New Clive Davis Autobiography Reveals His Roles In “New Coke” And His Invention Of The iPad

Clive Davis

A rare glimpse inside Clive Davis Laboratories where the magic happens.

Los Angeles—Former “American Idol” winner and star of stage and screen Kelly Clarkson isn’t the only celebrity named and skewered in record mogul Clive Davis’ new autobiography, “The Soundtrack of My Life.” Davis also said that he tried his best to prevent “massive career mistakes” that other protégé’s made, and at the same time resisted taking credit for some tremendous inventions and ideas that have helped change the world, namely, the iPad.

Early in the book, Davis said that he “wasted, ultimately, more than a month of my precious time” trying to convince Coca-Cola executives not to change the classic formula back in 1985. The advice that Davis tried to give the execs, including one former record company employee who was instrumental in the soft drink maker’s decision to “update the taste or some such nonsense,” fell on deaf ears. But David was quickly proven correct in his assessment, and was sent “a lifetime supply of the caramel-colored drink, though in all honesty,” Davis said he prefers “Tab.” Continue reading

TDQ Tech For The Week Of 3/12/12

The GrinderyIn this week’s TDQ Tech, The Grindery shows off their journalistic technology skills with a story they had out DAYS before the Apple iPad (whatever the next one’s called) announcement, and a feel-good story that will bring a smile to your face for a few brief seconds before you return to your awful existence that is the real world.

Them Grindery boys don’t mess around. That’s why you’re a damn fool if you make any move to upgrade any tech in your home, office, car or mistress’s apartment that you secretly pay for withoug reading their advice.

You are now technologically informed. Go and do likewise.

“I’ll Take The Working Class Drunk Over The Socialite Drunk Any Day:” A TDQ Q&A With English Teacher Jay Haffner, Part 2


Blurps! A new social media sensation, by Jay Haffner.

TDQ: School districts around the country are eliminating teaching cursive, with the logic that no one will use script in the future, everyone will type or text. As an English teacher, do you think that actually writing a story or assignment with a pen and paper is fundamental to becoming a better writer/student, or do you agree that if they’re going to type so much, to hell with teaching cursive?

Haffner: Ha. Good question. I wouldn’t say the actual act of putting pen to paper on a regular basis is going to make a person a better writer, per se (I haven’t used the phrase “per se” in a long time and, looking at it now, I’m realizing I need to use it more often), but it’s still important. If for no other reason, the lack of funds being appropriated to public schools these days almost ensures that kids are going to continue to get an education that’s totally and utterly devoid of current technological devices. They need to learn to write so I can stop grading 150 essays that I swear are written in Sanskrit. 
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TDQ Goes High Tech With Our Newest Feature

The GrinderyWe’re very excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with our good friends at The Grindery to bring you the latest in technology news once a week in a new feature we’re calling “TDQ Tech.”

Each week we’ll tell you what’s new and exciting in the world of iPads and science and technology and other things we really don’t understand. We’ll bring you the very latest that The Grindery has to offer in their expert coverage of the tech world.

In our first installment, you can read about an exciting new discovery regarding black holes, and see what happens when a laptop repair for a friend goes horribly, horribly wrong.

And we really appreciate the gang over there explaining to us who this Steve Jobs dude is.

You are now technologically informed. Go and do likewise.

“A Really Big Shew:” A TDQ Q&A With Businessman And Former Talk Show Host Michael Essany, Part 1

Michael Essany

Michael Essany had his own talk show at the age of fourteen. How's your "to do" list going?

This week, TDQ interviews businessman and former talk show host Michael Essany. Michael had his own TV show, “The Michael Essany Show” at 14, and moved it to E! a few years later. Pretty much makes your teenage years sound pretty lame, doesn’t it? He spoke to us about his role in the Royal Wedding, the challenges of hosting a talk show and Police Academy movies. Here is Part 1 of our TDQ Q&A with Michael Essany:

The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about

Michael Essany: I was having a Zima with Prince William after his tux fitting and I asked what that was on his iPad.
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