Monday, February 24, 2014

George Tirebiter... a great mascot name if there ever was one!

a scraggly, mixed-breed stray dog from a beach in Santa Monica brought to campus who became student mascot at the University of Southern California in the 1940s. He was dubbed "Tirebiter" for his habit of racing alongside passing cars and bicycles while snapping furiously at their tires.

 In 1947 the USC student body made George their mascot. He led the Trojan band onto the field for each home football game often costumed in a sweater and sometimes wearing odd little hats.

 Tirebiter posed with homecoming queens and is remembered for once biting the mask nose of the rival UCLA’s Joe Bruin mascot (a person dressed in a bear costume and chased after Oski the Golden Bear mascot of the University of California Berkeley at another home game.

He was dog-napped in 1947 by pranksters from the rival school who shaved his fur to read "UCLA" and to take the prank one step further they took Tirebiter by the Los Angeles Times to be photographed for the paper.
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The nickname was passed on to George Tirebiter's subsequent successors after the original Tirebiter's death in 1950. The original Tirebiter was a nationally known figure and beloved canine.

The lovable shaggy mutt quickly endeared himself to the student body. He was pampered by the fraternities and sororities in USC's greek community, routinely being carried back and forth from campus and being fed ice cream.

The student body held a memorial ceremony for Tirebiter on September 22, 1950. The ceremony consisted of a parade of convertibles with black bunting, a marching band, and the student body. Upon reaching Tirebiter's cement footprints, immortalized during Tirebiter's coronation in 1947, a memorial wreath was laid and a trumpeter played "Taps" as Troy said farewell to its beloved canine mascot

Rumor has it there is a transcript on file showing George with a GPA of 3.2 in such courses as Chasing Cats 101 and Biting Tires 270

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How To Make Money As a Newsletter or Newspaper Publisher

Lots of people have profited immensely from different form of writings. They have written their thoughts and have gone ahead to publish and sell them. Authors of books, blog owners, newsletter and newspaper publishers are examples of people who have profited greatly from the writing trade.

I am writing this article, 'How To Make Money As a Newsletter or Newspaper Publisher' as a result of my experience in researching information on the book business. Please enjoy it.

Newsletters, newspapers, magazines, and other publications make good money from classified advertisement. The classified advert section is one of the most carefully read section of these publications. Therefore, newsletter or newspaper publishers give lots of attention to this section of their newsletter or newspaper.

Many readers search these sections of newspaper publications trying to find something that will interest them. If they find it, they make effort to buy it. This section brings much profit to advertisers. In the light of this, advertisers pay to place their ads in this section since it is cheaper and converts better (in terms of sales of their products and services).

You can become a newsletter publisher who profits regularly from selling classified advertising. You don't have to include lots of pages in your newsletter. The number of pages can be as little as four pages. You only need to make the cover or the front page appear very beautiful and attractive so that it can attract passers by. You should also not forget the bold and colourful headline of the newspaper.

Let me also remind you that you must ensure you include relevant articles in your publication so that your readers will always look forward to it. It should not be all advertising alone. You will get your readers bored and uninterested in your newsletter publication after sometime if you don't heed this advice.

Choosing A Theme

Your newsletter should have a theme or central topic and you must determine this before you set out. You will have to investigate your industry for a newsworthy theme that will attract the attention of the public. Your newsletter, apart from making money from classified advertising should also be solving problems.

How To Source For Articles For your Newsletter

You can always visit the internet to source for articles for your newsletter or newspaper. There are so many article submission websites online where you can pick up free articles on the topic of your newsletter. You can run a search on any of the search engines for "free article submission websites". You should ensure you mention the name and business address of the owner of any article you use.

You can also write some of the articles for your newsletter if you are an expert on your topic. This is the reason why I will advise you to pick a niche that you are familiar with so that you can easily churn out newsworthy articles for your newsletter.

You can also accept articles from readers of your newsletters. They will write and e-mail their contributions to you and you will in turn allocate a space for them to advertise their products or services in your newsletter free of charge.

Laying Out Your Newsletter

You can layout the format of your newsletter yourself or you can contract it out to someone else if you are not proficient in the use of word processing programs. A catchy headline with an interesting article should always be on the front page of your newspaper.

What Is The Cost Of Your Newsletter?

