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We are indeed living in unprecedented times. Never before in my life, have I run across anything like what is going on in our country, in our world before. It’s scary. Our leaders are doing what they think is best for us all to minimize the impact of this possibly deadly virus. Let’s just hope that they can keep the spread as under control as possible.
But what about home? What about locally? What do we do? We’ve all read, seen on TV and heard on the radio about washing our hands, sanitizing, working from home, if possible, minimizing our risk of coming in contact with others, but what about our way of life? How do we ensure that we all can function as normally as possible?
My purpose with this post, as I have been in the advertising and marketing business for nearly 35 years, it to remind everyone that we are a very fragile community, nearly depressed economically, when things are normal. As a community we cannot afford to have a huge economic downturn such as this Coronavirus is going to cause. It’s going to hurt our little corner of the world and hurt it badly, when it comes to our small businesses.
Our small businesses need you. They need your help just to stay in business. If we all ‘stay at home’ at the newscasters suggest, how will our small businesses be able to keep their doors open? They can’t and they won’t.
Sure, stay home as much as possible. But you must not forget that we still have plenty of stores here that need you to continue with your regular shopping routines. Hit the drive thru or order your food ‘to go’ if you’d rather not risk dining in a restaurant. Call and ask your furniture store to deliver that refrigerator purchase you’ve been looking at. Go to the dentist, the hair salon, I promise you they keep everything as clean as possible. Even moreso now! Do some yard work! Plant a small garden. It keeps you at home, but let's you get some fresh air and when you need to get some fertilizer, our local stores have just what you need.
My point is simply this; we have to try and minimize our exposure to this virus to keep down our risk of getting Covid 19. But that doesn’t mean that we should barricade ourselves at home. Ordering things online isn’t any safer than going to your local mom & pop store and Amazon has never sponsored any of our little league teams!
Be safe everyone!
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In regards to last weeks turmoil over the MegaBucks Crossword Puzzle....
The actual name of the puzzle is the PrizeWeek Puzzle. It is offered as a subscription to newspapers and shoppers across the United States and Canada by a syndicated service (much like the Peanuts comic strip).
We have featured this puzzle off and on for many, many years dating back to 1992. The intent of the game is to not only boost readership in The Advertiser, but to have a fun game that families can participate in and try to win the prize. We have had a lot of positive comments over the years about how much families will sit around the kitchen table on Tuesday evenings and all work together as a team and try to figure out the correct answers. It’s supposed to be fun for everyone who is willing to try.
It’s understandable that as the money value starts getting higher and higher, more and more people want to participate. Similar to the recent lottery; the more the prize money, the more people are wanting to try and win.
Last Thursday, my staff and I did as we have done some 40+ weeks before and collected the entries after the 4:00 deadline. The puzzles were brought back to the office and placed on my desk. Friday morning we retrieved the answers from a ‘secure server’ and 2 of my employees graded the puzzles, as has been done so many times before.
I was informed later that there was no winner and at some point that afternoon I posted those results on The Advertiser’s page. I was almost immediately questioned by someone named Allison that I needed to call her. She sent me her number and I called. Her husband Don, answered. He was quite insistent that they have indeed won the puzzle that week and that we must have made a mistake when grading the puzzles. Not wanting anyone to think we goofed, I asked for their names, asked how many entries that they put in and proceeded to look for their entries so we could grade them again. No entries with their name were found. None.
Don was upset, as you could understand. He stated that he had indeed put the entries in the box and that he has proof that he had been in the Piggly Wiggly at the time he said he was there, via cash register receipt for a purchase he made. Still the matter is plain, there was no entry from he or his wife. He also texted me pictures of his puzzle entries offering further proof that he had won.
We have had several people over the years call to tell us that we made a mistake or whatever, so we have learned to keep all entries, date them and put them in an envelope in case they are needed at a later date. No puzzles are ever thrown out by anyone at The Advertiser, much less the ‘winning entry’ and a spouses’. The puzzles are mixed up by the time they are taken out of the box, dumped out on my desk and stacked up to grade, there is no possible way we would know that a spouses’ entry was there as well.
