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15 Years Ago Today We Lost This Mega Star!

15 years ago today Johnny Cash left his home here on earth to join June in their new home on the other side. I had the honor of meeting him and his amazing family on several occasions. His concerts felt more like a family jam session than the over produced flash and bang of today's music events. His persona was overwhelming and yet you felt like part of an extended family in his presence. I took this image at the end of his concert. It was the last frame of film I had left on the roll. Long live Johnny Cash!

Motivational Speaker TShane Johnson Pitch Video for the legendary Match Game!

Motivational Speaker TShane Johnson was asked to provide a pitch video for the legendary long running game show Match Game.

"We weren't really sure what the producers of Match Game expected so we just decided to have fun with it. I hope they enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together."     
                                                                                          ~ Booyah Productions VP Ray Tharaldson

Match Game premiered on NBC in 1962 and was revived several times over the course of the next few decades. The game featured contestants trying to come up with answers to fill-in-the-blank questions, with the object being to match answers given by celebrity panelists.

The Match Game in its original version ran on NBC's daytime lineup from 1962 until 1969. The show returned with a significantly changed format in 1973 on CBS (also in daytime) and became a major success, with an expanded panel, larger cash payouts, and emphasis on humor.

The series was a production of Mark Goodson/Bill Todman Productions, along with its successor companies, and has been franchised around the world.

In 2013, TV Guide ranked the 1973–79 CBS version of Match Game as No. 4 on its list of the 60 greatest game shows ever.

Match Game returns to primetime! Hosted by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin, the iconic panel game show features four contestants who attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a weekly game of fill-in the missing blank.

"We are excited to potentioanally spread our mission by being on this game show and have fun at the same time!"    ~ TShane Johnson

We'll keep you posted as things develop, stay tuned!


Hotel magnate, Gary Tharaldson, reveals his two biggest secrets to success

Gary Tharaldson shares tales of his business career during a talk at Minnesota State University Moorhead on Monday, April 16. Dave Olson/The Forum

MOORHEAD—Successful entrepreneur and hotel magnate Gary Tharaldson shared stories from his business career during an event at Minnesota State University Moorhead on Monday, April 16, wowing his audience with tales of how a boy who grew up near Dazey, N.D., on a farm that didn't have running water built a company that was sold to its employees in 1999 for about $1 billion.

About 15 years later, those employees walked away with about $600 million when they sold the company, providing many with a significant retirement fund, according to Tharaldson.

He said creating the employee stock ownership plan that made that possible is one of his proudest accomplishments in a career that is still going strong and is now chronicled in a book titled, "Open Secrets of Success: the Gary Tharaldson Story," which is available on Amazon and was written by Patrick J. McCloskey.

Tharaldson said the book reflects his long-held practice of answering questions anytime people ask him how he has gotten to where he is.

When it comes to building hotels, Tharaldson's formula is simple: he teams only with high-quality brands like Marriott and only builds in areas where demographics almost guarantee success.

To help ensure that, he said he determines who the major competitors are in a community and then builds hotels with about 20 percent fewer rooms, which he says usually results in higher occupancy rates and above-average profit margins, usually around 40 percent.

"I stack the deck for myself," Tharaldson said, adding that success comes in many forms and for him it's not necessarily making lots of money.

"If you're truly doing what you love to do, then you're successful," he said.

Asked what he feels are his three strongest talents, Tharaldson listed attitude and a willingness to learn, as well as adopting a common sense approach to most things.

When he struggled to come up with a third talent, his wife, Connie, supplied the rest:

"He never gives up," she said. "He finds a way to keep going and never, ever, gives up."

Tharaldson told the audience, which was mainly MSUM students, that a major part of what has made his hotels successful is the fact employees were given a stake in whether the business succeeded or not.
"They acted like owners. They took pride in everything they did, knowing someday there would be a payday," Tharaldson said.