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Martha Stewart Living Celebrates 1Oth Anniversary TV Show 10th Anniversary Wishes
Send Martha and her TV show crew Happy 10th Anniversary wishes

I hope everyone caught Martha's 10th anniversary show. There were some really great outtakes from shows over the last decade, including a funny bit where Martha pretended to get a bloody nose during a taping, complete with Martha holding a "blood soaked" cheesecloth over her nose as a prop, causing quite an uproar on the set and the director almost has a heart attack. Also funny was a bit about making sandwiches, Martha explaining to a guest how she lines up the bread in two rows to separate the top from the bottom of the sandwich, to which the guest replied "I don't have a problem telling the difference between the top and bottom parts of a sandwich." Neither does Martha,but you can never be too organized! Overall a great look back, and for those who think Martha is "too perfect", watch this show, and you'll see what a great sense of humor she has about life and herself...


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Dear Martha,
You have provided me with ten years of wonderful, inspiring, informative, and interesting television programs. I live in a suburb of Buffalo, New York and know of your family in this area. I especially enjoy episodes with your mother and family. I admire you for being a self-made women who has achieved great things during your lifetime. You must be very proud. You have made my life very fulfilled during the last ten years and I thank you. You are a great American presence.
Judith H. Kern

I am so disappointed that the annual Christmas show has been cancelled. We started a family tradition last year. Watch the wonderful Martha show and then have our own family get together. We made bath salts as gifts for our friends. Hopefully, this will be put behind Martha soon.

Happy 10th Anniversary Martha!I was just going through one of you Christmas books from a few years ago. THANK YOU for the warm heart and happy memories it invoked. You appreciate all that is good in the world it reminds me to count my blessings.
Teresa Mihalic

Happy 10th Anniversary Martha!
I've only been watching your show for about two years, but it's taught me so much. I came to it as a college student, desperate for some cooking tips (canned soup got boring very quickly!) as well as tips on how to organize a small living space. I think you're show is great; I think you are great! Congratulations to you and your crew - you practically invented lifestyle television and you've helped a lot of people along the way. All the best!

Happy 10th Anniversary Martha!
I have watched your show and read your magazine for several years now, and have finally gotten my partner interested in MSO as well... you are a bright, intelligent, crafty, and clever woman who continuously suprises, amazes, and entertaines me. You will never know how great it is to go grocery shopping and have my partner exclaim "Martha does it like this!" and proceed to purchase or lecture me on food prep, cooking, or housekeeping. You're a gay guy's dream come true!.
Richard Lewis
23, Denver, CO

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10/31 Trick or Treat? Martha Stewart earnings announced today

Stewart Speaks, Ducks Scandal--Forbes

Ongoing cost of scandal revealed: $4.1 million in expenses for legal, PR support
The good news: Revenues up 4%

In spite of massive attacks in the press on Martha in the last few months, revenues still rose 4%, cash flow is up, and the company has $171 million in cash and no debt. Royalties from selling products at KMart were up 21%, proving what we have said all along: Martha's buyers are staying loyal; some are even buying more of her products to show their support. The bad news: profits were down 41% in the quarter. Why? Partly because of the $4.1 million in expenses required to defend Martha from constant attack. And now the stock is in need of support.

How can you help? Many readers have requested information on investing in Martha's company to help support her. While we are not investment advisors, if you are serious about supporting her than there is no better way. There are numerous online stock brokers that can help you. Just be careful if they tell you to sell, you know what happens to some investors that listen when their broker gives them advice...

Homemaker Alert: Martha Stewart Fans To Boycott Cooking on Thanksgiving

This is what women in our neighborhood are doing to show our support for Martha! The media is being SO UNFAIR, men in media especially!!! I doubt there are many of us in America who haven't benefited from Martha's talent at sometime in our lives. I haven't made a Thankgiving dinner in 15 years that hasn't contained Martha recipes, and design ideas. Maybe the smartass men and Martha attackers would see thing differently if they were reduced to eating at McDonalds on Thanksgiving!!! Join with me in refusing to cook Thanksgiving dinner, show your support to the woman who made it respectable to be a homemaker again. Thank You. Sandy Johnson

Recipe Of The Day:Cinnamon Basmati Rice with Golden Raisins
News, Rumors, Grab Bag...
Homemaker Alert: Martha Stewart Fans To Boycott Cooking on Thanksgiving

