The Summer Wind, by Frank Sinatra – Finishing #59? Plus, Manufactured Housing Investing, Stock Updates

DowJones5.18.2020ManufacturedHomeStockUpdatesBroaderMarketSnapshotIf you were in a race and finished number 59, at first blush, that would hardly seem like something to brag about.

However, if you started years after others in the race did, plus there were over 3 million competitors and you had already lapped millions of others in just four days, that might be an entirely different matter, right? Then being #59 in 4 days becomes impressive.

With that brief teaser, let’s take a big step back and look at why this song by “Old Blue Eyes” and that #59 ranking matters to manufactured housing professionals.


Manufactured housing has been underperforming for well over 15 years. It arguably shouldn’t be that way, because certainly the powers that be in our industry have the resources to promote manufactured home living in a robust way. Which suggests that they don’t want growth, but that doesn’t mean that others – the independents in our industry – are hungering for more sales.


A significant part of the problem is a lack of proper understanding about the industry and the quality of today’s manufactured homes.

With that notion in mind, it was Tim Williams, then Chairman of the Board of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) who said that MHProNews and MHLivingNews were good communications vehicles. He candidly might pick a fight with himself about that very statement today, while having to acknowledge – according to various sources – that he still reads MHProNews and MHLivingNews now as then. People are…interesting.

That cryptic opening may have seemingly nothing – yet much to do – with The Summer Wind, a hit song by Frank Sinatra featured on MHLivingNews. That is what we will unpack as our featured focus tonight. As usual, that will be beyond the left-right headlines, market snapshots and other thought-provoking graphics.


Quotes That Shed Light…


The quote by President Obama is often agreed to by people on either side of that left-right media divide. Not only in politics, but also with respect to manufactured housing, there is a need to challenge the narrative spun by the so-called Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis and their allies. Not only must the prevailing narrative be challenged, it must be repeatedly challenged, because efforts at manipulation and propaganda are arguably ongoing too.



Understanding media bias is useful to sifting through possibly hidden agendas.





Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business

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  • Countries’ massive debt piles are turning into a disaster
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  • Japan just fell into recession
  • Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway sells most of Goldman Sachs stake
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  • America is running out of thermometers
  • These folks are working from their cars, and loving it
  • Restaurant owners say social distancing could wipe out their industry
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Headlines from right-of-center Fox Business

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  • S. equity markets gained as Fed Chair Powell spoke about the economy’s recovery, Moderna revealed positive virus vaccine news.
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  • Oil prices soaring to major gains not seen in weeks
  • US considers giving companies these incentives to pull China supply chains
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There is a case to be made for having a good, honest argument. There are good reasons to pick controversial and other topics and have a public engagement about them.

That’s a reasonable interpretation of the view expressed by Bishop Robert Barron during his homily in the video which was forwarded for the point made about the value of crafting a good argument. That’ video is posted below. The bishop’s example below is obviously religious, but that principle applies to other aspects of life too.


What does that preaching topic have to do with the Summer Wind? Nothing on the surface, but much in practice and pragmatically. Let’s look.

In whatever aspect of life and living, those who are ‘selling’ or marketing something have to reach out and meet people where they are, not where the seller wants them to be.

As was previously noted, manufactured housing is widely misunderstood. There are numerous examples that can be advanced to make the case for owning a manufactured home.

The Summer Wind is a demonstration project within a demonstration project. We have for years demonstrated an ability to pick a topic and create honest attention around it.




In only 4 days, Google says that post has risen to #59 (roughly page 8). Most people don’t go beyond the first page. But some do. How significant can that be for manufactured housing?


Let’s look at a different example to make the point. “Never let a serious crisis go to waste” has become a hot search phrase during COVID19. MHProNews has an article on page 4 of Google on that topic. That article has been the top read article in April and May 2020, with well over 100,000 hits.

Apply that to MHLivingNews. One topic that gets tens of thousands of hits from readers that may not be expecting anything on manufactured home living, they are looking for Frank Sinatra and his The Summer Wind song. It is an example of catching someone in a relaxed frame of mind so you can ‘surprise them with the truth.’

It is a proven methodology, but it depends in good measure on being a third-party source. The exact same thing on your own website may not have anything like the same results.

The industry and its problems are not going to be solved by pretty pictures, 3d tours or high-quality videos. There have been years of big companies that produced those visuals, and the industry is still struggling for over a decade at under 100,000 new homes produced and shipped per year.


There is a genuine need to use the proven method of catching people with a surprising truth while they may be looking for something else. When someone arrives at one of our websites, they routinely visit multiple pages. So, it doesn’t matter if they come for “The Summer Wind” initially, so long as they enjoyed what they found and then stick around to learn more.

MHProNews was formally launched circa October 15, 2009. 10 years and 7 months later, it has stood the test of time.

MHLivingNews was launched about three years after MHProNews. Each platform eclipses it’s would-be rivals in manufactured housing trade publishing. There are bigger websites, to be sure. But comparative research reflects there are none that focus on trade news that rival the depth, breadth, scope or traffic of MHProNews and MHLivingNews.

That success of our trade media platforms was and remains a concern to the powers that be in manufactured housing. Perhaps in a dark manner, they better understood the potential for good that these twin resources have. While being MHI members, and garnering praise from the likes of Tim Williams, Jim Clayton and  others, the powers that be subtlety went about trying to undermine and supplant MHProNews and MHLivingNews.

They’ve arguably failed.

Which brings us to the Summer Wind, Frank Sinatra and the case for a good positive engagement, healthy debate or an honest argument.

When an open yet analytical mind is kept, one can learn much even from someone with an opposing or differing view.


Certain elements in our society built up the notion of tolerance to a problematic extreme. There are things that people of good will should not readily tolerate.

It is entirely appropriate to tip the hat to MHI and Clayton Homes defender Andy Gedo. He was willing to engage in a public debate. Gedo was willing to make an argument in favor of his viewpoint.

A key notion of the founders of America was that the honest clash of ideas could shed light on the truth or error in someone’s position.

Our original goal hasn’t wavered. It is to provide news, insights and information in a manner that can help advance the cause of more affordable manufactured housing. That can be done honestly, sustainably and profitably.

The time has come for the industry’s ‘leaders’ to step up to the plate and try to do what Andy Gedo did. Let them publicly defend in a debate format why their 15 years of efforts to grow the industry’s results to its true potential keep failing.

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If they don’t debate, that speaks volumes, doesn’t it?

MHProNews and our MHLivingNews sister site are on page 1, often at or near the top on several issues of importance that are manufactured home specific. One example is linked below.

Out of nearly a million possible results, MHLivingNews is #1 and #2 on this specific Google search.

The video below is just one of the examples of how MHLivingNews and MHProNews have tackled the tough topics in a manner that makes sense to those who stumble upon it.


When the powers that be get the courage to defend their record since 2003, we’ll let you know. If they try, it will be epic. Nothing quite like a good, honest debate.


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