Well we’ve made it through another COVID-19 quarantined week and this week both Rocket Matter and Litera pulled off successful online conferences with the proceeds of both going to charity.

Litera Changing LIVE! yesterday (23 April) provided a packed agenda topped off by a keynote from US entrepreneur Molly Bloom, author of Molly’s Game, which has been make into a major film starring Jessica Chastain, Kevin Costner and Idris Elba.

Bloom, who ran high stakes poker games, talked about the circumstances leading up to her arrest by the FBI. Turning her story into a number of ‘plays’ that each had a lesson such as ‘determination’ or ‘integrity’, her story – told over Zoom from her home – was utterly fascinating and made for a glamorous end, topped only by Joe Borstein hosting virtual happy hour.

Meanwhile after Rocket Aid, which took place on Monday 20 April and raised over $22,000, speakers including myself received a ‘thank you’ from John Ratzenberger, who played Cliff from Cheers. The thank you was forwarded to us by founder and CEO Larry Port and Ratzenberger said: “Larry asked me to say thank you for your efforts and preparing speeches and talking about this that and the other to raise money.”

He added: “I don’t know why Larry didn’t ask me to join with you, cos I read a book once and I know some stuff.”

Happy weekend all, stay safe.