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April 27, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
PHOENIX - Inside an industrial building next to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, about a dozen product scouts meet daily to discuss their search for the next Garden Yeti. This is the headquarters for SkyMall, the in-flight catalog that reaches an estimated 600 million travelers a year via the seat pockets of nearly every domestic flight. The yeti is one of the catalog's all-time bestsellers - more than 10,000 statues since the magazine started 24 years ago. Could the next big hit be a foam beach pillow that can conceal two beers?
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April 27, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
PHOENIX - Inside an industrial building next to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, about a dozen product scouts meet daily to discuss their search for the next Garden Yeti. This is the headquarters for SkyMall, the in-flight catalog that reaches an estimated 600 million travelers a year via the seat pockets of nearly every domestic flight. The yeti is one of the catalog's all-time bestsellers - more than 10,000 statues since the magazine started 24 years ago. Could the next big hit be a foam beach pillow that can conceal two beers?
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BUSINESS
October 18, 2010 | By Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: Is it true that more businesses are founded during recessions? Answer: Actually, firm formation rates don't fluctuate much in booms or busts, said Dane Stangler, research manager at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. "Our research shows that there is very little variance in formation or survival rates of businesses," Stangler said.
NEWS
January 30, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Airlines love to push cushier seats, more legroom and seat-to-seat chatting to woo fliers to their brand, but what about tray tables? They're not the sexiest selling point, but new designs with electronic tablets  could change that. A company called SmartTray International is partnering with Northridge-based Satterfield Aerospace to develop tray tables for economy-class travelers that go beyond the so-last-century blocks of plastic on most planes today. "The only thing more abused on airplanes than travelers is the airline tray," SmartTray President Brian Queenin said Wednesday.
HEALTH
November 22, 2010 | By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's frighteningly easy to drop a couple of hundred dollars on a holiday present. If you're considering spending big money on a health-related gift, you'll want to make sure that it will do something besides take up space in the gift bag. Unfortunately, when it comes to health products, even an outsized price tag won't guarantee results. While some gadgets and devices really do deliver on their promises, others seem to owe their entire existence to wishful thinking and clever marketing.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Authorities on the East Coast are searching for Bigfoot. No, really. Vermont State Police are hunting for a Sasquatch sculpture reportedly swiped from a Westford couple's driveway over the weekend. The couple purchased the 8-pound, 15-inch-tall Yeti from a SkyMall magazine. Police say the statue is valued at around $100, the Associated Press reported, and the owners would be satisfied if it was simply returned to their front lawn. In addition to police efforts, the couple is using community network Front Porch Forum to search for the sculpture.
NEWS
January 30, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Airlines love to push cushier seats, more legroom and seat-to-seat chatting to woo fliers to their brand, but what about tray tables? They're not the sexiest selling point, but new designs with electronic tablets  could change that. A company called SmartTray International is partnering with Northridge-based Satterfield Aerospace to develop tray tables for economy-class travelers that go beyond the so-last-century blocks of plastic on most planes today. "The only thing more abused on airplanes than travelers is the airline tray," SmartTray President Brian Queenin said Wednesday.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. sold its SkyMall specialty retail business for $52 million to concentrate on its TV Guide brand. A group of private equity companies led by Spire Capital Partners bought the SkyMall business, which is best known for its in-flight catalog and has about 200 workers, Los Angeles-based Gemstar said.
BUSINESS
May 15, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc., the biggest seller of electronic television program guides, said Monday that it will buy airline flight catalog company SkyMall Inc. for about $47.5 million. Pasadena-based Gemstar also reported a 24% gain in pretax first-quarter earnings before charges, on a 1% decline in sales.
