About Mervyn Kaufman

A consumer-magazine writer, Mervyn Kaufman is the author most recently of The Shamrock Way, the history of Arizona's biggest and most enduring food-service company, and coauthor of the Gary Stevens memoir, The Perfect Ride.

We Got Our Jobs Done. Even As The Business Was Crumbling Around Us.

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Merv Kaufman realized that in business, adversity is what you work through, not quit on.

Did Providence Really Intercede, and Get Me Fired?

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Losing a Job I Loved Changed My Life in Ways I Could Never Have Imagined

Having a Big Body Part Has Haunted Me Forever

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It was only Merv Kaufman stopped caring that the self-consciousness and self-loathing finally vanished.

From Bullpen to Corner Office—Is That Still a Plausible Career Arc?


Sometimes, what you do is more important than where you do it

Male Star Power – A Blessing and a Curse


Dealing with a celebrity co-worker may tell you stuff no one else knows.

The Termination Doctrine


Released. Replaced. Let go. Phased out. Sacked. Canned!

A Humiliating Brief Encounter I’ll Never Forget


It’s moments like this that can make life in the business world perilous

Was Harry Reems a Hero or a Chump?

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The male star of Deep Throat was paid little, used by porn hustlers and then dumped.

What We Wore

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Dress Left, Dress Right: What We Once Wore to Work Said Who We Thought We Were, But No More

A Business Dinner Gone Bad


“Men Succeed More Ably in Business When Women are Involved”

That Three-Martini Lunch Wasn’t Just for “Mad Men”


One Man’s Adventures into the “Office Lunch”

OUTPLACEMENT (It’s Not Like Having Your Balls Cut Off, Maybe Just Nicked a Bit)


One Man’s Journey Through the Forced March of Outplacement

Do You Have to be Tall to Make it in Business?


For men, height may still be a factor when career-making jobs are on the line. Merv Kaufman tells his story.

My Beemer Is 40—I Hope Someone’s Giving It Good Care!

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“That wondrous car, despite its flaws and failures, has always been in my heart”, writes Merv Kaufman.

“The Clock is Dick-Dick-Dicking”

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Merv Kaufman reviews Thomas Mallon’s novel “Watergate.”

The Cornbread Mafia: The Outlaw Pot Growers In the Bluegrass of Kentucky

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Mervyn Kaufman reviews a book about the biggest Marijuana bust in American History.