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Broadcasters

Merrill Reese

April 22, 2016
Merrill Reese

Growing up, Philadelphia native Merrill Reese knew he wanted to be a broadcaster. A sportscaster, to be specific.

While attending Temple University, Reese learned his craft at the college’s radio station, WRTI, where he did play-by-play for school sporting events and spun records on his weekly music show. After earning his bachelor’s degree in communications and broadcasting, Reese embarked on a radio career that would take him to the small Pennsylvania towns of Pottstown and Levittown before he eventually landed a job as a newscaster and sportscaster at WHAT and WWDB in Philadelphia.

After a few years, Reese moved to WIP, where he worked as a summer replacement and fill-in sportscaster and eventually began doing pre-game and post-game shows for the Philadelphia Eagles. From there, he became the color commentator during Eagles games, and took over the play-by-play duties during the 1977 season.

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Entrepreneurs

Dan Dizio

December 18, 2015
Dan Dizio

Dan DiZio got his start in the pretzel business at the age of 11, when a neighbor by the name of Steve Nuel recruited him to help sell bags of fresh pretzels to drivers of cars stopped at red lights along Roosevelt Boulevard in northeast Philadelphia. Back then, there were just ten pretzel-making machines in the city of Philadelphia, with the bakers working all night and selling the fresh pretzels to vendors, convenience stores, schools and office workers before closing their factories each morning.

After graduating from East Stroudsburg University, DiZio briefly worked as a stockbroker before he and his college roommate, Len Lehman, returned to the pretzel business in 1998, when they purchased a 1920s pretzel-making machine for $11,500 and rented a space in the Mayfair area of Philadelphia. No strangers to entrepreneurship — in college, the pair ran a “party house,” charging $5 a head and hiring a cleaning crew to come in in the morning — they initially planned on baking at night and closing in the morning, like traditional bakers. But when the smell of freshly baked pretzels wafting through the neighborhood had customers lining up at the door, they realized they were onto something.

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Authors

John Lindsay

June 6, 2014

John Lindsay launched DontEvenReply.com in June 2009, taking prank emails to another level as he interacted with individuals he found by way of Craigslist and reveled in their gullibility. Posing as a customer or seller, Lindsay responded to a variety of classified ads, making ridiculous offers to unsuspecting victims. With a unique ability to incite exasperation, confusion and rage — sometimes all three simultaneously — Lindsay’s site became an internet sensation.

In April of 2010, Lindsay released Emails from an A**hole: Real People Being Stupid, the book version of his immensely popular site.

How did DontEvenReply.com come about?

It started back when I was in college and my car’s transmission blew up. I was going through Craigslist trying to find a cheap car to buy, and was quickly getting fed up with all the BS I had to sift through. Finally, I saw one ad in the “For Sale by Owner” section that was pretty much this entitled woman demanding a Ford Explorer for her “3 beautiful girls” and the car had to be pretty much perfect. For $1500. The icing on the cake was that she included a picture of herself. The whole thing just irked me, so I decided I was gonna respond to her ad and see if I could get under her skin. I started out trying to sell her a piece of crap Bronco, then a car that was completely totaled, then the Ford Explorer from Jurassic Park, and she was more and more furious every time I emailed her. I thought it was hilarious, so I passed these emails around to my friends. Then I started responding to other ridiculous ads, messing with the people in similar ways. It eventually evolved into me coming up with absurd scenarios for anyone gullible enough to believe me.

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