Wednesday, December 31, 2008

January 1, 2009 - Playing it SAFE in 2009

Chicago, IL USA

Nearly 30 years after his death, I found that my Grandfather had kept bags of money in the bsement of his home...never daring to go too far; traveling or vacationing anywhere. This may be the new scenario and Americans can no longer trust anyone-- not even their shadow. I found this quite inquisitive as my Grandfather had a very lucrative business. We were considered rich - within the top3 families while growing up in a small farming community 100 miles SW of Chicago.

Being from the old world, he was skeptical...

After his and his wife's death, 2 big bags of money were retrieved from the basement. Dirty money as it sat in the mustiness of that sodden old home, some 80 years old; and this was 40 years ago.

Sort of makes you wonder. Will home safe's be the latest trend? Am I on to something? If Americans had money to store in them, that would be an entirely different blog...

of course, you could stow away your CREDIT CARDS - that will keep you from spending MORE than you have...

Posted by ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Thursday, January 1, 2009 - ____ AM

Kimberly's Cakes: Pride in a Single Recipe.

Chicago, IL USA: As I stood in the utter cold temperatures at the Howard El-Train Stop waiting for the Purple Line Linden Train to pull up on the last day of 2008 (yes, that would be Wednesday, December 31ST), two young Women were busy chatting away. One held a huge Tupperware Cake Box and you instantly knew that at her office, a Party would begin as soon as she entered the grounds.

Inquisitive and being a Cake Enthusiast for over 56 years now...I had to comment. I would soon learn that Kimberly had been baking cakes for more than half of her life. She began baking at the age of 12 and now at a ripe 29, she instantly could tell (by taste) alone what cakes were made by scratch and which were of a quick cake mix variety.

The more Kim commented on her LOVE of Baking Cakes, notable Cakes rapidly came to mind, as:

My Mother's Tollhouse Cookie Cake that was of the Recipe that the actual Chocolate Chip Cookies were composed, but only in grand Cake-Style;

Mrs. Brown's angelic Angel Food Cakes (circa the 1960s in Mendota, IL) where she put half-a-dozen kids through school on her home-made delicious Angel Food Cakes. Made of egg whites, that totalled alot of eggs (to say the least). This was when Kitchen Crafts as these were beginning to take off on their own ambition and wizardry.

While working at WFYR Radio, Roz Varon (a co-worker) melted the hearts and increased the waist-lines of all employees with her home-made, made-by-scratch Birthday Cakes. No one could bake a cake like Roz...

Wilton Cake Pans were one of my Hits or Favorites when I first moved to Chicago in mid-1974. Their Dolly Cake Pan fascinated me and I baked one cake that could have been award winning. It was of my 'then' Boyfriend, Julian Puretz...coated in frosting, dressed in his tell-tale blue jeans, gray t-shirt and for his eyes 2 topaz caramel colored bulls-eye candies. It surely looked like him, although the taste was much sweeter.

Kimberly and her Cake brought back a plethora of Memories...about Cakes, the years that pass between them and the fact that by taking out some Precious Time to feed Others, you two are indeed 'having your Cake and eating it, too.'

Happy New Year's to one and all...Fans and Friends both who have read and enjoyed the Pages of


here this year. Party like it's 1999 + 9 and for real...may all your Future Days and Dates be as sweet as Kimberly's Cake.

DecemBURR 31, 2008 - 1:25 PM CST

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith's YEAR-END-IN-REVIEW. How Creativity Tops Itself.

Written & Submitted by:
Klancy Perkins
Assistant to ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 8:49 AM

Chicago, IL USA

"Creativity again took over -- becoming Centerstage -- as the following Ingenius Projects netted their Way into the Fabric of Popular Culture."

Quote of ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 6:41 AM CST

The C-List (Creativity List) follows chronologically:

January - December, 2008: The Creation of 110+ New HOLIDATES TO CELEBRATE which falls under ASK's Literary Format called:

The Art Of Event-Making
Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith's Campaigns For Humanity ©1990

KOOPERSMITHin' ® (ASK's Pop Culture Blog that began on November 21, 2007) widens by 127 new Blog Entries.

January, 2008:
1) Branding ASK ® @ 18: Summary of 18 Years of Eventological Work featuring Adrienne as:

'America's Premier Eventologist'
'The Premier Eventologist in The History of The World'

2) April, 2008:
Chairs &, an ASKian Book first published in 1999 & 2000 becomes the Theme of Two Arealand Art Shows. Locations are:

April 30TH Opening at the North Lakeside Cultural Center
June 7TH - Closing at the Edgewater Historical Society

3) July 12, 2008:
GORF's Great Green Book: 'The Grin Reaper's' first Three Years as 'Chicago's First Green Mascot' and 'The Icon of The Green Movement' is published and distributed to major Personalities & Outlets.

4) August, 2008:
GORF Unveils his Peace Sign for The Green Movement on August 9TH, 2008 on ASK's 56TH Birthday at Kasia Kay's Art Projects (Art Gallery) in Chicago's trendy River West District.

5) September, 2008
Kurt Perschke's RedBall Project. ASK becomes the Official Daily Blogger and creates 22 KOOPERSMITHian Blogs exploring the Art of Sculpture, Photography & Popular Culture on a metropolitan community, its visitors and residents.

6) October 5, 2008
'She's Got The Look. ' ASK (at age 56, wearing barely any make-up) is one of the Top Contestant Winners from Chicago who 'beat out' a nation-wide search of 350+ Hopefuls to go to 'Stage 2.' This Reality TV Program will air in 2009.

7) October to Present:
Faux Fur Fridays ® begins with its pre-Launch in November. The Holidate will premier on Friday, January 2, 2009 and is concerned with ECO-logy & the ECO-nomy.

8) Photography is used as one of ASK's 2 Major Art Forms besides Writing Literature. Magic Markers is her other Choice in making the Visual Portion of her prolific Writings standout from 'The Crowd.'

9) ATTENDANCE at major Chicago Merchandise Mart (a notable Meeting Arena) Conclaves include:

The Outside Furniture Show
One of a Kind (Art Show)

10) Visiting online websites as and voicing comments that warranted Testimonials as this from Richard Friedman of California:

Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith: She writes me emails from time to time that just make me laugh. I wish she would post more often to Complainary. Check her blog out here. She write with great style, humor and insight.

SIGHT & ON-SITE: Anticipating 2009
Always an Optimist, ASK summarizes her Past Year Dealings as a vital Growth Period, relaying:

"The Best is yet to come..."

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Friday, December 26, 2008

Koopersmith's FAUX FUR FRIDAYS. Quotes for The Media. Launch Date: January 2, 2009.

Dateline: Friday, December 26, 2008 – 12:13 PM CST

Chicago, IL USA: The official Launch Date of:

Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith's

is January 2, 2009 and every Friday thereafter, culminating on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2009 at which time a Gala will be held to celebrate the Totality of the Events, compiled.

The following are the FUR-st Round of Quotes the Media can use when reporting on the Dynamics of this important Eco (Ecological & Economical) HOLIDATE, only one of 1,900+ that ASK has created since Wednesday, July 25, 1990.


“Faux Fur, the One Pattern that invades all Seasons.”
Collectively includes: Leopard, Cheetah, Tiger, Zebra, Beaver & Snake Skin.

“Cotton, Silk or Cashmere. No One is pulling ‘The Wool’ over your Eyes when you enter a Room wearing FAUX FUR.”

“Fur has always given Man(kind) the feeling of dressing up. However, now with Global Warming and the constant Threat of Extinction of certain Species (perhaps the entire Planet if we want to get dramatic or serious), wearing FAUX FUR is the wisest Course to take and Decision to make.”

“Even Ancient Warriors wore Cat-Skins to derive the Cat’s Innate Prowess into their “Self’ Image. Contrary to Popular Belief, Self-Worth is no longer tied to The Clothes you wear. It’s HOW you wear those Clothes that make The Difference and define your Style.”

“On a Local Level for FAUX FUR FRIDAYS ®, adopting a PET CAT – FELINE from an Animal Shelter is advantageous to both The Pet and its New Owner(s). Saving a Person or Creature’s Skin is the most Heroic Act you can do.”

“In Chicago where it’s unBEAR-ably cold, a select Number of Night Club Owners are Sponsors of FAUX FUR FRIDAYS ®. Patrons who arrive in FAUX FUR GARB will get their First Drink Free and $1 off each Drink thereafter on each Friday throughout April. Not only does this HOLIDATE ® redefine ‘Happy Hour’ but it surely beats Cabin Fever and puts the CHIC into CHICago.”

“The FAUX FUR-enzy ® continues…”
To interview Ms. Koopersmith; to schedule ASK to speak at your Venue and/or find out more about this prolific set of thought-provoking Events, contact her directly at:


Written & Submitted by:

Klancy Perkins
Assistant to: ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
‘America’s Premier Eventologist’
‘The Premier Eventologist in The History of The World’
Chicago, IL USA

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

CARTOONISTS AGAINST CRIME ©1991 commemorates its 17TH Anniversary.

Klancy Perkins
Assistant to: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
(aka: ASK)

Chicago, IL USA:

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 6 PM marks the 17TH Year Anniversary that Artist/Lifestyle Conceptualist:


was attacked in the lobby of her apartment building, violently assaulted and robbed. After such a harrowing, life or death experience, Koopersmith did not become a hermit, but turned a "Lemon into the proverbial Lemonade" by strategically founding the First Educational Crusade employing Comic Art and fine Cartoonery through her Creation of


Because Crime Prevention was #1 on President Wm. Clinton's Agenda, the Crusade struck a chord with everyone who came into contact with it, not only on a political, but social and artistic front, locally, nationally and internationally, 'drawing' upon the attention of novice to experienced Cartoonists, Artists and Graphic Designers.

Setting a Milestone in using a Cartoon to save a Precious Life, ASK's Slogan was:

CAC: We draw Cartoons - NOT Guns!

The last 17 years have been extremely creative for ASK as she has developed a Series of Crusades all aimed at showing Humanity that there is (and always has been) a better way to pursue Life through the Arts.

To interview Adrienne about her Endeavors or to receive a List of her Top 10 2008-2009 Safety Precautions, contact her:


Friday, December 19, 2008

Sign Up Now to PARTY-cipate in ASK's FAUX FUR FRIDAYS ® - Friday, January 2, 2009.

