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SuperBowl Tailgate, Billionaire Style

Friday, February 19, 2010

By Pippa Edelen

This past weekend I attended the best tailgate ever. As a die-hard football fan who likes to be close to the action, I was thrilled when Runco dealer extraordinaire Andrew Guenther from Advanced Audio Design in Naples, FL proposed that Runco support his sponsorship of the Bombardier Touchdown Lounge in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

This uber-fancy tailgate consists of private aircraft owners to fly in and be a part of the most incredible SuperBowl party outside of Bourbon Street. What made this tailgate so special? Well, to risk sounding gauche, the massive bank accounts of the attendees. You see, the “tail” in question is referring to the stern of a G5, Global Express or Learjet 60.

To help paint a picture, three Rolls Royce Motor Carriages greeted each guest at the entrance (specifically two Phantom Coupes – each in two-tone and one was a Drophead, natch - and the new Ghost. And, as only the elite know, all three models open in the back to allow for “seating” on the tailgate.) Behind the half-million-dollar automobiles was a glowing bar that had three Runco LCD’s hung from the scaffolding while three more, along with a Runco XP-OPAL65 DHD, decorated the rest of the hangar. Just beyond the bar, the granddaddy display stopped the attendees in their tracks. The impressive 16-foot-wide Stewart Filmscreen was illuminated by two double-stacked Runco VX-33d’s. Despite having enormous hangar doors open to allow in tons of Florida sunshine, the VX-33’s rocked. They are so bright that even daylight couldn’t degrade the gorgeous HD images. The Lounge was open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and by the time the game rolled around Sunday evening, every chair, stool, leather couch and settee was angled at the impressive, monster display. But no one needed to crane their neck or sit up close to see the action because the set-up was so enormous, it impressed no matter where you were in the hangar. Coupled with more than a quarter-million dollars worth of CAT audio, this party was simply superb. From the food, to the sponsors, to the double-stacked VX-33d’s, I’d argue that nothing beats tailgating, billionaire style.

Pippa has a degree in Journalism from U of O and spends most of her time writing fancy words, orchestrating events, shining up websites and generating press for Runco.

The Princess and the Frog

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Posted by Jennifer Davis

Disney does it again.Take a classic fairy tale, give it compelling visual appeal, put it together with a Randy Newman score and – viola! – princess is born in The Princess and the Frog.

I took the kids to see this movie today (let’s just say that with all the holiday excitement and sugar consumption, we really needed to get out of the house) and they enjoyed it.

The story gist is different than you might remember the story. In this rendition, the kiss doesn’t turn the frog back into a prince; it turns the girl (who wasn’t a “real” princess) into a frog. This sends this workaholic waitress and a selfish, penniless prince immediately off on an adventure involving voodoo, soul-searching, a delusional fire fly, a wanna-be jazz musician alligator, and more.If you have any princesses in your home, as I do, they’ll love the story.

Like all the Disney flicks before it, Princess and the Frog is a great movie to watch on a Runco flat panel at home (where you are likely to watch the Blu-Ray or DVD over-and-over-and-over again). The Runco LCD line, the Crystal Series™, featuring OPAL™ technology will allow the dark shadows of Doctor Facilier or the Bayou at night to strike the right kind of fear, while maintaining the brightness of the firefly parade and the fairly-tale mansion architecture of the Garden District of New Orleans – even in a bright family room environment in your home.

If you have a light-controlled basement theater or playroom, your family will love to watch it on a Runco plasma display, from the CinemaWall™ or PlasmaWall™ series, which has really rich blacks which will help illuminate the dark corners of Charlotte’s room or Mama Odie’s tree house boat (I know it sounds strange, but that is what it is).As an emissive display technology will make the lights of the French Quarter during the Mardi Gras parade sparkle!

Special props to Anika Noni Rose who voiced the main character, Tiana and did an awesome job.Bruno Campos, who you may recognize from bit parts on a lot of the most popular television shows, gives voice to the only Disney prince besides the Beast to ever have a story line of his own. And, who can forget Oprah Winfrey as Tiana’s mother Eudora.

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