Friday , 23 February 2018


Stuart J. Pearlman is a Marketing and Communications Consultant living in McKinney. Follow Stuart of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Stuart J’s Lens: Wasserman’s Calling Goes Beyond Fire Service


By the time Pieter Wasserman joined the McKinney Fire Department in late 2008 he had already made some life-defining decisions. He knew he wanted a career in fire service. He knew he wanted to work in McKinney, near his home. He knew he had a calling for spiritual leadership. Prior to the MFD, Wasserman served at the North Richland Hills ...

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Stuart J’s Lens: See What George Tatsuhara is Cooking Up at MCM


When one thinks of a hospital stay, inevitably there will be a hospital food joke that comes to mind. These days, however, hospitals employ more than just cooks. They hire chefs. George Tatsuhara is the executive chef at Medical Center of McKinney. His training began at a Japanese restaurant, (in El Paso no less), and progressed through casual and fine ...

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Judge Raleeh’s Night Court is Ready for Prime Time


Several years ago, the staff at McKinney Performing Arts Center approached Collin County Justice of the Peace Paul Raleeh about holding “Night Court” in the historic Courtroom Theater. Raleeh was not particularly interested in expanding his or his staff’s work-week but agreed anyway. He saw this as an opportunity to make the inconvenience of court more tolerable for citizens. “I ...

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Stuart J’s Lens: Stephanie Henry Ricchi Has Reason to Celebrate

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This is a very busy time for Stephanie Henry Ricchi. This summer she added a new last name when she married McKinney City Councilman Ray Ricchi. This union of two parents, six children, two grandchildren and three dogs should be enough, but as it turns out the timing coincides with another big event in Stephanie’s life. On Sept. 28, Stephanie ...

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Stuart J’s Lens: UTD’s Kathy Lingo Suffers From McKinney Envy

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There is an awful lot about Kathy Lingo’s story left on the cutting-room floor of Stuart J’s Lens. In particular, at the request of Italy’s Under Secretary of Finance, she taught Business and Professional Speaking for the Department of Economics at the University of Verona. She also has a bona-fide “woman cave” in her Plano residence complete with luxury seating, ...

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Stuart J’s Lens: MHS Grad Chase Curtis `Bears’ New Clothing Line

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It has only been a few months since Chase Leland Curtis graduated from McKinney High School, but his post-graduation plans went into action much sooner. He has created a company and developed a logo he hopes to place on a variety of apparel worn by a variety of consumers. Openland is the brand Curtis has conceived and is nurturing. It ...

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Stuart J’s Lens: Roger Richardson’s Taste for Collecting Leads to Relic Warehouse


When Roger Richardson started out in business he spent several years working at Cutter Bill’s in Dallas. There he learned not only about retail but got to hobnob with celebrities from Cher to Bono. Almost 30 years later Richardson took the taste for collecting he inherited from his parents, found a business partner in Aaron Gibson, and opened a new ...

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Stuart J’s Lens: Ed Hernandez Knows How to Ask the Right Questions

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By Stuart J. Pearlman, TSB Staff Perhaps the most important lesson local artist Ed Hernandez learned before graduating Dallas Jesuit was the intrinsic permission to ask questions. Thus began his quest for answers to some of the most fundamental questions sometimes taken for granted. “I was always searching for truth,” he said. “I had always felt growing up there was more ...

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Stuart J’s Lens: Stephanie Farrar `Gives ’em What They Want’ at Canine Cookie Company

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By Stuart J. Pearlman, TSB Staff Before Stephanie Farrar started The Canine Cookie Company she started making treats for her own dogs. Soon she was giving them to friends for their pets. What Farrar got in return was encouragement to start a business. “My cookies are really very, very simple and dogs really respond to that,” said Farrar. While ingredients ...

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Stuart J’s Lens: Jerry Biggs Returns Home in `Twain, Again’

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By Stuart J. Pearlman, TSB Staff Until his senior year at McKinney High School in the late 1960’s Jerry Biggs had no idea what lay in store for him. It was then that a teacher convinced Biggs to take a speech class. Which led to the school play. Which led to a career on the stage and in front of ...

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