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This is the website of Chuck Redman, who is trying to get a word or two in print before he reaches the point at which words start escaping him faster than he can page through his compact thesaurus.

So he lets his mind wander like a pack of famished coyotes in a dry Los Angeles flood-control channel, and he tries to put some of his rare coherant thoughts down on paper.  He appreciates whatever time you spend reading his rambling words.

You can howl at him at: chuckredman@hotmail.com

Among his rambling words:

NOBODY NOSE

by Chuck Redman

“Long noses run in our family.”  Dad’s own sniffer, large and rounded, widened with his smile whenever he said it, or any of his oft-repeated jokes.  Dad joked a lot.  Dad thought a lot.  Dad thought a lot of things in this world were ridiculous.  Maybe he could smell the ridiculous with his imposing nose. . .

 

In June, 1992, after seven years of research and development, SC Johnson introduces Plug Ins, an electrically-powered room air freshener.  The company plans to expand their advertising, as well as further product development, since the air-care market depends mainly on impulse buying.[1]  By the late 1990’s, thanks to innovative new products, air freshener sales in the U.S. exceed several hundred million dollars a year.[2]

As famine envelopes East Africa around the turn of the millennium, the Ethiopian town of Gode sees six children under the age of five die every day from severe malnutrition.  The smell of rotting livestock carcasses, which litter the drought-plagued area, is difficult to avoid.[3]

 

In October, 2004, Dial Corporation introduces Renuzit Airlets, scented oil plug-ins with three different temperature settings which can be changed to adjust fragrance intensity.[4]

Mary M., a young girl in southern Africa, which is gripped by the worst famine in two decades, is the only one who can support and care for her parents, both of whom are stricken with AIDS.  It is debatable whether the stench of illness at home is worse than the body odor and foul breath of the men who pay her for sex, which is the only way she can earn money for her family’s subsistence.  Her only hope is to not be murdered, brutalized, or infected with HIV, so that she can continue to shoulder her responsibilities.[5]

 

Air fresheners containing delicious palette-based fragrances are becoming increasingly popular, with vanilla, cinnamon, coffee, mocha, gingerbread, pumpkin, apple pie, brown sugar, and hazelnut leading the way.[6]

Anti-AIDS drugs are needed by millions in Africa, but there is concern because, besides their prohibitive cost and short supply, these drugs must be taken with food and clean water, and many of the sick have no clean water and have only enough food to eat every other day.[7]

 

In November, 2004, Air Wick launches Freshmatic, a battery-powered home dispenser that releases scented air freshener in 9, 18, or 36 minute intervals, depending on your fragrance needs.[8]

In December, 2004, on Panglima Polem Street in provincial capital Banda Aceh, 75 bloated corpses cast an overwhelming stench, as the Indonesian government struggles to clean up from that week’s catastrophic tsunami.[9]

 

On June 8, 2005, SC Johnson announces that its Glade Wisp home fragrancer has won a Stevie Award for Best New Product.  Glade Wisp was the first continuous action air freshener to offer consumers the consistent fragrancing they desire.[10]

By 2006, global retail sales of air fresheners, including candles, aerosols, and electric plug-ins, have reached $6 billion a year, and are expected to reach $7.3 billion by 2010.[11]

It has been known for years that Newtown Creek, the channel separating Brooklyn from Queens, contains a vast underground lake of gasoline, solvents, and other poisonous waste dumped by oil companies for decades.  Scientists now understand that, besides poisoning the water, carcinogenic vapors rise up through the soil and into the air and surrounding buildings.  Scientists testing the area can smell the poisonous hydrocarbons down the street.[12]

 

In February, 2009, Glade announces its new Sense & Spray automatic air freshener, with built-in motion sensor.  Customers can sign up for free email reminders which will notify them every 30 days that it’s time to refill.[13]

In January, 2010, Haitians and aid workers wear surgical masks to keep out the indescribable, pervasive smell of unburied victims of the 7.0 earthquake that devastated the impoverished island nation.

Famine in the Horn of Africa reaches epic proportions, threatening the lives of millions, yet wealthy donor nations have cut back on their aid programs, choosing instead to support failing banks and their own economies.[14]

 

The next generation of plug-in’s will highlight a feature that allows the discerning consumer to activate or adjust their plug-in remotely from their cell phone, so that a perfect fragrance will be awaiting them upon their arrival home after a hard day at the office.  These will be on sale at Bed, Body and Barrel for $29.99, with a $5.00 mail-in rebate.  An absolute necessity for anyone with a discriminating nose.[15]


[1] Marketing, Nov. 4, 1993 (article by Alex Benady); Packaging, March, 1991 (article by Lisa McTigue Pierce)

[2] Global Cosmetic Industry, Dec. 1, 2006

[3] BBC News, Jan.-April, 2000

[4] Drug Store News, Oct. 11, 2004

[5] BBC, 2004; Africa Renewal, Feb. 2003 (article by Ernest Harsch);

[6] Star Candle Co. LLC, citing Chicago Sun Times, Jan. 10, 2007

[7] BBC News, Nov. 26, 2004

[8] Australasian Business Intelligence, Nov. 9, 2004

[9] Los Angeles Times, Dec. 30, 2004

[10] Scjohnson.com (Press release June 8, 2005)

[11] Global Cosmetic Industry, Dec. 1, 2006

[12] New York Magazine, June 3, 2007

[13] Scjohnson.com (Press release Feb. 12, 2009)

[14] The Independent, Aug. 30, 2009 (article by Paul Rodgers)

[15] This is not an indictment of all household products or of any company in general, including SC Johnson, which, to its credit, is a family-owned company and is involved in numerous worthwhile projects to improve health, education, and the environment.  This is simply a reminder that we all need to keep things in perspective, use a little common sense, and not go overboard when it comes to “improving our lives”.  If the resources used to develop, improve, manufacture, market, distribute, and operate high-tech air fresheners, for example, could be shifted into something more basic — like running water, housing, schools, health care, jobs, in places that need them — then all of our lives will truly have been improved in ways more profound than we can imagine.

 

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2 Comments »

  1. Caroline Rubin said,

    Great website! Shared it with the whole family

    • chuckredman said,

      Thank you. That is so sweet. It was terrific spending the evening with all you Rubins. You and your family mean so much to us. Take care, hope we can all get together again soon! Chuck


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