DATELINE: Friday, December 19, 2008

Submitted by:

Klancy Perkins, Assistant to: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
'America's Premier Eventologist'
'The Premier Eventologist in The History of The World'

Chicago, IL USA: The Countdown is officially on. There are now only 2 more Weeks until:

Yearlong ExtravaGanza: FAUX FUR FRIDAYS ®.

Do you want to bring in more customers to your establishment from January through April?

Then, later in the year:

Do you want to bring in more customers to your establishment from November through December?


With this shrinking local (as well as global) Economy and non-stop blustery weather (where so many prefer staying in and home-based), a novel Approach is always well-received and crucially needed. If this is your case, then, ASK's current EVENT called:


that begins on Friday, Jan. 2 is the way to beat Cabin Feveritis.


The Premise is: For customers wearing FAUX FUR who enter your Establishment, they receive a free drink, appetizer, dessert, small gift, token (or whatever you wish) to entice them once they mention this EVENT. Gimmicks work beautifully especially when it's combo'd with Fashion + Flair as this Holidate does. Then, of course, there's your Eco-LOGICAL & Eco-NOMIC Side of it that makes it the HOTTEST HOLIDATE to surface in a long, long time.

The Available Dates are: January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10, 17, 24
November 6, 13, 20, 27
December 4, 11, 18, 25

As a full-fledged Public Relations Company since 1979, ASK will handle all Media & Broadcast Promotions as ONLY she knows how to speak on and about this relevant Topic - a Subject she has been heavily involved in since her Youth and one of the leading Trendsetters in her home town of Mendota, Illinois (located 100 miles southwest of CHICago).

ATTN MEDIA: Koopersmith is also available for Guest Appearances as well as TV, Radio & Web Ads and Commercials to further its Uniqueness. Academicians and School Teachers may wish to hire her to speak to classes about the Study of:

The Art of Event-Making
Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith's Campaigns For Humanity ©1990

that she created on Wednesday, July 25, 1990.

ULTIMATELY at the Close of FAUX FUR FRIDAYS' First Annual Run, a Book, Calendar, Paper Doll Book and DVD will be issued on The Finale which falls on Friday, December 25, 2009 -- Christmas. That will culminate in a Gala called:


at The Ritz Carlton in Chicago. Plans are already on the drawing board for this SO: Special Occasion.


$15 - USA (includes postage & handling)
$25 - Foreign (includes postage & handling)

You may refer to this BLOG regularly (every Friday by 3 PM) at:

for Weekly Updates.

Contact ASK at:


for detailed Info.

EDITORIAL NOTE: Use of this Holidate without ASK's Permission and Start-Up Fee is strictly prohibited by International Copyright Laws.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

IF I WERE...Christian V. Siriano

PRAM - Public Relations - Advertising - Marketing Concepts & Ideologies

aimed at a universally renown and/or specific Multi-Media Personality.

FOR TODAY: Tuesday, December 16, 2008, IF I WERE...focuses on Fashion Designer:

Christian V. Siriano

This Glorious Idea for your 2009 Marketing Strategies centers on this Quotation:

“Words (to me) are what Fabric is to you.”
Quote of ASK
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 – 10:22 AM

And with that Thought in mind, I couldn’t help but ‘notice’ that CVS' Initials spell out:


which is one of my favorite Chain Stores – it’s a Market/Pharmacy here in ‘these parts’ that I frequent on a regular bases.


Part of my FAUX FUR FRIDAYS ® Concept involves me depicted as PaperDoll clad in Faux Fur. Since CVS' Fashion Line is something girls/women of all ages would love to wear, how about making an Assortment of his Garments into Paper Doll Books that are sold exclusively to CVS, the Market/Pharmacy? This would not only increase his Earnings, but it would inspire young Women & Men who want to pursue a Career in Fashion. I think it would be a dynamic FIRST and become yet ‘The Talk of the Town…’ Let’s make that ‘TOWNS’ (as in plural) where CVS Stores are found. In 3 Words only, the Inside Motto could be:

CVS does CVS

is how We could term that Marketing Ploy. The Paper Doll Book could come out seasonally.

-- It could have Outfits for special Events, Occasions or Holidays.
-- It could present pertinent autobiographical Info & Insights on CVS.

That is, UPDATE the ‘older Paper Doll Books’ from the previous Decades, since ‘after all,’ We are (purportedly) a Paperless Society, but then, We aren’t. To me, if I were ‘CVS Corporate,’ CHRISTIAN would be a ‘shoe-in’ for this variety of long-term Marketing Plan. FUR-thermore, I don’t think any other high profile Designer is pursuing this new Avenue and thinking ‘out of the box’ in this manner. It definitely would be an Adventure! And, you may be finding other Fashion Designers changing their Initials (as well) and thinking:

“Why didn’t I think of that!”

And you read it here FIRST.

IF I published whenever a Creative Marketing Thought comes to mind. If you have any Referrals that need the Koopersmith Touch, email me at:


Monday, December 15, 2008

GORF voted 'Toy FROG of The Year' for 2008.

DATELINE: Monday, December 15, 2008

Chicago, IL USA:

is affectionately nicknamed:
is promoted as:

‘Chicago’s First Green Mascot’
‘Illinois’ Foremost Goodwill Toy Ambassador’
‘America’s Greenest Mascot’
‘Mankind’s Most Beloved Toy’
‘Nature’s Greenest Creature’


Chicago – CHICAGORF – Illinois USA

has been named GORF voted 'Toy FROG of The Year' for 2008 for the immense Amount
of Humanitarian GreenWork he & his Team headed by ADRIENNE have successfully done
to shed light on 'GOING GREEN.'

GORF's IMMEDIATE CONTACT INFO: askgorf(at)yahoo(dot)com

Friday, December 12, 2008

KOOPERSMITH's LOST PENNY DAY coincides with LINCOLN's 200TH Birthday: February 12, 2009.

SUBTITLE: Decades before the Days of Irrational Blagovichian Corruption...more than a Penny or two...

Chicago, IL USA: Two months from today the State of Illinois (as well as other parts of the Nation) will be celebrating the Birth of Abraham Lincoln, by far, one of the nation's top and favorite presidents.

Back in 1995 in my own personal writing quest to TOAST Mr. Lincoln, I created LOST PENNY DAY ©95 that was a Day in which LOST PENNIES - ie: 'Found Money' could be given to those needier than ourselves. Thirteen (13) years later, many (once)-average people find themselves IN NEED as homes are being foreclosed; jobs are being lost; Illinois is now classified as the most corrupt State in the Union; jobs outsourced; crime is rising and the recession is slipping into a Great Depression with no Silver Lining insight.


However, in order to celebrate this HOLIDATE, LOST PENNY DAY will be celebrated, eventologically, of course for the ENTIRE Month of February and not JUST on the official Day of February 12TH, the 200th Birthday of Abe, but every day in order to better understand how government was run and life was lived 2 centuries ago. With so many angles and stories, a month is needed to cover them all - even if it is February, deemed as the shortest month of the given year.

To find out more about this Historically-elated and related HOLIDATE and how you can spread some Cheer regardless of what loom ahead,

contact me directly at:


and see the Difference a HOLIDATE makes in your Lives and how it touches others.

Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
'America's Premier Eventologist'
Chicago, IL USA

December 9, 2008 - 2:47 PM CST

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Directly from The Creator of National Smith Day ©1994. The Countdown for 2009's Event begins today.

ASK’s National Smith Day ©1994 – Countdown: 1 Month: January 6, 2009.
Attention: SMITHS: (Y)our Name is written all over this Page…

DateLine: December 6, 2008 - 9:08 AM CST

SUBTITLE: Are you on the S-List? That’s SMITH-List, of course!

"Getting to the Root of the Matter."

Chicago, IL USA: Gosh, there’s a lot of SMITHS ‘out there.’ They all don’t go to Washington; own Pie Factories or chic Restaurants, are Movie Stars or stupendous Artists. Some are even Smithatives (as in a Derivative) like myself. Half of my Last Name is Smith; half of it isn’t. Yet, its Combo gives it its unique nature and ‘take’ on a very Interesting Subject worth exploring: Genealogy whose Roots rest in the Greatest Institution on the Planet: THE FAMILY.

As a matter of fact when many Smithatives arrived in America, they would either drop their Prefixed Name or ‘The Smith’ Part which was usually the Second or Third Syllable (or Ending of that particular Surname). Although great for ‘The Nation,’ this was (sadly) known as Assimilation and destroyed many valuable and vital Links as Migration picked up enormously. This additional Source of Knowledge is yet another good Reason to commemorate such an Event.

As for my Last Name, some of these early Koopersmiths ‘signed in’ and registered at Ellis Island as Smiths; others as Koopers. Some went as far as spelling theirs with a ‘C’ and not a ‘K’ depending on what country/country you called home. In other words, some of these so-caleld 'Smiths' could actually be Koopersmiths, if we seriously trace back their Ancestry.

The Assimilation that occurred at Ellis Island killed alot of the Character of the 'Old World' Names that were arriving from destinations far away. Another devastating Factor that's often lost sight of is that, of course, they lost touch with each other as they pursued ‘The American Dream’ since eMail wasn’t available 105 years ago. My Curiosity Factor in knowing more of my Ancestral Lineage aided me in creating this HOLIDATE for The Masses and indeed there are Masses of Smiths as it is the most popular Surname in America.

“’Short and Smith’ is how I define it.”

Quote of: ASK
Tuesday, December 2, 2008 – 2:46 PM CST

Moreover, some Folks are only SMITHS-by-Association. That is: They got lucky and married one or decided to change their Name for the Sake of Hipness (of course). However, not wanting to dispel The Spell and Mystique of this HOLIDATE that I invented back in 1995, Everybody is a(n honorary) SMITH on January 6TH. Fully documenting my HOLIDATES in order to lend Credence to them, my extensive Research showed that John Smith was the First Smith to set foot in America. Therefore, he is accredited for starting this entire Migration. It only seems fair he should be honored for starting such a Movement that means so much to so many today. This delightful HOLIDATE stems from my Core Group of 1,700 HOLIDATES TO CELEBRATE that span 39 Categories and is found in my book:

The Art of Event-Making
Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith’s Campaigns For Humanity ©1990.

My Tuesday, January 6TH, 2009 Blog will again be featuring NATIONAL SMITH DAY ©1994, now in its 15TH Year. Checkout KOOPERSMITHin at:

THE SPECIAL COLLECTIBLE GIFT SERIES: Special SMITH Certificates with your Name inscribed is now available until January 30TH, 2009 as a Souvenir of this Pop Culture Event for $29.95.

