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Saying Goodbye to David Letterman

It’s hard to believe but for the last 33 years (amounting to over 6,000 shows), my David Letterman quotenighttime ritual was to fall asleep watching the Late Show with David Letterman. Sadly, last night was his final show. The beloved talk show host formerly on Late Night on NBC and then moving over to CBS with the Late Show, brought lots and lots of funny memories.

I would watch Letterman on a regular basis and slowly drift off to sleep with a smile on my face.

But it’s hard to believe that I won’t be able to see any more pranks like the time he threw watermelons off the roof of a New York City theatre, his trademark self-depreciation, Dave in his Alka-Seltzer suit, The Monkey-cam, Larry “Bud” Melman, Paul Schafer and the CBS Orchestra, Biff Henderson, Stupid Pet Tricks…and let’s not forget about his Top Ten List.

Thirty-three years goes by so fast. But his goofy and hilarious stunts, guest and memorable moments will never be forgotten. David Letterman was one of a kind.

His personality grew on you and as a former weatherman/failed morning-show host, he never appeared to really care about putting celebrities up on a pedestal. He went so far as to never hide the fact that stupid people truly annoyed him.

Sure he played second fiddle to Jay Leno and the Tonight Show, but his humor and his unique style, that seemed at times uncomfortable, were so much different. (I still think NBC lost out by not giving him the show.) But Dave still came out on top. He is a legend among talk show hosts and has set the bar so high not many will ever get close to it.

Dave has signed off for good and the Late Show will go on, but my evening ritual will never be the same. Sometimes, I wish I never enjoyed your show so much, that way it wouldn’t be as hard as saying goodbye.

~~ Granger Whitelaw

 

Holiday Greetings from Granger Whitelaw

It’s been a long time since I have updated my website or posted a blog, but I thought it time. As I sit here thinking about Thanksgiving and what it means, I find myself profoundly blessed with so many friends and business colleagues that have supported me & given me so much Hope over the years. I want to say Thank you to each of you and let you know you are appreciated.

The Holiday season is now upon us and another year has flown by. The kids have grown a bit taller, the Stock market has risen a bit higher and hopefully, we have all learned a bit more patience and found a bit more peace. These are the most important things to remember to seek; Peace, Kindness for others, Patience, Gratitude, to Slow down and Listen more, when speaking to do so slowly and always with Love, even when it does not seem reciprocal. I find myself less reactive when I remember these things and more capable of being the type of person I wish to be – and I wish this for all of you.

Now a few of my Favorite quotes from 2014:

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

You are the embodiment of the information you choose to accept and act upon. To change your circumstances you need to change your thinking and subsequent actions. A Sinclair

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. Frank Outlaw

Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right.. Forget about the one’s who don’t. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it. Ann Henningsen Edwards

He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own Confucius

Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like its heaven on earth. Mark Twain

In the end, only three things matter: How much you loved, How gently you lived and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. Buddha

And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation-some fact of my life -unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or… situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this mo…ment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake. Dr. Bob and Bill W.

Let’s make it a gossip free holiday: “In our appetite for gossip, we tend to gobble down everything before us, only to find, too late, that it is our ideals we have consumed, and we have not been enlarged by the feasts but only diminished. Pico Iyer

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May this Holiday season bring you and your Families all the Love, Happiness and Blessings life can offer.

Granger Whitelaw

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Holiday Hunting – Happy Feasting!

By Granger Whitelaw

Holiday Hunting with friends or family is an excellent opportunity to spend time outdoors, enjoy nature and a few good laughs or stories from the past year. So just to ensure that every hunting trip ends happily during these trips, I suggest you follow these tips: Make sure to Complete a safety class. Some states require these courses as a prerequisite of issuing a hunting license or permit. Irrespective of the state laws, these courses alert hunters to guidelines that can prevent accidents and save lives. Make sure you always practice firearm safety…. at all times. The golden rule of firearm use is to treat every weapon as if it is loaded at all times – I repeat – Loaded at ALL TIMES. Just following this simple dictum an prevent a variety of potential accidents. You should also try to hunt with a partner if you can – and make sure you talk about where you will be going ahead of time. In case of accidents, having a friend nearby can minimize the time to get help and hopefully damage caused by a gunshot wound. Furthermore, always wear proper gear – Wearing hunter orange alerts others to your presence and prevents them mistaking you for game. Before you go out for your hunting trip, make sure to maintain your equipment. You should frequently clean and service your weapons as needed to prevent malfunctioning and make sure you test fire them before each field use.

I thought I would take a few minutes to share a few of these simple but important suggestions with you. I am getting ready for a Duck hunting trip this month and Deer hunting next – and trust me – I will follow each of these myself.

Happy Hunting – and Feasting!!!

HURRICANE HELP !!!!!

By granger whitelaw

Good morning to all of my friends in Florida and all of my friends who have family members and friends in Florida. My usual blog this week will be suspended for this public awareness message Not that the Hurricane is not getting plenty of coverage, but just in case you have not heard how to prepare or what the recent forecast is – I am sharing it here.

