Nov 19, 2011

Frugal Advice for the Gadget Addicted

Wise Bread:

Film of Chevrolet workers in Library of Congress

75 years ago, General Motors made wonderful films promoting Chevrolets. Workers in GM cities like Janesville had starring roles.

The company hired the best movie makers and Hollywood music composers. I love the music in this week's 8-minute film and the way it follows the action.

At Last, a Small Chevy That Makes Some Waves

Car-Buying Help: 5 Smart Resources to Get the Right Car at the Right Price

Should You Pay for Disability Coverage?

Price Matching Policies for Black Friday 2011


4 Signs Someone Is Lying To You

The Consumerist

5 New Money-Saving Holiday Strategies

ShopSmart Puts Warehouse Club Savings to the Test

Consumer Reports

Banks Quietly Ramp Up Consumer Fees

Face Recognition Moves From Sci-Fi to Social Media

Nov 5, 2011

Study: Daily Aspirin Cuts Hereditary Cancer Risk in Half


FDA Trying To Protect Us From Salmonella By Testing Pet Food

The Consumerist

A killer revisited and my portrayal in a CBS-TV movie

As TV news troubleshooter years ago, I was contacted by Corrine in Green Bay who believed her missing sister, Vonnie, had been murdered by Vonnie’s husband, Ron Rickman.

Although Vonnie was never found, Rickman was eventually convicted of her murder. And we all ended up being portrayed in the CBS-TV movie “The disappearance of Vonnie.”

I tell the story in my online memoir Glen Loyd On Your Side in Wisconsin: Chapter 1/Portrayed in a CBS-TV Movie with a clip from the movie of Corrine asking me for help.

Recently this story electrified me again. Throwing the switch was a post on my memoir from a woman saying that Ron Rickman also shot and killed her father and grandfather, Wisconsin loggers who encountered him as he hunted. Rickman was found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. Although her main point was that the movie wasn’t accurate, it blew me away that I had once again been contacted by someone who lost family to this killer.

Here are more details and photos of the people in involved in this story:
The Disappearance of Vonnie

Rickman, the killer, lived close to my family in Green Bay. I was concerned about retaliation until he was arrested.

Some redesigned Fords drop in Consumer Reports reliability survey

Can Social Security Be Garnished?

Recall: Boy Scouts of America jackets—strangulation hazard

Consumer Reports

Student debt grows to more than $25,000 for recent grads

Consumer Reports

Big Retailers Opening Doors Even Earlier On Black Friday

The Consumerist

5 Bad Deals In Extended Warranties For Holiday Shoppers

The Consumerist

Triple Dip Predicted For Home Prices

The Consumerist:

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies: Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports: