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Fred Hilton

Fred Hilton spent thirty-six years as the chief public relations officer/spokesman for James Madison University in Virginia and ten years prior as a reporter and editor for The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virginia. He is now happily retired in The Villages with his interior designer wife, Leta, their Cadillac Escalade golf cart, and their dog, Paris. (Yes, that makes her Paris Hilton).
Where do I sign up, Mr. President?

Where do I sign up, Mr. President?

You never can have too many secretaries of whatever.   Forget about “E Pluribus Unum” and “In God We Trust,” the real motto of the United States is “More Is Better.” We started out with 13 states. Now we have…
TV is for everybody

TV is for everybody

And the Emmy goes to… Gilligan’s Island Breaking Bad   Fifty-seven years ago, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission made national headlines when he said that American television programming was a “vast wasteland.” In addition to earning himself a…
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

The biblical story of Samson says he needed his hair for his strength. But does hair truly define the man? Proving once again that I have too much time on my hands, I calculated the number of times I have…

A savage turkey breast and kill the wabbit

Music’s charms are in the ear of the beholder. A little more than 300 years ago, a young British fellow named William Congreve wrote a play called “The Mourning Bride,” which contained the line, “Music has charms to soothe a savage…
Keep your lenses in for Boom Boom LaTrec

Keep your lenses in for Boom Boom LaTrec

Eyes a popping for the stripper. What’s the most important invention of all time? You could make a pretty good case for a number of things, including the wheel, canned beer, sliced bread, Mr. Potato Head, and the internet. The…
Don’t turn your back on the microwave

Don’t turn your back on the microwave

Arnold was right: the machines are out to get us. It’s not as though we weren’t warned. We were told years ago this would happen. The warning came through a highly reliable source—a movie. Admittedly, there are some sources of…
New rules from the King of the World 

New rules from the King of the World 

Welcome to 2018! Happy New Year! That makes good sense to those of you who are reading this article in January of the new year of 2018. However, if you’re reading this in your doctor’s office or your dentist’s office,…
Sailing on the Amazon Prime Dead River

Sailing on the Amazon Prime Dead River

An open letter to Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon.   Mr. Jeff Bezos Chief Executive Officer Amazon.com Inc. Seattle, WA     Dear Mr. Bezos: The entire civilized world has gone totally bonkers over your announcement that Amazon.com Inc.…
Now you see me…no, you don’t

Now you see me…no, you don’t

Can anybody out there see me? This is clearly the age of the superhero. We’ve got Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, the Silver Surfer, Batman, Iron Man, and a zillion or so others. Worldwide, boys and girls idolize superheroes and…
Don’t bat an eye

Don’t bat an eye

Turn your head, cough, and look at the huge black dot. “Blind as a bat” would be a politically incorrect, as well as inaccurate, way to describe me and my crummy eyesight. First, the phrase is mean and hurtful to…
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