OPINION
November 26, 2009 | Meghan Daum
Given all the news we hear about the financial crisis causing people to cut down on essentials such as food and healthcare, isn't it nice to know there's still a market for the stuff in the SkyMall catalog? Isn't there some uplift in the fact that at least some households in this world are equipped not only with branding irons that allow you to burn your initials into a steak but also with the Slanket (that's a blanket with sleeves)? Isn't there something strangely comforting in the notion that, at this very moment, someone might be dialing the phone and ordering the Grand Ruler Life-Size Anubis, an 8-foot-tall, jackal-headed Egyptian god statue made of "faux ebony and gold and silver," for $1,250?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Authorities on the East Coast are searching for Bigfoot. No, really. Vermont State Police are hunting for a Sasquatch sculpture reportedly swiped from a Westford couple's driveway over the weekend. The couple purchased the 8-pound, 15-inch-tall Yeti from a SkyMall magazine. Police say the statue is valued at around $100, the Associated Press reported, and the owners would be satisfied if it was simply returned to their front lawn. In addition to police efforts, the couple is using community network Front Porch Forum to search for the sculpture.
HEALTH
November 22, 2010 | By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's frighteningly easy to drop a couple of hundred dollars on a holiday present. If you're considering spending big money on a health-related gift, you'll want to make sure that it will do something besides take up space in the gift bag. Unfortunately, when it comes to health products, even an outsized price tag won't guarantee results. While some gadgets and devices really do deliver on their promises, others seem to owe their entire existence to wishful thinking and clever marketing.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2010 | By Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: Is it true that more businesses are founded during recessions? Answer: Actually, firm formation rates don't fluctuate much in booms or busts, said Dane Stangler, research manager at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. "Our research shows that there is very little variance in formation or survival rates of businesses," Stangler said.
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August 3, 2010 | Sandy Banks
I wish I could say I spent my week off sunning on an exotic beach, sipping mango margaritas. Instead, I acquired my vacation tan sitting in a deck chair on my front lawn, sipping lemonade and tending a pair of shelter puppies that my family agreed to foster. Stocked with tennis balls for them and magazines for me, I spent hours each day watching them play. When I tired of reading about 15 ways to clear clutter or cook chicken or tone thighs, I reached for an old SkyMall catalog.
OPINION
November 26, 2009 | Meghan Daum
Given all the news we hear about the financial crisis causing people to cut down on essentials such as food and healthcare, isn't it nice to know there's still a market for the stuff in the SkyMall catalog? Isn't there some uplift in the fact that at least some households in this world are equipped not only with branding irons that allow you to burn your initials into a steak but also with the Slanket (that's a blanket with sleeves)? Isn't there something strangely comforting in the notion that, at this very moment, someone might be dialing the phone and ordering the Grand Ruler Life-Size Anubis, an 8-foot-tall, jackal-headed Egyptian god statue made of "faux ebony and gold and silver," for $1,250?
BUSINESS
December 6, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. sold its SkyMall specialty retail business for $52 million to concentrate on its TV Guide brand. A group of private equity companies led by Spire Capital Partners bought the SkyMall business, which is best known for its in-flight catalog and has about 200 workers, Los Angeles-based Gemstar said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2010 | Sandy Banks
I wish I could say I spent my week off sunning on an exotic beach, sipping mango margaritas. Instead, I acquired my vacation tan sitting in a deck chair on my front lawn, sipping lemonade and tending a pair of shelter puppies that my family agreed to foster. Stocked with tennis balls for them and magazines for me, I spent hours each day watching them play. When I tired of reading about 15 ways to clear clutter or cook chicken or tone thighs, I reached for an old SkyMall catalog.
BUSINESS
December 31, 1998
* Hospitality Properties Trust agreed to buy 17 hotels in the Midwest and South from Marriott International Inc. for $201.7 million. The acquisition involves two Marriott hotels, three Residence Inns, three Courtyard hotels and nine TownPlace Suites, mostly in the South. * * SkyMall Inc., the largest U.S. in-flight catalog retailer, said co-founder and board member Alan Ashton resigned and that Chief Executive Robert Worsley, another co-founder, purchased Ashton's shares in the company.
BUSINESS
May 15, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc., the biggest seller of electronic television program guides, said Monday that it will buy airline flight catalog company SkyMall Inc. for about $47.5 million. Pasadena-based Gemstar also reported a 24% gain in pretax first-quarter earnings before charges, on a 1% decline in sales.
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