The Hurricane headed towards the USA is currently over Cuba. It appears to be heading west and then north, which will take the main part of it into the Gulf of Mexico and affect the Florida Keys and the West coast of Florida, before heading toward The Panhandle or further west towards Louisiana.

If you live on the East Coast of Florida (Where we live), be sure to prepare for a lot of Rain and some high winds today through tomorrow.

PREPAREDNESS: Taken from www.ready.gov

BASIC DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT

 Recommended Supplies List (PDF)

Recommended Supplies List (Text)

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

First Aid Kit

Supplies for Unique Needs

Once you have gathered the supplies for a basic emergency kit, you may want to consider adding the following items:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) (PDF – 977Kb) developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or free information from this web site. (See Publications)
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Make sure you have some friends to ‘huddle’ with in case you have any problems and stay in touch with them during and after the Hurricane passes.

Of course, if you are in a ‘direct hit’ area or close by and you have a car or a way to get out – then GET OUT of the area immediately!

And remember, Board up any Windows that are exposed to the storm or debris flying towards your home. Make sure your car is on High Ground and your bikes, lawn furniture and other items that can blow away or get damaged from winds or falling branches – are secure in the garage or tied down.

 

I’ll update any critical news on my facebook http://www.facebook.com/grangerw  and on my twitter http://www.twitter.com/grangerwhitelaw 

Now – Grab a good book or two and make a Hot Fudge Sundae  – and relax.

Granger

 

 

COURAGE – ‘Do The Right Thing’ !

Granger Whitelaw’s Weekly Thoughts, August 5, 2012

As I have sat thinking of what I wanted to write about over the last week or so, I keep coming to “do the right thing”. It started two weeks ago when I was talking to my 16 year old, Granger, about choices we make in life and how they affect others. Mostly, it came from me seeing how fair, honest and loving he is with others. It’s hard to be objective sometimes with your own kids, but with the young Mr. Whitelaw, it is easy – he is truly a gentleman, and someone I wish I could be more like in many ways. Continue reading

President on the Run

Granger Whitelaw: My Weekly Thoughts

And so it begins – the political banter and non-stop commercials 24 hours a day – all to persuade us that we should vote for XYZ candidate but don’t vote for this other guy – he will ruin the country!

So my blog this week is not a story, rhyme, message, nor a grain of wisdom I have stumbled upon in my life… But a question…  Continue reading

WEDDING BELLS !! – Tis the Season?

by granger whitelaw

Its 6 am and I hear the pitter patter of feet above me – No it’s not Christmas morning, its WEDDING DAY!

That’s right a June wedding – every brides dream – and today my brother in-law Josh is getting married to Alyssa. All week people have been arriving and doing various activities to prepare for the big day. (I worked all week and stayed out of that – I know better ☺) Last night we had the tradition of a rehearsal dinner at the brides’ family home. I must say, the BBQ was awesome and the people were great. There really is just nothing like a wedding to bring out the best in everyone and it is even better when folks get along.

Bridesmaids having fun!

Josh & Alyssa engagement photo

The father of the bride made the first speech and it was sweet. It is clear he is happy to have Josh as a son in-law and their bond is real. From there it was toast and cheers and champagne for the rest of the night.

I remember when Josh met Alyssa. He was living at my house in NJ and working on Rocket Racing for me. Josh had never even dated a girl more than three months and I remember well the 90-day mark of their dating. But alas, he did not have a chance. Those two were meant to be from day one. Alyssa and her big bright smile bouncing around everywhere with Josh in tow, he was done. You could see the love grow and grow, not only with friends, but also with their love of God and family. It is this type of reunion that is built to last – and I have great faith theirs will last for eternity. Alyssa and Josh – we love you and wish for you peace, love and happiness. Know that marriage is not always easy, it has its hills and valleys, but through the journey you will find deeper love and happiness together – and always pray together in good times and bad.
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My daughter C.C will be the flower girl today by the way. I don’t know if a 4 year old could be more excited, but I am sure the wedding veil, flowers and Barbie & Ken wedding dolls she got last night from the bride wont hurt the cause.

C.C Bear is excited for Josh’s wedding!

Well, I better hurry up – it’s an early wedding followed by food, dance and fun that I am certain will last until the early hours of Sunday next. For all you brides, grooms and families with weddings this summer – I wish you all the blessings of life.

And remember – Be kind to each other & Love On.

MOTHERS LOVE

by granger whitelaw

Mother…

You filled my days with rainbow lights,

Fairytales and sweet dream nights,

A kiss to wipe away my tears,

Gingerbread to ease my fears.

You gave the gift of life to me

And then in love, you set me free.

I thank you for your tender care,

For deep warm hugs and being there.

I hope that when you think of me

A part of you You’ll always see.

 


Happy Mother Day

Granger Whitelaw: PURE SPEED !!

By Granger Whitelaw

It’s MAY – and that means racing! I think this is my favorite month of the year. It’s a racers Valhalla and it is also the month my beautiful little brother was born and my adorable Daughter.