For those interested in interviewing me as the Creator of National Smith Day ©1994 and finding out about my Literary Style known as:

The Art of Event-Making
Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith’s Campaigns for Humanity ©1990

that houses National Smith Day ©1994 and the other 1699+ HOLIDATES mentioned above and/or purchasing this Name-Sake Certificate (no pun intended), email me directly today at:


School Teachers and Parents may want to start to instill a BIT OF SMITHology © by writing up Stories about the(ir) Smith Klans that will lend itself (over time) to what I call Smitherature ( which is the Combination of the 2 Terms: Smith + Literature).

THE IDEAL WAY TO CELEBRATE NSD: And, of course, a Group of us (known as a BoS: Body of Smiths) will be dining at one of Chicago’s top SMITH Eateries to celebrate the Occasion. Gather up your Fellow Smiths and wine-and-dine wherever you reside. You know you should.

ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Renown as:
‘America’s Premier Eventologist’ – Insight Magazine – Washington, DC – August, 1997
‘The Premier Eventologist in The History of The World – Chicago Tribune – Chicago, IL – January, 2001

STUDIO 1437 - Chicago, Illinois USA

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

DAY WITHOUT CRIME ©93 commemorates Year #15 on Wednesday, December 3, 2008

SUBTITLE: Making Lemonade from a Lemon

Chicago, IL USA: After launching the Comic Art & Cartoon Group, CARTOONISTS AGAINST CRIME ©1991 whose Motto was:

"We Draw Cartoons - NOT Guns!" ®

it was time to let Governors across America know that common law-abiding Citizens (as myself )were out to help 'protect and serve' the People. And it was on this Day in 1993 -- 15 years ago today that Governor Jim Edgar (of the State of IL) signed into Action a Gubernatorial Proclamation declaring that

December 3 would now be known as: DAY WITHOUT CRIME ©1993

for the Residents of the State of IL. This Red-Ribbon Gold Seal Proclamation is one of the Milestones secured for the Campaign to show its Credibility on a larger platform. CAC's Premise was SIMPLE and quite amusing. Although hard-core criminals may not abide by it, it was designed for Petty Thieves. In essencee, whatever your chosen Crime was -- even stealing or lifting Sweet n Lows from your favorite diner -- just don't DO IT. Do NOT do it on December 3 -- only for a Day -- much like followng the Steps in an AA Program. Don't overwhelm yourself. An added Bonus is that Sanity would be restored to a Population. Civilization would again be able to be labeled as CIVILIZED.

As Background (so you will understand the Intensity of this Campaign), I was returning home from work on Monday, December 23, 1991 at 6 PM and while retrieving my mail in the lobby of my apartment building (where I am still residing), was violently assaulted, robbed and left for dead -- in a pool of blood -- my own. I was unconscious, grasping my housekeys in my left hand as my attacker ran off with my black tote bag. After being taken to the nearaby hospital where I spent the night (having lost so much blood and coming home), I went through all the STEPS of what I should have done to prevent this horrible attack that had instantly changed the Course of my Life.

SUDDENLY IT STRUCK: When I realized that I was creating a Cartoon Character who NEVER experienced the Crimes We have today, it immediately occured to me that I should start a CRUSADE and all it:


thus raising the Medium of Comic Art to an Educational Tool. I had always enjoyed The Comics since I was able to read. Before that, I'd glance at the pictures and marvel at the characters. This was my Mission and Goal -- so that other innocent People (many just trying to get home) would not GET as hurt as I had. And it worked....and still works today as an extremely clever way to be safe with just a SINGLE GLANCE. Physical Awareness in your surroundings is now more important than ever before as we hear the gruesome stories broadcast each day.

TV TO THE RESCUE: A Great Message

Coincidentally, NBC/National News in New York City aired a reel on their GET OUT ALIVE Segment with Jenna Wolf (as Reporter) on how Crime has not lessened all these years. A few of their 2008 Stats included these:

* every 6 seconds a person becomes a victim of a violent crime;
* 1 murder happens every 32 minutes;
* 1 physical assault happens every 7 seconds;
* 1 robbery takes place every 57 seconds in the USA.

If anything with innocent people now losing their jobs; the drug trade in full-force and the easy accessibility of guns, the Crime Rate can be expected to rise as the economy spins into a Depression. Also, the Holidays are a favorite time for thieves to hold up and break-in. Therefore, it's advantageous to have a PLAN in case you are caught up in any sort of Crime, whether it's violent or not.

The Premise of CAC: Cartoonists Against Crime ©1991 stemmed from my Cartoon Character, CAVE MAN NEVER ©1990 in which I used Comic Art to relay the MESSAGE that People must be aware of every thing happening in their Surroundings. A Cartoon's Facial Expression can emote so well that a Person does not even HAVE TO KNOW the given Language to understand what The Cartoon Character is trying to get across, in either a single panel or strip. What could be a more ideal way to instill an important Life-saving Fact than this?

This Campaign culminated in 3 Shows for the course of its Span:

One at Daley Place;

One at City Hall and

One at the Around The Coyote Art Space ... all in Chicago.

INTERNATIONAL APPEAL: Cartoonists from outside the USA who wanted representation and Shows within the Continental USA were eager to help me get this LIFE OR DEATH Message across, as well as many other Artists, Cartoonists and Graphic Designers - from amateurs to seasoned professionals.

ASTONISHINGLY ENOUGH: Even Prisoners incarcerated who heard about CARTOONISTS AGAINST CRIME (who were remorseful) drew Pictures and sent them to me for inclusion in Shows and Literary Material that was being produced and distributed. And this, I must remind you was before eMail caught on which would have made the Process much simpler. All Monies used for this Campaign came solely from my pocket.

The Crusade clearly showed what a Person could do to REMAIN SAFE in an often-times unexplainable world. Since CRIME PREVENTION was #1 on President Bill Clinton's Agenda, 3 Letters of Endorsement were received from him as well as support from Mayor Richard M. Daley (0f Chicago) who also declared (at my beckoning) that October 25 be known as:


If there ever was a Vision to use The Arts as a Catharctic Way to recover after a horrible Crime, CARTOONISTS AGAINST CRIME ©1991 was that Vehicle.

Be safe, not sorry.

ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Founder: CAC (C)91
Chicago, IL USA

Wed: December 3, 2008 - 9:41 AM

* Derived from Archival Works by ASK on CAC.

Monday, December 1, 2008

ECO-Christmas ©1994 redefined. 15 Years in The Making: The latest Edition.

SUBTITLE: We’ve come unwound…

Chicago, IL USA: It always surprised me as ‘America’s Premier Eventologist’ and ‘The Premier Eventologist in the History of the World’* that as greater numbers of people were being laid off, the pieces and quantities of items – referred to as MATERIAL POSSESSIONS continued to climb.

As a leading Humanitarian whose create 1,700 HOLIDATES to actively DO to make our Life better, it seemed highly appropriate that ‘Charity begins at home.’ At this time, also, THE TRUE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – no matter what your Faith may be (if any), begins at home. Since I was born (in August of 1952), the Spirit of Christmas was shrouded in giving FROM the Wallet and not from the Heart. This Act(ion), of course, is wrong. As the World Situation is rapidly deteriorating, Retailers would cut a deal for select items, but The Standard of Living was not as complex as it is now. Today, 15 years after my Creation of ECO-Christmas ©1994 all Holiday Shopping begins in mid-September and Black Friday discounts start right after Halloween.

EXPLANATION: Now, my self-created HOLIDATE known as: ECO-Christmas ©1994 is not what it appears to be like (in name only). The Day itself was slated for December 26 and was a Date when Prices were permanently slashed 50-75%. This appeared to be The Best Time to Shop. It definitely was for me. Going shopping after the Traditional Holiday brought in more and greater Deals for the conscientious Consumer as well as taking ‘The Stress’ off from vying and competing Retailers – where Throngs of hurried Shoppers were positively MAD in their relentless pursuit of buying some item that they really may not need (now – in the future OR ever).

Endless Variations of ECO-Christmas ©1994 can occur year round, especially so when a major Holiday that relies on Commercialism presents itself. I, as a bona fide THRIFTenarian (one who is as thrifty as can be in all my purchases from A-Z), came from a Family of Scrap Dealers. And, wealthy Scrap Dealers at that. Each slice of metal found on the ground equated to a few cents. And, mark my words, these mounted up. Besides that, picking up scrap/scrap metal secured a cleaner and less polluted Environment. It was certainly a Win-Win Situation, the best kind to have and the leading way to raise Children.

“Today, the Money you save is the Money you may not have tomorrow.”

That twisted Statement proved too correct the last several months when millions of People lost Fortunes that they will never totally regain. This was earmarked as:

Money for college educations;
Money for old age;
Money for unexpected sicknesses;
Money for a new home
and the list is endless.

That Thought is what got credit card holders to live beyond their Wildest Dreams and accounts for the dire economical state the Industrialized World is in today. Although DOING WITHOUT is fundamentally better, stimulating and consumption makes the Economy hum by putting people to work so they can produce those goods and evidently, afford to live a worthwhile life. Moderation must be found between The Two.

However, don’t be shy. Take the lead and take a look around your Block. Read Newspapers and Magazines that are leading Indicators. Venture around the Globe and spot a Crusade that tears your Heart out – one that you can identify with for any reason. Chances are, your Contribution will immediately make a Positive Effect in those Person’s Lives. Yes, Today, the Money you save is the Stimulus to secure another Person’s Tomorrow.

Needless to say, Retailers (those who remain steadfast throughout this economical downslide) will continuously have Sales in order to lure and draw-in Customers to their store(s). That's the Nature of The Beast.

“Perhaps this Christmas (for once) will be about the Real Meaning of The Season…that’s One Thing money can’t buy.”

Sunday, November 30, 2008 – 9:11 AM CST

Why not thoroughly discuss with your Loved Ones that the true Spirit of Giving does not lie under a well-lit, highly ornamented and colorful fir tree or glowing Hanukah Menorah. Estimate the Amount of Money you would spend as a Collective Whole and donate this entire Mass to a Good Cause – perhaps AIDS – as Madonna is doing with her Awareness & School Building Program. DOING is The Message. After all, if you’re healthy, you are rich in ways that Money cannot buy. As most of my Koopersmithian HOLIDATES proclaim and strictly refraim:

"Celebrate all year long with your Heart and not your Purse."

