Here’s an excellent post with very accurate content regarding the Lizzie Borden Trademark. Click HERE.
UPDATE: Click HERE re Stefani Koorey’s B.S.
Rats! I’ve been busted again on the LB Forum (aka “smitty”) as I just tried to log in. Oh well. That makes about 20 different user names I’ve joined with. Fun and games in Lizziedom. But I am not the “smitty” who posts on the FRHN online edition. Really. I’m not. 🙂
YESTERDAY’S BOSTON GLOBE CARRIED THIS STORY AS WELL. – CLICK HERE
There was quite a response from Fall River locals to FRHN (online edition) yesterday. Here is a cut & paste sampling of what they think. Note that there’s a general animosity to the whole Lizzie Borden thing by these posters. I also contributed as “phaye”. But I am NOT “smitty”. LOL:
FRONT PAGE FALL RIVER HERALD NEWS: CLICK HERE.
Donald Woods & Lee-ann Wilber chat with “in character” visitor in the B&B gift shop on August 4, 2008.
Yipee!! It’s been done. Donald Woods, co-owner of the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast told me a couple months ago this was coming and I’m thrilled to have just learned it’s official in the Fall River Herald News which can be read HERE.
Just as Lizzie herself knew the importance and social cache of the Borden name in Fall River, Donald Woods and Lee-ann Wilber know the importance and “cash” of the “Lizzie Borden” name when it comes to merchandising. If you own and run a business you protect your interests and maximize on opportunities to increase revenue. It’s the American Business Way.
New strategies often require attention and action in this internet age of eBay and other auction sites, Cafe Press, Itsy, etc. etc. where clever – if not always high quality – Lizzie related items are created, it’s a wise move to trademark the name as it relates to merchandising. As Mr. Woods indicated, merchandisers could still have the option to sell through the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum.
Donald Woods is a man of his word. Every thing he has said in the public media that he intended to do with the property he has done. The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum continues to be a first rate operation under the daily care of GM Lee-ann Wilber, gift shop manager Dee Moniz, and all the rest of her staff. And with the “Lizzie Borden” merchandising name trademark held by the owners we will most likely be seeing even more interesting souveniers and collectibles in the gift shop.
Way to go, Donald! 🙂