Dear Save Martha,
This is what women in our neighborhood are doing to show our support for Martha! The media is being SO UNFAIR, men in media especially!!! I doubt there are many of us in America who haven't benefited from Martha's talent at sometime in our lives. I haven't made a Thanksgiving dinner in 15 years that hasn't contained Martha recipes, and design ideas. Maybe the smartass men and Martha attackers would see thing differently if they were reduced to eating at McDonalds on Thanksgiving!!! Join with me in refusing to cook Thanksgiving dinner, show your support to the woman who made it respectable to be a homemaker again. Thank You. Sandy Johnson

Deconstructing Byron--Vol. 5 The Page Turns, by Andrew Ritchie

In chapter 4, Chris Byron sinks his teeth and claws into that pesky media prototype of Martha Stewart that has become so tired and overdone by just about every desperate hack in media today; the domineering control freak, the ill-tempered perfectionist, the evil wife from hell. It all rings so superficially shallow that it’s difficult to get through the chapter without yawning. He reduces this incredibly individualistic woman, yet again, to the caricature we’ve seen on countless tabloids, countless times in countless shades of yellow journalism, repeated like some celluloid recurring nightmare.

One wonders what script Chris Byron was reading from when he embarked on his little Martha project; the one in which it’s okay to impersonate a professional psychiatrist or therapist and draw all sorts of conclusions about a woman you barely know? Or maybe the one that says it’s okay to make money off another’s misfortune and reputation? (Read more)

House & Home Country Living (Broadcast Premiere)
Sun., Nov. 10 at 8p.m. ET/PT
Join HGTV host Lynda Reeves, with special guest Martha Stewart, for a taste of country life on House & Home Country Living. Filmed on the opening day of this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, this one-hour special explores the rich colour palette, inspired by life in the country, and features a tour of a beautiful country home that’s been converted from a barn. Stewart will judge the Fair’s annual jam competition and shares a recipe that celebrates the harvest season’s bounty. Stewart and Reeves also profile the
fair’s attractions, including the coaches and carriages showcased in the opening ceremonies and the Fair’s trophy room.

The History of Halloween, By Andrew Ritchie

The air is crisp. The leaves have left a crunchy carpet on the sidewalks and pathways. The moon looms larger with each passing evening and children across North America find it increasingly difficult to sleep, in anticipation of one of the most festive nights of the fall season – Halloween, of course!
But how did Halloween actually begin? Where did it originate? And how has it evolved over the years?
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Dear Save Martha,
I have not made a dinner without including some helpful tip or a recipe from Marth Stewart. I watch her TV food program, I watch her in HGTV, I watch her CBS Specials and I order from Martha on-line shopping. I subscribe to her magazine because I get real information and helpful articles that effect my life and give me wonderful ideas as to how to approach an upcoming holiday or dinner party. Who else is there for women to go to in the media? I don't blame women for boycotting cooking on Thanksgiving! Martha has been more of a real help to women than all of the so-called "women's organizations" that exist, including the fradulent NOW. where IS NOW, by the way? Why aren't they supporting Martha? Why didn't they come our in support of Kathleen Willey (one of Clinton's famous victims). I am in complete support of Martha and know that she is getting a "bad rap" for doing nothing in comparison with the Kenneth Lays (Enron) of the world! We need Martha,
P. Kirk
Huntington Beach, California

Dear Save Martha,
I always thought one either had to be a company employee or a stock broker to be able to be guilty of inside trading. The whole thing looks like another instance of a bunch of insecure men are so bent out of shape over a successful woman they're trying to destroy her. If she settles she's saying she is guilty of something. Be like Carol Burnett and fight back if she isn't guilty of breaking any law. Constance V Ambrose

Martha's Bedeviled--NY Daily News
Not to be outdone, the Daily News puts Martha on the cover dressed up in little horns. Note the language: "Martha's bedeviled ...Backers scared by stock ills...'Living' Dangerously: Martha takes stock of her scary situation. Martha Stewart had a hellish Halloween....The media mogul, who donned devil horns for her TV show this week, admitted yesterday that her stock scandal is frightening off viewers, readers and advertisers." Scary.

