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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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    The very useful, and very famous GizWiz.Biz LED Hat is still available!

    Actually we just looked on to top shelf and saw we have more of them!

    (And these are Gluten-Free!)

    Now you can own your own GizWiz.Biz LED baseball cap! (Heck, you can own two if you want!) It's like having someone hold a flashlight exactly where you need light! The Giz Wiz Biz LED Hat is the “ultimate hands free flashlight!” It looks like a typical premium quality ball cap, with two very important differences. One is the custom-designed brightly embroidered two-color Giz Wiz Logo! And the second --- Need light? Just click the switch that’s hidden on the underside of the brim and you have instant ultra bright light from the LED’s that are built into AND under the brim!! There are three hidden LED’s. The two LED’s under the brim are for up-close tasks like home repair, working under the hood of your car, hobbies, and for reading without disturbing others. Then there’s a single ultra bright LED in the center of the brim that directs light about 50’ forward for long distance lighting. That’s great for biking, running, walking the dog, and yes, riding a scooter! When you really want a lot of light for camping, grilling, etc. click the switch again and you have all three LED’s on at once! The easy to use three-way switch is concealed in the brim too! Think about how useful this hat will be in case there’s a power outage! Or when a fuse blows and you have to go down into a dark basement. Or the impression you’ll make if you’re desperate for attention at a party. The three LED’s last for 100,000+ hours. They’re powered by four CR-2032 Lithium coin cell batteries which are preinstalled and concealed in the sweatband. Panther Vision says they provide up to 75 hours of intermittent light. And you can easily replace them. Adjustable Velcro closure, so one size fits most folks. The GizWiz.Biz LED 3.0 Hat is $23.99. You can order one or two hats. Two hats are $49.98 and fit in one box, so there's no extra postage for the second hat.  

    UPDATE: I always test the lights on the hat before I send them out, but since I don't have a way to check the actual voltage, I'll include 4 brand new batteries with a "use by date of 2021" with each hat. 

    Priority shipping is just $7.99 for one or two hats. The only bad news is if you live outside the US. Sorry, but US orders only because of shipping costs and customs.  

    1 OR 2 HATS


     I still have books left! Yep, it's not too late to get an autogaphed copy of the first printing of the softcover version of GOOD DAYS & MAD!

    A little more about Good Days & MAD.

     If you like the stories of the mad way William M. Gaines ran a very successful MAD Magazine that I tell on The Daily Giz Wiz, then you should really enjoy GOOD DAYS AND MAD. It's a biographical look at the 30 some odd years I spent working for Gaines and for MAD. All the strange stories are in there - like the time Gaines took the entire staff to a subscriber's house in Haiti to beg him to renew!

    Gaines and I also became fast friends and I get to relate of some incredible things we did together. Like the time Gaines, knowing I love trains, rented a 1890's observation car and took 12 of us on a trip from NYC to Boston in total luxury. Gaines loved food, so he had three chefs aboard! He arranged to have this private railroad car hooked up to the Amtrak Metroliner! We went to Boston, spent 5 hours there sightseeing, and then the observation car was hooked up to another Metroliner for the trip back to NY's Penn Station. Then there was the time I arranged to get Gaines onto the torch of the Statue of Liberty. It was an incredible adventure until Bill almost got stuck trying to push through the elbow of Miss Liberty!

    The book is no longer in print, but I did squirrel away some copies in the warehouse. Each copy of GOOD DAYS AND MAD sold helps pay off the rent on Dick's Gadget Warehouse. I spend $355 a month to store old books and old gadgets! Yes, there is a real gadget warehouse (Sofia Bros.) at Amsterdam Avenue & 83rd Street, I'm trying to downsize and move into something smaller and less expensive. I'm slowly realizing being the "The Giz Wiz" is expensive. It's more than $4200 a year just to house gizmos and MAD stuff in Dick's Gadget Warehouse. I had the warehouse for more than 25 years. Yes that's over $100,000 in rent! I should have never figured it out, because it's more of a money loser than a money maker. But what the heck, I'm having fun!

     The book goes Priority Mail  for $6.99. (It weighs 1 and 1/2 pounds! US Orders only. (The weight of this book to Canada requires about $20.00 in postage & a custom's slip. It used to be a lot easier and cheaper!)

      This soft-cover version has all the heartbreak, all the humor and all the typos of the original! It's exactly the same book, except for the cover! And it's cheaper too. Just $16.95, plus $6.99 Priority Shipping. (It usually cost more than that to send because Priority Mail is now paid for by distance. But I'll make up any difference in price.

    Photos from Good Days & MAD / (Top right) Dick De resting in his private 'think tank' in his office. Gaines spared no expense to make me comfortable at MAD. Truth is, he let me  have a operating model railroad in my office!

    (Top left) John Ficarra, Editor of MAD, Dick De, and Morley Safer record a spot that appeared on 60 Minutes. It was in the late 1980's. Under the video section of this website you can follow a link to see it.

    (Bottom left) Dennis Wunderlin, Annie Gaines, Bill (William M.) Gaines , Dick De, and Carol Stuart on the observation platform of the private railroad car Gaines rented so he could take a few friends from New York to Boston and back! We had a champagne brunch on the way to Boston, and a full sit-down dinner on the return!

    (Bottom right) Bill's office wall. Look carefully. Among all the photos of Bill is an oil painting The Usual Gang of Idiots gave Gaines for Christmas one year. Yes, it's an oil painting of the back of his head! Come on, if we took a picture of him from the front, he might have suspected something!

    50% Off Deal Details!! 

    Buy one copy --- get a second copy for half price.

    Don't worry, I'll have a calculator here. One copy is $16.95. Half a copy (you still get a WHOLE book) is $8.48. That total is $25.43.  The two books together weigh more than 3 pounds - Priority mail is $10.85, but I print it online & get a discount.  So Priority shipping is $9.85. The total for two soft cover copies is $35.27. (For some reason PayPal says the total is $35.38, 11 cents more. If 11 cents is a deal breaker, let me know!)

    Details:  US orders only. And in the instructions box when you order, please put who to autograph each book to. Or write "Just your name" -- if you just want it autogaphed by Dick De, MAD's Maddest Writer! Finally, they both have to go to the same US address. Thanks!

    Remember: This is a perfect gift for a loved one. Perfect revenge for someone you hate! It's a Win-Win gift! Please tell me who to autograph the book to when you order, or if you just want it signed with my name. (That way you can read it, and then give it as gift!)