LA40 – “Life After 40” The Power of PR

Lois Whitman-Hess was featured on LA40, an internet video show hosted by Katerina Cozias. Lois along with her husband Eliot Hess, own HWH PR, a leading public relations agency in the U.S., for over 40 years. Their company has represented more emerging technologies than most other agencies in the world. It’s been an exciting life for them.

The show covers: 

1-What is the PR business like these days?
2-What are the new emerging technologies that everyone should know about?
3-How important is social media?
4-Do you like to represent start ups?
5-Is it true that you have authored a daily personal blog called DigiDame for over 5 years and why ?
6-I understand that you have attended every CES show in Las Vegas and how has that impacted your life?
7-How long do you think you will continue working?
8-What exciting things are you working on and what can you share with us? 

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary 

Philosophy……………There is MUCH to learn here!

 ♦ I read that 4,153,237 people got married last year. Not to cause any trouble, but shouldn’t that be an even number? 

This is where we got married 38 years ago, Palm Springs, CA.

* I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.

♦ When wearing a bikini, women reveal 90% of their body. Men are so polite they only look at the covered parts.

♦ Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y? 

Whitney joining in on the celebration.

♦ America is a country which produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won’t cross the street to vote.

♦ You know that tingly little feeling you get when you love someone? That’s your common sense leaving your body.

Our family selfie

♦ Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?

♦ My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We’ll see about that.

Celebrating my birthday with Lucie Arnaz and Larry Luckinbill.

♦ I think my neighbor is stalking me as she’s been Googling my name on her computer. I saw it through my telescope last night.
♦ Money talks …. but all mine ever says is good-bye.
♦ You’re not fat, you’re just easier to see.

Birthday dinner with Larry and Darren

♦ If you think nobody cares whether you’re alive, try missing a couple of payments.
♦ I can’t understand why women are OK that JC Penny has an older women’s clothing line named, “Sag Harbor.”
♦ My therapist said that my narcissism causes me to misread social situations. I’m pretty sure she was hitting on me.
♦ My 60 year kindergarten reunion is coming up soon and I’m worried about the 175 pounds I’ve gained since then.
♦ The pharmacist asked me my birth date again today. I’m pretty sure she’s going to get me something.
♦ The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can go in a robe before you start looking like a mental patient.

♦ Money can’t buy happiness, but it keeps the kids in touch!
♦ The reason Mayberry was so peaceful and quiet was because nobody was married. Andy, Aunt Bea, Barney, Floyd, Howard, Goober, Gomer, Sam, Earnest T Bass, Helen, Thelma Lou, Clara and, of course, Opie were all single. The only married person was Otis, and he stayed drunk.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving !   

Popular Science Features 13 Science-backed ways to improve your Thanksgiving

Image: Popular Science

My friend Steve Greenberg sent me this article in Popular Science the other day. He said he thought DigiDame readers would like the scientific turkey information right before Thanksgiving. It will save you time, keep you safe, and make you happy.  

I outlined the topics below. All you have to do is click here for the entire story.

Toy with the food chemistry 
Deep frying a turkey without killing yourself

Spatchcock the turkey 

Bake stuffing without overcooking the meat 

Don’t forget the sides

Eat as much as humanly possible 

Brew or buy Thanksgiving-themed beers

Whip up perfectly safe egg nog

Distract your guests with tech 

Or with science topics 

Play with the frozen turkey 

Avoid food poisoning 

Prevent other holiday dangers 

Prevent Digital Snooping

Image: courtesy of CNET

Digital snooping is becoming more prevalent now because more and more people are buying gifts on Amazon. That means that husbands, wives, and even children, are taking a quick peek on family Amazon accounts to see if any gifts were bought for them. 

Amazon just came up with a way to prevent people from snooping. They just announced a special account, called Amazon Household, that acts as a second confidential account page. It’s clever and easy-to-do. 

CNET has a whole explanation on how to set it up for the holidays. They want to keep a surprise, a surprise. Click here to read about it. 

Fiber Art Is Catching On

A number of years ago, someone made a public statement at a seminar that Miami wasn’t a serious art town. I was really upset when I heard that. I was never more aware of all different types of art until we established a second home in Miami over 20 years ago. 

Yes, we frequented galleries and museums in NYC all of our long lives, but living outside of the Big Apple gave us the opportunity get closer to the artist themselves, the curators for museums and galleries, and big name collectors from Europe and South America.

Yesterday, we experienced a fiber art exhibit at the Miami International Airport. The photos don’t do it justice. It was created by Evelyn Politzer,, who was born in Uruguay (where the number of sheep exceeded the number of inhabitants) and attended law school. After becoming a lawyer, she decided to satisfy her creative side and then went on to get a degree from Parsons School Of Design. 

Lucky me. She now lives and works in Miami. I will definitely make it my business to meet her

Williams-Sonoma Jumps Into 3D Imaging Tech Biz 

The above video is an Recode interview with Williams-Sonoma’s CEO, Laura Alber

Online furniture  shopping is going to get a lot more interesting in the near future. Williams -Sonoma and all of its retail brands, including Pottery Barn and West Elm, will be using 3D imaging to help customers make more intelligent selections. With a touch of a button, customers will be able to see what their furniture choices look like in different colors and pattern selections. This is a very nice feature to have before customers have to make final choices. 

