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Dick DeBartolo, MAD's Maddest Writer, and co-host of The Giz Wiz at GizWiz.TV, The Giz Wiz on ABC's World News Now, and on Tech Guy Labs with Leo Laporte on TWiT.tv. But wait, there's More »

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    Dick's Blog & Log...

    Here's info you might be looking for, or photos or videos, stuff that I found interesting, and you might find it interesting too.


    A great summer night in August, 2017

    Docking after a little late evening run on the Hudson River.


    A memory from four years ago.

    Say "hi" or even "woof" to Charlie, the dog, formerly known as Scruffy. Charlie joined the DeBartolo-Wunderlin Clan on Saturday, July 27th (2013) when Dennis & I adopted him from www.kinderforresue.org. They're LA based, but some shelter dogs were flown to NYC to seek new homes. We'll keep you posted. So far he's been great, and he quickly overcame his fear of the backyard trains and stopped barking at them.



    David Pogue, yes that David Pogue, Visits MAD (and takes lots of stuff.)

    David's postg on Facebook: Today, I was lucky enough to tour MAD magazine's offices--a place I've considered hallowed since I was 12 years old! (From left: senior editor Joe Raiola; 54-year writing veteran Dick DeBartolo; me; and editor John Ficarra.)

    Distressingly, I learned that MAD's corporate parent has decided to move the operation to California—and that the current staff won't be going with it. Starting in April 2018, it may be a very different magazine.

    And my post that same day:

    Tech Genius & tall person, David Pogue came for a MAD tour today. He was so complimentary & so excited about being here, no one had the heart to let him know we invited him in the hopes he could get our computers back online. But, who cares, he was a super guest!


    Some heavy hitters visit MAD magazine. (They're real MAD fans too, which is great!)

    I promised Lin-Manuel Miranda (a huge MAD fan & a huge star!) a tour of MAD & today was the day. Great fun till Alfred E. showed up and pushed his way in!


    An inexpensive, but very useful backpack.

    Every back-to-school season I try to find a unique backpack. This year I found a backpack with a couple of unique features, that is also incredibly inexplensive. It's the Inateck Laptop Backpack. It's good-looking and the company says it's made from waterproof, scratch-resistant, anti-tear special nylon fabric. It's also the first backpack I've seen with slip-on waterproof cover. It's like a elastic slip-on raincoat for your backpack and it's included in the price. Also unique is an external USB Port; slide your power bank into the backpack and plug it in; now you can charge devices with the backpack closed. A luggage belt at the back lets your backpack slip over the extending handle on your rolling luggage. Side pockets hold personal belongings like a water bottle or umbrella. And a padded compartment holds up to 15.6 inch laptop. I think it's a bargain at $39.99, but Amazon instant discount dropped price to $27.99! Offer was still valid as of 8/24/17