And to paraphrase the Big Guy at the North Pole: “Ho Ho Ho, Merry Eco-Christmas ©1994 to One & All…”


*ASK’s EDITORIAL NOTE: Titles derived from:

‘America’s Premier Eventologist’ – Insight Magazine – Washington, DC – August, 1997


‘The Premier Eventologist in the History of the World’- The Chicago Tribune – Chicago, IL – January, 2001

Posted: Monday, December 1, 2008 - 2:02 PM CST

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Gearing Up with GORF-Gear ® for The Holidays.

Chicago, IL USA: ‘The Countdown as of Today, Thursday, November 26, 2008 reads as:

Only 30 Days till GORF-mas*
Only 26 Days till GORF-ukah*
Only 30 Days till GORF-zaa*

Where has all the 'Wherewithal' gone? Long time spending...

Stuff’ this year may not be 'The Theme' or in such High Abundance as many Families merely don’t have the readily available cash, expendable income and/or credit in which to have a purely materialistic Holiday Season, but that evidently won’t stop many in pursuing the Spirit of the Holidays.

Therefore to add a large dose of Jollarity and Charm to the Pop Culture Marketplace, new for this Season is The Appearance of a full Line of Collectibles inspired by:

GORF – ‘The Grin Reaper’ who is also known as:

‘Chicago’s First Green Mascot’
‘The Icon of The Green Movement.’

That vast Array includes:

Adult Apron
Bag Tag (2-sided)
Brown Bear with T-Shirt (adorned with GORF Image)
Calendar (Customized with PhotoGORFs of ‘The Frog’)
Canvas Print
Canvas Tote (with red, blue or black handles)
China Plate (8” diameter)
Coasters (Set of 4)
Photo Cotton T-Shirt (basic). Adults: S-M-L, XL, XXL
Photo Cotton T-Shirt (basic). Children: S-M-L
Cream Bunny with T-Shirt
Crystal Cube
Deluxe Beach Tote
Diaper Bag
Keepsake Box (in Mahogany, Maple or Cherry). Photo rests on top.
Key Chain
Ladies’ Clutch
Mugs (11 and 15 oz. sizes)
Mouse Pad with Gelpad Wrist Rest
Ornaments (shaped as Snowflake, Globe, Round or Filigree)
Pet Bowl (7.5” diameter and 3” deep)
Photo Canvas Tote Bags
Photo Lollipops - 4” Round (minimum order of 10)
Photo Necktie
Photo Pillowcase (20” x 30” GORF Image)
Photo Poster (16” X 24”; 20” X 30”; 24” X 36”)
Plates – dishwasher safe & break resistant
Playing Cards
Puzzle with Matching Gift Tin
Rice Krispies ™ Treats (minimum order of 10)
Round Wall Clock
Shortbread Cookies (minimum order of 10)
Tapestry Throw Blanket
Tapestry Tote Bag
T-Shirt (Long-sleeve Basic T)
Wall Clock (with GORF Photo in center
White Bear with T-Shirt

2006-2016 is designated as THE DECADE OF THE FROG with GORF officiating. This momentous Time marks the start of many new Options for us that really need to be implemented for the Continuance of The Species...every Specie on the Planet. In order to capture this GORFian Concept since GORF's January 28, 2005 Premier Encounter, hundreds of stupendous Photos – renamed:

photoGORFS (photographs + GORF = photoGORFs)

have been snapped of this TOY-in-Action, throughout the Four Seasons. Now, although it was difficult, I selected the top 15 Images and decided to produce them in more of a tangible Format for GORF's Fans & Friends since this Blog is merely painted in Words. After all, his Smile is indeed infectious and his Appeal universal. One Look at GORF and a Person immediately breaks out in a Smile no matter what his/her former Mood was.

SEE WHAT I MEAN: Two of his chicaGORF Images are found online at one of my earlier Blogs, called:

Chicagology 101 at:

for your Viewing Pleasure.

For more information and price listings, contact: ASK @


Keeper of The FROG, GORF
Studio 1437
Chicago, IL USA

* EDITORIAL NOTE: GORF-mas (GORF + Christmas), GORF-ukah (GORF + Chanukah) & GORF-zaa (GORF + Kwanzaa) are all Part of GORF Werks Central.
©2005-2008. ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith


POSTED: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 – 2:10 PM CST

Monday, November 24, 2008

Life in 1908 vs. Life in 2008. Eye-Opening Stats you should read and pass along...

Dateline: November 24, 2008

Chicago, IL USA: Straight in from One of the Planets best Authors and former Literary Agent, Lenny Cavallaro of Boston, here’s a Piece (that is now in eMail Format) that will ‘blow your mind.’

Just when you think you may be having a Bleak Holiday Season minus all the Widgets, Gadgets, Whistles and Bells that you are formerly used to buying, carefully read and absorb what this Passage says. It definitely will put your Life into order FAST.

Unfortunately, an Author was not cited, otherwise, his/her name would have been listed here – as this Copy definitely took time to research and set up.

Without further adieu, here’s a Glimpse of Life a Century ago…

THE YEAR 1908 - One hundred years ago. What a Difference a Century makes!

Here are some Vital Statistics for the Year 1908 :
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

The average life expectancy was 47 years.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average wage in 1908 was 22 cents per hour.

The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year .

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME .

Ninety percent of all doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!

Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard. '

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.

The population of Las Vegas , Nevada was only 30!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn't been invented yet.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write.

Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said: 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.'

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.

Now I forwarded this from someone else without typing it myself, and sent it to you and others all over Canada & U.S.A - possibly the world, in a matter of seconds! Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years. This staggers The Mind.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

1400 Miles Clocked...November 22, 2008. Biking Madness in Chicagoland, USA.

The Odometer Reading (in front of the Home at 1624 West Touhy in Chicago) read 1400 Miles at 1 PM this Afternoon -- when just 12 days earlier on:

Monday, November 10, 2008,

the Koopersmithin' Blog Entry read:

1300 Miles - Biking Simplified by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith

Can a November Cold Snap stop me from bking around town?

Of course not!

Cold and Wind can't keep progress back. Not only is Biking a way to save money, slim down and allow a Person to indulge a bit more in an occasional sweet or two, but it relieves Anxiety and in this Day and Age, removing diSTRESS for free is better than almost anything.

See you on the beaten Trail, come rain, snow, sleet or sunshine.

Posted by: ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith

BOTS: Biking On The Sabbath

Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 2:03 PM


Friday, November 21, 2008

KOOPERSMITHin celebrates its First Year Anniversary Today on 11-21-2008!

DATELINE: Friday, November 21, 2008

Chicago, IL USA: It's hard to believe it's already been a full year since I began writing this Blog. As most People say: "It just seems like yesterday!" 366 Yesterdays ago (at that) since 2008 was greeted by a Leap Day in late February. In Celebration of this Monumental Date that produced 114 Blogs covering a vast plethora of Pop Culture Concepts, the following Media Release is launched to address a Critical Issue that I've been developing for the last Three (3) Years. The Time is now ripe for its Kickoff.

For those who have followed KOOPERSMITHin, thank you very much for your Interest, Time and Support. We wish you well on your Journey and Reading Experiences.

What follows is that News Brief for you to ponder, act and react:





DATELINE: November 21, 2008

Chicago, IL USA: The Concept for FAUX FUR FRIDAYS ©2008 originally stemmed from an Outside Agent, GORF, hailed as ‘The Icon of the Green Movement’ and ‘Chicago’s First Green Mascot.’ As a robust 24.5” TOY FROG (after all, GORF is FROG back-words) with an infectious 11” Smile that stops People immediately in their Paths, THE FROG is currently not the only Species on the Endangered Species List that is becoming rarer as The Days transcend into History. As a Species that has outlived the Almighty Dinosaur, the Fragile FROG is 217,000,000 years old, yet it is Our Generation that is seeing their Demise - Extinction, the imminent Factor of erasing a Civilization.

‘THE GRIN REAPER ®’ (as I affectionately nicknamed GORF) stands as the Symbol for informing all Peoples that the Earth itself is a Living Species that is experiencing difficult Times presently with a Cloudy Forecast for the Times ahead. The Tables have now drastically turned, leaving The World suffering a great (never before encountered) Recession that hovers close to a Global Depression. LESS is becoming ‘The New MORE.’

No Front is being spared. Sadly, these Findings include LESS Species to study, learn and admire. Although it may sound sappy, as Partners on our Planet, The Animals, too, are suffering great, irreparable Losses. Extinction is F.O.R.E.V.E.R. Looking around us across the Earth, We find that:

Homes are in Foreclosure. Pets are turned away. Some Animals go to Shelters.

Many Shelters euthanize.

People are not eating. Pets are neglected. Populations are starving.

Zoos are downsizing. Animals are being neglected.

People are in heightened States of Stress and Anxiety.

This State is also being seen in the Animal Kingdom.

Landmasses are shrinking. Habitats are lost forever.

As Man himself struggles to survive under strange(r) and unexplainable Conditions, the extra Monetary Means (that is no longer available) to care for other Species (Household or Domesticated as well as Zoological & Natural Species) is abruptly cut-off or just no longer exists. This Action hastens their Breeds into Extinction (especially on this polluted Planet), combined with Global Warming and the ominous Effects it is having on their Habitat. The Glaciers & Icebergs are melting. The Rain Forests are being chopped down. Wild Forest Creatures (as Deer, Bears, Opossum & Raccoons) are seeking Refuge in Inner Cities where once they never roamed, looking for a Scrap to eat.

This Common Sense Knowledge has not been thoroughly explored or fully addressed yet by The Media, although Scientists know what is lurking ‘Outside’ our Comfort Zone. Being in a State of Denial never helps. Thinking this Complex Situation will disappear on its own is absurd.

GORF acts as a Wake-Up Call to immediately LEAP into Action in order to prevent more Desolation, Turmoil and Havoc.

As The Ball of Life unravels every Day in a Domino’s Effect, We are seeing The Aftermath of what Greed, Avarice & Waste have caused - not only for Man, but for The Animals and The Planet itself. We are all linked together. Moats & Castle Walls cannot keep Reality out or at bay. In Months from now, when Survival (for many) will equate to Food and a Roof over One's Head, then perhaps We will see The Evil of Our Ways. But that again, is yet another Topic to unearth.

