New blog header design by Mr. Blackwell


Recently I complained about the stock art used on The BFD blog header. So I was foaming with excitement when Alison Bolen (who oversees the SAS blogging platform) kindly took notice, and enlisted Mr. Blackwell to come up with something more pleasing and appropriate.



OMG Mr. Blackwell!!! As a huge fan of fashion (and fashion forecasting), I looked forward to Mr. Blackwell's Ten Worst Dressed Women list every January. I adored his pokes at the celebrity elite (e.g., on Martha Stewart: Dresses like the centerfold for Farmers' Almanac). His House of Blackwell designs ruled my formative years (the 1960's), and developed in me the discerning taste in women's apparel I'm known for.

My excitement became tempered, however, when I realized there wasn't a Mr. Blackwell's Worst Dressed list in 2012.  Nor was there one in 2011, 2010, or 2009. A quick online search revealed that my beloved Mr. Blackwell died in 2008. Further investigation revealed that it was going to be a Mr. Carl Blackwell, or simply "Carl" as we call him here at SAS, who was going to redesign my blog header. Had Alison played a cruel trick?

But I should have feared not. Carl has come up with a fabulous new header, highlighting my little moneymaker (emphasis on little money), and the cover art of Jessica Crews.

Carl, I salute you. You've done the Blackwell name proud.


Martha Stewart photo from




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Mike Gilliland

Product Marketing Manager

Michael Gilliland is a longtime business forecasting practitioner and formerly a Product Marketing Manager for SAS Forecasting. He is on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Forecasters, and is Associate Editor of their practitioner journal Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting. Mike is author of The Business Forecasting Deal (Wiley, 2010) and former editor of the free e-book Forecasting with SAS: Special Collection (SAS Press, 2020). He is principal editor of Business Forecasting: Practical Problems and Solutions (Wiley, 2015) and Business Forecasting: The Emerging Role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (Wiley, 2021). In 2017 Mike received the Institute of Business Forecasting's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2021 his paper "FVA: A Reality Check on Forecasting Practices" was inducted into the Foresight Hall of Fame. Mike initiated The Business Forecasting Deal blog in 2009 to help expose the seamy underbelly of forecasting practice, and to provide practical solutions to its most vexing problems.

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