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    The Wonder Wheel: An NYC icon endures in Coney Island | AM New York

    The Freddy Garms, mentioned in this excellent piece on the restoration of the old Coney Island Wonder Wheel was my uncle. I remember riding the wheel a few times as a child, the cars that swing into the center and back was something I’d never experienced before. When I moved to New York to go to acting school, I lived with my Aunt Helen and Uncle Freddy for several months. Their generosity allowed me to live my dream of becoming an actress. The wheel was built over two years by concessionaire Herman Garms, who built a forge on site. It was complete over two years, from 1918 to 1920. When…

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    5 Business lessons from the TV series Supernatural

    Sam and Dean Winchester run a small family business, that, like many third generation businesses, isn’t as profitable as they would like. Still, thanks to a strong work ethic and good word of mouth, the boys have managed to keep the doors open and the work flowing. Which is more than we can say for the 100’s of small family businesses that close up shop every day. Does your family business need a boost? Here are five lessons you can learn from the TV series Supernatural. Family businesses are complicated Working with family is always tricky because no matter how hard you try to keep it about business, personal feelings…

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    Cool Clicks: Lady MacGyver, Flavorize Me, and Don Post tribute

    I could spend all day, every day consuming the cool content I find all over the web. Here are a few of my favorites from July. Lady MacGyver The Paley Center for Media partnered with The National Academy of Engineering to find The Next MacGyver. 12 finalists pitched their ideas for a remake of the iconic series with a female twist.  The winners included a steampunk series called “Ada and the Machine”, a high school dramedy called “SECs (Science and Engineering Clubs)” and a WWII drama called “Riveting” (loosely based on the famed Rosie the Riveter character). You can see all of the winning concepts here: http://thenextmacgyver.com/finalists.html If you were…

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    Jaws : Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater

    40 years ago, a great white shark with his own theme music swam into theaters and secured himself a place in pop culture history. Even people who have never seen a single Jaws flick think of the movie when they hear about a real shark sighting. Millions of people know we’re going to need a bigger boat and even more will yell ‘shark’ when they hear those deep, throbbing bars of Johnny Williams goodness. It’s an incredible success story. Not only was Jaws an unlikely critical and commercial hit, the film literally made people think twice about swimming in the ocean. Why unlikely? Think about it. Jaws is about an…