Surrender Martha site says: We Surrender!
In a sign that proves mean spriritedness does not sell, Surrender Martha, the site "dedicated to having Martha Stewart resign from the NYSE Board of Governors, and bring her to trial for alleged obstruction of justice and false statements to Congress" has surrendered itself. The site has just has reduced all of its misogynist, negative, anti-Martha merchandise in a clearance sale and substituted RIP JAY t-shirts, in honor of the recently slain Run DMC deejay Jay Mizell. This comes just weeks after the founder of Surrender Martha claimed in the press that business was brisk. They must have been using Enron's accounting firm. Switching strategy in midstream from trying to bury one American icon to remembering another American icon who is literally about to be buried is admirable, but strange. Why not launch a new site for Jay Mizell, instead of lumping in news and merchandise from one tragic event with a separate tragedy (Martha's) that evidently wasn't profitable enough to pursue? We hope they at least donate these proceeds to a good cause...

Martha Stewart's StarBio Horoscope
You tend to be active, dynamic, mobile and assertive. You know that you're special and enjoy a charmed life. Intuition is your thing and you live by your own code, which is usually positive and life affirming. Competitive and flamboyant, you give people a strong and immediate impression of who you are. Timid and slow folk may find you overwhelming, rash and willful. You are more or less self-motivated. (Read More)

Almost famous --Kathie Marchlewski, The Midland Daily News
When Martha Stewart is asked if she likes Martha Stewart, she sighs, crinkles her nose and shrugs her shoulders. "Sometimes," she says, though it’s more of a question than a statement. The inquiry and careful consideration isn’t an excerpt from one of the do-it-all diva’s therapy sessions, it’s directed to 9-year-old Martha Stewart, a student at Meridian Elementary School.

Linda, Linda, Linda....what did I do do deserve this disrespect? If you had come to me as a friend, then these people that did this to you would be suffering this very day...and if you made enemies, then they would be my enemies, and then they would fear kiss my ring and show Martha a little respect...and write something nice next time.

Martha Stewart in need of a makeover--by Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun-Sentinel
The very fabric of branding might need renovation after the Martha Stewart incident. Stewart has been widely admired as the master builder of a marketing empire. But today the Queen of Perfection is caught up in an insider trading scandal that is staining her once sterling reputation. The question is: Can she make lemonade out of this lemon? Branding experts say it will take a lot less Martha and a brand makeover that is less demanding of perfection.

Profits Tumble for Martha Stewart Living--Reuters
Media and retailing company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia whose namesake founder is mired in an insider trading scandal, said on Thursday net income fell 42 percent in the third quarter and warned fourth-quarter earnings would miss Wall Street estimates.

However, the company said its free cash flow, or the amount of money it generates from operations after ordinary expenses, was growing year over year, and it finished the quarter with cash of $171 million and no debt.

Trick Or ... Insider Trading?--CBS News
CEO full Count: Martha Stewart--Forbes
-- As new charges loom--Star Magazine

Latest unconfirmed rumors: Peter Bacanovic hiding out in LA while discussions talks stall as probe heats up...investigators may upstage Martha Stewart earnings announcement

Is the media being unfair? What should Martha do? Join the discussion now

The Party's Over; WSJ lays off reporters that broke stories about Martha Stewart scandal--NY Post

Website out To Save Martha--The Trentonian

Save Martha in the news: Fortune Magazine
Will Martha Walk? Probably. But get this: Even if she goes to jail, her company won't miss a beat. ---By Julie Creswell
"What the government needs to prove its case is witnesses. Lots of them. While many details are unknown (both the feds and Stewart declined to comment for this story), sources close to the case say that it has been built on circumstantial evidence--records of phone calls made between Stewart, Bacanovic, and Faneuil. To date only Faneuil has turned against Stewart, cutting a deal with prosecutors. "Faneuil originally gave a totally different story, so his credibility is at issue, and any good defense attorney is going to go after that," says Meyers. "Without Bacanovic or another independent source, going forward with this case--filing charges--is going to be tough."

Martha Stewart Omnimedia's two biggest revenue streams--advertising and merchandise royalties--have been fairly resilient throughout the scandal. That's because hordes of Martha's fans are behind her. "I sleep on her pillows and sheets every night, and I subscribe to her magazine," says John Small, who launched the website in July. Small says fans have banded together online to form Kmart shopping parties, buy stock in Stewart's company and "Save Martha" T-shirts, and bake cakes to share with their neighbors in August to celebrate Martha's birthday.

