Speculation on Information On Demand Conference Entertainment

Posted by Frank Fillmore on July 16, 2009 under DB2 Education, Information on Demand Conference. Tags: .

After much (well-deserved) nagging from my colleague, uber-blogger and IBM Information Champion Kim May, I have vowed to be more active in sharing my random thoughts.  In order to *ease* back into the flow of blogging, I wanted to pick something in which many of you might be interested: entertainment at the upcoming IBM Information On Demand conference in Las Vegas, USA October 25 – 29.  Information On Demand Conference

Now, there are a few caveats.  I understand in these days of constrained budgets, travel and education dollars are hard to come by.  Moreover, many of our talented colleagues are looking for a gig to pay the mortgage right now – not worrying at all about getting to Las Vegas.

Still, IBM usually trumpets the entertainment to entice potential attendees, with the fabulous Donna Summer and (one of my all-time favorites) Earth, Wind, and Fire headlining previous conferences.  But to this moment, there’s nothing on the IOD website.  Bupkus.  So as a community service to our esteemed conference planner colleagues at IBM – and in light of the austere times in which we find ourselves – here are a few well-ruminated suggestions:

  1. Last year: The Village People as the opening act.  This year: the Biker doing “Y”.
  2. The Cher impersonator doing Sonny’s great American song catalog.
  3. Three cast-offs from one of the dozens of different Cirque du Soleil shows juggling, spinning plates, and eating fire.
  4. For those of you with long-enough memories back to early children’s television (you know who you are) here in the U.S.: Kukla, Fran, and Willie.
  5. In the same vein…   For Kim – who has Jonny Quest, The Complete First Season (with director’s commentary) – Jonny himself explaining the actual relationship between Dr. Quest and Race Bannon, Jonny and Hadji, and how Bandit got those black eyes.

Of course, your suggestions are welcome.  The best three addenda will receive one (or more) adult beverages of your choice on me at a mutually convenient time and place at IOD.  The decision of the judges (me, and most probably, Kim) is final.

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3 Comments so far

  1. Ray July 16, 2009 1:38 pm

    Great guesses. But it is
    Kukla, Fran and OLLIE.
    http://kukla.tv/

  2. Mark July 17, 2009 8:01 pm

    KFO would be great entertainment. Unfortunately, Burr Tillstrom died 23 years ago.

  3. Craig S. Mullins July 22, 2009 9:17 am

    I think Kukla, Fran, and Willie would be an improvement over Kukla, Fran, and Ollie. The only problem I’d have would be telling Kukla apart from Willie.

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