Mike on America


  Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 8:38 AM ET

Red State + Blue State = Purple Governors

Posted By: Mike Hegedus
This is not something you'll hear me say often--I feel some political optimism blossoming in my soul. Yes, I'm a bit on the mature side for political naiveté, but after talking to Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, a Democrat, and the first native born Coloradoan to be elected Governor in decades, I'm feeling a little tingle. Just in my extremities mind you, but it's there. »Read more
  Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | 3:43 PM ET

"Sam Walton Was A Hillbilly"

Posted By: Mike Hegedus
How many of you have ever met Levi Strauss? How about J.C. Penney, the man, not the store? Did you ever call Sam Walton a "hillbilly" and an "s.o.b." in print? The answer of course is, no. But "Papa Jack" Weil has done all three and lived to tell about it. He's lived 106 years. »Read more
  Monday, 3 Dec 2007 | 10:30 AM ET

Evel Knievel, IFC, Victoria's Secret And Me

Posted By: Mike Hegedus
I got to thinking about Evel Knievel this morning. He finally died at the end of last week. I say finally because Evel is a guy who had already died a thousand deaths--this time I think it'll stick. I first met Knievel in the early 70's. I Remember it like it was yesterday. Castle Rock Drag way in Castle Rock Colorado. He was there to jump some buses I believe. »Read more
  Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 1:30 PM ET

Pink Cadillac? Forget It, Try The Pink Jeep Tour

Posted By: Mike Hegedus
I'm not sure if this is what they meant by a "vortex." Staring straight down at a 45 degree angle on the side of a rock in the back country outside Sedona, Arizona. "So you test tires for the tire companies, huh?", I ask Mike Peach, our driver and guide. "When do you do that?" »Read more
  Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 10:49 AM ET

NFL Really Does "Jump The Shark"

Posted By: Mike Hegedus
By pure serendipity I was in a position to watch all of the National Football League games this past weekend. All of them. This just in--the party is over. In Hollywood terms, the NFL has "jumped the shark". »Read more
  Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | 3:43 AM ET

Exercise Shrugged (With Apologies to Ayn Rand)

Posted By: Mike Hegedus
Try this next time you're at the gym. Start up that treadmill-like device, an ArcTrainer, I think it's called, and while you're running at about your maximum speed, try interviewing the guy standing next to you. By the way, he's the CEO of the company that makes the machine you're exercising on, so it's important that in between all that wheezing, you actually hear what he has to say. »Read more
  Friday, 23 Nov 2007 | 1:03 PM ET

Hunting For More Than Bargains

Posted By: Mike Hegedus
Stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, turkey, and your 12 gauge. All of them traditions here in Brown County, South Dakota. Hunting in these parts is as much a part of the late fall as pumpkin pie. And it adds hundreds of millions of dollars to the state's economic bottom line. »Read more
  Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 9:46 AM ET

More Than Just Talking Turkey For The Holidays

Posted By: Mike Hegedus
Every time I see it, and I've seen it a lot, I smile. That low slung open sided barn filled with thousands of turkeys. Whistle and they gobble. Of course I'm not the only one smiling, so is Dave Jaindl. He owns the place. »Read more
  Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 9:45 AM ET

The "New" American Oil Boom?

Posted By: Mike Hegedus
If you're into investing in the oil business, you've likely heard about the potentially huge find off the coast of Chile. In large measure it's thanks to new technology. So is what's happening in Eastern Kansas, an oil "boom" that's probably flown under your radar. »Read more
  Friday, 16 Nov 2007 | 11:46 AM ET

The New Alaskan "Bear" Of A Governor

Posted By: Mike Hegedus
I'm standing at the base of Mendenhall Glacier outside Juneau Alaska. Gorgeous is an understatement. A local lady comes by out of breath. "If you go around the corner, " she says smiling, " you'll see the bald eagle in the tree. Oh, and do so hope that we can see the bear today!" »Read more

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