Helen Keller

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

18 Elvis Billboard #1 Hits

Elvis Presley had 18 Billboard #1 hits and although most believe he should have won many major awards, he actually did not – in fact none for dozens of his pop and rock and roll hits.

He had over 140 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop Chart in the US, over a hundred of which were in the top forty, 40 in the top 10, and 18 were #1. He also was the first artist to have 60 weeks at No. 1, documented in the April 14, 1962 of Billboard with his Blue Hawaii soundtrack when it had spent its 18th week at the top of the charts. In total, Elvis’ #1 singles spent 80 weeks at the top spot, but he won only three Grammys for his music.

For anyone interested in some more Elvis trivia, the only award he ever accepted in person was when he was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men, receiving the award from the United States Junior Chamber (the Jaycees) on January 16, 1971.

Alexander Hamilton

“There are seasons in every country when noise and impudence pass current for worth; and in popular commotions especially, the clamors of interested and factious men are often mistaken for patriotism.”

SXSW South by Southwest Conference

As some of you already know, South by Southwest ®(SXSW) is one of the world’s premier events showcasing music, film and interactive media. This internationally-recognized event has live panels, special events, cinema and combines entertainment and educational activities in a conference and festival atmosphere.  The event takes place annually in Austin, Texas in the United States – this year between March 8th and 16th, 2024.

I have made a proposal to participate by making a presentation entitled “Legal Implications of AI: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and voting by the online community is now live!  That allows the public to help the organizers decide on ideas that are the most creative, innovative, and relevant for 2024.  Starting today and until August 20th (11:59 PM PT), you can see my proposal and vote using this link: Legal Implications of AI: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.  I hope you will vote to include my presentation in the event.

My objective is to make the presentation interactive and entertaining, including some potentially innovative uses of AI to make the point. What do I want to talk about? First, how does current law deal with the film, television, music, art, literary industries – what are the challenges and the opportunities. Second, how can celebrities, sports figures, creative artists and talented professionals protect themselves while also exploiting the evolving technology. Of course, last but not least, is it too soon to start regulating AI? If so, what are we waiting for? If not, how do we even suggest regulation when we can’t predict where we are going?

I won’t pretend to have all the answers, but I will try to provide an enlightening, stimulating and thought provoking presentation – and yes, entertaining!  Again, I would appreciate your vote:  Legal Implications of AI: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Francis Ford Coppola

Nicolas Kim Coppola, known by his stage name Nicolas Cage, is the recipient of an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award among the numerous accolades he has received during his career. He is the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola.

Nicolas Cage

Actor Nicolas Cage is the nephew of what famous director?

Taco Bell

Taco Bell presumably used the slogan “Think outside the bun” to promote the idea that people should stop eating the typical burger, chicken or fish sandwiches (usually served on a bun) from the usual fast food burger places.