Thanks to those and other loyalists, sales of Martha-licensed merchandise soared 21% in the latest quarter. (Read More)

Martha Stewart juggernaut rolls on at the Royal--The Globe and Mail
Doyenne of domesticity dodges questions about SEC probe of alleged insider trades

Martha Stewart Invades Canada, Shooting TV segment--Ottawa citizen

Martha heads north, in Toronto for Royal Agricultural Winter Fair--The Star

Public's Insatiable Appetite For Burning At The Stake Satisfied Again: Winona Found Guilty

Saks, Lies and Videotape--NY Post
"Jurors made reality bite for Winona Ryder yesterday, but it's doubtful the waif-like actress will have her freedom interrupted. "

Winona Ryder was found guilty in the most publicized shoplifting trial in the history of the world's leading democracy. Winona was convicted of grand theft and vandalism. She was acquitted of a commercial burglary charge. The NY Post has featured Winona, Martha, and Lizzie each on its front page more times than George W. Bush, Osama bin Laden and Ken Lay combined. With Lizzie Grubman in jail and Winona guilty, the media assault on Martha should resume shortly. In the words of one famous media pundit: "The floggings will continue until morale improves." We're sure Winona's attorney Marc Geragos would disagree.

Dear Save Martha,


I can't believe you'd soil the Save Martha website by taking up for Winona Ryder. Good Grief!!!
That woman epitomizes the assumption of privilege and the attitude of being "above the law" that Martha was being unfairly accused of. If you associate her with Martha Stewart supporters you create the impression of "birds of a feather". BIG MISTAKE!!!

No jury in their right mind would find Ryder innocent after hearing that idiotic defense about having an open tab at Saks, and intending to pay for the stuff later, and/or practicing for her upcoming role as a kleptomaniac. JEEEZE!!! She's not even going to have to spend time in jail. Just let some ordinary woman pull that stunt and see where SHE'D end up. Spare me.

I hope you print this e-mail, and demonstrate that Martha Stewart fans and supporters are not on the same page with people who would excuse Winona Ryder's shameless behavior.

Heidi Garofalo
Anthony, Florida

Dear Heidi,

Sorry, but I think you missed our point, so please let us clarify. We are not defending Winona, but we are pointing out the lack of fairness and proportionality that the media shows whenever a rich, famous female celebrity gets into a bit of trouble. Lizzie, Martha and Winona are quite different cases, but the media treats them as if they are all the same. They want you to believe these cases are more important than your 401k that's now a 201k, than Enron, than universal healthcare, than 100,000 lost ballots in Florida. SaveMartha is about defending Martha, who has been severely mistreated by the media and the public, but it's also about focussing the media's lens back on itself, and revealing the double standard that exists for women in business and in the press. And no, we won't be launching a Save Winona website, it's much too late for that.

John Small

Click Here for Home & GardenLet's all support Martha and K-Mart by purchasing items from her Christmas product line. There are several different themes and everything from tree skirts to all the trimmings.
Susan Smith, Orlando, FL

Forbes having a bit too much fun at Martha's expense.
Everyone knows Martha's favorite holiday is Halloween. Just two short years ago, Martha Stewart posed as a "black widow" for a Martha Stewart Living special. Some of her fans wore the costume to parties in her honor. This year, in the spirit of massive media misogyny, Forbes went a bit too far with their fun and made up their own Martha Stewart halloween mask. Pretty scary. Why does the media take so much joy is the downfall of American icons? We like the shut-up-I'm-talking-to-you Sam Waksal mask better. And the pumpkin-head Ken Lay mask. And the red devilish Dennis Kozlowski mask. And the neanderthal man Bernie Ebbers mask.

Real women vs. Martha Stewart--Sidney Herald
Martha's way #1; Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.
The real women's way: Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone, for Pete's sake, you are probably lying down on the couch, with your feet up, eating it anyway.

Martha's way #2: To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.
The real women's way: Buy Hungry Jack mashed potato mix and keep it in the pantry for up to a year.

Martha's way #6 :Brush some beaten egg white over pie-crust before baking to yield a beautiful glossy finish.
The real women's way: The Mrs. Smith frozen pie directions do not include brushing egg whites over the crust so I just don't do it.