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: In the meantime, to pass The Time and feel that We are being Good Samaritans, Servants or Stewarts of The Earth, taking the Time to help The Creatures is a fulfilling Way to ‘Give Back.’ Returning to an earlier and easier Era (before this unwieldy Worldly Crisis overtook us) is a creative, decisive and beneficial Course to put Life into Perspective. Life is for living healthily and wisely for all Earth’s Creatures, not just a Chosen Few.

THE KOOPERSMITHIAN PLAN: On Friday, January 28, 2005, I purchased GORF & launched a 10-Year Humanitarian Campaign called:

THE DECADE OF THE FROG with GORF officiating.

This Period began in Sunday, January 1, 2006 and terminates in Saturday December 31, 2016. There are Thirteen (13) Crusades encompassed in GORF’s Sphere of which ECOLOGY & NATURE are the Key Players. Educational & Altruistic in Format and Structure, in mid-February 2006, I coined the Title:


when he appeared at Public Receptions clad in FAUX FUR TRIMMINGS all purchased in the Child’s Department of Chicago’s Leading Re$ale Boutiques. Re$ale Shopping is the Best Method I have discovered to SAVE THE GREEN & ‘GO GREEN’ all in One Convenient Stop, exercising One Fell Swoop. A Series of colorful PHOTOGORFS (GORF Images, that is) show ‘THE GRIN REAPER’ dressed in Leopard-Wear (lovely Leopard Regalia – however you prefer terming it), which is One of my most Favorite Pattern. A FROG Toy flamboyantly dressed in Leopard Spots? An Understanding between Felines and Amphibians. How adorable and delightful is that? This is The Message of Unity that needs to be spread.

Therefore, it only seems ‘natural’ that FAUX FUR FRIDAYS ©2005/2008 be extended as a Weekly Event since The Topic is ‘crucial and critical to The Survival of Our Planet’ – 'Home Sweet Home.'

In 2008, as 'The Records’ broadcasted that more Devastation (involving Nature & Economical) was occurring on The Planet, I shortened the HOLIDATE to FAUX FUR FRIDAYS’ FOLLIES ©2008. With the Influx of Interest rising, THE EVENT is taking on a Life of its very own! Mass Appeal fuelled by Action yields Beneficial Results that need to be cemented into Place.

To keep the Momentum ribbiting, GORF is scheduled to make Personal Appearances during the 52 EVENTS that are slated during 2009.

CONTACT INFO: To inquire about Sponsorship, Bookings, Personal Appearances, Art Receptions & +Book Signings, etc., email me directly at:


Stay tuned for more Revelry & Updates by viewing my Blog, KOOPERSMITHin’ ® (that was been picked up by in May, 2008) at:

STAY TUNED: Watch how ‘TEAM GORF’ & I will transform a select Number of Traditional Holidays-Seasons, namely:

Ground Hogs' Day on February 2
Valentine's Day on February 14
The First Day of Spring on March 21
The First Day of Summer on June 21
Independence Day on July 4
The First Day of Autumn on September 21
Sweetest Day on October 17
Halloween on October 31
Thanksgiving on November 26
The First Day of Winter on December 21

and twist them into the Haute Couture FAUX FUR FOLLIES' Theme throughout 2009.

After all, if:
you live on Earth,
are an Animal Lover,
are a TOY Aficionado and/or Collector,
like Leopard Spots,
have a Heart,
are concerned about our Future,

then, my FUR-REAL HOLIDATE is earmarked (in Leopard Print, of course) for you!


GORF Werks Central
Chicago, Illinois USA


Monday, November 10, 2008

1300 Miles - Biking Simplified by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith

Chicago, IL USA: To serve as Inspiration to People of all Ages, I have been biking every Day since February 25, 1997. It doesn't matter if it's raining out. It doesn't matter if it's snowing out. It doesn't matter if it's windy out. It doesn't matter if it's dark out. It doesn't matter if it's light out. My neighbors will constantly see me biking through the Hoods in order to get to my Destinations. And, I'm happy to report that because of Biking for 1 Hour each Day, at the end of the year, I rake in (at least) 365 Hours of Biking, which is a small price to pay for the Quality of Health I am now experiencing.

Lost 4 inches of Baby Fat.
Find Money on the Streets.
Locate cell phones that have fallen from their owner's pockets or purses.
Safer than being on a block with gangbangers and/or pitbull walkers.
Breeze through areas faster than the red lights.

It's a total win-win situation that really has limitless solutions.

Besides the economic factors of owning a car, auto maintenance, parking expenses and upkeep, a Bike is the Dream Vehicle of the 21st Century. It binds families together and for those citizens who are dependent upon Public Transportation, it allows them the Ability to check out different neighborhoods that the trains or buses do not have direct access to.

THE ROLE MODEL ROLLS: The Coolest Event that happened to me because of my Biking Capabilities and Fitness is that on Sunday, October 5, 2008, I beat out over 318 other Gals all vying to get picked for the 2nd Segment of SHE's GOT THE LOOK that will be airing on TV Land in 2009. Not only was this a Thrill, but I was also the only 50+ (being 'Sweet 16 + 40' or 56 as of August 9TH, 2008) Personality selected from all the Contenders who not only were from Chicago (the 3rd largest Metropolitan Area,) but Women from States-away who flew in for the Competition. With Incentive like this, knowing that Exercise can separate the Winners from the Losers is indeed motivational (enough).

But enough of that -- you can read all about my Biking Secrets in all my KOOPERSMITHin' Blogs as I record each 100 Miles I have attained, here online:

Monday, November 10, 2007 - 9:07 AM -- Jarvis & Greenview in the Rogers Park Neighborhood -- I hit 1300 Miles...*
*NOTE: This Statistic is taken from the Date I purchased this Bike, Monday, May 29, 2008.

I'm out of here...starting on the next 100 now. C U on the Bike Train.

Posted by: ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
Creator of GORF-O-Metrics (R)
'How to stay Lean, Green & Keen in The Heartland with GORF'
(The Icon of The Green Movement)
GORF-O-Metrics is an Exercise Program as well as Manuscript on becoming and staying healthy.

11-10-2008 - 9:47 AM CST

Email me at: askoopermith(at)hotmail(dot)com for any Inquiries.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

KOOPERSMITH's LOST PENNY DAY (C)95 -- Rescheduled to coincide with Abe Lincoln's 200TH Birthday on February 12, 2009

Chicago, IL USA: As the Founder of LOST PENNY DAY (C)1995 I am happy to announce that its 14TH year Celebration coincides with President Lincoln's - America's 16TH President -- on February 12, 2009. This was basically its premise when it was first developed in the mid-1990s. Because of this rare Event Line-up, the HOLIDATE will be extended to include the entire month of February to honor the most prolific President of American History.

To find out how your School, Synagogue, Social Club or Group can participate in this Humanitarian Event, contact me directly at:


As a proven HOLIDATE that highlights the Generosity of People, LPD (C)1995 is designed to carry the Message that giving is much more important than receiving.

Feel free to contact me for any speaking engagements you will be having at your Institution to discuss the Principles of Eventology and its 1700+ Holidates to Celebrate of which Lost Penny Day (C)1995 is indeed one of the most popular.

LPD (C)1995 wil return to its ONE DAY ONLY Celebration again in 2010.

POSTED BY: ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
'America's Premier Eventologist'
'The Premier Eventologist in The History of The World'
Chicago - IL USA

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Tragedy on Judson -- Not another Saturday in Evanston, Illinois. Do you know YOUR Neighbors?

Evanston, IL USA: On the 10 PM News on Friday Night, a sordid story unfolded about an old lady -- over 90 years old -- who lived in a large Victorian Home in the glamourous Northern Suburb of Evanston. There in the compound of her Home, 3 bodies had been found -- unburied that -- the earliest -- it was learned had been dead since the 1980s. As grizzly, eccentric and electrifying was this Story appears ON THE SURFACE, it's very sad and depressing indeed, as it's the Account of a tragic End to not only 3 People (once vibrant and alive) -- but an old, old Woman who is NOW -- probably incoherent and dishoveled in a nursing home ... somewhere... after officials removed her from The Premise within the last 24 hours.

Call me curious, but since I do all my Eventological Writings and Research in Evanston since 1997 that is a 4.5 mile bike ride from my Studio and Home in Chicago, I know the town like the back of my hand. I had to see the Site where all this had transpired. Therefore, from approximately 12:30 - 1:15 PM I parked my Bike in front of 1216 Judson and talked to the Reporter, Mr. Stefano Esposito (of the Crime Unit) and Sam Stewart, the Sun-Time's Photographer as they interviewed the probably one and only person who knew of the Owner - the Woman who is now in custody for...


who exactly knows what Charges she will be charged with. Harboring 3 dead bodies is indeed strange but her Ties to them must be psychologically untangled, if it can be.

The old farmhouse-style manor was painted white in desrepair and evidently from the overall conversation that I heard from Al Redmond, who rented a garage for his vintage car in the rear of the building -- she kept to herself. He himself did some Construction jobs for her and she never invited him in. Her home was not even open if he had to go to the bathroom, he kiddingly told Esposito.


Were the Deaths accidental?

If the Deaths were accidental, if they were thought they'd be next; if they were allowed 'The Run' of the House, what was the average day like in this House of Death?

Was it a question of Collecting their Social Security Checks.

What was the motive basead on? Insanity? Dementia? or Greed?

If the three siblings knew about 'The Others' Deaths' and remained mute to each of the Deaths?

Was it a Plot to 'take' the Other Siblings' Social Security to fund 'that expensive' Piece of
Evanstonian Property whose Property Taxes are (no doubt) quite exorbitant in any market?

Although I did not (yet) read the Chicago Sun-Times or the Chicago Tribune accounts of what transpired, we are all wondering:

HOW and WHO discovered the bodies?

Where is the Old Woman now?

How did she maintain a home of such great size with huge assets, etc.?

What will become of her?

What allegations will be made towards her considering her Age and advanced Years?

Does she know she went against 'The Grain' of what Civilization thinks of 'housing The Dead?'

What Term is it called when you harbor dead and rotting bodies?

Al was very insightful into the logistics of her edgey existence. He stood at about 5'10' tall and told the Messrs. Espositio and Stewart (the reporter/photographer) that she had piles of paper as tall as he was. We were all shocked when we heard that.