In order to accomplish this, WSI, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., acquired an augmented reality startup called Outward for $112 million. Outward, founded in 2012, gives consumers the ability to see furniture pieces in different angles and in different fabrics. Outward will continue to expand its services over time.

The aquistion by WSI underscores what’s going on in the furniture industry. Retailers want to delve further into augmented reality because they want shoppers to have for a better online shopping experience. Retailers like Wayfair, Ikea and Amazon have all introduced AR shopping experiences over the past 18 months. 

Medical Marijuana In Florida 

In 1966, I was involved in the beginning of the high tech industry. Today, I can say I am at the beginning of a whole new industry in Florida, medical marijuana. Eliot and I attended a medical cannabis seminar today, hosted by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the event was to inform members about the status of medical marijuana in Florida


1-This past June, Governor Rick Scott approved a bill that effectively puts into action a state constitutional amendment approving medical marijuana.

2-The amendment increases the number of approved marijuana dispensaries in Florida from seven to 17. Each dispensary can open 25 centers.

3-Florida residents who are eligible to be prescribed marijuana are those with cancer. epilepsy, glaucoma, ALS, Crohns Disease, PSTD, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, HIV/AIDS, and terminally ill patients.

4-The drug, either low-THC (non-euphoric) marijuana or full-strength marijuana,—must be consumed in oil or edible forms.

There were plenty of other facts but these are the ones I am sure of. The reason why I am so interested in this subject is because I am pretty sure that marijuana will relieve some of the pain that so many folks are enduring. 

It’s interesting to note that the majority of the 75 people who attended today’s conference, all had one thing in common: “They all wanted to help those who can’t help themselves.”

More on this subject in a couple of weeks.

Meet A Famous Tech Product Reviewer 

Lance, his wife Selma, and me, at the CTA Hall of Fame, last week in the Rainbow Room.

I’m not sure the first time I met Lance  Braithwaite, but it had to be over 40 years ago. Most people in the consumer electronics industry hung around Lance because he was extremely knowledgeable about video technology. I always wanted to talk to Lance because he came from Trinidad. 

I never met anyone from Trinidad, but I felt it was some exotic, far away place. I wanted to know more about the island. Lance probably doesn’t remember me questioning him all the time, but I did. He was always patient and forthcoming. 

It was those traits that made Lance one of the most adored experts and technical reviewers in the video business. He was willing to share his knowledge with anyone who asked, and never displayed an elitist attitude.  Lance worked for Video Magazine, Sound & Vision, plus so many others.

The reason I am writing about Lance today is because Wired Magazine just did a profile about his brilliant career. It was written by another industry great guy, Michael Antonoff, a prize-winning freelance technology journalist. 

Being portrayed in Wired Magazine is very prestigious and I am thrilled that I can document it here. Read all about Lance here.  

I have had the pleasure of seeing Lance at several industry functions recently. The last time was a week ago in NYC at the CTA Hall of Fame in the Rainbow Room. Lance was there with his wife Selma, also a writer. The three of us chatted for a while and promised to have dinner the next time Eliot and I were in New York. Eliot took a picture of the three of us. I’m so proud to have it. 






If You Don’t Like Noise, These Bose “Sleepbuds” Are For You   

I love introducing you to new and innovative products. Here is one that is a great solution to those of you who are very sensitive to noise when you sleep. 

The new Bose “Sleepbuds” promise to block out noise like snoring and traffic outside your window. They feature isolating eartips and soft sounds that mask out the noise. The “Sleepbuds” are available with a case that’s good for one full recharge and additional tips for different sizes ears.  

The price is $185.00. 

For those of you who need an alarm to wake you up, don’t be concerned. The companion app knows the right sound level for rise and shine.


A Digital Pill Tells Drs and Family If You Took Your Medication

Courtesy of The New York Times

The day I have been predicting for years has finally arrived. It’s 11:00pm on Monday night and I just received an alert that the Food and Drug Administration has approved a digital pill that will tell doctors and loved ones if you took your medication.

OMG, I can hear a few of your groans already. You don’t want Big Brother to watch over you. I agree, but for many people who forget to take their medication, this may be a godsend

Those who agree to take the digital medication, will have to sign consent forms that give permission to a doctor and four others to see when pills get ingested.

Of course, an app is required.  I like the fact that the pill taker can block recipients at a moment’s notice. All they have to do is turn off their notification. When you think about it, the whole purpose could be null and void if someone cuts you off.

I know a number of people who would benefit from someone monitoring their medication intake. I’m not sure they would ever agree to be watched. They are stubborn and proud. They want to preserve their independence. 

I do feel that the digital pill will be commonplace a few years from now. People will just have to get used to it. 

There is so much more to the announcement. 

Click here to read the story in The New York Times.