Rosie O'Donnell Supports Martha--AP
Rosie O'Donnell says that if she still had her talk show, she would use it as a forum to defend Martha Stewart. "I'd be singing Martha Stewart a love song every day. I want every housewife in America to band together and refuse to let them tear down one of the most successful female entrepreneurs in our country's history," she says. Rosie has e-mailed us and says she will do more to speak out in support of Martha. Considering that Rosie has many of her own issues to deal with, including a $300 million lawsuit by her former publisher, that's an amazing show of true humanity. Thanks Rosie!

Martha visits KMart, Detroit--Detriot News
Martha met with Kmart Corp. executives and toured the retailer's prototype store in White Lake Township.(We sent the CEO of KMart a Save Martha chefs hat for the meeting--hope it went over well!) The store carries Stewart's new Holiday Collection, which goes on sale this week at Kmart stores nationwide.The Holiday Collection features seven distinct themes, including the formal "Golden Luster" to kid-friendly "Gumdrops & Candy Canes" with shatterproof ornaments. Martha is said to have enjoyed a plate of pan-seered sea scallops over black truffle whipped potatoes.

Martha Stewart, Hilfiger show risk of personality ties--Taipei Times

The Closing Bell: MSO Up 5%, Bacanovic deal rumors continue...

Martha Stewart 3rd-Quarter Earnings Fall 42%
"Executives indicated that the company is paying more to retain employees and to defend itself as the investigations continue. In addition, subscription renewals for its principal magazine, Martha Stewart Living, are weak , and sales of Martha Stewart Everyday products at Kmart declined 6.9 percent in the quarter compared with the corresponding period last year. A 4 percent increase in revenue came largely from magazine advertising. The company reported lower television advertising sales and continued losses at its Internet division, which has yet to turn a profit."

What Constance (L. for "Love Martha" ) Hays is trying to say (but her editors won't let her) is Martha needs your help! Subscribe To Martha Stewart Living Now!

Martha's Cruel Yule--NY Post
The NY Post brings back the Martha Meter just in time for the bad news: the excessive coverage of the scandal the media created has cost her company millions of dollars in legal and PR costs (but how much could it cost to say 'No Comment? " We could do that for free!). While the company is growing, profits are down due to these added expenses. The NY Post uses a very bad picture of Martha, with hair blowing in her eyes leaving Michael Jordans restaurant in Grand Central to illustrate their point that she was having a bad day. The caption notes Martha was taking home a salad. Why is it that salads keep popping up in this story? At the same time, the Post announces that circulation of their newspaper is up 10%. This is the same paper that staged a Lizzie Grubman Mobile contest to win a Mercedes SUV that only goes in reverse. The same paper that has featured Martha, Winona and Lizzie on the cover more times than George Bush, Ken Lay and Osama Bin Laden combined. Misogyny sells. So do newspapers that only cost a quarter during a recession.

Chris Byron: Fair or Foul?

Chris Byron has made a cottage industry out of covering Martha Stewart. Here is a list of his recent coverage, as well as a link to his recent unauthorized Martha tome. Is he being fair or not? read up, and take our instant poll.

Martha Inc.: The Incredible Story of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
by Christopher M. Byron

Is Chris Byron fair?
Is reporter Christopher Byron being fair to Martha Stewart?

Yes--hes been very fair
Somewhat--he has been mostly fair
No--He has gone after her with a sharp knife

Current Results

July 8, 2002 -- NO one knows what the future holds for Martha Stewart in the ImClone mess. But the sheer uncertainty of the situation gives rise to an obvious question: Can Martha Stewart's company survive without her?

July 3, 2002 -- As more names pop up in the Martha Stewart insider trading scandal, America's queen of hearth and home is undergoing a surprising makeover.

Martha Stewart in a real stew

June 25 —  Anyone for an update on the ImClone scandal? For Martha Stewart at least, the situation ain’t great. She’s got problems on both the legal and public image fronts, and they keep getting worse.  

Transcript of Chris Byron on Crossfire

Martha in the hot seat

The price of friendship for Martha Stewart 

By Christopher Byron
June 14 —  Choose your friends carefully. That’s the most obvious lesson to be drawn from the pickle in which lifestyle authority Martha Stewart now finds herself thanks to her long-time friendship with Manhattan social climber and cancer-cure businessman, Sam Waksal. For Martha Stewart, the price of that friendship is suddenly proving to be high indeed.