Jules Rabin

$137,000 Is A Cool Return On A $20 Investment

By at May 8, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

$137,000 Is A Cool Return On A $20 Investment

FOOTLOOSE AND... Math was never my favorite subject in school. So when you buy something for $20 and sell it for $137,000, I can’t figure out what the true profit margin is. Well, let’s see. This gentleman, surely my new hero, named James Tumblin, worked in the hair and makeup department at Universal Studios in the early 1960s. That’s when he decided to buy a more...

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Diamond Tidbits To Welcome Baseball Season

By at April 24, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Diamond Tidbits To Welcome Baseball Season

FOOTLOOSE AND... Now that the 2015 baseball season is officially underway, let’s take a look at some interesting diamond tidbits. For example, do you know who pitched the only opening game no-hitter in baseball history? It was that remarkable Cleveland pitching icon Bob Feller in 1940. Back in 1910, William Howard Taft was the first president to throw out the more...

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Is Air Travel Getting Worse? You Be The Judge

By at April 17, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Is Air Travel Getting Worse? You Be The Judge

FOOTLOOSE AND... Is air travel getting worse? I certainly think so. “I’ve had it with air travel,” said a friend recently. “Fun it never was… now it usually is frustrating.” Well, latest statistics do show that more flights are late, more bags are being lost and customers are complaining more. Passenger complaints rose more than 22 percent in 2014. more...

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ID Protection Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive

By at April 10, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

ID Protection Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive

FOOTLOOSE AND... Increasingly important in this day and age, here are some ways to fight the scourge of identity theft. Check your annual credit report for suspect activity. Only about 25 percent of the population does it — and it’s free. Also, keep on top of Trans Union, Equifax and Experion by initiating a security freeze… for those over 65, or past identity more...

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The Amazing Story Behind ‘God Bless America’

By at March 27, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

The Amazing Story Behind ‘God Bless America’

FOOTLOOSE AND...  Yes, it took two iconic American music masters, Kate Smith and Irving Berlin to produce America’s number one patriotic song, “God Bless America.” Smith, the nation’s No. 1 songstress in 1940, dreamed about finding a highly patriotic song in the days before the country’s entry into World War II. Finally, she contacted Irving Berlin and more...

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Tom Brady’s Tax Bill Versus Your Tax Bill…

By at March 13, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Tom Brady’s Tax Bill Versus Your Tax Bill…

FOOTLOOSE AND... Tom Brady, recent MVP of the 2015 Super Bowl, makes a very nice living quarterbacking the New England Patriots. But even he has to keep a wary eye on his taxes. Brady’s Super Bowl bonus was a handsome $97,000. Since he pays in the top income tax bracket, his immediate tax hit was $38,412. His top Medicare rate of $2,280 brought the figure up to more...

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Cost Putting Nation’s Law Schools In Jeopardy

By at January 16, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Cost Putting Nation’s Law Schools In Jeopardy

FOOTLOOSE AND...  Who would have thunk it? The law school market is under severe distress, and the number of first-year students has shrunk to perimeters last noted in 1973 — when there were 53 fewer law schools in the United States. Consider this, there were 37,924 full-time and part-time students who began their education in 2014 — a 30 percent drop from more...

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Cruising: You Thought It Couldn’t Get Bigger?

By at January 9, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Cruising: You Thought It Couldn’t Get Bigger?

FOOTLOOSE AND... If you think cruising of one sort or another is fast becoming the “world’s way to go on vacation,” you are probably right. After all, the world’s cruise line entrepreneurs are betting very big bucks on the premise. For example, the riverboat cruise line kingpin, Viking Cruises, is launching two additional riverboats in 2015 after setting a more...

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Check Out These Weird College Courses

By at December 19, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Check Out These Weird College Courses

FOOTLOOSE AND... This column comes with special thanks to Time Magazine — they did the research. Have you heard about these weird college courses? Assuredly these are some of the reasons why some scholars of higher education are increasingly under scrutiny and often verbal attack. For example, Santa Clare University has a class that explores the science of more...

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Civilian Drone Use Is Downright Dangerous

By at December 12, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Civilian Drone Use Is Downright Dangerous

FOOTLOOSE AND... These days, drones are exploding in civilian use, and there is no doubt in my mind that people, probably many, many people, are going to get hurt and killed because of them. There were 193 “reported” drone encounters since January. Thus far, the Good Lord and Providence has smiled down, and there have been no reported deaths. Everybody from more...

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