Richard Frisbie
Author, advertising and
publishing consultant, former
editor of
Chicago and other
magazines, former creative
director of Campbell-Ewald and
other advertising agencies. For
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Who's Who in America or,

Margery Frisbie
Consulting editor, historian, poet
and author of several books. For
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The Uncommentator
BLOGS and GLOBS:  I have
been writing a blog since 1966,
only I didn't know  it. In those
days, it came out in the form of a
newsletter on paper. Remember
paper? It never got lost in
cyberspace, although if it got wet
enough blog turned into glob. I
called it
The Uncommentator,
and tried to make it amusing.  To
read some of my favorites, see

Recent Books by the Frisbies.


Shut Up, Jeeves

Watching Downton Abbey and similar BBC programs, my wife and I enjoyed the shows but concluded that having servants around all the time would not be our idea of the good life. We'd be likely before long to take our toothbrushes and flee in the night, leaving the servants to take over the place like mold.

With some alarm, I have been watching the progress of robotics. There's already a robot that does the vacuuming, stopping when it comes to furniture and memorizing its route so as not to keep bumping into things. We get robot phone calls from fund-raisers and politicians.

I appreciate people who come in from time to time to help with this or that. Some machines, such as washers, dryers and dishwashers, are obvious labor-savers. But I'm not ready for a robot that hangs around at my elbow, loaded with voice-recognition software and anxious to execute my commands.

Oh, but wait. What I could use is a robot that fights my technology battles. It would engage the personnel at various IT help lines in whatever version of English they purport to speak. It would keep track of all the cables snaking among various pieces of digital hardware. It would solve hardware and software problems for me while I read a novel and sip wine. It a would alert me when I should cancel phone or cable service and seamlessly handle the transition to a provider I might hate less.

But I dread the day when all this goes too far, other people have personal robots too, and I hear myself saying, "Have your robot call my robot."

Richard Frisbie

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