Good news: Janet Yellen, 67, became the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve — taking over the helm from Ben Bernanke. Go Janet! She is married to George Akerloff, a Nobel prize winner. They have one son, Robert, who is an economics professor.
The hooey: How on Earth does Kraft run out of Velveeta? Sounds a little fishy to me. They run a huge ad campaign along with Ro-Tel tomatoes and there’s a shortage of Velveeta — an epic shortage that makes national news and Ad Age — the venerable advertising news mag that is as old as Velveeta. Here’s the Ad Age article, although it offers no more insight than any other news outlet as to how a company this big and this old announces a shortage. I mean Velveeta has a shelf life of months, and the company didn’t make enough? Someone fall asleep at the cheesemaking machine? Did a plant have a meltdown? And all coinciding with a huge ad campaign, NFL playoffs and a polar vortex? I think someone is dumb like a fox.
Good news/bad news: Anyone over 30 will love this. A lot of tennis champions at the Australian Open are in their 30s. Reports out of Mebourne indicate that many top ranked players on the men and women’s sides are 30 and older. On the women’s side, Serena Williams is 32, and she could become the oldest player to complete a single-year Grand Slam. Li Na is 31. Venus Williams is 33 and although she isn’t in the top 20, she still has game. Injuries and illness have hurt her chances at championships — in fact I think she’s out for the Australian Open.
On the men’s side, Roger Federer is 32, Tommy Haas is 35 and David Ferrer is 31. All are in the top 20. This tells those who are older than 30 that tennis really is a sport for life, and those who are younger — prepare for battle — retiring is not an option for a lot of 30+ players, but winning is.
The Australian Open‘s qualifying rounds are underway with first round action starting Monday.