Donald Evans

Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His latest book is “Write Everything Right!” Visit him at dennyhatch.com.

ROTFL I almost fell off the chair when I saw Lawrence Van Gelder’s little squib (reprinted in full nearby) in The New York Times, reporting that the Chinese have edited “Pirates of the Caribbean” because one of the characters “vilifies and humiliates the Chinese.” Imagine! The premier pirates of American films and other intellectual property not only have pirated yet another blockbuster, but also have edited out a Chinese character because it was “in line with Hollywood’s old tradition of demonizing the Chinese.” Is it time to rethink doing business with China? I am not talking human rights and animal abuses such as:

How Harvey Mackay saved the day! I have been going to Direct Marketing Days New York (DMDNY) for 40 years. In the early days, the conference was held every year at the Hilton Hotel & Towers. The booths on the exhibit floors seemed jammed together and the aisles narrow so you had to bump into people and make eye contact. The speakers had all rehearsed their presentations down to a gnat's eyebrow. The seminar rooms were mostly small, which meant a SRO crowd. The electricity in the air was palpable. But DMDNY got greedy to get bigger. It moved to perhaps the dreariest

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