Step 1: Be terrible. Step 2: Count the money. Repeat both steps as necessary.
Writer and radio journalist Julia Barton, a regular reader of Unfair Park, tipped me today to a really fascinating piece published September 1 by BusinessWeek, called "The God Clause and the Reinsurance Industry." It's about an arcane industry located in cities far from Dallas, but Barton spied t ... More >>
Andrea GrimesRichard Branson on the DFW tarmac following Virgin's official debut at DFWAt this very moment, a fellow Unfair Parker is headed to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to catch a Virgin America flight bound for Los Angeles; looking forward to the in-flight review. But mere weeks a ... More >>
Not effin' around: This ad first appeared back in June of last year.Dallas-based Southwest Airlines releases its third-quarter financials tomorrow. Will the numbers go up? Dunno. Down? Could be. Hard to say. Kind of like whether Southwest is gaining passengers or losing money because it refuses t ... More >>
Dallas Area Rapid Transit The Martin Luther King Jr. station, part of the Green Line expansionNo doubt you've heard of the Build America Bond -- "the financial crisis equivalent of war bonds," says this BusinessWeek explainer from last month, if you haven't. Dallas Area Rapid Transit has cert ... More >>
Took this pic out my airplane window. I was not flying over Dallas.Spent the first half of my vacation in the Pacific northwest. Seattle, to be exact. I'd been there several times, covering Cowboys-Seahawks and Mavericks-Sonics after my initial trip in 1987 for, would you believe, Dallas ... More >>
That's what BusinessWeek wanted to know, which is why it interviewed Director of Admissions Patti Cudney for a Q&A that runs more than 2,400 words. No doubt you'll read the entire thing, but toward the end, there's a question concerning the university's image worth noting, if nothing else. Jump ... More >>
How can all the top dogs in Dallas come out against TXU and coal?
The latest issue of BusinessWeek features on its cover a story headlined, "How Business Trounced The Trial Lawyers," which says, in short: It's hard out her for a pimp...pardon, personal-injury attorney. Especially in the state o' Texas, where, the mag says, well into the 1990s, "Lone Star State pla ... More >>
Though The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that the board of Aussie airline Qantas unanimously rubber-stamped an $8.7 billion buyout led by Fort Worth-based Texas Pacific Group and Australia's Allco Equity Partners Ltd., BusinessWeek notes that Qantas later declared "the terms of the propos ... More >>
Over the weekend, I accompanied the missus to Chicago for her family reunion, which essentially consisted of a Saturday-night dinner at the famous Gibsons steakhouse (Sinatra sang there, way back when). Guess we got placed at the Texas table: Joining us were three distant relatives--a middle-aged hu ... More >>
Lone Star Funds' founder John Grayken, at a press conference in Seoul last month to defend his Dallas-based companies in South Korea We've noted a few times in the past how downtown Dallas-based Lone Star Funds wound up in trouble with the South Korean government, which raided Lone Star's offices in ... More >>
That's you, Kyle Rowe, former president of the Dallas-based brokerage Salomon Grey Financial Corp. According to this piece yesterday, the securities industry's self-regulatory arm known as the National Association of Securities Dealers (or NASD) got nasty and not only expelled Salomon Grey on Thursd ... More >>
If you've tried to get into the SMU Cox School of Business (whose radio ads make me giggle, because I am 7) and failed, there's a reason: Patti Cudney and her team don't want you. Actually, that's not true; they just want 100 of the best and brightest for the school's full-time MBA program, and if t ... More >>
New York-based Edison Schools flunked out with trying to privatize Sherman's public schools. Why should things be any different in Dallas?