May starts with the Derby Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw: A look back at the Rocket Racing League’s First Flights

An article about the Rocket Racing League’s first test flights that appeared on the Aero-News Network.

granger whitelaw rocket racing league

It Flies, Too! RRL Conducts Inaugural Tests Of Armadillo-Powered Racer Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw: Boarding School

Granger Whitelaw: This Week, Boarding School

So I just spent a few days with my daughter Lili at her school and my son Granger Whitelaw (mini me). Lili goes to an all girls school in Maryland and Granger Whitelaw jr in New Jersey, co-ed of course. It is amazing to see how wonderful these schools are today and the facilities they provide for children to learn and grow. The students at these schools are the top of their classes, and to get in, you must take SSAT’s (like mini SAT’s, but in 8th grade..UGH!) and then go through extensive paperwork, essays, recommendations and interviews to be admitted. Trust me, if you think getting into College is hard, it does not hold a candle to this process! I am really proud of my kids. They are both great students, respectful people and I expect they will do great in life. If you are considering sending your kids to a top boarding school, I highly recommend it. Just make sure they are ready to be away from home…my kids?…. they couldn’t wait ! Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw, My Weekly Thoughts: FAU and Howard!

Well, I’m off today to join in with a few 1000 crazy OWL fans for the inaugural game in the new Stadium! I am going with my good friend Peter whom just returned from his summer cottage in the Canadian Mountains for 3 months, not a bad way to beat the summer Florida heat, a a bunch of other locals! Peter likes to throw a few back, so even at 63 he is a BLAST to hang out with and plays a mean game of tennis as well! Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw, My Weekly Thoughts: Rain Drops

 Granger Whitelaw: Rain Drops

I awoke this morning to the sound of pouring rain on my roof and the wind pushing the trees. I love it when it rains. I love the feeling of rain drops on my head and face, I love that is cleans everything, I love that it reminds me of my childhood…Why is that? Does it make you feel that way to? It also makes me think of God, the 40 day flood and for some reason, peace…. it is a calming feeling for the spirit. Continue reading

UGH – YIKES – Hmmmmm

Granger Whitelaw: Ugh Yikes – Hmmm

Ugh – How I feel right now. Yikes – How I felt after a call earlier today. Hmmmmmm….What I am doing now, thinking and reflecting.

I am sure you can all understand these three feelings. They are brought on by the “call” from work, a friend, a family member or something you may see or hear that affects you. Mine was a call today from my teenage daughter whom I adore. Go figure, she is beautiful, wickedly smart and can melt my heart with a smile anytime. But I have to be careful…she knows it! Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw, My Weekly Thoughts: Home!

Granger Whitelaw: Home!

Finally – a week at home!

As fun as it is to travel and see old friends, meet new ones and see great places, there really is no place like home (Dorothy said it best). Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw: Los Angeles – or “LA BABY” as some of my friends say!

Granger Whitelaw: LA Baby

Back in LA for the week and its always interesting. Meetings with Studios & Labels, Hollywood types and some old friends as well. I must say, I HATE the LA traffic, but I do love Rodeo drive, Santa Monica and some of the other cool “scenes” here. I had the good fortune of watching a old High School friend of mine play drums last night at a “hip dive” in West Hollywood, CANTORS KIBITZ ROOM, next to Canters Deli. I mean,the DOORS played here and ZAPPA on Tuesdays in the past…SO if you ever want to watch some of the greatest Studio musicians in the world today just JAM for 3 hours on a Tuesday night, then go here, it will be a wonderful Jewel of a memory. My buddy, Matt Tecu playing the skins, just back from touring Europe and Canada for months and Monty on Vocals….with 6 other amazing guys…WOW! What a night! Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw: My Weekly Thoughts

Granger Whitelaw: Reno Air Race Crash

I had hoped never to have seen this type of event happen in my lifetime. I am referring to the crash yesterday at the Reno Air Races and the death of a fantastic Pilot and many fans, not to mention injuries to others. Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw: Tumbler and Social Media

Social Media – wow. I was in a meeting this week in New York and an investment banker said to me ” I work primarily on Social Network Deals”. I said ” really, is that big these days, as we all proceeded to laugh…Ya, Kind of. $100 Billion for Facebook? Really…… And Groupon turned down $7 Billion, and now I think it has lost like 50% of their renewals since August for the month of September…. Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw: New York – New York

The city so nice they named it twice! Well, I must agree, but they could have given it three!

I always love being in the city. The energy is all around, its infectious and its pure. There are certain times of year that it is even more special, I think this is one of those times….just after labor day and a week or so before it “snaps” a bit towards fall. Still warm enough for skirts and shorts during the day and into early evening and crisp air at night. Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw: Freeman Dyson, Guest Speaker

Granger whitelaw freeman dyson Continue reading

Granger Whitelaw: My First Entry

September 7, 2011: I have officially enetered the world of “blogging” which I will attempt to do often, but weekly is my commitment. This will be an area where i will share my thoughts with you, answer Questions I am asked and some other random stuff that crosses my path. Continue reading