This tips off a Doctor as to her 'strange behavior.' At one time Al did come into her kitchen. Evidently, the Old Woman suffered from OCDC -- being a compulsive disorder -- or as we commonly call it being a: Pack Rat. In this case she went to the extreme. We have all heard of stories where People hoard cats - 100s of them; until she/he is found out. In this case, the woman concealed human bodies (of relatives) in rooms of th house for decades.

Maybe she thought funeral services were a bit too pricey.

Al had made a comment that she had a sister. When he would inquire as to how the Sister was in his 'talks' with her - she would say: "NOT well" and change the conversation.

Evidently, the Sister may have been one of the dead bodies found.

I am writing this all from on-site speculation and what I heard on TV & at the crime scene. Two IL Forensic Vehicles were parked out front, across the street. They had gathered evidence and were 'at lunch.' The Yellow/Black Caution - DO NOT CROSS POLICE TAPES - were wrapped and stretched around the trees to the house so no one could get near. I did take pictures that will be used in future writings on this Topic.

When Al said the home was heaped in Piles of Papers, to throw some humor into the Scene, I said: "Evidently, she was archiving copies of The Sun-Times." Although this was not funny, sometimes grief needs a bit and byte of humor and schtick to get through one's day.

Nothing can be done for those dearly deceased. Little did the Neighbors - her Neighbors -- know who was living there. Did kids come up on the porch trick-or-treating the last 25 years? Did she not answer the door? Did neighbors NOT smell something funny? Redmond stated she had stocks in GM and that's how she supported the expenditures of such a colossal house, but it was in great disrepair. My Thought is that the house will be demolished although an Idea did cross my mind that I would like to share with others who do believe in an Afterlife.

Before demolishing the House, conduct a Seance with a knowledgeable Medium who can figure out what exactly happened all those years ago. Invite some top Psychologists who know the Inner Workings of The Mind. There may not be too much Knowledge that the Old Woman remembers or cares to share since she is up in her years. Redmond commented she had a brother who lived out of state, but no one knows where or who he is or at this point in the case, if he, too, is one of the Bodies.

By having a legitimate Seance, more answers can be shed that are more than a few seasoned crime reporters can gather and assume from a yard-full of ticker tape and a few eye-witnesses who really didn't get to know the Real Woman behind these bizarre Events.

While biking back north to the Library which was my next destination, the USPS truck had parked and unloading his day's work was the mailman. "How are you going to deliver to 1216?" I asked, motioning to the Polce Tape surrounding the entire property - from house to front sidewalk. "I guess I'll have to skip it for awhile" he answered looking past me and to the now hallowed grounds, the burial site of 3 family members who never got their right and just burial.

During the Afternoon of this 'Curious Saturday,' I spoke to two of my favorite Librarians at the Evanston Public Library where I went to post this Edition of Koopersmithin'. Kathy (one of the librarians) stated the Situation was very sad and her blue eyes swelled up with tears as we spoke. And,"In the End, it's who CARES about us that truly matters" she whispered. After all, this is a Library. Had this old Woman no one who cared about her? Was this her Way of coping or holding on to love by not burying these Deceased Family Members? Who it not be horrific moreso if she had had them taxidermied and set up in the Living Room? Was there any family members alive who could shed more light on this Tragedy or was the Family now numbering at only ONE -- the Loneliest Number...the Old Woman who was now in custody?

Nancy, the other librarian who had overheard Kathy and me discussing this horrific Incident that happened in a quiet town on a tranquil block wondered 'how long was she alone?" These are indeed questions that Aging Woman do have in the back of their minds as many more Women outlive their Husbands and Male Friends and ultimately are 'on their own' in their last Days on Earth.

We all have our On-Off Switches and Breaking Points.

Only a week earlier, Trick or Treaters may have run up on her broad porch to her very doorstep and rang the front doorbell as they had for so many years before. Did the Old Woman keep her shades down and her lights off? So many Questions on the surface and below are asked at a precarious time like this.

How did it feel to go in there? What would they find?

Mr. Redmond had stated piles of papers as tall as his 5'10' frame enclosed the few rooms he had been in of the structure. Logic would tell you the entire house was in a shambles and disarray.

Were the Forensic Team Members hooded? Who had initially 'broken' into this home and found out about the 3 bodies? Who escorted the Old Woman out? Did she know - was she cognizant of what was happening to her in the twilight of her life?

If I had arrived earlier, I would have known all this and more.

As we (Mr. Esposito, Sam & Mr. Redmond and me) looked from afar -- from the leafy maple leaves that the wind had spread and heaped across Judson Street -- into the windows and wondered about what transpired inside that Home, what may have been prevented, we begin to see the Delicacy of our Own Life and how fragile each breath we take is and how every Move we make becomes a story in and of itself. How will we be remembered...if at all? Does anyone care to look in on us? Do Wisteria Lanes across America and The World foretell of other puzzling Family Plots just waiting to open as the Tragedy on Judson foretold -- that are discovered too late and too unarming to make a difference? The Gentle Tranquility of Evanston is certainly crushed with this Incident.

IN CONCLUSION: We're all human. Many of us can't bear to part with a loved one. The cold, wet ground of a grave is too repulsive and too cruel in which to plunk the ones we love into. Maybe this was her way of keeping them with her. In the early 1970s, my Aunt Eva (of Texas) lost her 22 year old Daughter weeks before her wedding in a dreaded car accident caused by rain. My Aunt never 'took' Cousin Sharon's bedroom down. Cousin Sharon's Bedroom remained with her wedding and shower gifts staying 'in tact' for 30 more years till Aunt Eva died -- in 2006. We all pay tribute to our Loved Ones in strange and odd ways. This indeed is one of those Stories with no happy Ending.

The Twist about this Incident is that the neighborhood is so docile, quiet, peaceful, north-suburbanly with style and elegance. Little do you know who lives next to you...or do you? Indeed this was the Talk of the Town, but it's the Story of our Lives that really hits the hardest.

Witnssed and Penned by:
ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
'America's Premier Eventologist'
Founder of AFSEE:
Advocates For Senior Equality & Enrichment (C)2002
Chicago, IL USA

Posted: Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 1:52 PM CST



I plan to read the Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune Full Accounts of this to see how my Story differed. Rest Assured, it's time We all came to the forefront and checked in with our Neighbors - wellness checks are mandatory...and in this case, gruesomely so.

UPDATE OF SUNDAY: November 9, 2008 - 7 AM

NBC Morning News relayed that the three bodies (all siblings) of the Old Woman of Judson Avenue died of natural causes. This, at least, clears her of any murder charges in her Twilight Years. All in all, it's a Sad Story of what happens to a Life and how it affects the surrounding Community.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

ASK/Chicago: She’s Got The Look – Season #2. My Highest Compliment yet received. HMO: Holding My Own.

ASK/Chicago: She’s Got The Look – Season #2. Explanation follows:

DATELINE: Thursday, November 6, 2008

Chicago, IL USA: A funny Thing (certainly unexpected, but pleasantly so) happened to me while biking to the October 5TH Audition of ‘She’s Got The Look’ Model Call that was held at Resolution Digital Studios on the West Side of Chicago – on a lovely Sunday Morning in early October. The Online Ad for this ‘Cattle Call’ stated ‘Women 35 + over.’ That Stat (alone) piqued my Interest. Since I had just turned:

‘Sweet 16 + 40’ ® or 56 on Saturday, August 9TH, I decided to give it a Shot. And, my Try did net incredible and unbelievable Results – even at this Age and Stage of ‘The Beauty & Fashion Industries’ Game’ that are unfolding as you read this News.

A LIFETIME IN THE ‘WORKS’: Surprisingly, it all occurred with barely a Stitch of Make-up on (only Lipstick and Mascara). Oh, by the way, did I mention to you I was, undoubtedly, the only 56 year old who biked the entire Distance of 8.63 Miles (one way non-stop) to the Studio for this Model Call? Yes, I was. Perhaps the Natural Glow did help, too, in the(ir) Final Selection.

Therefore, for any of you Gals ‘out there’ who have the least Bit of Reluctance of not ‘tossing yourself into the Ring’ – think again. If I had not decided to participate, my Autumn of 2008 Big Break could have turned out much differently and not as the High Impact and Turning Point of My Life as it has become.

In other Words, this Page (in My Life) and as a Newsy Human Interest Media Release would not be penned or panned out. Nor would it serve as Inspiration and Motivation to others (of all Ages across The World), which is the One Relevant Point that initially did capture these Judges’ Attention.

THE COMPETITION: Nearly 400 Girls participated of every possible Body/Hair Type & Style possible. Contestants flew in thousands of Miles to ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ -- all vying and hoping to get their ‘Big Break’ and land a Part in this National Reality TV Program that is to air nationally in 2009 on TV Land.

Since I’m more of a Natural Gal in Look, Style and Demeanor, I didn’t wear a Gown (Evening Night or Hospital) or Disco-burning Bright Baubles; High Heeled Stilettos (pinching my Toes) or Silk Pantyhose. Instead, I chose to wore tailored Black Pants, Black Cowboy Boots, a Black Wool Turtleneck Sweater and a fabulous belted Leopard Print Faux Fur Coat that I had purchased (for less than $7 at a local Re$ale Shop) just the Day before.

My ‘Detail To Re$sale’ Blog dated Monday, January 7, 2008 (that will fill you in on the Art + Act of Re$aling a Bundle of Buck$) can be read in its entirety at:

Out of this exquisite Mob of Beauties, possibly 20 Women were selected from The Chicago Delegation that initially waited for hours in order to ‘Strut Their Stuff.’ And: I was one amongst them! Imagine that!

HOW’D I DO THAT? Ten (10) of us (at a time) paraded before the Three (3) Preliminary Judges. I explained in crisp short effective Sentences about my ‘Rare Ability’ to create, promote and launch Holidates (some 1,700 of them spanning 39 diverse Categories since Wednesday, July 25, 1990) that would make:

1) People feel good,
2) build Self-Confidence,
3) appreciate the Present and build towards The Future,
4) exercise their Imagination and
5) allow them to create-on-their-own.

The Concept here was to quickly differentiate yourself from The Pack – to single yourself out. Considering, I undertook this Endeavor on a Wild Fluke, I was totally surprised when they called my Name. That Announcement designated I was to proceed to the Next Level! The other Contestants were asked to leave The Tent. Here I remained (at Age 56) with hardly any Makeup on as a Selectee. How cool is that?

After all, in my immediate Mists were Women 20 years younger than I am/was but I was HOLDING MY OWN.

