Steve and Lois Rate Bright Lights A+

Lying on the Beach is a podcast by Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman 



If you haven’t seen the documentary on Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, called Bright Lights, stop what you are doing, and watch it now. It’s available on all HBO platforms. It’s just terrific. 

TV personality and Innovation Insider Steve Greenberg, and PR expert Lois Whitman, of HWH PR, can’t stop talking about the movie. They said you get a fabulous glimpse into the lives of these Hollywood stars, how they related to each other, their Hollywood compound and their friends and family. Todd Fisher, Debbie’s son, provides plenty of insight into family life. Get ready. You also get a glimpse of an elderly Eddie Fisher in his last days. 

It’s absolutely eerie that documentarians Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom, started this project in April 2014, and finished it 18 months later. The TV film was Carrie’s idea because she wanted to document her mother still working in her 80’s. HBO released the movie earlier than scheduled, as a tribute to these two extraordinary ladies who died one day apart in December.

Click here to hear more about what they had to say about Bright Lights on their podcast, Lying on the Beach

Okay, I’m A Big Baby 

MRI Scan Machine

I’m not going to say that getting an MRI is the worst thing that ever happened to me, but it certainly can be categorized as tortorous. I had to get an MRI today because I twisted my knee three weeks ago and the pain now is intense. I walked into my closet and took a misstep. It was as simple as that. I immediately.saw stars. After a few minutes, I felt fine.

This happened just before I left for CES in Las Vegas. I complicated the possible injury by walking miles with a limp. It didn’t bother me for the five days I was there, but when I got back to Miami, the throbbing began. I ignored it for a while, but now nine days later, I can’t  get across the room without excruciating pain. I hobbled into an orthopedist’s office today at Mt. Sinai on Miami Beach. After an X-ray of the knee, he declared that I may have a stress fracture. 

His words are still stinging in my ear, “We have to be careful with people your age because stress fractures can be problematic. They must be treated, so we have to do an MRI to see exactly what you have.”

I’m officially old.  I had an MRI, and something called an MRA, a few years ago to examine my heart. Everything turned out to be completely normal, but that trip in the donut hole, really tested my stability, or the lack of it.

I hated it today too. If there is one innovation I hope for in the future, it’s a new way to do these tests. Yes, I’m very grateful for this technology, but panic-attack sticken people like me total freak when we have to hold still in a small space for 45 minutes. I was totally isolated in a round hole with clanging noises that gave me a headache. Earphones couldn’t drown out the high volume of the noise. Since it was around six o’clock at night, I kept thinking that everyone went home and I was just left there to rot. 

I couldn’t stand it any longer. I squeezed the ball that sounded the alarm. It felt like forever before the technicians answered.  “You’re doing fine, Lois. The film is coming out great. You only have two more minutes to go.” Ten minutes  later, I was finally released. I was sweating and freezing at the same time.

As I was getting dressed, I heard a commotion in the next set of curtains. It turns out that some younger guy woke up that morning paralyzed. He couldn’t feel a thing from his waist down. After a number of day long tests, they told him he needed an immediate operation and there were no guarantees. I heard enough.

I ran out to Eliot who was waiting for me in the  visitors lounge. He said, “Are you hungry?” I replied, “Only for a Cosmopolitan.” He made me one the minute we got home. 

Tomorrow, the results. I can hear my mother saying, “What can be cured, can be endured.” I pray for good health for all.

 

Lying on the Beach Podcast Talks CES

TV personality and Innovation Insider Steve Greenberg and PR executive Lois Whitman just returned from CES 2017 in Las Vegas. It was the 50th anniversary of the largest trade show ever for innovative products. There were more than 3,800 exhibitors covering 2.6 million net square feet. Their feet were killing them after trying to visit every inch of CES. They were in the crowd of 175,000 industry professionals, including 55,000 folks from outside the U.S. Enjoy their CES experiences.

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Closer To Broadway 

Eliot and I are pleased to announce that Hazel, the Broadway Bound musical we are involved  in, is having a stage reading at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, Long Island, January 27th and 28th, 8PM.  

We are very excited to see some of the script rewrites and changes in stage settings. This is going to be great. Hazel is wonderful and congrats to the entire staff.

Join us. 

Finding Your Truth

Sara and Katerina


Click here to view the recent LA40 show. 

The reason why I liked this particular show so much is because host Katerina Cozias, of LA40, interviewed spiritual leader, Sara Landon. Katerina’s show is all about giving yourself the opportunity to make the changes you want to in life, no matter how old you are. This holds true for lifestyle and career. It’s never too late for Chapter Two.

Too many seniors are still not happy with the choices they made in their lives. I hear complaints all the time. While I’m not really into practicing spiritual rituals on a daily basis, I surely believe in mediation and its benefits. I also truly believe that I am the only one who could make me happy. I wish others understood how to get out of their funk and to believe in themselves. We don’t have time to waste.

