Rick Olsen lost his job as the Chief Operating Officer of a small high tech company. When he didn’t immediately land a job, he began to rethink what a paycheck really means. Because of that deep thinking, he made one big change.
Today, many of us have a day off from work to honor the 4th of July holiday. And the 4th of July is a day to honor all that is American - and we usually do it over hamburgers and hotdogs and lots of ketchup and mustard. Jennifer Connor is hoping that you’ll be eating lots and lots of mustard. She's a mustard entrepreneur. Also in the show, the story of previously unknown Japanese art photographers from the 1920's and 30's.
Amy Crooks thought she had a great job in the perfect industry. She was a mortgage broker. But the crisis in the mortgage industry has caused havoc throughout the economy, and many mortgage brokers like Amy have now lost their jobs. Also in this episode: a listener goes to great lengths to get medicine for her son.
Mike Whitworth owns Whittle Shortline Railroad, a maker of wooden trains like The Little Engine That Could, Chicago's own Metra Passenger Train Set and AMTRAK replicas. Mike's business is based in Missouri. Mike says two weeks ago his business was up 40% - now it's up closer to 60% in the wake of the news that lead paint has been found on many children's toys manufactured in China. Also in this epsiode: Campbell Johnson is twelve years old and has a disorder that can be difficult to control and is often misunderstood: Tourette Syndrome.
Mike Stenke is a Detroit boy, born and raised. And one thing he really missed after moving down South was the pizza he grew up on. So when he found himself unemployed and searching for a new career, he decided to recreate the pizza of his youth, and sell it out of a truck. Klausie’s Pizza truck was born, but has hit many bumps along the way, including a city ordinance that doesn’t let him sell his pizza, on the street.
Bill Gascoigne and Kyle Mankes are both under 40 and unemployed. Kyle was once a business analyst. Bill formerly worked as a Michigan city manager. Now they’ve created a group called BUMS: The Brotherhood of Unemployed Men. Also inthis episode, Adam Greenfield lived 100% car-free for all of 2009.
Vesta Foshee died peacefully in the early hours of July 1, 2006. Her son, Donald, who cared for her in her final years, thought he had one less care when he called the funeral home that morning. Vesta had prepaid her funeral expenses in 1979. Don found, instead, that his burdens were just beginning. Clayton Smart, the new owner of Forest Hill Funeral Home, had decided that very day to invalidate over 13,000 prepaid funeral plans.