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I Knew Mischief Would Get Attention When I Named My Blog ‘Madden Mischief,’ But Now the Maverick ‘Mischief’ Agency is Legendary in Advertising!

The Mischief Mascot: Credit Shutterstock/Courtesy Mischief @ No Fixed Address Tom Madden,  Founder & CEO, TransMedia Group A splash of mischief, a few pinches of salt, some soupcons of absurdity and you have a recipe for capturing attention, a mystical mixture that will poke us out of our platitudinous plodding along the straight and narrow. The…

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From Madden Mischief To Madden Musings

Lemonade Serenade by Don Madden Tom Madden,  Founder & CEO, TransMedia Group Often when I meet people, I’m asked if I’m related to Steve Madden, the shoe guy, or the football guru and game creator John Madden. No, but I did meet big John once at the then Bing Crosby Golf Tournament in Pebble Beach, CA…

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Madden’s Philadelphia Story

Thomas J. Madden, Chairman and CEO, Transmedia Group You might say Philadelphia for me was a kind of a Rosette Nebula in my peripatetic life. For once upon a time I was a seedling in that searing cloud of gas and dust hugging Delaware Valley, working my tail off, searching for true meaning and substance to give…

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James Comey and Sir Thomas More – A Contrarian Resemblance (Op-Ed)

Thomas J. Madden, Chairman and CEO, Transmedia Group James Comey’s quandaries matter because the former FBI director’s behavior bears a contrarian resemblance to Sir Thomas More’s in the 16th Century. More’s resoluteness, strength and bravery in standing up to a king winds up getting him beheaded. Comey’s standing handsomely tall, but presenting irresolute and weakly symptoms such…

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Out of the Weeds of Ignorance Comes Cool Cardigan Knowledge on Wikipedia

Tom Madden,  Founder & CEO, TransMedia Group When you’re trying to make sense of things, seeking to describe, decipher, and define . . .  looking to fill an eclectic pot with facts, yet wondering from where they’ll come, and from whom will come the names they bear . . .  there’s always that resourceful guide to…

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Breaking Muse from Florence

    Tom Madden,  Founder & CEO, TransMedia Group Is the sudden demise of The News with Shepard Smith on CNBC a symptom of cancel culture creeping over from social media into network television?   Or was cancelling the program so swiftly simply a case of realizing it was inappropriate content for an audience interested mainly in…

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Mt. Etna, ‘Thank You’

    Tom Madden,  Founder & CEO, TransMedia Group Not everyone can say a volcano did them a favor, but I’m remembering a big one, a giant one, Mt. Etna did for me forty years ago, still vivid in my mind as if it were yesterday.    It erupted in my memory as my PR firm TransMedia…

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Crisis Management Case Study: Gov. Ron DeSantis

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sends plane loads of illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard. From a crisis mgt. standpoint, how effective was this political stunt?     “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift…

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Sometimes I Feel I’m in a Race with Technology and Losing!

Tom Madden, Founder & CEO, TransMedia Group My tech-minded wife wants me to buy a car with the latest technology that automatically puts on the brakes if someone suddenly steps out in front.  And if I’m not up to steering, it will steer by itself. After all, I’m not getting any younger she seems to be…

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Why Isn’t There a TV Docuseries About Mar-A-Lago?

(Editor’s Note:  Have a look at Madden Mischief to read the potential TV treatment for this new docuseries.) Tom Madden,  Founder & CEO, TransMedia Group Seeing Trump’s residence Mar-a-Lago on television day after day on local and national television news, I couldn’t help asking myself this Trumpish question: Why isn’t there a TV docuseries about former…

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Do Your Sneakers Need This?

Tom Madden,  Founder & CEO, TransMedia Group I was just diagnosed with supination by a foot doctor who took my sneakers away from me that he said were causing it. He said they needed emergency treatment, or what he described as a medical version of wheel alignment.  What? The malalignment stems from my putting too much…

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Thou Shalt Not Stiff Who Maketh Thee Laugh

Tom Madden,  Founder & CEO, TransMedia Group As debtors doth make balance sheets ill, humor cures faster than any threats will.   So, try a more creative approach to debt collection. Make your debtors laugh, don’t raise their ire.  Try dunning more artfully, adding comedic sparks to a friendlier fire.   In business, we’re always coming across slow…

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Do You Belong in Hi Society?  

Tom Madden,  Founder & CEO, TransMedia Group What I call Hi Society is what you normally do when someone’s approaching you while you’re walking along the avenue, boardwalk or beach.   In Hi Society, the common practice is to say “hi” with or without a short wave and maybe a slight smile depending on your mood and…

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Who’s at Fault?

  Tom Madden,  Founder & CEO, TransMedia Group Having breakfast one steamy hot summer morning outside, I couldn’t help looking up from my oats to the source of my discomfort. The blistering sun was pouring down such intense, almost wrathful heat so early.   “Stop overdoing it,” I impulsively scolded the sun. Then I quickly realized it…

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Close Calls with Presidents of the United States

  Tom Madden,  Founder & CEO, TransMedia Group Who really won? Citing irregularities in certain swing states, many still questioned who really won the Presidency.  Sound familiar?  Only this was the 1960 general election.   Was the winner really John F. Kennedy?  Or would Richard Nixon pull it out?   Irregularities had surfaced in Illinois and Texas. Nixon…

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