Monday, August 14, 2017

Casablanca’s Awards and Accolades

An experienced business executive and entrepreneur, Jeffery S. Fraser is a current investor in the job-matching firm Job Pose and the owner of Tsaina Lodge in Alaska. Outside of his professional work, Jeffery Fraser is a fan of Casablanca.

Released in 1942 and 1943, Casablanca is an American drama film set during World War II. Filmed in Hollywood and distributed by Warner Brothers, the film collected $3.7 million at the box office on a budget of $878,000. 

Casablanca received positive critical acclaim and has continued to grow in popularity over time. In addition to winning academy awards for best picture, best director, and best adapted screenplay, the film has been recognized multiple times, including by noted film critic Roger Ebert, as the best film of all time. Moreover, the United States National Film Registry decided to preserve Casablanca due to its cultural significance, and the film was entered into the Online Film & Television Association Hall of Fame.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Casablanca Poster Artist Reveals Key Element Missing from Early Drafts

Jeffery Scott Fraser invests in Job Pose, a company working to improve the methods used to match employers with people seeking jobs. Also the owner of Alaska’s Tsaina Lodge, Jeffery S. Fraser counts the 1942 classic Casablanca as his favorite movie. 

In a 2013 interview with the design blog UnBeige, artist and movie poster designer Bill Gold revealed that early drafts of his iconic Casablanca poster were missing a key prop that ties the whole poster together: Humphrey Bogart’s gun. The image of Bogart pointing his gun while wearing a white fedora and trench coat is lifted from the film’s finale, in which Bogart uses said gun to shoot the Nazi commander who was chasing him.

In the interview, Gold relayed that the Casablanca poster was one of his first, and that he’d thought a montage showing all of the film’s major characters would be enough. Upon review, however, the powers-that-be requested Gold add more excitement to the scene, inspiring him to add Bogart’s gun to the poster. 

Now in his 90s, Bill Gold is responsible for a number of other iconic film posters, including those for The Exorcist, Unforgiven, A Clockwork Orange, Dirty Harry, and Alien.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Olympic Slopestyle Scoring

Jeffery Scott Fraser is an experienced business executive and entrepreneur who holds a PhD from Capella University. A former CEO of software firm NIC Inc., Jeffery S. Fraser is currently involved with Job Pose, a job matching firm, and serves as the owner of Tsaina Lodge in Alaska. An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Fraser also enjoys fishing and snowboarding.

A winter Olympic sport, snowboarding can be broken down into several disciplines which include half pipe, freestyle, and slopestyle among others. In a slopestyle competition, competitors snowboard down a course filled with obstacles and attempt to complete different types of tricks. 

Scoring for Olympic slopestyle events is administered by six judges from the Federation Internationale de Ski in several areas. In addition to amplitude, which includes safely landing jumps, and the overall difficulty of a run, snowboarders are judged on execution. Improper hand and board placement, poor landings, or falls can all affect an execution score. Moreover, incorporating a variety of different tricks and completing completely new tricks can boost a slopestyle score.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tips for Graduates Looking for Jobs

An entrepreneur in the tourism and hospitality industry, Jeffery Scott Fraser owns Tsaina Lodge, near Valdez, Alaska. He holds a BS and MS in human resource management and management information systems from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. In addition to his role at Tsaina Lodge, Jeffery S. Fraser is an investor in Job Pose, a company that matches job seekers with employers. 

For young graduates, looking for a job is a job in itself. It entails researching opportunities, applying for them, networking with professionals, attending interviews, negotiating offers, and (hopefully) getting the job. 

First, prepare yourself for the journey. Set aside five hours each day to researching jobs and preparing your applications for each. Do not send a boilerplate application to every company in the hope that one will respond, as that method rarely works. Instead, update your details so that you appeal to each company individually. 