Mr Don was not very happy, as you could understand. I was sympathetic for his plight of which he informed me of, but nonetheless, there simply were no entries to grade from him or his wife. I asked him to give me some time to think about it and I would call him later that evening. (I had the paper’s deadline and payroll yet to do and was quite busy doing what had to get done by the end of the day).
Early Friday evening, I called his wife’s number and again spoke with Don. We had a 45 minute conversation and all I could do was repeat the fact that there was no entry and we do not throw away entries. However, I asked him to be patient, allow me to speak with the owner of the store where he entered and look at the stores video from Thursday. He informed me that he had already spoken with the store manager and was told that the camera doesn’t show the entry box. I said that I would contact the owner Monday and see if there may be a camera installed that maybe the manager didn’t know of. I thought that would be the least I could do. Just to see if maybe there is video of him placing entries into the box. I thought we were Ok with waiting until Monday to look at the video but apparently he didn’t.
A good portion of Friday night and Saturday he spent ranting all over our page and another Cook County page about how crooked we are and the game is fixed and how he was wronged. Name calling anyone that may have a question about how he ‘just knew’ that the answers that he and his wife ‘turned in’ were correct, before the answers were ever printed. Even going as far as getting help from friends and attacking me personally, after I offered to do whatever I could do to make sure he did put entries into the box.
I refuse to publicly speculate as to what my opinion is on what happened. All I can offer them and our readers at this point, are the following facts.
There were no puzzles with their name on them taken out of the locked box at Piggly Wiggly on Thursday.
There is no metadata or EXIF data imbedded into the pictures that were texted to me Friday afternoon, verifying a date and time the pictures were actually taken.
Various newspapers print the answers to the PrizeWeek Puzzle in their Friday editions of their newspapers and yes, they put those answers online which is why we are steadfast on our Thursday deadline.
The rules clearly state that no carbon copies or facsimile (mechanically reproduced, such as by a camera) are allowed as entries The rules also state that the ‘decision of the judges are final’.
I genuinely dislike that there has been even even the slightest controversy over this game. Our hope was to help families connect in a world where social media is disconnecting us all.
The MegaBucks crossword puzzle is now up to $4,400.00. Get your copy of The Advertiser next Tuesday and play!
The MegaBucks crossword puzzle is now up to $4,300.00. Get your copy of The Advertiser next Tuesday and play!
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No winner again this week. Sorry for the delay in posting. It’s been a crazy week for us all!
The Advertiser office is open. It’s a one-man show, but we’re open!
The MegaBucks crossword puzzle is now up to $4,100.00. Get your copy of The Advertiser next Tuesday and play!
The MegaBucks crossword puzzle is now up to $4,000.00. Get your copy of The Advertiser next Tuesday and play!
No winner in the MegaBucks puzzle again this week!
We had a couple of people that missed only one answer this week.
The MegaBucks crossword puzzle is now up to $3,800.00. Get your copy of The Advertiser next Tuesday and play!
The MegaBucks crossword puzzle is now up to $3,700.00. Get your copy of The Advertiser next Tuesday and play!
The MegaBucks crossword puzzle is now up to $3,600.00. Get your copy of The Advertiser next Tuesday and play!
The MegaBucks crossword puzzle is now up to $3,500.00. Get your copy of The Advertiser next Tuesday and play!
The MegaBucks crossword puzzle is now up to $3,400! Get your copy of The Advertiser next Tuesday and play!
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The MegaBucks crossword puzzle is now up to $3,300! Get your copy of The Advertiser next Tuesday and play!
The MegaBucks crossword puzzle is now up to $3,200! Get your copy of The Advertiser next Tuesday and play!
No winner in the puzzle this week!!
The MegaBucks crossword puzzle is now up to $3,000! Get your copy of The Advertiser next Tuesday and play!
In Tomorrow’s edition of The Cook County Advertiser you will find our annual Back To The Classroom issue with all the information you need to get your children ready for the coming school year. We hope y’all enjoy it!
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