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Trust me when I tell you, this part of Florida is NOT the Land of Lincoln. Pictured in upper-left is Hallandale Beach's iconic beachball-colored Water Tower on State Road A1A; September 2008 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Business Culture: A South Florida company that still sweats the details and consistently delivers customer satisfaction? Doctor's Toy Store, a veritable candy store for doctors looking for new & used medical equipment *SPONSORED POST*

Above, some inspired and still-relevant words of wisdom regarding the right way to run a business from Edgar A. Guest, via a General Motors ad in the June 18, 1945 issue of LIFE magazine, which I came across recently. You know who runs his successful South Florida business like this? My friend Rob Raymond of Doctor’s Toy Store

Today I've got a few thoughts and well-chosen words to share with you about what I've been reading recently in some magazine stories, books and online articles about well-run American businesses in the 21st Century. Not exactly a shocker that I'm an avid reader and about the nexus of marketing and technology in particular, though to be fair, you faithful readers wouldn't always know that from what I've written about here on the blog the past year.

Basically though, comparing the insight I've gleaned from them about best practices to what I've actually seen with my own eyes in South Florida and environs, and share the shining example of a hard-working friend whose already-successful South Florida business is following those modern precepts -and then some- about keeping the focus of his attention squarely where it belongs: on consistently delivering customer satisfaction and giving tangible value that keeps customers loyal and coming back for more

Consistently delivering customer satisfactionIn the abstract, it seems so simple on the face of it, doesn't it?
Yet it remains so very elusive (and frustratingly so) at more South Florida businesses than I could possibly name and list here, however much I'm tempted to do so to give you loyal readers a helpful word-to-the-wise.

Admit it, as you just read that passage, your unconscious started naming some of the myriad South Florida companies and firms that have consisted failed you, alienated you and either made you swear off of them -and at them.

Companies that, for whatever reasons, seem to think that continuing to do things the same old way they've done them is always the best approach, despite how clear the evidence is that it ISN'T always necessarily the case.

Yes, when done right, sometimes old established approaches still DO have great appeal and salience for consumers in today's marketplace of ideas and products, but in a more-competitive environment, one where an individual business is no longer just battling its competitors within its own town or region, but now must compete against not only those but ones located elsewhere in your state or on the other side of the country, marketing methods that might've worked well in the 1960's are no longer always going to satisfy customers and keep them loyal. 

Especially since consumers have become used to having more options, not less, and are NOT going to freely give them up now merely to accommodate you and your  antiquated business strategy and marketing approach. 

(For instance, just like me, many of you reading this can name a long-established business in Hallandale Beach near the Florida East Coast railroad tracks that despite having a genuinely great location and plenty of space, seems utterly caught in a time warp about how to successfully market their products to area residents, as they seem almost condescending in their refusal to wake-up and treat customers with respect instead of the benign contempt that's lost them so many once-loyal customers.)

In the end, as it is with most things involving human behavior, in running a business, regardless of the size or product or service, it's all about either adapting and evolving, or remaining stagnant and falling behind.
Despite talk among the Beltway chattering class about the so-called economic "recovery," my sense of things as I go around South Florida, and particularly my part of it, is that there are more empty storefronts along major roads in Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale and northeast Miami-Dade County than ever, and plenty of stagnant businesses that seem like they're not long for this world.

I think that's a testament to the fact that more than most parts of the country, South Florida seems to have an unusually large number of older business owners who while they might've been savvy business sharpies 20-30 years ago, back when everyone thought 'advertising" meant running an ad in the Miami Herald a couple of times a year or maybe having a Miami Dolphins player coming by the store for a promotion once a year at the holidays to boost sales.
But despite their past achievement, they never quite figured out how to make the successful jump to the digital age and a much-more competitive marketplace that's acutely price-sensitive.

But even as some once-successful business owners who failed to stay current and pay attention are forced to cash in their chips and leave empty storefronts in their wake, my friend Rob Raymond, owner and CEO of Doctors Toy Store, someone who's ever-vigilant to what his clients want now and may desire tomorrow in the way of medical equipment at discount prices, doesn't just continue to succeed but has actually greatly expanded his operations.

Think about it this way.
As a highly-valued customer in today’s high-tech consumer culture, even without really trying, we’ve all absorbed and come to completely believe a few important concepts about modern business in America in the 21st century.
Whether that common knowledge arrives by osmosis or in conjunction with the constant repetition of them via print, TV and online ads, directed messages that seem to inform us not only where we currently rank on the consumer totem pole, but even whether what we like or value is actually popular with others, they are key factors that both determine and drive consumer satisfaction with a particular company or firm.

The two most obvious ones that both modern consumers and savvy social media-conscious businesses have really taken to heart are:
a.) the concept that the customer –whoever they are, wherever they are- is king, and, must be the focus of the relationship, and 
b.) the degree of a prospective customer’s satisfaction derives largely from the quality/usability of the product itself and the degree of CONSISTENT quality customer service you receive after a purchase.

But another important factor that enters the equation for certain high-end or high-tech products is the buying experience itself. If you are physically present at the point-of-sale, have you as a consumer received a positive experience that in some way helps inspire confidence in your buying decision? 
We're all quite familiar with that hard-to-quantify but definitely pleasurable experience that comes from wandering around an Ikea or APPLE retail store, mouth slightly agape, at a store that’s chock-full of inspired design and innovation all around us, an experience that can't be replicated by simply going to their respective websites and ordering something online.

So it’s with all of this in mind that I mention some what I've seen for myself by spending a lot of time the past few months with my friend, Rob Raymond, of Doctors Toy Store, one of the top medical sales equipment companies in the U.S. and easily one of the best-run businesses in this part of South Florida.

Over the past year, as Rob thought long and hard about where he’d relocate his very successful business from its long-established home in Hallandale Beach, along Fashion Row, below.

Without any prompting from Rob, I’d occasionally snap some photographs of possible showroom locations I came across that seemed to me to offer real strong possibilities.
Locations that seemed to mesh not only with the general physical requirements for what Rob said he’d need in a new and larger showroom for his merchandise, but ones which I thought would also allow him some much-needed room for increased creativity within the showroom, because as I’ve learned over the years, Rob is nothing if not a very creative guy who is always thinking outside-the-box to improve his business and make it easier for his employees to do their job better.

From our conversations over the past year I’d come to understand that Rob wanted not just a larger showroom, per se -since he clearly wanted to be able to display much more equipment than they could previously- but also be able to display those myriad products in a much-more attractive, interesting and even more-relaxed and intuitive fashion. And much more space to walk around!

A showroom that would not only give both longtime and new clients a better sense of what Doctors Toy Store had to offer them at reasonable prices, but also allow Rob and his staff to show off their personalities a bit and employ some humor and whimsy in the displays and near the various practice group rooms he’s created, with just some of the innumerable medical ephemera and antiques that Rob has acquired over the years. 

Just a few of the medical-related toys, props and curios that Rob has sprinkled throughout the showroom to keep everyone in good humor at the store.

In short, Rob wanted to give his clients not only more choices of what they wanted -new and used medical equipment at discount prices- but also to create a positive visceral experience for them as well, one that’d go straight into their long-term memories and create very positive word-of-mouth among their colleagues and acquaintances.

Well, in the first few months since the much-larger Doctors Toy Store showroom has been open for business in their new location off of I-95, everything has proven Rob's vision correct as things are going better than Rob and his staff could have reasonably hoped, with lots of clients eager to see for themselves what’s what with the new-and-improved location.

It’s that rare business move that’s a big plus for everyone concerned, since there’s now not only more space for clients to move around in a relaxed fashion to examine the equipment and ask loads of questions of Rob and his staff, but also from what my not-so-scientific mind thinks are much more and better-organized displays than what the Hallandale Beach location could offer.

Above and below: Rare moments of rest for Rob's ubiquitous Doctor's Toy Store vans, which are seen everywhere throughout South Florida. If you spend even thirty minutes a day driving on any major highway between Palm Beach and Homestead and don't see one of these 12 vans on the roads, you just aren't looking hard enough, because they're all around you.

Rob's business is noteworthy for many things, and one of those is the longstanding success he's had with developing and maintaining longstanding relationships with doctors and medical groups not just in South Florida, but also outside of Florida and the U.S.  This being South Florida, that's especially the case when it comes to medical professionals working in both Central and South America.

Because of his personal reputation for being someone who can consistently deliver what doctors need at a reasonable price and getting it to them when THEY want it, Rob and his friendly and experienced staff are constantly having people coming by the showroom who are just in from Brazil or Argentina or Chile or... Indiana or Oklahoma.
Busy medical professionals who are either longtime clients of Doctor's Toy Store or new clients who were told in no uncertain terms by doctors they know and trust that Rob was indeed the man to see and trust.

Dr's Toy Store Medical Equipment makes customers happy all over the country 
Uploaded November 21, 2013 

Those sorts of relationships don't last without a serious commitment to make them work, and Rob and his dedicated staff do just that, and one of the things that maintains that trust is their confidence that Doctor's Toy Store is constantly trying to have cutting-edge technology available for them, whether the newest lasers or... well, let's go to the video for that:

Here are some reps from SonoScape who flew to South Florida from China to bring some new merchandise to Dr's Toy Store, specifically, the Sonoscape A6 Ultrasound 

Dr's Toy Store Sonoscape A6 Ultrasound Medical Equipment ‏@drstoystore January 24, 2014 


#medicaldevices #newmedicalequipment #usedmedicalequipment #medicalsupplies #hospital #bestdeal #sonoscape  

Do you think there's any other business in Hallandale Beach that could compel people in China to fly here to be part of the business scene? Let me answer that question for you. No!

Just Doctor's Toy Store.

Rob informs me that these SonoScape ultrasounds are doing very well at the showroom because they offer doctors and practice groups the newest technology at prices that are very reasonable compared to GE and Phillips(Naturally, they also sell and repair probes.)

Since I neglected to mention it in my blog post last month -and you never know who’s reading what’s written here- I wanted to mention that Rob mentioned to me some time ago that Doctor’s Toy Store will be interested in raising its profile when it comes to renting its equipment (and expertise) to film and TV productions in the future, whether commercial or coprorate, so if that's something you might be interested in, give Rob a call.
That’s something that’s made easier by a new showroom in a more-convenient location that makes it a veritable candy store for people looking for new and used medical equipment.

See photos of medical equipment at the new Doctor's Toy Store showroom:

I'll be honest, the first time that I saw the row-upon-row of sterilizers displayed at the new showroom, I thought they resembled nothing so much as a combination of a wall safe, a microwave oven and a sleek copy machine.
And that it could probably do a large bag of microwavable popcorn in no time at all...  

See selected photos of practice group exam rooms at the new Doctor's Toy Store showroom:

Checking things over one last time before finally heading home.

Above and below: Doctor's Toy Store owner and founder Rob Raymond and co-CEO "Doc" at the end of another long day of keeping South Florida's -and the world's- hard-charging and demanding medical community happy and satisfied, pictured inside their huge new showroom right next to I-95 that's chock-full of every medical tool and device a doctor or practice group could possibly ever think of -and then some.

Rob's friendly outgoing personality, quick sense of humor and near-encyclopedic knowledge of medical equipment old and new is, well, amazing. (Like me with sports and political history and trivia.) That personality and ability of his goes a long way towards explaining how over a period of over 16 years, he's now in a position to TRIPLE the size of his very successful showroom on Hallandale Beach's Fashion Row at the the new showroom just off I-95. Rob continues satisfying his very demanding, far-flung clients demand for medical equipment at discount prices with conscientious, top-quality customer service that constantly reminds them they're his number-one priority. @drstoystore
Doctor's Toy Store
2512 S.W. 30th Avenue.
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
(954) 457-0075 
1(877) DRS-TOYS
(954) 454-3916 FAX

Doctor's Toy Store YouTube Channel

First time visting Doctor's Toy Store?
The new-and-improved showroom is conveniently located on S.W. 30th Avenue in Pembroke Park, the first street west of I-95 at Exit 18.

Coming from Hallandale Beach Blvd. and travelling north on 30th Avenue, it is just north of Travertine Mart

If you're coming from Pembroke Road heading south, it's across the street from CT Motorsports R/C Tracks, just a little distance past the clock:

In either case, look for this sign at either end of S.W. 30th Avenue first and make that turn.

*DTS sells and repairs probes
*DTS has leasing and financing programs available
*Weekend and evening hours available by appointment

Above, co-CEO Doc doing his job as lovable taskmaster and watchdog who sweats the details.


SonoScape diagnostic ultrasound, discount doctor’s equipment, real deals for doctors, cosmetic lasers, hair removal lasers, surgical equipment, discount prices, turn-key doctor’s office setups, surgical offices, sterilizers, medical equipment

Hallandale Beach Blog

Hallandale Beach Blog
Hallandale Beach Blog/South Beach Hoosier's crimson-colored Indiana University cap. If you see someone at a South Florida govt. meeting or public policy discussion wearing this IU cap, scribbling notes furiously -and shaking his head in disbelief- don't be afraid to come over and say hello or pitch prospective story ideas. Photo by South Beach Hoosier. Move your mouse over the cap and be sent to the IU Athletic Dept.'s YouTube Channel.

In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation

In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation
"In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation." -South Beach Hoosier, 2007.
Hallandale Beach Blog is where I try to inject or superimpose a degree of accountability, transparency and insight onto Florida and local Broward County government and public policy issues, which I feel is sorely lacking in local media now. On this blog, locally, I concentrate my energy, enthusiasm, anger and laser-like attention on the coastal cities of Hallandale Beach and Hollywood.
If you lived in this part of South Florida, you'd ALREADY be stuck in stultifying traffic, paying higher-than-necessary taxes and continually musing about the chronic lack of accountability among not only elected govt. officials, but also of city, county and state employees as well. Collectively, with a few rare exceptions, they couldn't be farther from the sort of strong results-oriented, eager work-ethic mentality that local residents deserve and expect.
This is particularly true in the town I live in, the City of Hallandale Beach, just north of Aventura and south of Hollywood. There, the "Perfect Storm" of years of apathy, incompetency and cronyism are all too readily apparent.
Sadly for its residents, HB is where even easily-solved, quality-of-life problems are left to fester for YEARS on end, because of myopia, lack of common sense and ineffective supervisory management. It's a city with lots of potential because of its terrific location, yet its citizens have become numb to its outrages and screw-ups after years of the worst kind of mismanagement and lack of foresight. On a daily basis, they wake up and see the same old problems that have never being adequately resolved by the city in a logical and responsible fashion, merely kicked -once again- further down the road.
I used to ask myself, not always rhetorically, "Where are all the enterprising young reporters who want to show that through their own hard work and enterprise, what REAL investigative reporting can produce?" Hearing no response, I decided to start a blog that could do some of these things, taking the p.o.v. of a reasonable but skeptical person seeing the situation for the first time, and wanting questions answered in a honest and logical way that citizens have the right to expect.

Hallandale Beach Blog intends to be a catalyst for positive change.
If there's one constant gripe in South Florida, regardless of your age, race, nationality or political persuasion, it's about the fundamental lack of PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY here among Florida's state, regional and local govt./agency officials. Hallandale Beach Blog aims to be a small step towards regaining some of that needed accountability, whether it's thru simple public scrutiny, or requires a degree of follow-up investigation and public exposure of incompetency, cronyism or simple negligence -South Florida's usual governing style.
"And David put his hand in the bag and took out a stone and slung it. And it struck the Philistine on the head and he fell to the ground. Amen."- Preacher Purl encouraging the underdog Hickory High basketball team before the state title game against heavily-favored South Bend Central in 1986's Hoosiers
Audio of pregame speech:

Paradise Lost? South Florida

Paradise Lost? South Florida
TIME magazine of November 23, 1981: Paradise Lost? South Florida . Click photo to see original article.

Ordinary people can make a difference in fight against corruption in Broward County