You are not selling your newsletter. You are to give it out free! You must find places where you will be allowed to leave the newsletter for readers to pick up free of charge. These places can be supermarkets, gas stations, bus terminals and other places that witness constant foot traffic.

Adverts For Your First Edition

You can place adverts free of charge for some selected organizations for the first edition of your newsletters. You will have to sacrifice a lot at the early stage of your business to publicize your newsletter before you can begin to enjoy patronage from advertisers.

You can also accept some other advert placements that are not related or have anything to do with your industry.

Starting a University Campus Newsletter

In one of its many small business opportunity articles, one of Nigeria's foremost small business and SMEs finance expert, Tunji Afuwape describes how anybody can publish a campus newsletter in any of the higher institutions of learning. I have produced this short report below.

Campus Newspaper

The fact that most universities and colleges have campus newspapers does not mean that they are good papers or that there is no room for another campus newspaper. Creating and producing an unofficial campus newspaper is very straightforward. The paper can be published on a weekly or monthly basis and distributed free of charge throughout the campus and community.

Selling classified and displaying advertising to local business wishing to gain exposure to the paper readership base will support the paper, information, articles featured in the newsletter can focus on campus issues and events, and most of the information can be obtained free from students, readers and freelance hobby writers.

Other Additions

I want you to take note of these additions if you want to go into the publishing of a campus newspaper or newsletter.

1. You can have a newspaper whose main theme is football or moneymaking opportunities. With these topics, you can push your newspaper into the hearts of the students population, staff, and the neighbouring communities with minimal efforts.

2. You can make extra income apart from the income from advert placement by asking students to pay a token to display their profiles in your newspaper. These students will fall in love with this.

3. You can also organize seminars based on a skill you have that can benefit students and even the people of the community. At these seminar venues, you can sell useful materials to attendees.

Planning Wedding Receptions

When you are getting married, there are quite events to plan out in great detail. Wedding receptions are important events because they present you to your friends and family for the first time as a married couple. The first thing to remember is that you cannot book a location until you know your wedding's date. And since many popular locations are booked solid for as much as one or two years in advance, you may have to work to make sure you can have your wedding reception where you want to.

You also need to decide whether you want an indoor or an outdoor event. The time of year is certainly a factor, and you need to keep in mind that even if you're schedule for summer, it could still rain. Make sure you have all your bases covered in case of rain or other inclement weather. If you choose to have it indoors, make sure you choose a location that is large enough to accommodate both people and tables.

Budget does play a role in your planning. Although the ceremony itself can be expensive, the gathering afterward is typically the biggest expense. Figure out how much you can spend, and stick to it. There will be a flat fee for the location itself and then a per-person fee for food. Sometimes paring down your guest list is a good idea. You can also save money with winter weddings, and some locations offer discounts if you book for a Sunday instead of a Friday or Saturday.

Deciding what kind of gathering you want also plays a part with cost and location. A sit-down dinner requires more space while a cocktail-style gathering or buffet is simpler. Pros of a sit-down dinner include the fact that it is well organized, making it easier to give speeches and plan for moments such as cutting the cake. Of course, it is also expensive and for some people it may seem too stuffy and formal. Conversely, a cocktail gathering allows guests to mingle more casually. It can be hard to get people to all pay attention during important moments, but the casual air is still far preferred by many couples.

Creating your seating chart is also an important part of planning wedding receptions. Take care not to sit people by one another if they do not get along. Elderly guests should not be seated by noisy areas. Also take consideration into whether or not you want a children's table. Children could sit with their parents for easy supervision. If you have a children's table, consider including someone old enough to keep them under control. Seating can be time-consuming, but it is important to do it right.

Also, decide whether or not you want to have a receiving line. Some feel they are too formal while others want the chance to personally thank each guest for coming. Keep the size of your guest list in mind when making this decision. You also need to decide whether you want to be announced as a couple when you arrive. Planning wedding receptions should be enjoyable. They should reflect who you are as a couple and provide you with many fond memories for years to come.

Lace Wedding Dresses To Romanticize Your Perfect Event

Romance is the ultimate signifying factor in every wedding. The beauty of the bridal wedding dress can be heightened with the use of simple romantic elements. Designers all over the world have significantly popularized lace as one of the finest elements in fabric detailing which can create a beautiful effect for most dresses. Lace wedding dresses are forever in demand. Yet, a bride might have a hard time finding the perfect lace dress for her wedding, amongst the many styles and designs in the market, if she is not clear about what suits her and what exactly should she looking for.