Next, network actively with professionals in your field. Pay a visit to your school’s careers office. Besides career opportunities, you’ll find programs that connect graduates with mentors and grant access to networking opportunities. Attend your school’s alumni events and actively seek helpful contacts. Register as a member of a professional organization and attend their events. Make meaningful connections with the people working in a company you would like to join. Not only does this show interest, but your contacts can help you prep for an oncoming interview.

Remember to use social media wisely. Research the best apps or social media sites for professionals in your field and join these platforms. While there, communicate your strengths. Project the unique skills and expertise you acquired at your last internship, while serving on a student organization, or while doing your course projects. Highlighting experiences that show your strengths will help you know what to include in your resume and help you to answer career-based questions during interviews.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Practicing Safe Skiing and Snowboarding Behavior

Jeffery Fraser has served as owner of the Tsaina Lodge since 2011. Prior to taking on his current role, Jeffery S. Fraser spent nearly two decades as chief executive officer at NIC, Inc., in Olathe, Kansas. Away from his work in the software and hospitality industries, Jeffery Scott Fraser enjoys staying active by training bird dogs and snowboarding.

Avoiding accidents and injury on the mountain should rank as the top priority for all skiers and snowboarders. In order to limit the chances of a negative interaction while enjoying a run, individuals should familiarize themselves with and adhere to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Responsibility Code. The complete NSAA Responsibility Code can be found online at

Understanding right of way rules on a mountain is one of the most critical aspects of the NSAA Responsibility Code. Any skier further down the mountain has the right of way, meaning that individuals higher up the mountain must maintain controllable speeds and practice safe maneuvering as they descend and pass other skiers. However, individuals at any place on the mountain must avoid stopping in areas that may pose a risk to others. Lastly, skiers engaged in a run always hold right of way over skiers and snowboarders preparing to merge with a trail. Before merging, individuals must carefully survey the slopes and wait for a safe opportunity to enter a trail.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Types of Specialty Shots in Tennis

Jeffery Scott Fraser owns the Tsaina Lodge, a seasonal 24-room inn near Valdez, Alaska. Prior to taking over the lodge in 2011, Jeffery Fraser attended Baker University and Friends University in Kansas, where he played tennis.

The three main types of shots used by tennis players are forehand, backhand, and the overhead serve. However, a simple forehand or backhand shot might not be available to the player at different times during a rally, or another type of specialty shot might work more in the player's favor. Below are three frequently used specialty shots.

1. The approach shot can be either a forehand or backhand and is hit while the player is approaching the net, forcing his or her opponent to play on the defensive.

2. The passing shot is generally used by players on the defensive reacting to an approach shot. The goal of a passing shot is to hit the ball along the baseline, wide of the player at the net. It's a high-risk, high-reward shot. 

3. One of the more difficult shots to perfect, the drop shot requires a soft touch and superior ball control. It's best executed with one's opponent on the run, particularly at the back of the court, where they might be unable to reach the lightly hit ball in time.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

New Book Explores Casablanca's History for Film's 75th Anniversary

Jeffery S. Fraser currently works with Job Pose, where he helps match job seekers with potential employers. Outside of Jeffery Scott Fraser’s work life, his favorite movie is the 1942 classic Casablanca.

For the film’s 75th anniversary, film historian Noah Isenberg has written a new book examining the movie, its origins, and its lasting impact. “We’ll Always Have Casablanca” gives fans a detailed look into how the film was made, and what issues the production ran into along the way. Isenberg interviewed filmmakers, fans, film critics, and even surviving family members of the movie’s cast in his exploration of the production.

In one chapter Isenberg examines the film’s cast, noting that many were European Jewish refugees who had fled to America to escape the Nazis and WWII. Since similar themes are featured in the film’s plot, the story was all too real for some on the set. Isenberg writes that in one instance, a female extra burst into tears while shooting the film’s Paris flashback scene with Rick and Ilsa. Her husband, also on set, revealed to director Michael Curtiz that they had lived in Paris, but nevertheless they went through the very trying experience of shooting the scene.