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.

The economy is fragile. The employment statistics—with offshoring and robots stealing American jobs—are disheartening. Yet room always exists for good 'ole American ingenuity and grit. In a Dec. 8 home game, Philadelphia's beloved Eagles played the Detroit Lions in a raging blizzard. The 8.5 inches of snow was a complete surprise.

Philly Phundraising Phollies—II Jan. 26, 2006: Vol. 2, Issue No. 7 IN THE NEWS On the Ball For Philadelphia's privileged few—the ones who use winter as a verb, shop exclusively at Neiman Marcus, and beam (usually) blonded from the pages of Town & Country magazine—there is only one can't-miss social event in January: the Academy Concert and Ball. Next Saturday night, for the 149th time, swells from Rittenhouse Square and the Main Line to Palm Beach will don white tie (and shell out as much as $1,250 per seat) to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra in the stately Academy of Music. They will

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