Author Archives: John Conlisk

A Coke in Mississippi

Posted on June 23, 2017

A buddy of mine from California saw a map online that showed how much money per hour a person needs to earn in order to afford rent in their state. California is one of the more expensive states and he wondered if he’d have to move. I’m familiar with his economic situation, so I told Continue Reading »

Georges Briard Wasn’t Really His Name!

Posted on June 21, 2017

Mid Century Modern style is all the rage right now. Design elements from the 1950s & early 60s are collectively known as Mid Century Modern or MCM. That era was a time of anticipation of a better tomorrow. The cars had fins like jet planes (the 1959 Cadillacs had the highest, pointiest fins and were Continue Reading »

Long Time, No See

Posted on June 13, 2017

Much like the owner of the bicycle in the photo, I haven’t written in this blog in a while. At least the bicyclist has a good excuse, the bike is locked up next to a bar. After a few drinks, you forget where you put your bike. After a few more, you forget you ever Continue Reading »

Liberty Bowl for U Penn Med School Ophthalmology Award

Posted on January 4, 2017

There’s an old movie called “Charade” in which a child at a stamp market in Paris mistakenly trades three extremely valuable stamps for some ordinary, but colorful ones. His horrified mother & her friend track down the stamps dealer to try to get them back. They had little hope that the new owner would grant their Continue Reading »

Another Happy Customer!

Posted on December 25, 2016

Happy customer Jay Kelly proudly models his Johnston & Murphy shoes from Johnny-Sells! “I can walk all day in these shoes!” Jay exclaimed after trying them on.  And that’s saying a lot for this public relations professional who often walks miles and miles at Chicago’s humongous McCormick Place Convention Center during the National Home and Continue Reading »

Playing Santa Claus Can Be a Tough Job

Posted on December 13, 2016

Back in my acting days, I played Santa Claus a lot. I played at private parties, guest appearances at stores and even in Chicago’s Christmas Parade down Michigan Avenue. That was the high point of my career. About a million screaming kids and moms and dads cheered for me, or rather, cheered for my red suit. Continue Reading »

Set of 6 Philippe Deshoulieres Art Deco Cocktail Plates

Posted on December 5, 2016

These are really cool Art Deco style plates from Philippe Deshoulieres of France. The plates depict scenes of young rich people having fun in the 1930s. Not only are they cute, but they’re made of the highest quality Limoges clay. Some of the finest china in the world is made in that region because of the Continue Reading »