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STU GRANICK was born August 7, 1935 in Chicago Illinois. He began his career as an accountant and later went on to start a company called HIP Products with several of his friends. HIP Products brought unique, fun and creative products to the youth market in the late 60’s and early 70’s. HIP Products had highly popular and successful retail stores and became so big that they eventually sold to a large retail group.

Stu’s passion for the sale continued at MANTEK, a chemical company in Texas. As he crafted his art of selling and became the sales manager in the Midwest territory he used promotional products with every pitch. So, when the opportunity arose to sell promotions he took the courageous leap in 1979 and started Creative Promotions and cleared his business with his mentor and dear friend. It was always said that, “Stu could sell ice to an Eskimo”!

DECEMBER 14, 2017

The Old Fisherman

Sometimes you read a story that every can understand. This story about a fisherman is that kind of story. It’s great food for thought.

Our house was directly across the street from the clinic entrance of John Hopkins hospital in Baltimore. We lived downstairs and rented the upstairs rooms to out-patients at the clinic. One summer evening as I was fixing supper, there was a knock at the door. I opened it to see a truly awful looking man. “Why, he’s hardly taller than my eight-year-old,” I thought as I stared at the stooped, shriveled body.

But the appalling thing was his face, lopsided from swelling, red and raw. Yet his voice was pleasant as he said, “Good evening. I’ve come to see if you’ve a room for just one night. I came for a treatment this morning from the eastern shore, and there’s no bus ’til morning.” He told me he’d been hunting for a room since noon but with no success, no one seems to have a room. “I guess it’s my face…I know it looks terrible, but my doctor says with a few more treatments…” For a moment I hesitated, but his next words convinced me: “I could sleep in this rocking chair on the porch. My bus leaves early in the morning.”

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