO, ALL DRESSED UP WITH SOMEWHERE TO GO: I attended the SENTE ADVISORY Turkish Technology Event held at 1871 Chicago called:  Teknojumpp Demo Day from 9 AM to Noon that featured 9 of Turkey’s leading Start-Ups.  Sometimes, SPLURGING on Brain Power opens Doors never imaginable.  Since Technology still seems to be functioning at a Science Fiction Level (of sheer & mere Disbelief) wondering how these Fetes can really be done), it’s advantageous to explore the latest and newest Companies that have a Stake in improving what We already have.  After all, the Wheel can be improved contrary to Popular Belief. 


After all, at one Time, the Pony Express was classified as the latest and greatest Innovation ‘on The Move’ that could not be beat or be deemed as replaceable.  Well, gone are those Days.  The Ponies are happy in that case. The Mustang Car is now its replacement.


Those nine (9) Turkish Companies in Attendance  at 1871 Chicago aiming to introduce and entice a Chicago Audience & Buyership, included:

1 - Btech –

2 - GOEN –

3 - GUI –

4 - ARF –

5 - Chain –

6 - Kreix –

7- Argedor – –

8 - BFC –

9 – Reengen –

A Special Thanks to:

Serhat Cicekoglu Managing Director of: SENTE ADVISORY

(M-Turkey) +90-538-832-6329



Will these Companies become the next Google or Microsoft? 

Will they be able to penetrate a new Market, as vast and diverse as the United States? 

Will existing Firms take a Chance? 

Forging New Frontiers in Technology and connecting with those like Minds are what 1871 Chicago provides.  Once that is realized, the real Work begins. 

Personally, had I been a Venture Capitalist or Angel Investor, several of these Start-Ups showed great POW-tential and well-worth the Investment.  See for yourself at the(ir) above URLs.  After all, most of us are saddened that We did not invest in APPLE a few Decades ago. 


FURTHERMORE: Give yourself the Opportunity to SPLURGE & expand your Horizons at upcoming Events that 1871 Chicago hosts by clicking on:

You’ll be fascinated.  We’ve certainly traveled a Distance since The Day of The Pony Express, with few Regrets.  


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Oh, Baby, it's time for you to: RENT THE RUNWAY. How Jennifer Hyman, CEO & Co-Founder’s Marketing Plan took the Fashion Industry by storm. "A Splurger’s Delight," per ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith of National Splurge Day & Years Of The Splurge.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014. #NationalSplurgeDay’s #TheDailySplurge #88 was derived from a Segment pm CBS This Morning at 8:22 AM called RENT THE RUNWAY caught my Eye. Jennifer Hyman, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder’s leading Quote is:

“I don’t hire people to agree with me.
I hire people with big opinions and big dreams.”

With 31  Employees, her Group has 5 million Members that allows a Woman to rent a Dress – Gown – Outfit for a Special Occasion that can be from a major Designer worth Thousands of Dollars, something the ordinary Woman could not afford or have immediate access (t0). However, Members only pay a few hundred dollars at that.  The “Dress” is sent to you in Two (2) Sizes to assure that it fits well with Borrowing Rites for that Selection for up to  Eight (8) Nights.  Shipping back is free.  Every Dress turns out 30 Uses. 

“You will look terrific.”
“Inexpensive Luxury” is how Jennifer’s Concept is explained.

Their Warehouse is in: New Jersey; with Showrooms in New York & Vegas (so far).   

If you want to SPLURGE for ASK’s National Splurge Days ©1994  and YOTS:  Years Of The Splurges ©2010  slated for 2014 – 2019 in line with this HOLIDATE’s 20TH – 25TH ABC: Anniversaries – Birthdays – Celebrations with Money saved, Rent The Runway is the Best Commercial Effort in order to get more BANG for your BUCK.

As the #QUEENOFSPLURGE since 1994, I suggest that Team: Jennifer starts a Plus Size for Bigger Women as well as a Man’s Line.  After all, it’s that Goose-Gander Dichotomy at play here.

We at SPLURGE CENTRAL are not sure if a Children’s Line would ‘go over’ since Wear & Tear seems to be the Modus Operandi of any and every Kid I know.

As RTR’s Motto states:

This is how 21st Century Retail should work.

Kudos to Jenn Hyman for this Innovative Business where We can all look great; save Money & salvage #ExcessWear from Land Heaps and Stockpiles.  Giving Retail a run for its Position  in the Fashion Industry will turn heads in more ways than anticipated. 

Find the particulars about Rent The Runway at: