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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Is Marc D. Sarnoff Corrupt Or The Most Corrupt Miami Politician?

His Excellency
Marc D. Sarnoff
In researching the long history of the E.W.F. Stirrup House, one name that never came up was Marc D. Sarnoff, unofficial Emperor of Coconut Grove. 

However, that changed once I started investigating the current state of Coconut Grove. The name "Marc D. Sarnoff" started cropping up with some regularity. The more I uncovered of Gino Falsetto's real estate deals, the more I saw the Sarnoff name. When I started looking into the Coconut Grove Playhouse, I encountered the Sarnoff name again. It didn't matter where I turned, Sarnoff always seemed to be RIGHT THEREOn one level that's not surprising; Sarnoff is the Commissioner for Miami's District 2, which takes in Coconut Grove. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Unpacking The Aunty Em Ericann Blog ► A Writer's Rant

Having been a professional writer for my entire adult life, I have come to the conclusion that Bill Gates ruined my trade.

Writing has always been something I did for as long as I can remember. If I wasn't being paid to write, I was writing something for which one day I hoped to be paid. If neither, I was journaling, trying to capture smoke with my pen and ink hieroglyphics that often only I could decipher.

It was back at Sheridan College in the early '70s that I got my first taste of writing to a deadline. I also learned how to publish on deadline, when I became the editor of "A" Student Magazine, working with an entire staff of writers and graphic designers to get issues out on time.

I was taking Media Arts and always assumed I would go into tee vee, or movies. Writing for the college paper was just for fun. So was being a DJ at Radio Sheridan, the 'underground' radio station that myself and several others had built from scratch a few years before. When I graduated, I became the first full-time paid manager for Radio Sheridan, which had been floundering after a series of part-time, student volunteer Station Managers almost drove the station into the ground.

Writing about music. What could be more fun?

During this period I started my first freelance writing/editing career. [There have been several.] First came ZoundZ Magazine, a small Rock and Roll handout placed at record store cash registers all over Toronto. Marty Herzog was my business partner and managing editor for a couple of years, for a couple of publications, as far back as "A" Student Magazine. ZoundZ [the second "z" was backwards] led to being asked to edit Cheap Thrills by Concert Productions International. It had promised a publication as part of its Cheap Thrills membership, a VIP line for ordering concert tickets. However a Cheap Thrills publication had never been produced and they were getting flack.