But that term had not yet been invented in 1951, when Lillian Vernon started a small mail order business from her kitchen table.
At that time she sold personalized purses and belts,targeting young women like her with ads in Seventeen magazine.
Born in Germany, she and her family fled to America in 1933, and she became an American citizen a few years later. As a 24-year-old housewife she started her business like so many do today, to bring in a few extra bucks.
And the business began to grow, eventually becoming one of the nations first and foremost direct mail retailers. You’ve probably gotten a Lillian Vernon catalog in the mail at some point over the years.
I met her in 1996 when Vernon wote a book called An Eye for Winners. So here now, from 1996, LillianVernon.
Our recognition of Pride Month continues, with a look back at an interview with one of the most prominent African American and LGBTQ authors of contemporary literature.
E. Lynn Harris quit his job as a computer salesman in 1990 to begin a full-time writing career. His first novel, invisible life, won widespread acclaim. He followed up with Just As I Am, and that was when I firstmet and interviewed him. We subsequently had several interviews.
In fact, over the next two decades, Harris had 10 consecutive New York times. Best-selling books.
American history is a trove of compelling yet largely forgotten stories of courage and ingenuity and principle. Among them is the story of one African American slave who, during the Civil War, showed his true courage.
And in 1994, historian and writer Louise Meriwether used that story as the basis for a novel called Fragments of the Ark , a work of fiction meant to add flesh and blood the the dry bones of history.
With the political tied turning the way it is now in many places in America, it’s more important than ever. That stories like this be preserved.
Well, as everybody knows, Donald Trump has been indicted on federal charges.
So I thought it would be an opportune time to revisit an interview originally posted in Season 2 of this podcast, an interview I did in 2008 with one of the original “Apprentice” contestants.
If you watched the show, you no doubt remember Omarosa.
She was a fiery and combative contestant, so it’s no surprise that her book that she published in 2008 was a how-to on for women to be a bit, well. “witchy” in order to get ahead.
So here now, from 2008, Omarosa.
Several years after our interview, Donald Trump was elected president, and Omarosa — who is 49 now — went to work for him in the White House. She left in January 2018. It’s not clear whether she was fired, or resigned.