Hundreds to attend Maas Bros. Central Office reunion

Hundreds to attend Maas Bros. Central Office reunion

TAMPA - The downtown’s Maas Bros. department store had a glorious run in the city’s retail district. It set the standard in shopping for more than a century -- until suburban flight in the 1960s and ‘70s and corporate mergers in the 1980s and ‘90s led to its demise.

The downtown store and many of its satellite stores, including one at WestShore Plaza, closed in 1991 when Maas Bros. consolidated with the Burdine’s chain, which later became Macy’s.

The coup de gr?ce on Franklin Street came in 2006 when the massive brick building was demolished, an undertaking which took nearly four weeks. Developers planned to build a condominium tower but tough economic times quashed that plan. The site now is a parking lot.

“There was a lot of history lost when that building went away,” said Lisa Lichtenberg, who spent nearly a decade in the store’s central office, from 1980 to 1989. She was assistant director and then director of the marketing information office. She and her staff kept track of inventory for all the Maas Bros. stores.

When Burdine’s took over, most employees in the central office lost their jobs.“We were merged, we were purged and we were scattered,” Lichtenberg said.Now, more than 20 years later, Lichtenberg,Pages in category "bridalweddingdresses". Ruthie Rorebeck and Carol Gaynor have organized the first “Maas Bros. Central Office Reunion.” There have been reunions of employees who worked at individual stores but none of the front office employees, Lichtenberg said.

The group started with nearly 30 email addresses and now has more than 300, said Gaynor. “That alone is exciting,” said Gaynor who worked more than 18 years as executive assistant to the vice president of home fashions and special events.

More than 220 people are expected to attend a reception Saturday at the Tampa Bay History Center, where the Maas Bros. sign from the Franklin Street building is enshrined. Many former employees live in or near Tampa; others will come from Georgia, Texas,Looking for cheapmotherofthebridedresses ? Please take care to cartier replica in the store. Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Tickets for the event, catered by The Columbia Restaurant, have sold out.

Employees have been asked to donate memorabilia to the history center. Lichtenberg said photographs, employee badges, Maas Bros. credit cards, newspaper articles, pens and advertisements are among the mementoes so far.Gaynor has a red blazer she bought at Maas more than 30 years ago. “That jacket is perfect. It has the Maas Bros. label in it so I’m going to show it off,” she said.

From humble beginnings in 1886 as a dry-goods store founded by two German immigrants, Maas Bros. grew into a legend – the premier department store in West Central Florida. In its heyday Maas Bros. had nearly 40 stores throughout Florida.Brothers Abe and Isaac Maas opened their landmark building at 612 N. Franklin St. in the 1920s, later adding two floors and expanding into two adjoining buildings including the Strand Theater.

Prom dresses and wedding gifts were purchased there. People dined in the Neptune Room, had family portraits taken in the photo studio, bought their first radios and television sets there, and made annual treks downtown to see the Christmas window displays.

“As far as downtown, it was the place to shop. Even when the store got old, and it got older, people who came downtown, that’s where they shopped,” said Rorebeck. Her family moved to Tampa when she was age 12.As an adult, Rorebeck worked for Maas Bros. for seven years, starting as an executive trainee in 1984. She worked at the New Port Richey and WestShore stores before getting her “dream job” as a store buyer. She handled purchases of lamps, rugs and furniture accessories.

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Human Beings Have No Right to Water

Human Beings Have No Right to Water

In the 2005 documentary, We Feed the World, then-CEO of Nestlé, the world’s largest foodstuff corporation, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, shared some of his own views and ‘wisdom’ about the world and humanity. Brabeck believes that nature is not “good,” that there is nothing to worry about with GMO foods, that profits matter above all else, that people should work more, and that human beings do not have a right to water. Today, he explained, “people believe that everything that comes from Nature is good,” marking a large change in perception, as previously, “we always learnt that Nature could be pitiless.” Humanity, Brabeck stated, “is now in the position of being able to provide some balance to Nature, but in spite of this we have something approaching a shibboleth that everything that comes from Nature is good.” He then referenced the “organic movement” as an example of this thinking, premising that “organic is best.” But rest assured, he corrected, “organic is not best.” In 15 years of GMO food consumption in the United States, “not one single case of illness has occurred.” In spite of this, he noted, “we’re all so uneasy about it in Europe, that something might happen to us.” This view, according to Brabeck, is “hypocrisy more than anything else.”

