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"GOP leaders have returned from that bash in Palm Beach for
donors of $175,000," says Hamilton. "Last Year, Congress
promised to do something about special-interest contributions.
What they have decided to do is deposit them." 


Matsushita Electric is promoting a new Japanese PC targeted
at the Internet. Panasonic has developed a complete Japanese
Web browser, and to make the system "user-friendly", licensed
the cartoon character "Woody Woodpecker" as the "Internet
guide." Panasonic eventually planned on a world version of the

A huge marketing campaign was to have introduced the product in
Japan last week. The day before the ads were to be released,
Panasonic suddenly pulled back and delayed the product launch

The reason: the ads featured the slogan "Touch Woody - The Internet
Pecker." An American staff member at the internal product launch
explained to the stunned and embarrassed Japanese what "touch woody"
and "pecker" meant in American slang. 

     -From EE Times, October 8, 1996 


This is pretty close to an actual sales call I received.
The sales person's name has been changed. The company name
has not. I think we'll stick with our current provider.

Bob: Hello, I'm Bob ______ from AT&T, and I'm calling to let
you know about the Internet services we offer. Do you have a
minute to...
Me: I'm kind of busy right now, but if you could just email me
the information I'll call you back if I'm interested. My address is...
Bob: Could I have your fax number? We're behind a firewall, so our
email doesn't always get through. 


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