Marilyn Monroe Gave Us A National Treasure  

Everyone knows that Marilyn Monroe was a blonde bombshell. However, few of us knew that she was greatly responsible for Ella Fitzgerald’s career.

I heard the story about Marilyn for the first time on my drive from Miami to the Florida Keys yesterday. Our friend Bobby Williams told us about it, but I just didn’t believe it at first. I decided to Google it and a bunch of stories appeared that confirm what Bobby said. Bobby also texted me the story from KPLU. You can read it here.

During the 1950s, Ella experienced a lot of bigotry because of her race. African-American people were limited to a few venues in the country. Ella wanted to perform in the popular Mocambo night club in Hollywood. That’s where Frank Sinatra got his start. Like many other clubs, Mocambo was restricted.

Marilyn was a big Ella fan. When she heard that Ella was rejected by Macambo, she made a call to the club’s owner requesting that Ella be booked for a week. She told him that if he would oblige, she would show up every night of Ella’s run. Since Marilyn was such a huge superstar, her presence would guarantee a huge audience turnout and headline press. 

The owner said yes and Marilyn kept her word. Ella never had to work a small venue again. The whole world opened up for her.  

What does this have to do with the digital world? Absolutely nothing. I just wanted  to share it with you.

No More Bath Towels



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You heard it here first. It is very possible that a year from now you will not be using a towel to dry yourself off after a shower and/or bath. Instead, you will be stepping on a bathroom-type scale that will blow dry you like Marilyn Monroe experienced in her famous photo that will live on forever.

I can’t wait. Unlike my pals who live with their own personal washers and dryers, I only change my towels once-a-week when we do the laundry across the street. Apparently, the inventors of the “Body Dryer” were apartment dwellers too. We have all had too many damp towels. The inventors are also cognizant of bacteria growing on towels and what impact that could possibly on you after multiple uses.

The device will supposedly dry you off in 30 seconds or less using “ionized air” that you can switch from cold to hot. You get to control the temperature.

A fundraising effort to bring this product to market is currently underway on Indiegogo, a Crowdfunding platform. The Body Dryer will retail for $250. Contributors to the fund will be able to buy it for $150.