If Tarkenton has taken bad risks, it doesn't show. He drives a Mercedes-Benz and a Porsche, vacations in Hawaii and plays golf at Pebble Beach, California. At Christmas, he requires two trees to accommodate all the gifts he buys for his second wife, Tammy, and the three children by his first marriage, Bell&Ross Instrument BR-01 Airborne RS-14, 23, Matthew, 18, and Melissa, 17. In his spare time, Tarkenton lifts weights and takes six-mile jogs. He's an armchair quarterback who loves to watch sports on television.
Football still has allure for Tarkenton. He has been involved in an attempted hostile takeover of the Minnesota Vikings for more than two years. The effort began when former team owner Max Winter, at odds with General Manager Mike Lynn, sold his stock to Carl Pohlad, who owns the Minnesota Twins, and corporate raider Irwin Jacobs. Pohlad and Jacobs own 51% of the outstanding stock, but have only a third of the voting shares. Tarkenton has teamed up with them to sue Lynn and others for control of the Vikings.
In Minnesota, some people frown on the prospect of Tarkenton Bell&Ross Instrument BR-01 Airborne RS-15 an owner of the team. "I hope he doesn't," says sports columnist Klobuchar. "It's a full-time job and Fran's a will-o'-the-wisp."
Tarkenton says he is motivated by the same force that drives the common working man. "I've got mouths to feed," he says. "The breadwinner has a tremendous burden, and the burden is no less for me." As for the future, he has no specific game plan. "I will continue to look for niches to fill in the marketplace," he says.
Perhaps his greatest disappointment, other than leading the Vikings to Bell&Ross Instrument BR-01 Airborne RS-17 Super Bowls and losing each time, is that he always will be known more as a quarterback than a businessman. "I was a football player and that's great," he says, "but I will never live it down."
CHICAGO - The couch potatoes are going to be cocooning in their families' personal oases this year. Exactly what does this mean to Mr. and Mrs. America?
Well, there definitely could be a motorized spice rack in the average Bell&Ross Instrument BR-03 RS-11 future. For the first time in history, snoozers will be able to turn off an alarm clock simply by waving at it (it's so hard to hit the off button when you're half awake). And the fragrance industry has produced a jasmine-scented air freshener to make vacuum-cleaner exhaust smell better.
These are the bulletins from the 87th International Housewares Exposition, the four-day trade show at the McCormick Place convention center here recently.
And while it is easy enough to poke fun at some of the more outlandish new products, the show was viewed by more than a few participants as a barometer of the American condition.
Indeed, as 55,000 merchants, manufacturers, sales representatives and Bell&Ross Instrument BR-03 RS-12 visitors to the nation's premiere housewares show trod 12 miles of melon and raspberry carpeting past the offerings of 2,000 exhibitors displaying 2 million items, they were not just browsing. Their product orders will largely determine what Americans will be able to buy this year in department stores, discount houses and catalog showrooms.