You don’t have to believe in anyone other than yourself. When you hear what Sara had to say, try not to judge her for being so confident in her wisdom.  The key is to appreciate the thoughts she shares and the joy you can achieve. 

I hope you listen and enjoy.

Sara Landon is a globally celebrated transformational leader, spiritual teacher, and channel of The Council. She is also an inspirational speaker, author, entrepreneur, and business strategy consultant. Her vision is to help create an awakened world and inspire the rapid manifestation of The New Earth. She believes through self-transformation, spiritual awakening, intentional manifestation, and conscious living, everyone can create a joyous, abundant, harmonious life. 

Her numerous books and courses include Manifesting Your Soul’s Desires, The Secret To Everything Your Want: Health, Wealth, and Relationships, Remembering The Truth Of You, Opening The Doors To Your Abundance, Realizing Your Perfect Health, The Role Of The Conscious Man In An Awakening World, and Addictions: A New Perspective On Your Wholeness.

My New Friend 

AvatarMind iPal™ Robot

He And She AvatarMind iPal™ Robots


I was walking the aisles of CES in Las Vegas when all of a sudden I saw the future, the AvatarMind iPal™ Robot. I knew immediately that this was an innovation I wanted to be associated with as soon as possible.

As luck would have it, the first person I approached at the iPal booth turned out to be the CEO. He told me he is marketing the iPal for the  children, elder care, hospitality and retail market.
You are one of the first humans to see this robot. Check out the video 

Children 

iPal is a fun companion. It can talk, dance, tell stories, play games, encourage physical activity, and enable them to chat with friends, share videos, and safely connect to the internet and social media.

​Parents 

iPal is a teacher for their children with spoken language learning and tablet-based educational programs, providing educational content in an engaging manner that supports social development and encourages interest in science and technology. Parents can remotely control iPal and monitor their child’s safety and activity on their smartphone or desktop from anywhere and at any time.

​Elder Companionship/Care

Many elders are alone and lonely. They often have problems keeping track of everyday activities, such as taking their medicine. iPal is a constant companion that supplements personal care services and provides security with alerts for many medical emergencies such as falling down.

​Retail/Hospitality

An example is a chain of children’s stores where iPal greets children when they come in the door, entertains them, tells them about products, etc. Another is as a concierge/greeter in hotels to provide guests with a higher level of personal service.

I’ll let you know about future developments. The iPal Robots will be available mid-year.
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Stories I wanted to share with you.

1-The biggest Ikea in the U.S. will open next month in Burbank – Curbed LA. Click here for story.

2-Don’t miss this one. Seth Meyers Interviews Kellyanne Conway About President-Elect Trump

Earbuds That Help You Hear

Company video 

My CES video interview 

I have a solution for seniors who have some hearing problems, but are not quite ready for hearing aids. I was introduced to the IQbuds at CES. They are a combination of wireless headphones and a hearing aid.

Made by a company called Nuheara from Perth, Australia, the Bluetooth IQbuds are capable of cancelling out ambient noise yet amplifying the human voice. You can also use them for hands-free calls, streaming of music, and to personalize a user’s experience

They sell for $199.00.

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RIP Steven McDonald, Paralyzed Officer Who Championed Forgiveness, Dies at 59

Stephen was the brother of Owen McDonald and cousin of Danny McDonald. Eliot and I worked with both Owen and Danny in the 1970’s and are still in touch with them. Stephen, a New York City police officer, was shot in Central Park in 1986.The McDonalds are a big, wonderful family. You can read all about Stephen here

Meryl Streep Gave The Speech Of Her, Our Lifetime At Golden Globes 

We are living in very strange times. Meryl Streep reminds us not to tolerate bullies, and people who support them. Thank you Meryl for being a leader in this effort. 

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Brooke Wanser of the Las Vegas Review Journal

Brooke Wanser and me at the Luxe Cafe, Palazzo, Hotel, Las Vegas.

 

There are five decades between us, yet Las Vegas Review Journal Brooke Wanser and I had no lull in our conversation when she came to interview me about being the only one to attend 50 years of CES trade shows. I had such a good time talking to her. It was like reliving my career as a journalist again as she told me about her newspaper beats. I thank Brooke over and over for my profile story.

Here it is. 

Tech reporter turned PR maven celebrates 50th anniversary attending CES | Las Vegas Review-Journal.
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It’s Baby Time

Bloomlife got a lot of attention at CES, primarily because women with big stomachs were walking around showing off their automatic track and monitoring systems. Bloomlife tells pregnant women the frequency and duration of their labor contractions. It’s a  personalized digital pregnancy wearable.  

The concept is brand new. The company is only renting the monitor for the last trimester at $149.00. While some future moms may not feel that this gizmo is necessary, I bet most will love ❤️ it.  There’s nothing like having a little reassurance that’s it’s time to head to the hospital. I did a video with a company executive giving a fast synopsis of the product,  and I also posted a Bloomlife one which gives you great insight. 

I stayed at the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas this year. Our new favorite.