Why you should choose a lace wedding dress for your wedding

Of the many reasons that you should choose a lace wedding dress, here are a few that really stand out from the crowd.

Timeless classic fashion

The lace style is timeless. It has been used by generations of women right from the Edwardian era to the current century. The detailing is a classic look that goes with most sophisticated bridal designs. You can find many ways in which the contemporary designers have been using the fabric to bring alive designs which otherwise might be too straight-laced or unembellished.

Romantic touch to your wedding

The romance of the Victorian era is alive with the touch of the lace to your wedding dresses 2013. Many designers have been using the fabric to create a nostalgic semblance to various favorite designs. You can actually choose dress designs that closely resemble royal bridal designs from various eras. The romance of the royal weddings can very much be a part of your wedding, if with nothing else, than just a touch of a whimsical design.

Adding an essence of femininity to your bridal look

The dresses of the contemporary fashion world have a very androgynous look and feel to them. Most dresses now have unsymmetrical hemlines, or various modern fashion traits that can take away from the basic charm of your wedding day. Now, you can always keep with the modern design times but it is a special day when you are in a way celebrating your femininity. Keeping this in mind, a lace detailing can be the softer touch that can translate even the staunchest of dress designs to feminine beauty.

Sophisticated vintage appeal

Vintage charm is never lost, especially on people who know the value of the "something old" on their wedding day. Many dress designers can help you with this element. Just look for specialist designers who specifically work with the restoration of old bridal dresses. You can very well incorporate their help to restore the bridal dress that might be in your family since generations. If you have a particular design in mind, which has a vintage appeal but you do no t own the dress, you can commission a close replica of the dress from the designer. Lace has been quite a favored detail of old world- dresses, so the chances are huge that adding this simple detail can make your dress more authentic to the time you want.

The author has avidly collected expertise on the subject of wedding dresses 2013  and continues to provide information about lace wedding dresses  and party wear for various social events.

The Wedding Jacket - Your Perfect Wedding Accessory

There are many designs for a wedding dress with a jacket and this has traditionally been reserved for autumn and winter weddings. The wedding jacket is the perfect wedding accessory and does not have to be confined to the colder seasons. With the right material and design it can easily be adapted to weddings in the warmer months; some jackets are made of thin material and therefore suitable for summer or spring weddings.

There are many different designs for a wedding dress with jacket and some jackets are small enough to look like shrugs, stoles or boleros. These can really accentuate a bride's waist and the gown as well.

A bridal jacket can be made from any material, in any style and in any color. They can be as small as "capelets" and as big as a rain coat. The choices in style and material are limited only by your imagination and taste.


If you want elegance (who doesn't) as an added touch to your wedding then a jacket is almost essential. It brings a timeless and classic touch to your wedding gown reminiscent of the old black and white Hollywood movies.

Wedding Shawl Wrap

Unexpected weather changes can easily upset your wedding plans and when you planned for a warm sunny day you can end up with a cold cloudy one instead. At this point that wedding shawl that you had made to compliment your dress for just this occasion will come in handy.

It should not be an after thought either as it will probably look like an after thought on your wedding dress. Ensure that you have it made or purchase it at the same time as your dress so that it will be the perfect bridal accessory and will compliment your dress perfectly.

The Bolero

The Bolero is THE classic bridal jacket and will give you some shoulder, and neck covering without being obvious, heavy or bulky. It has remained stylish and the perfect compliment if you need some covering without going over the top.

The Wedding Cape

A good bridal jacket option if it is cold is the wedding cape. Generally it will bind around your neck and flow behind you. This will serve the purpose of both adding a classic touch to your bridal gown and also keeping your warm if the weather is chilly.


When it comes to wedding accessories, the wedding jacket has remained a classic of bridal wear, supremely functional and chic adding elegance to any dress. A bride striving for a classic look cannot go wrong by accessorising with a timeless wedding jacket. is a global online shop, which mainly sells bridal gowns, bridal party dresses, special occasion dresses, Wedding Jackets, Bridal Accessories with wedding apparels in most favorable price.