Forget Shiloh Nouvel Jolie Pitt, meet Tayler

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 12, 2006

By Scott Schmelzer, Tribune publisher

Shiloh Nouvel Jolie Pitt has made more money by the age of 36 hours than anyone else ever.

How did she do this, you ask?

His parents Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, aka Brangelina, had an auction for the rights to print her baby photos. People magazine won the bidding process in the U.S. at more than $4 million and

Look magazine won the bidding for the U.K. at $3.5 million, for a combined $7.5 million dollars.

$7.5 million for a baby photo!

What’s next, $1 million for her first poop, or a couple $100,000 for the first spit up on his $500 designer bib? Unbelievable.

I know for all of you defending this Brangelina action that the money is going to a charity and I think that giving money to charities is always a good thing, but $7.5 million for a baby photo is ridiculous.

I decided that this is so ridiculous that I am going to run a much cuter baby today in my column.

This baby is from Scotnbonnie, or Sonnie, or Bott, or well,

I hate these name-combining things.

This baby is my daughter, Tayler, and &045;&160;although we did not sell the rights of this photo for any money, in fact the photo cost us $13.95 &045; I will let the whole world (or at least Freeborn County and vicinity) see it for free.

I think that everyone should think that their own baby is the cutest thing in the world, and if you stop and think about it, People magazine should give us all a few dollars for our baby photos as well.

I know that when Tayler was born &045; she is now 12 &045; any extra money was sorely needed for formula, diapers, clothes, toys, formula, diapers. I know I listed those last two already, but for all the trips to get formula and diapers, I think those two deserve to be mentioned again.

So to the People magazine editors please send all of the people in Albert Lea money for their own cute babies because they need the money more than Brangelina does.

(Tribune Publisher Scott Schmeltzer’s column appears every Monday.)