A true American hero died of stomach cancer today at age 74. We know him best as Mister Rogers.
Fred Rogers embodied much of what is good in life. He was kind. He was comforting. And he created a neighborhood with room for everyone.
We had the privilege of interviewing Mister Rogers on the Motley Fool Radio Show in November of 2002, and two things about our time together stood out. First, the man we interviewed seemed to be the exact same Mister Rogers we grew up with. And second, those who talked with him immediately became part of his neighborhood.
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood continues, in his legacy, as a place of safety, trust, friendship, guidance, and acceptance -- a place we all could use in uncertain times.
In today's Motley Fool Take:
- Intel's in Bed With Marriott
- Quote of Note
- Overcoming Airsickness
- Discussion Board of the Day: Cheap Air Fares
- Not Your Average Joe
- Shameless Plug: It Takes Two to Tango
- Quick Takes: Noven Pharmaceuticals, Lucent, Comcast , more
- And Finally...
For the first time, Intel will launch a bundle of products under one name, so it has a considerable stake in seeing Centrino succeed. The new product bundles a wireless local area network (WLAN) module, chipset, and processor for portable computers, which makes it possible to access high-speed wireless Internet over the new Wi-Fi wireless network service, formally called 802.11b technology.
Wi-Fi is proliferating before our eyes, although we can't see it. Starbucks has begun to offer Wi-Fi in some locations, and hotels are signing large Wi-Fi contracts. Hotel management reports that Wi-Fi is becoming a determining factor in where business customers stay.
Today, Marriott International
We expect Wi-Fi prices to steadily decline (many businesses already offer it without charge). Therefore, the related product producers, such as Intel, are likely to be superior investments over the connection and network suppliers. Intel hopes that Wi-Fi will lead to greater sales of portable computers -- and big sales of Centrino. Intel has Wi-Fi partnerships with AT&T
"You know, saving and spending, holding back and letting go start very early in our lives. Stingy people have often been forced to give when they were very young, when they weren't ready. Generous people have often been really appreciated when they were very young. You know, I think it is so important to remember that every one has something to give." -- Mister Rogers
There's not a whole lot of bravado in the airlines these days.
With a surplus of planes cleared off the runway, pilots, flight attendants, and mechanics have realized that job security and past paychecks are as likely to continue as an on-time afternoon landing at Newark or LaGuardia. And with higher fuel prices and the rumblings of war threatening to keep jetsetters closer to home, things can always get worse.
Concessions have been made to roll back salaries. They continue. Last night, United Airline's
A couple of years ago, airline employees were flying high. It was "coffee, tea, and prosperity," as salaries took off. As soon as United's pilots secured the industry's highest wages, Delta's
Since 9/11, airlines have shaved their schedules by 20%, but it's not just a fear of flying. The weak economy has hit high-margin business travel hard. Regional players such as Southwest
The problem is the major carriers weren't doing so hot, even as they yielded major concessions to employee unions. This has been like a vat of vinegar into an open wound. However, it's also been a cruel yet effective eye-opener.
If the industry's deficit-riddled financials find you reaching for the airsickness bag, you're not alone. However, low morale hasn't stopped the major carriers from planning or expanding leaner subsidiaries to take on the more successful Southwest and JetBlue models.
Unions may not like what this shift represents, in terms of salaries and staffing requirements, but it's clearly better than being parked off the tarmac.
What do you think about flying the friendly skies? Will the industry's turbulence prompt lower or higher fares? Who has the best deals right now? All this and more -- in the Cheap Air Fares discussion board. Only on Fool.com.
Joe Millionaire was worth millions to Fox Entertainment Group
Fox boasted blockbusters other than Joe Millionaire, as well: American Idol, for instance -- a show that's about nothing but singing tryouts, and the Michael Jackson "Interview They Wouldn't Show You," consisting of extra footage from an earlier ABC
Because of this, don't expect the current craze of Survivor/Bachelorette-type reality shows to go away anytime soon. Don't even expect Joe Millionaire -- a seemingly one-shot concept -- to disappear. Fox says it will produce a sequel with "all the same values" as the original. "There will be men, there will be women, there will be romance, there will be money at stake," said network chairman Sandy Grushow.
What more could a couch potato ask for?
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Paying attention? Shares of Noven Pharmaceuticals
Turn yourself in, and get a deal! Lucent
Cable giant Comcast
Obvious department? Fed Chairman Greenspan called for better budget planning, noting the extreme financial pressures that baby boomers -- born from 1946 to 1964 -- will present to the federal purse as they begin to retire. Among his few suggestions was greater immigration, a way to boost the number of those working versus those drawing benefits.
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- Tom Jacobs shows how a company's familiarity breeds contempt -- for stockholders.
- Get those debt collectors off your back. Here's how.
- Sans Steve, the hip shoe retailer Steve Madden kicks up its heels thanks to super results.
- The Drip Port's five years indicate good things come in pricey packages.
- In Fool's School, the ins and outs of a cash flow statement.
- Listen to your kids or risk missing a cry for help, in Hot Topics.
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