Morgan Freeman

No. 263: Siemens smarties, lucrative leads, hanging with Chad and singing the socioeconomic blues

Welcome to Dec. 6: A red-letter date in history known best for the ratification of the slavery-abolishing 13th Amendment (1865) and the first recording of a human voice (Thomas Edison’s rendition of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” 1877). Happy birthday: Joyce Kilmer, Ira Gershwin, Agnes “Endora” Moorehead, Dave Brubeck, Wally “Mr. Peepers” Cox, Otto Graham, Larry Bowa, JoBeth Williams, Charles Bronson, Craig “Craigslist” Newmark, Will Shriner, Steven Wright, Judd Apatow and Zeller, yes, Innovate’s Zeller,…

No. 239: Clean meat, SR-71s, Uber suits and a DIY self-driving car

TG it’s F: Happy Friday, everybody. It’s Aug. 25, on which the British burned down Washington but spared the U.S. Patent Office. (If you still hold a grudge, calling football “soccer” drives them freaking crazy. Just sayin’.) Happy birthday: Ivan the Terrible, Steve Levy, Amy De Leo, Tim Burton, Sean Connery, Ruby Keeler, Allan Pinkerton, Walt “Pogo” Kelly, Mel Ferrer, Leonard Bernstein, Monty Hall, Regis Philbin, Frederick Forsyth, Rollie Fingers, Elvis Costello, Billy Ray Cyrus and Claudia Schiffer….