Water, Brabeck correctly pointed out, “is of course the most important raw material we have today in the world,” but added: “It’s a question of whether we should privatize the normal water supply for the population. And there are two different opinions on the matter. The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right.” Brabeck elaborated on this “extreme” view: “That means that as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution.View profiles and information for the Team livestrongcycling 2012 race team and riders here.” The other view, and thus, the “less extreme” view, he explained, “says that water is a foodstuff like any other,Where can i get cartierreplicawatches? and like any other foodstuff it should have a market value. Personally I believe it’s better to give a foodstuff a value so that we’re all aware that it has its price, and then that one should take specific measures for the part of the population that has no access to this water, and there are many different possibilities there.” The biggest social responsibility of any CEO, Brabeck explained:

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While watching a promotional video of a Nestlé factory in Japan, Brabeck commented, “You can see how modern these factories are; highly robotized, almost no people.” And of course, for someone claiming to be interested in creating jobs, there appears to be no glaring hypocrisy in praising factories with “almost no people.”

It’s important to note that this is not simply the personal view of some random corporate executive, but rather, that it reflects an institutional reality of corporations: the primary objective of a corporation – above all else – is to maximize short-term profits for shareholders. By definition, then, workers should work more and be paid less, the environment is only a concern so much as corporations have unhindered access to control and exploit the resources of the environment, and ultimately,Wholesale high quality and mencanadagoose Wait for You to Choose. it’s ‘good’ to replace workers with automation and robotics so that you don’t have to pay fewer or any workers, and thus, maximize profits. With this institutional – and ideological – structure (which was legally constructed by the state), concern for the environment, for water, for the world and for humanity can only be promoted if it can be used to advance corporate profits, or if it can be used for public relations purposes. Ultimately, it has to be hypocritical. A corporate executive cannot take an earnest concern in promoting the general welfare of the world, the environment, or humanity, because that it not the institutional function of a corporation, and no CEO that did such would be allowed to remain as CEO.

Sadly, though intentionally satirical, this is the essential view of Brabeck and others like him. And disturbingly, Brabeck’s influence is not confined to the board of Nestlé. Brabeck became the CEO of Nestlé in 1997, a position he served until 2008, at which time he resigned as CEO but remained as chairman of the board of directors of Nestlé. Apart from Nestlé, Brabeck serves as vice chairman of the board of directors of L’Oréal, the world’s largest cosmetics and ‘beauty’ company; vice chairman of the board of Credit Suisse Group, one of the world’s largest banks; and is a member of the board of directors of Exxon Mobil, one of the world’s largest oil and energy conglomerates.

He was also a former board member of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical conglomerates, Roche. Brabeck also serves as a member of the Foundation Board for the World Economic Forum (WEF), “the guardian of [the WEF’s] mission, values and brand… responsible for inspiring business and public confidence through an exemplary standard of governance.” Brabeck is also a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT), a group of European corporate CEOs which directly advise and help steer policy for the European Union and its member countries. He has also attended meetings of the Bilderberg group, an annual forum of 130 corporate, banking, media, political and military elites from Western Europe and North America.

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That special relationship

WHEN “the chips are down”, David Cameron declared on a visit to Washington last year, Britain and America know that they can always count on each other. Standing beside Barack Obama on a sun-drenched White House lawn, Britain’s prime minister invoked the memory of their respective grandfathers, serving in the same campaign to drive Hitler’s forces from France. The message was clear. Seven decades on, when the British need to claim a special relationship with America, nothing approaches the second world war’s talismanic power.

