Is a Fungus Among Us?
The idea was worked up with the full knowledge of my employer. I would have had no compunction about shopping the idea elsewhere. But at the time, only two other companies served the book industry, Kirkus Reviews and H.W. Wilson, which published a bunch of directories. Only Bowker had the clout and the contacts to get this show on the road.
I quit. Dunno whatever happened to the idea.
Barbie v. Bratz
I was astonished to discover that Barbie is 47 years old, and that, for all the competitors that tried to knock her off her pedestal over the years, Mattel’s savvy design and marketing staff swatted them all down. In 2005, the Barbie doll franchise brought in $3 billion.
One of the premier Barbie designers was Mattel’s Carter Bryant, whose Cinderella-like Grand Entrance Barbie sent adult collector Kristina Frazier-Henry into orbit. Frazier-Henry of Indiana is a serial blogger who has written 1,325 reviews on Epinions.com under the handle kristinafh. Her take on Grand Entrance Barbie:
I am a fanatical Barbie collector. Fanatical in the way that I would rather have an NRFB (that’s Never Removed From Box) Barbie than just about any other gift. Surprised? Yeah, thought you were.
This Grand Entrance Barbie is the first collector doll designed by Carter Bryant. It came out in 2001 and was met with a lot of oooh’s and ahhh’s from the adult collecting world. Here’s why.
Close your eyes and imagine an elegant ball. Your hair is blond (natural of course) and shiny. There’s no frizz to be had. The sides of your hair are gently gathered back while the back of your hair is curled in waves and lays gently across your shoulders.
Your gown is a steel blue taffeta creation made by designer Carter Bryant. The bodice is fitted and compliments your elegant waist. Underneath your gown is a thin, slip-like layer of tulle the color of ivory. Sewn into the middle part of your gown is a creamy pink silk sheath. The way the light shines off of the creamy pink makes a total stranger want to come over and touch you.