Pearls from Our Readers – Randy Coppersmith

25.04.2017  MIDDLEBURG, VA — With a lot of help I’ve (somehow) managed to get 25 Blogs published since Dec. 15. It’s been a lot of work, but it’s also been a ton of fun. And, it seems more and more of you are enjoying it, well — at least you’re reading it.So, before I go any further, thank you. We really do appreciate you, dear readers, as we journey together building Words Matter into something that hopefully continues to be worthy of your time and attention.Over the last four months we’ve gotten many comments from readers across the country, and around the world. … Continue reading Pearls from Our Readers – Randy Coppersmith

The Speechwriter’s Pulitzer – Randy Coppersmith

17.04.2017  WASHINGTON, DC — In my 40-plus-year career, I’ve written or given about 700 speeches, maybe more.United Way dinner speeches, eulogies, wedding toasts, corporate board meetings, sales kickoffs, new-product announcements, retirement dinners, contract awards, trade show events, acquisitions of companies, divestitures of companies, closings of companies, launches of new companies — I’ve pretty much written speeches for all of them.Each and every time I had to write or give a speech, I worked hard on it. Because, as the name of our website suggests, Words Matter. I wanted to get it right. I wanted it to be good. And, I wanted it … Continue reading The Speechwriter’s Pulitzer – Randy Coppersmith

Adult Supervision Needed – Randy Coppersmith

11.04.2017 WASHINGTON, DC — Did Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “break the Senate” last week with his decision to use the so-called “Nuclear Option” allowing a simple majority of senators to change the long-standing filibuster rule? As Majority Leader, McConnell has generally tried to convey some form of “adult-like” behavior in the Senate (as opposed to the general disjointed caucus in the House). But his actions last year — to stall and then kill President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merritt Garland’s to the Supreme Court — made many Democrats in Washington unhappy and dismayed by the clear partisanship the Senate has now … Continue reading Adult Supervision Needed – Randy Coppersmith

Now Showing: The Retro-Vibe of Drive-In Theatres – Dennis Richardson

18.04.2017 ORLANDO, FL — It is more than two hours yet before the business is scheduled to open, and already cars are parked two aside and at least 12 deep waiting to get in, with more vehicles arriving every few minutes. There are SUVs, family sedans, pickup trucks and sports cars. Occupied by Baby Boomers; high-school-aged couples on dates; young families with small kids — all lined up, ready to stake claim to the best spots, like settlers during an Old West land rush in the late 1800s. “And, this is a slow night,” said James Andrews, a company spokesperson. “On a … Continue reading Now Showing: The Retro-Vibe of Drive-In Theatres – Dennis Richardson

Oh, to hear those words – ‘It’s time for Dodger baseball’ – Dennis Richardson

24.04.2017 ORLANDO, FL — I miss Vin Scully.The Hall of Fame broadcaster retired last year following the Los Angeles Dodgers’ final game on Oct. 2, having worked Dodger games over radio and on TV for 67 seasons.Watching – or more precisely, listening to – games without Scully just isn’t the same.We’re only a few weeks into the 2017 Major League Baseball season and already I miss hearing him say, “It’s time for Dodger baseball! Hello everyone, it’s a glorious afternoon (or evening) for baseball…”I miss his velvety smooth voice — so warm, so soothing, and so welcoming.I miss hearing him masterfully … Continue reading Oh, to hear those words – ‘It’s time for Dodger baseball’ – Dennis Richardson

Sergio Garcia’s Masters Sunday: The Calm During The Storm – Dennis Richardson

14.04.2017 By Dennis Richardson ORLANDO, FL—Part of the beauty of television is its ability to tell a story, to capture life’s drama as it unfolds. And, there in the early-evening sunlight at Augusta (GA) National Golf Club, the CBS Network cameras captured a moment worthy of the back-nine-on-Sunday drama at the Masters. As the winning, 12-foot birdie putt dropped into the cup on the first playoff hole, the TV screen showed spectators around the green jumping from their seats and erupting in cheers. It showed the 37-year-old Sergio Garcia bent over and slightly crouched, fists clinched, and screaming in celebration. … Continue reading Sergio Garcia’s Masters Sunday: The Calm During The Storm – Dennis Richardson

The Yankee Clipper, Mickey and the Amazing Ichiro – Randy Coppersmith

08.04.2017 WASHINGTON, DC — I’m not afraid to admit that despite years of writing about people — regular folks, famous celebrities and infamous crooks — I’m not immune to being star struck when I see or meet a particularly interesting person. Not to be a name dropper, but I’ve met and seen my share of senators, governors and presidents. I even met a Supreme Court Justice once at Opening Day at old RFK Stadium. Opening Day is like that for baseball fans. Part religious experience, part giant cocktail party, part fun and games. Grown men can still act like little kids … Continue reading The Yankee Clipper, Mickey and the Amazing Ichiro – Randy Coppersmith