Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Coca-Cola Company archivist seeking "The Real Thing"

Phil Mooney wants an original Coca-Cola serving tray and three Norman Rockwell paintings commissioned by Coke. Mooney has served as The Coca-Cola Company archives director since 1977. The company's collection dates to Coke's creation in 1886, thousands of the items on display in the new World of Coke museum, which opened in May in downtown Atlanta. Mooney only pursues artifacts that will fill a void in the company's collection.

Two categories he seeks:
  1. An original serving tray
  2. Norman Rockwell paintings (Coke commissioned six but only has three of them)
In our Podcast this week, Mr. Mooney recounts Coca-Cola's storied past from the triumphant reign of Robert Woodruff to the branding debacle commonly known as "New Coke."

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy vows always to close on Sunday and never to go public

With a third generation of Cathy's rising through the Chick-fil-A ranks, founder and CEO Truett Cathy insists "Chick-fil-A will always be closed on Sundays and will never go public." The chain has doubled its business in recent years thanks to a remarkably successful "Eat More Chicken" campaign featuring semi-literate cows, as well as an abiding commitment to customer service.

At 86, Cathy still runs the company (with his son Dan serving as COO), gives frequent speeches, and sells books promoting his story and values. "I have to sell them because I'm told that if I give them away for free, you won't read them," he says.

In this Podcast, hear why Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays and why Mr. Cathy once asked a woman to give him back a toy cow.

Introduction by Ty Tippett.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

"President Bush and I tumbled down a mountain with a live chainsaw" ...and other stories by a former Secret Service agent

On 911, David Wilkinson was one of two Secret Service agents assigned to President Bush. He has lots of stories, though he can’t tell you most of them. The president awarded him the distinguished service award for supervision of agents and for decisive actions on 911. He joined the Secret Service at age 22, and rose to the pinnacle of his profession during more than two decades in the service, eventually overseeing 350 Secret Service agents and 650 uniformed officers that guard the perimeter of the White House.

Through his experiences traveling with the president and all of the disruptions that entails, Agent Wilkinson decided that law enforcement doesn’t collaborate enough with the community to address our safety needs.

In this PODCAST, Agent Wilkinson explains why he accepted a job of President/CEO of Atlanta Police Foundation, where he seeks to develop a system to PREVENT crime instead of responding to it.

In his new role, he also convened the Atlanta Security Council to address common safety and security issues for City of Atlanta and to develop a plan for emergency preparedness for the state of Georgia. Their efforts led to Operation Shield, a fully integrated video surveillance system that you can ready about here:

Monday, August 6, 2007

Once not even on radar, terrorism now tops federal law enforcement's agenda

David Nahmias, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, describes the challenges facing federal law enforcement, including the new number one priority: terrorism. 911 changed the nature of the Justice Department from one of reacting to violent attacks to preventing them. In this podcast, Nahmias says he is certain that terrorist will attack us again, so he encourages everyone not only to practice terrorism and armed intruder drills in which you stay inside.

Other priorities for Nahmias's office:
  1. Street gangs (bigger problem in metro area than in the City of Atlanta )
  2. Methamphetamines – Knocked out 70% of meth labs, but now higher quality, lower priced meth is coming from Mexico , with Atlanta as “huge staging ground” for drugs covering the southeast, topping even Miami. The good news: Teen-aged drug use is down 23% in five years, and violent crime is down 50% in ten years, mainly due to education, not federal law enforcement. http://www.justthinktwice.com/
  3. White collar crime - have prosecuted more than 200 corruption cases, including many in mortgage fraud, dropping us from number one to number four in the nation in mortgage fraud. Nahmias encourages whistleblowers, saying says his office would have had more evidence against former mayor Bill Campbell if more whistleblowers had come forward.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

From paralysis to action: Shepherd Center namesake inspires hope in victims of spinal cord and brain injuries

James Shepherd set out on a backpacking trip around the world in 1973 after graduating from the University of Georgia. While bodysurfing off a beach in Rio de Janeiro, he nearly drowned when a wave slammed his body against the ocean floor. James, who was 22 at the time, was instantly paralyzed from the neck down.
Today, the Shepherd Center, which he and his family founded and still run, is one of the nation's leading rehabilitation hospitals, specializing in the treatment of people with spinal cord injuries, acquired brain injuries, multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions.
In this podcast, James Shepherd recounts his devastating injury and the inspiring life he has led since.