If ‘Yes We Can’ is the Slogan of the newly-elected Obama Administration, then:


certainly is the Rallying Cry of We Brunette Baby Boomers.

56 (that’s Fifty-Six) and I still got it! I was beaming bright(ly). Actually, I still am beaming today. That ‘Singling Out’ proved that all my years of making ‘The Right Decisions’ proved I had made the Correct Ones.

The Second Part was meeting 3 more Judges (all renown Personalities in their own Right) who would narrow The List more(so) and decide what Selectees would go on to be a Contender in New York City. They were:
Robert Verdi, the Fashion Consultant & Celebrity Stylist of NYC

Sean Patterson, President of Wilhelmina Models, Inc. in NYC &

Beverly Johnson, the Model whose Career spans 40 years

Approximately an Hour later, I was introduced to the 3 Judges. They were first flabbergasted at My Hair – exclaiming it’s the most Hair they have ever seen on one Person. My Auburn Mane is all-natural that was dyed only once (while in High School) and reaches to my Waist. My Leopard Coat (that overtly spells out FUN) also hit a Receptive Chord with The Judges. Within Moments of my Entry into the Room and after a Brief Chat so they could ‘discern my (bubbly) Personality,’ Robert jumped

from The Stage
to The Center
of The Room

where I was standing and addressing The Judges. Had he performed this Acrobatic Feat to any of the other Contestants? I think not. Evidently, I registered as an Approachable Contestant.


I then took my Coat off; let him try it on and he said: “Give me some Hair.” At that Point, being positioned back-to-back, I tossed my glorious Mane over his Bald Head and the Camera Men went nuts. Gushing with Excitement (with what is known as: CAMERA – LIGHTS – ACTION) is the only Way that Moment could have been described.

Could this have been more monumental?

I think NOT.

“After all, these are the priceless Film Clips that $ELL a TV Program, Pilot, Series and Product. It proves Beauty is Ageless. Beauty is Fun. Beauty is not intimidating.”
Quote of: ASK
Thursday, November 6, 2008 – 10:52 AM
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 – 2:06 PM CST

Although I was not chosen for The Show itself, this was the Experience of a Lifetime.

An Interesting Angle on The Beauty Biz:

On Tuesday, October 17, 1989 I flew to Los Angeles from Chicago where the infamous Jon Abeyta refashioned my Make-up and took a Series of Photos that would later be used in my Promotional Pieces. A few weeks later, upon sending those Pictures to every Major American Modeling Agency from Coast-to-Coast, the President of Elite Agency in San Francisco phoned me to inquire. At the time, my Prerogative was to be a Petite Model since I tower at only 5’3” in Stature and weigh 110 Pounds.

When I quite graciously and proudly stated I was: 38 since I figured in 1989 THE WORLD would be ‘ready’ for an Aging Beauty, he huffed, puffed and murmured:

‘Try Commercials.’

Then, he abruptly hung up the Phone. That was the last I heard from him.


Then, upon leaving The Premise one of The Camera Men who was filming my Pre-Speech (before meeting with Robert, Sean & Beverly) handed me his Card and asked me to call him ‘the next day.’

TAKING DIRECTIONS: Being able to take Directions in a single day, I called:

Kevin L. Worthy,
the Executive Producer of HitSquad Productions
in Chicago Ridge

as he had asked me and We met to discuss my Life Story.


‘America’s Premier Eventologist’
(a Title I received from Gene Koprowski of Insight Magazine in August, 1997)


‘The Premier Eventologist in The History of The World’
(a Title I received from Eric Zorn of The Chicago Tribune in January, 2001),

Kevin was evidently interested in the 1,700 HOLIDATES I have created since Wednesday, July 25, 1990. He later stated that I am much, much more than they what they symbolize; the 50 Manuscripts I have penned and the Random Acts of Kindness I have continuously done – often times without any Payback whatsoever. He said MY STORY about how I arrived at my Great Humanitarian Acts via the Creation, Employment & Launch 1,700 HOLIDATES is what ‘The People’ would be most interested in. What shaped me? What made me feel The Way I do and create The Literary Empire that I have built? This is what the Masses would be interested in. It would help them ‘get hold’ of their Lives and give them Structure and Motivation.

Kevin then signed me on to become one of his Humanitarian Documentaries that can be best described as:

A Cross between Ty Pennington’s Extreme Homemaker
Oprah Winfrey’s Big Give.

After all these years of being ‘The Premier Eventologist’ and advancing so many beneficial Causes and Crusades, my Work is now taking a galvanizing New Direction.

Currently, We are ‘hard at work’ on my DVD which will be shopped to various TV Stations and major Institutions to keep ‘The Dream’ alive and to spread my Altruistic Messages further.

Now, moreso than ever with DREAMS of every Variety happening, you, too can get discovered…even in the most unlikely of Places and Times, Leopard Coat or no Leopard Coat – Hair or no Hair!


The enticing Carrot waved in front of these Contestants was a Little Girl’s Dream of:

The Winner receiving $100,000; a Modeling Contract with Wilhelmina Models, Inc. and a Spread in a popular Woman’s Magazine besides being on the TV Program: ‘She’s Got The Look’ for its Second Season.
But in my particular Case, I received so much more. An Ego Boost and Interest from an Industry Professional are worth far more than 6 Figures in my Book(s). My Literary Legacy will last longer than The Year’s long and short Hemlines or flamboyant Fads that lose their Appeal in a New York Heart-Beat.


Being an active A-Type Personality, I am currently also promoting other Beauty & Fashion Industry Projects that I developed and am highly concerned with, namely:

1) National HAIR-itage ® Month ©1994 – highlighting my Hair Secrets, Tips & Advice.

2) ‘Combing Through The Curlz’ ©2006 – my Commentary on having, owning and honing up to Curly Hair.

3) Faux Fur Fridays ©2008 - ignites on Friday, January 2, 2009 and occurs every Friday thereafter.


4) February’s Faux Fur Finish ©2008 – an on-going Eventological Drive & Folly to stop the Perpetuation of Endangered Species, emphasizing the Importance of ‘Going Green.’

5) Biking is my chosen Form of Transportation and plays a vitally FUN-damental Role in keeping me as healthy as ever. The Topic of Bicycling is enormous - one that your Readership and/or Viewers could all relate to. As a constant Biker since Age 6, I began Biking full-time and full-speed ahead as of Tuesday, February 25, 1997. Due to my Steadfastness in this Pursuit, I have successfully taken and kept 4 inches of Fat & Flab from my Hips. Since large Numbers of Folks are obesely overweight with deathly Diseases taking their Toll every year due to conditions associated and exacerbated by too much Weight, I cannot tell you how important this Exercise is to ‘exorcise’ Bad Health Issues and replace them with a Habit that is looked forward to instead.


IF you are interested in spotlighting me as a Feature Story for your Publication and/or Radio/TV/Web Program;

IF you wish to hire me to write about my all-original 36 Beauty & Haute Couture/Fashion HOLIDATES throughout 2009;

IF you are a Sponsor desiring more Details on my 5 other Significant Projects stated above; and/or

IF you need for more Information and Updates about the exciting Hitsquad Production encircling my Life Story (to date),

email me directly at:


I’ll be more-than-happy to keep you apprised of all NEWS as it breaks.

Penned & Released by:

Koopersmith’s Global Communications
“People read what Adrienne writes about…”
AFSEE: Advocates For Senior Equality & Enrichment ©2002
Chicago, Illinois USA


This eMedia Release is archived as the November 6, 2008 Entry of:


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

O'FOOD ®: Obama's First Order of Duty. Insights by the Daughter of a former IL Politician

Chicago, IL USA: With all eyes focused on Chicago as the Homebase of President Elect, Barack Obama for the next four (4) years, the City Folks have something important to impart that will, of course, bear or act bullishly upon the State of the Nation and World Politics from this Era on.

Since 3rd Grade, my Father Louis N. Koopersmith was Mayor of Mendota, IL. Consequently, for nearly 16 years, I've had my full of Politics, but, nevertheless, I do have significant Comments to make. These will occasionally be found here on this Blog in a Special Section in order to help our Native Son as he focuses on the most important Job of his Lifetime and our Lifetime or what's left of it, besides Parenthood (for those who choose it).

These will be appropriately called: O'FOODs that acronymically stand for:

Obama's First Order(s) Of Duty

and start off with:

1) Adopt more Little Kids that can grow up in The White House. Carefully devise. A Brad-Angelina Bill to complement the Act and Art of Adopting. This Gesture will universally show The Masses that there is more Hope in this Sector that is often overlooked and neglected. In 20 years, the Crime Rate should lessen with more Children being taken off the Streets.

2) Lease Lowell Thompson's Dream Portrait called: DREAMS CAN COME TRUE that was painted by Chicago's Leading Artist, former Ad Man and Creatif for the/your Oval Office. This Painting of Barack is, indeed, the Top Piece ever painted and done of the former Senator - a true Collector's Item - of ObamArt (as it is now classified). It can be viewed at:
The African America Creative Source

You may write to Lowell personally at: lowellt(at)hotmail(dot)com

about securing your own Lithograph of this Monumental Masterpiece that is truly of Museum Quality.

3) Light a Candle of Hope & Salvation in Lincoln's Bedroom in the White House. 2009 marks our 16TH President's 200TH Birthday as well as the Commemoration of The Holidate I created in 1994 entitled: LOST PENNY DAY ©94.

4) Mike Huggins, a financial entrepreneur should be consulted with regarding the Mortgage Crisis and how we can salvage America from the Mess we're now waist-high in. His in-depth Newsletter is obtainable at:

5) Hire Daniel Pinchbeck (bestselling author + writer) as a Cabinet Official as he has an uncanny way of figuring out what dire Situations need.

Certain Ideals have to be maintained while in The Capacity of serving such a prestigious Post and Position. The Burden of Success lies in delegating The Work to the most competent and capable, but never losing Sight on living in The Present Tense. These Top 4 represent a Kickoff that not only the Obama Family can actively participate in, but that every American can do to get the United States united again.

CLOSING: We now return you to Regular Programming.

Posted by:
ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith
'America's Premier Eventologist'
'The Premier Eventologist in The History of The World'
Studio 1437 West
Chicago, IL USA

Posted: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 11:07 AM CST

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

'I'm ASK & I approve this Blog." How Intl Skeptics' Days ©1995 fuel the Electoral Fires.

