Posts Categorized: Promo News

The GUMvelope – Promotional Candy

Virgil Winston: Marketing Guru The largest bubble ever blown was 23 inches in diameter. Record set on July 19, 1994 Susan Montgomery Willams, Fresno California Ever since that great California ad man, Gary Dahl, invented the Pet Rock in 1975, we’ve been looking for the next big thing. Well, I just found it. It’s called… Read more »


Virgil Winston: Marketing Guru My mom is a big fan of Henry Deutschendorf, also known as the late John Denver, who she believed was almost as talented as Barry Alan Pincus or Cherilyn Sarkisian, who you’d probably recognize as Barry Manilow or Cher. Musical tastes aside, Mom believed you kept the name you were given—which… Read more »

The Snorkle Box

Virgil Winston: Marketing Guru I suppose because of our extensive marketing background, it is no surprise that my entire family comes from a long line of inventors. Of course, with the exception of the Snorkel Box, none of our inventions have come close to seeing light outside of our basements, attics or, in the case… Read more »

You Read My What?

Virgil Winston: Marketing Guru My great, great grandfather Clayton Winston was very much like William Shakespeare. Not that he could write, but that he died on the same day he was born. He lived a long and productive life, so I suppose it was poetic that he met his maker during his own birthday party,… Read more »

The Odd And The Beautiful

Virgil Winston: Marketing Guru Every St. Patrick’s Day, my friend Eduardo Jose-Luis Dominguez puts on his lime green suit and celebrates the heritage he knows nothing about. And every year, he inevitably gets asked the same question: where did you get that suit? I suppose it’s human nature. If we like something someone else has,… Read more »

A Tip of the Hat

Virgil Winston: Marketing Guru Let me tell you something about my side of the family…we’re not especially handsome people. And you wouldn’t be out of line if you said we were downright homely. I mean we certainly have our moments, given the right lighting and the proper stretch pants, but let’s face it, we’re ordinary… Read more »

Note to Self

Virgil Winston: Marketing Guru My wife is a sticky note addict. They are all over the house. On the toilet seat—close it. In the shower—squeegee it. On the TV—turn it off. On the kitchen trash—take it out. On the dishes—wash them. On the dog—feed it. I am scared to think how much she has spent… Read more »

Life is a Puzzle

Virgil Winston: Marketing Guru When it comes to the Rubik’s Cube…there is only 1 correct answer and 43 quintillion wrong ones. Quintillion…as in 43,252,003,274,489,856,000. And I thought Scrabble was humbling. Of course, my Uncle Marty says he’s successfully solved the algorithm four times, but then he was always alone, so we believe him about as… Read more »

The Art of Nothing

Virgil Winston: Marketing Guru In 1957, my Uncle Marty invented the beer cap suction cup so his friend Wayne could enjoy his daily twelve-pack, while he recuperated from the two broken arms he incurred while falling off the high beam. Of course, as family history would tell it, Uncle Marty’s invention was later bootlegged by… Read more »

To Die…or to Speak

Virgil Winston: Marketing Guru We all know that the number one fear in America is not death, heights, going to the dentist or even spending an hour with Joan Rivers. It’s speaking in public. I’ve tried myself to overcome the fear—breathing exercises, yoga, hypnotherapy and even a brief foray into Colonics, which is just a… Read more »