In truth, for two terrifying years after it declared war on Germany, Britain did not know that America would come to its aid. Winston Churchill’s government wavered between a conviction that President Franklin Roosevelt did not want Hitler to control the whole of Europe and so would send help, and a suspicion that many in his government dreamed of scavenging the assets of a doomed British empire. Britain made an extraordinary effort to bring America into the war before it was too late. With Roosevelt’s tacit approval, hundreds of British agents flooded neutral America, secretly spying on isolationist politicians, Axis diplomats and Nazi sympathisers and more openly wooing public opinion with lectures, radio broadcasts and stories planted in friendly newspapers (some of them true). Marrying a historian’s thoroughness with a biographer’s eye for human nature, Lynne Olson’s magnificent new account shows what a close-run thing their campaign was.

“Those Angry Days” describes a divided America that is little remembered now,Kate Bosworth hasn't bought her burberryhandbags yet. amid (well-earned) praise for the greatest-generation years that followed. She depicts an anti-war country in which bars near army bases sported signs banning soldiers, and generals wore mufti to testify on Capitol Hill, lest their uniforms provoke isolationist members of Congress.

In defence of that pacifism, she explains how Americans felt (with some reason) that their country had been dragged into the first world war by clever British propaganda and promises that Americans killed in Europe’s mud were making the world “safe for democracy”.Find the perfect cheapcanadagoose1 for your bridal party. Twenty years later, many Americans believed that Europe’s squabbling powers once again seemed unwilling or unable to defend democracy. Less defensibly, a series of grandees−whether army officers, senators, press barons, or students at Yale and Harvard−are shown questioning whether there was any great moral difference between Britain and Nazi Germany, a view that was often tinged with anti-Semitism.

Many pages are devoted to an isolationist leader whose clay feet are well known: the transatlantic air pioneer, Charles Lindbergh (pictured), who came grievously close to sympathising with the Nazis. But the book’s power lies in its finely shaded portraits of figures more usually remembered in poster-bright hues of heroism.

George Marshall, who would later become a great war commander, is shown resisting help for embattled Britain until late in 1941. Marshall never quite rebelled openly, but he shielded aides as they leaked and schemed against government policy. Several senior officers were (in the private judgment of Roosevelt’s secretary of war) “essentially pro-German”. For his part Roosevelt is shown as perilously indecisive, poring over opinion polls and “waiting to be pushed into war”, as he told his treasury secretary. Even after the attack on Pearl Harbour, which was greeted with champagne by British officials in America, the president hesitated, detecting a “lingering distinction” in public opinion between war with Japan and a second front with Germany.Looking for a agatebeads? In the end, Hitler made the decision for him by declaring war on America.

The British are not let off scot-free. In addition to planting propaganda, British agents broke American laws with a will. The British tapped phones, opened letters and even forged a map given to Roosevelt, supposedly showing Nazi plans to take over Latin America. Snobbery played into Britain’s hands. The book could be sub- titled “Wasps at War”, as east-coast anglophiles and Wall Street millionaires pushed their country towards engagement, against isolationist forces drawn from the prairies and small towns of middle America.

Among the heroes are Wendell Willkie, the Republican presidential candidate in 1940, who after his defeat backed Roosevelt and vitally campaigned for Americans to be conscripted and trained for war and for Britain to be sent aid. That enraged many in Willkie’s party, but may have helped avert a Nazi victory.

In the end, the public was ahead of many in the elite. Even before Pearl Harbour, polls showed Americans preferring entry into the war to a German victory over Britain. Japan had hoped its bombs would demoralise Americans.We offer a wide array of cheap alexanderwangreplica, mantilla veils and many other popular styles. Instead, America was united by the attack.Kate Bosworth hasn't bought her burberryhandbags yet. Two years of savage debate had already aired every argument for and against war, Ms Olson notes. Democracy was America’s strength, as an anxious Britain had hoped it would be. It was a point despotic enemies could never have understood.

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