Chicago, IL USA:

International Skeptics Days ©1995 is an Eventological Event I created long ago that has pulled its own Weight throughout the Years since its definitive Formation 14 years ago. By just googling The Name, you can clearly see it has made an indelible Mark and Impression on those who are Skeptics, those who aren't and those really can't decide (yet). As Science progresses, the Levels and Degrees of Skepticism grows or shrinks. Like Politics, Change(s) take its own Course.

The Primary Reason International Skeptics Days ©1995 was designated as a Floating Holiday is because of its sheer nature alone. Its Standards pertain to every Day Occurrences.

Today (of all Days in the History of the USA), the Republic of America is voting for a New President and Executive Office like it has never voted before.

Logically, many People are skeptical of the Candidates and what the Future holds (or may not hold). Worse yet, as the Months ahead proceed and roll along, We have no clear-cut Idea what to expect from local, regional and foreign fronts, therefore, Degrees of Skepticism will mushroom as much as the Stress and Distress Levels Americans have escalate.

In anticipation of all this, it's therapeutic to have a Day - to recognize that We are all in this Situation knee-deep or deeper -- when you can take it all in stride. The Trouble with Change is that the Change may not do us any good.

Even before the Disasters America faces were not that bad 14 years ago when I pondered the Formation of International Skeptics Days ©1995, I realized that Politics do not make for great bedfellows:

"Why not make it Election Day," I said to myself when I created this Holidate. "It works. It fits. It's for, of and by The People. Prepositions say it so well. Abe Lincoln would have smiled."

After all, "I'm ASK and I approve this Blog."

ORDER NOW: Purchase the vintage, Limited Edition International Skeptics' Days Booklet by emailing me for the particulars at:


Saturday, November 1, 2008

ASK's Launch of Intl Complaint Month ©2008. lets you 'let lose.'

DateLine: Saturday, November 1, 2008

TITLE: The Launch of International Complaint Month ©2008. lets you ‘let lose.’

Chicago, IL USA: The Art of Complaining has never been simpler. Thanks, in (whole) part to Richard who (through a Series of Incidents & Observations) figured and found that Complaining was as simple as crying, nagging and throwing Things (as well as Tantrums). The Platform is now officially launched (after a year’s work) that allows Individuals (common, ordinarily People like me and you) to lodge a Complaint, get it off our chests, dissolve it and then continue with our Day without any further Interruptions.

Once an Individual 'gets into the Principles' of International Complaint Month ©2008, they will automatically wonder about:

What President has the biggest Complaints?

What did Jesus complain about?

Did Napoleon complain?

Do men or do women complain more?

Did CaveMan have Complaints?

What Complaints are legitimate and authentic?

Universally speaking, what registers as a Complaint?

LETTING OFF STEAM - electronically:

In earlier times (before Richard was born), Complaints were not often aired. They were the Action to the ReAction of what would happen once a Rage started. Before the Psychiatry of Modern Understanding began, there really wasn’t a Word that defined (and defended) the State People fall (or fell) into when they got to this ‘Edge of The Ledge.’

THE CAUSE? This was because the Selection of Belongings and Possessions the average American now has has never been larger. Living Large is nice, but it does have its Consequences.

REALISTICALLY, if there is a logical Complaint, there usually has to be a Comparison between ‘It’ and another Object in order to see that there is something missing or wrong. Therefore, Complaints are a great Part of the Retail as well as Emotional Well-Being of a Society that is composed of Individual Complainers. It cushions us from possible Accidents, Falls, Pit-Falls or Problems that could happen if an Item was not complained about.

Clinical Psychiatrists may know more about the Act of Complaining and why it’s done. Pioneers as Richard only know that there is a swelling Number of People – not only Americans – who find that Life today is far from the Peaches and Cream – the Fairy Tale Encounters - that We often think We will fall into, if We win the Lottery, if We are left an Inheritance or if the Cards are stacked in our Favor. Richard has found that Complaining needs a Pace (to call home) – online – which is huge when it comes to Square Footage – in which to air and release those Complaints and to raise them to an Art.

After all, not too long ago We found that DNA keeps us connected as People and that Race doesn't really matter. After all, if we all looked the Same, the Environment would appear rather boring. DNA is established as the Life-Thread that ties and binds us all. If one Person has a Complaint on the West Coast, chances are, another Person may feel the same Complaint Miles away, perhaps on the East Coast – or perhaps 1000s of Miles further away across a great Land mass or Ocean. Knowing that Venting and Writing (as a Creative Tool) are cathartic in nature, in 2007 Richard decided to pursue this Topic with a novel Website that he has cleverly named:

However, Today, in America (as well as across The Planet) times have never been tougher. Homes are being foreclosed upon. Food and Gasoline Prices are riding a roller-coaster of epic portions. You needn’t go far to find that a Complaint is not as far-fetched as it used to be. You needn’t even leave your Home (Apartment or Property) to find something to complain about. Complaints are more common and rampant than Compliments. A random Poll concluded and shwoed that 90% of People wake-up witha specific Complaint which certainly doesn't start them off on the right foot. In the Industrialized World, most of these are either Health or Wealth related.

ENTER: that is immensely well thought out. Its Channels (or Categories) give everyone ‘something to say’ or in this case: Something to COMPLAIN about. If Chicken Soup is good for The Soul and Chocolate is good for The Psyche, then, Complaining is good for The Heart, as it helps release vast Amounts of Anger, Dissatisfaction, Confusion and Madness. If this is released (in a Creative Channel, as Writing), then terrible things (in Latin, it’s called: horriblis tantrums) will not occur or will be dimisned significantly. It only makes great Common Logic and Sense to explore your:

Inner Complainant

in order to fully grasp why you find ‘something’ (Person, Place, thing, Experience or Situation ) to complain over, about, around and through.

At this Pivotal Point in this Blog-alogue, it’s necessary to alpha-list the Categories Richard has carefully devised for us. Those include:


Big Business


Boy Friends


Business Opportunities














Girl Friends


Go Green

Health & Fitness

High Schools





Joe The Plumber


Local Issues


Media File Test











Rants & Raves

Real Estate









Seven Deadly Sins

Social Issues

Social Networking




Stock Market





The Best

The Internet

The Worst

Trash Talk


Universities & Colleges


What Say You?


Due to the fact that this Listing is so all conclusive (as a Concept Catalyst), when you (as Joe Plumber or Josephina Public) compose a Complaint, you can cross-register your Concern so that it gets more ‘web-play’ and more BANG for your Frustration. Therefore, it’s important to carefully choose and peruse this List to see HOW and WHERE ELSE your Complaint falls before submitting.

The exciting Thing about Richard’s Website is that it makes for GREAT NEWS. (not only as a neat New Word for Merriam-Webster to pick-up in 2009) can also have a PHE: Positive Healing Effect on its Readers. For Doctors and News-Reporters, acts as WHAT the latest Topic is that needs Attention -- immediate Attention -- as it’s THE PEOPLE who sway and comprise the biggest Percentage of Participants in any given Area. After all, if not for PEOPLE, there would be no Complaints. We have not detected if the Animal Kingdom complains or not. Judging by Pets in the local Park in my Hood, they do have their Ways to 'sway' their Owners, much like a spoiled Child wraps a Parent around his/her finger(s).


Adoption could be added as a Category since Kids and Pets both need good Homes and the Topic needs a larger Platform.

Employment could be added as a Category since so many People are being laid off, fired or just cannot find appropriate (if any) Work.

Landlords could be added as a Category since so many are too lazy to keep a Property neat and respectable.

People who…(want something for nothing).

People who possess (a) Personality Quirk(s) or Trait(s) that overly and overtly exasperates, perturbs and irritates you could be added as a Category because they are at the Root of having a DD: Decent Day.

Respect could be added as a Category because Respect is much more than a Hit Tune that Aretha (Franklin) has popularized.

Travel could be added as a Category. … The Lack of Travel is yet another Category only because prices of hotels, planes, gas are so high, a large fragment of the Population can no longer leave Home.


Will be translated into Chinese & Spanish? We surely hope so. After all, Complaints are an international Enigma, much like Chocolate, Candidates and Cars.

THERFORE, it only seems fair that as:

‘America’s Premier Eventologist’


‘The Premier Eventologist in The History of The World’

I share in Richard’s Great Endeavor to help heal The World so that The Complaints We feel today are released, dislodged and unburdened. Maybe your Tomorrow will be brighter, better and subsequently healthier if you openly ‘complain’ today. By announcing and launching a HOLIDATE by The Name of:

International Complaint Month ©2008

that can be done quite easily and hopefully with eye-opening, positive Results.

WHO COMPLAINS THE BEST? This Question is perhaps the most playful one found anywhere on the Web. As a CC: Constant Complainer who relishes in the Act, the following are my Top 100 Complaints accrued the last 56 years of Life. Some you may be familiar with; some may be hidden Personality Irks that are singular to only me; however, one thing is for sure: They are instrumental in how We make or break our Day.

ASK's 1-10 will be posted here by Nov. 15, 2008 lets you ‘let lose.’ It’s probably the Best Rx (Remedy) that’s happened since Sliced Bread and TV Talk Shows became popular. Exploring all The Opportunities that awaits you, join in on The Art & Act of Complaining at:

This Website will absolutely:

1) enthrall you and

2) prove (beyond the Shadow of a Doubt) that Complaining is not only a Method to ultimately ‘make things’ better but it shows that your Parameters are challenged each Day and that Watch Dogs (as We Complainers are) are Part of the Daily Cycle of Human Nature.

Therefore, do not delay, start your Reign to Complain at:


Please join in on The Bandwagon of Complaining during November, 2008, the First Annual Launch of International Complaint Month featuring the Valiant Efforts of One Man who has created a Forum that’s designed for the Inner Complainer - Complainarian in all of us.

Needless to say: Only Time will tell how The Power of a specialized Holidate glorifies The Art of Complaining at this Point in Man's Collective History, through this Economic Upheaval, Richard's Website may be the most inventive and ingenius Way to release Feelings that need to be quelled before the Explosion erupts.

Now all We need is a Website called for all those Folks who have a hankering to ‘blame.’ Or, We could add Blame as a Category…

Posted by ASK: Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith

Saturday, November 1, 2008



‘America’s Premier Eventologist’

A Title I received from Gene Koprowski of Insight Magazine – Washington, DC – August, 1997


‘The Premier Eventologist in The History of The World’

A Title I received from Eric Zorn of The Chicago Tribune – Chicago, IL – January, 2001