The next time you hear someone in Broward County, like one of the usual "experts" or pundits or maybe a self-interested lobbyist like Joy Cooper's supercilious pal Judy Stern repeat the Conventional Wisdom that nobody really cares about ethical behavior, transparency and accountability in Broward cities, except a handful of people, just keep this in mind.
As of March 6, 2014 at 12:30 p.m., in the 84 weeks since I first wrote my October 15th 2012 post titled, "Ethics? Not for us! Follow-up to my post re Hallandale Beach's unethical "business as usual" attitude, with "special rules for special people" if they are named Joy Cooper, Bill Julian and Anthony A. Sanders; What ethics? What rules? @MayorCooper, @SandersHB" it's been viewed 183,914 times. That's MORE than TWO THOUSAND page views a week! Imagine that!
That total doesn't even include the number of people who saw it the day it was first posted, when it was the default post of the blog. That's a lot of people who now know a lot more facts about the truth regarding the corruption and incompetency that have been commonplace in Hallandale Beach all these years while Broward State's Attorney Mike Satz and his staff did NOTHING. Just saying...
The South Florida I Grew Up In
Excerpted from Joan Didion's Miami, 1987, Simon & Schuster:
In the continuing opera still called, even by Cubans who have now lived the largest part of their lives in this country, el exilo, the exile, meetings at private homes in Miami Beach are seen to have consequences. The actions of individuals are seen to affect events directly. Revolutions and counter-revolutions are framed in the private sector, and the state security apparatus exists exclusively to be enlisted by one or another private player. That this particular political style, indigenous to the Caribbean and to Central America, has now been naturalized in the United States is one reason why, on the flat coastal swamps of South Florida, where the palmettos once blew over the detritus of a dozen failed booms and the hotels were boarded up six months a year, there has evolved since the early New Year's morning in 1959 when Fulgencio Batista flew for the last time out of Havana a settlement of considerable interest, not exactly an American city as American cities have until recently been understood but a tropical capital: long on rumor, short on memory, overbuilt on the chimera of runaway money and referring not to New York or Boston or Los Angeles or Atlanta but to Caracas and Mexico, to Havana and to Bogota and to Paris and Madrid. Of American cities Miami has since 1959 connected only to Washington, which is the peculiarity of both places, and increasingly the warp...

"The general wildness, the eternal labyrinths of waters and marshes, interlocked and apparently neverending; the whole surrounded by interminable swamps... Here I am then in the Floridas, thought I," John James Audobon wrote to the editor of The Monthly American Journal of Geology and Natural Science during the course of an 1831 foray in the territory then still called the Floridas. The place came first, and to touch down there is to begin to understand why at least six administrations now have found South Florida so fecund a colony. I never passed through security for a flight to Miami without experiencing a certain weightlessness, the heightened wariness of having left the developed world for a more fluid atmosphere, one in which the native distrust of extreme possibilities that tended to ground the temperate United States in an obeisance to democratic institutions seemed rooted, if at all, only shallowly. At the gate for such flights the preferred language was already Spanish. Delays were explained by weather in Panama. The very names of the scheduled destinations suggested a world in which many evangelical inclinations had historically been accommodated, many yearnings toward empire indulged...

In this mood Miami seemed not a city at all but a tale, a romance of the tropics, a kind of waking dream in which any possibility could and would be accommodated...

Nice from a distance, not so nice once you're there and see the years of City Hall's neglect

Nice from a distance, not so nice once you're there and see the years of City Hall's neglect
The public beach that is "North Beach" in Hallandale Beach, FL. June 19, 2012 photo by South Beach Hoosier.© 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

So this is where our tax dollars go to die?

"So this is where our tax dollars go to die? My friend and fellow civic activist Csaba Kulin, perhaps wondering when we're FINALLY going to get the clean and inviting public beach that Hallandale Beach residents believe we're entitled to but have never received under Mayor Cooper and her Rubber Stamp Crew.
Instead, we get rusty pipes in the middle of the beach and garbage cans on the beach -without lids- at the windiest place in the entire city. And a public building across the street from the beach that the public can't use for free but which city employees can -for their holiday parties." Click photo to see many more photos of the site and the original post, or http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/latest-info-photos-re-related-groups.html; 2012 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

Just as true now as it was when it was written in June 2012!

