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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About John Andrews

It’s Holiday Blog Tag time, where if you get tagged by another blogger you write five things most people don’t know about you and then tag five others so they can do the same. I’ve been tagged several times over the past week so I give in.. here’s my 5 Things:

  1. I worked for Publisher’s Clearing House (PCH) back in the day of the big magazine subscription sweepstakes, before Ed McMann put his face all over an American Family copy-cat. You might say that was my introduction to marketing (although I was just a kid working the night shift for beer money). By the way, Robert H. Treller didn’t exist, and you really didn’t need to buy magazines to have a chance at winning. I learned about corporate spying while with PCH, and alot about the competitive side of marketing. I also got to see first hand how someone working in the mail room gets to know almost everything and every one in a business.
  2. I started my first real job when I was 14 years old, working as a dishwasher in a French restaurant on the Miracle Mile in Manhasset, NY (Brasserie St. Germaine). I lied and said I was 16. By age 15 I was a bus boy. I remember when the waitresses would bring me along to The Chalet in Roslyn after work (after 10pm) so they had someone with them besides the fresh-of-the-boat French chef trainees, who were hard-to-handle. Beer, women, and crazy French sous Chefs in bars at age 15… is there any wonder?
  3. I have shot perfect 25 while trapshooting twice in my life, both times costing my dad a round for the boys at the yacht club bar. The first time he was happy to pay the bar bill, because he was proud of his kid. The second time, I am not so sure. I haven’t been invited back for a third opportunity yet, but I did get invited on their annual Sporting Clays outing last spring. I shot the high score. And by the way, just to keep it interesting, I shoot trap and sporting clays with a made-in-Japan Browning pump shotgun.
  4. I once walked 50 miles in one day. No, it wasn’t for boy scouts, but it was during high school. I earned a patch, but there was no way I’d put that sucker on my junior varsity Lacrosse jacket. I did it to show I could. In case you were wondering, the first 24 miles are the easiest. Oh, and if you ever try that yourself, learn from my mistake and do not pack a salami sandwich and chocolate milk as your lunch. There are better choices.
  5. Finally, because the idea of marketers who don’t watch TV is odd but also oddly common, I’ll admit that we tossed TV out of our house almost 3 years ago. Except for pro sports and late night infomercials from which cocktail party jokes are made (“…aw honey, sandwiches again?”), I don’t miss it.

Now to pass the Holiday BlogTag baton to 5 others… I tag Susan Torrico, Chris Snyder, Jeff Loiselle, Steve McArthur, and Hans Kaspersetz.


  1. scoreboard wrote:

    Cool! Another shooter.

    Oh, and your tags are the new hotness. :)

    Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 10:30 am | Permalink
  2. SusanT wrote:

    Shoot! I didn’t know that about you, John.
    I was the only girl in my neighborhood growing up (aka/ tomboy) and just “one of the guys”. Never tried skeet or trap, but I loved shooting rifes and shooting pool (actually got pointers from Willie Mosconi and placed 2nd in the US Intercollegiate 9-ball tournament at Purdue).

    Friday, January 12, 2007 at 8:28 am | Permalink
  3. “learn from my mistake and do not pack a salami sandwich and chocolate milk as your lunch. There are better choices.”

    Too funny! Hey did I ever tell you I’m on the search for the world’s best chocolate milk. Every time I travel across country by car, whenever I stop at a convenience store, I buy the local dairy chocolate milk. I like to pretend I having a rating system (but I really don’t)… I sit there and basically gargle the chocolate milk until ultimately I decide whether it’s better or worse than the previous chocolate milk. I wish I could say that I had a better science abot it, or that I could remember a specific chocolate milk.. but I can’t. It’s basically just a reason to drink lots of deliciously chocolatey milk.

    Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 2:51 pm | Permalink
  4. Hmmm….. seems like doing dishes is a right of passage. I washed dishes for three summers at Michael’s Deli in Bayville, NJ. Michael’s was a Italian deli run by a polish guy. I think most of the customers thought he was Italian. I think I started when I was 13 or 14. My last job at Michael’s was delivering crabs to the NY fish market in the middle of the night. I did dishes and delivered meat for George’s. George’s is a polish deli in Bayonne, NJ. I did it to earn money to snowboard and pay for gas for my ’85 Dodge Horizon which I paid $50 for. Now I work for New Jersey’s Best web design company, Cyber X Designs, and I do dishes at home a couple of times a week.



    John Replies: Welcome to TheBlog, Hans.  I have similar experience across the Hudson river. But when I lived in New Jersey I loved the diners. We have some out west, but nothing like you have in New Jersey. I especially liked the one in Mountain lakes… right on route 46. I don’t think it’s called Paul’s Diner anymore, but I’m not sure. Doesn’t Michael DeWitt live there now?  Also Princeton Diner was always awesome. We used to go there when I rode a Yamaha Virago… pre-kids.  We’d go for a late night ride from Morristown down 78 to route 1 / Newark -Princeton corridor. Back in the days of not having to be back home ever if the climate was good and we had cash in our pockets. In the summer there was this gradual dip on route 78 south around Bernardsville, where the cool air just sort of rested, and you’d ride down into it, for a few miles,  just long enough to feel the chill before the road came up a little and warmed back up. And speaking of New Jersey, did you know about this site?

    Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 9:22 pm | Permalink
  5. The diner on route 46 is stilled called Paul’s. It has a big green sign and has the BEST sugar free cheese cake. Uhmm….. I remember my disappointment when I learned that sugar free cheese cake is no less calories then with sugar. Bummer. Cyber X Designs is located right up the road in Denville, so we hit Paul’s pretty regularly. Michael does live in Mountain Lakes, seems like the NY PHP crew is moving to places like NY, Texas and Washington at an alarming rate. I think my favorite diner is the 4 Star diner in Union City. It is right across the street from the Park Performing Arts Center. I have spent many many nights there. I think the only dinner I might have spent more time in was the Malibu Diner in Hoboken. We used to hit that place on our way home from Manhattan. Did you know NJ has the most diners?

    I hadn’t seen that site yet, but I will definitely pass it along to Allie. The wheels are turning.

    Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 10:34 pm | Permalink
  6. john andrews wrote:

    Another favorite New Jersey diner: Tick Tock Diner in East Rutherford (famous for Bill Parcels as customer, the NY Giants/Patriots guy, and the “eat heavy” neon sign). I stopped there many an early a.m. for eggs, toasted english’s and in my more active years, black & white shakes, both before and after they remodeled. They’re even featured on for Union City, “New Jersey has more Cubans in Union City (1 sq. mi.) than Havana, Cuba” has probably changed by now, but was amazing. I bought my first Phantom road tires in Union City, and ate cuban for lunch that day.

    I think your NJ Facts are tons more interesting than the NJ page. They should link to you. Wikipedia is so lame it links to pages like this, instead of yours.

    , instead of yours.

    Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 11:06 pm | Permalink