The View from the Hallandale Beach/Hollywood city line

The View from the Hallandale Beach/Hollywood city line
Looking south towards The Beach Club and the Hallandale Beach Water Tower on A1A from the beach, near the Hollywood cityline, May 2, 2009 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

A fish rots from the head down, and so does local government in Hallandale Beach, FL

A fish rots from the head down, and so does local government in Hallandale Beach, FL
City of Hallandale Beach Municipal Complex, 400 S. Federal Highway. The City of Hallandale Beach Municipal Complex: If it's true that a fish rots from the head down, so it does in local government in Broward County, FL. This monument sign on the west side of the intersection of U.S.-1 and S.E. 5th Street, across from Gulfstream Park Race Track & Casino and the Village at Gulfstream Park retail complex, alerts you to your proximity to HB City Hall and the HB Police Department HQ. It's a place and culture whose very own words and actions have made clear to taxpayers of this city -regardless of age, race or income- that it holds itself apart from and above from the very citizens it's supposed to serve, often acting like they don't have to follow the same laws that govern everyone else in the state of Florida and the U.S., whether of logic, reason or contracts. (More to the point of this blog, the Florida Statutes on Sunshine Laws and Public Records.) City employees in Hallandale Beach routinely refuse to answer perfectly reasonable questions posed to them by taxpayers, and as I have found out myself and witnessed, are not above berating you for even having the nerve to ask! As it happens, it's also not a very safe area, despite who operates here, and over the past nine years, the public parking lots have often been pitch-black for 6-9 months at a time, including in front of the HB Police Dept. HQ. Then-Police Chief Thomas Magill even shrugged his shoulders at City Comm. meetings when told about this a few times. As if they couldn't make a worse first impression, at one point, even the spotlights shining on this sign didn't work at night for over FOUR YEARS, either. October 13, 2012 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.

Looking east on State Road 858/Hallandale Beach Blvd.

Looking east  on State Road 858/Hallandale Beach Blvd.
Looking east on State Road 858/Hallandale Beach Blvd., over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway bridge, toward the iconic Hallandale Beach Water Tower and the three condo towers comprising The Beach Club. September 8, 2008 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

Hallandale Beach Water Tower on A1A/South Ocean Drive

Hallandale Beach Water Tower on A1A/South Ocean Drive
Hallandale Beach Water Tower on A1A/South Ocean Drive. Located below the Hallandale Beach Water Tower on A1A/South Ocean Drive, on the south side (right) is the "Community Center" that HB City Hall, thru their gross incompetency, has made impossible for HB citizen taxpayers to use now for 41 MONTHS as of January 2011. (And where's the American flag on the Fourth of July weekend? Missing in action as it had been for months!) July 3, 2009 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2012 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

Looking towards southern Hollywood Beach

Looking towards southern Hollywood Beach
Trump Hollywood, Diplomat Residences, Westin Diplomat, Crowne Resort. Looking NE towards Hollywood on State Road A1A from the 2500 block of East Hallandale Beach Blvd./State Road 858 just before crossing the Intracoastal Bridge: (l-r) Trump Hollywood, Diplomat Residences, the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, the Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach. March 25, 2009 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

The Related Group's The Beach Club, consisting of three condo towers

The Related Group's The Beach Club, consisting of three condo towers
The Beach Club. Looking SE at The Beach Club from the Hollywood side of State Road A1A. May 12, 2008 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2012 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

City of Hollywood City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL

City of Hollywood City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL
City of Hollywood City Hall. An early morning shot of the east side of Hollywood City Hall the morning of the Johnson Street Redevelopment RFP Evaluation Committee meeting, where presentations were heard; October 14, 2009 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved. For more info on what's going on with this important project, see http://www.hollywoodfl.org/html/JohnsonStBeachRFP.htm

Corruption Isn't Unique to South Florida, It's the Level of the Stupidity That Is

Corruption Isn't Unique to South Florida, It's the Level of the Stupidity That Is
"[Chicago Mayor] William Hale Thompson was defeated Tuesday after a campaign which he alone made disgraceful. The election was an ejection, a dirty job, but Chicago has washed itself and put on clean clothes. Thompson recognized the [Chicago] Tribune as his chief enemy. The Tribune was glad to earn that opinion. It certainly tried to do so. It has taken the fight to him on every occasion during the long and depraved course of his administration. It is unpleasant business to eject a skunk, but someone has to do it. For Chicago, Thompson has meant filth, corruption, obscenity, idiocy and bankruptcy. He has given the city an international reputation for moronic buffoonery, barbaric crime, triumphant hoodlumism, unchecked graft and a dejected citizenship. He nearly ruined the property and completely destroyed the pride of the city. He made Chicago a byword for the collapse of American civilization. In his attempt to continue this he excelled himself as a liar and defamer of character. He’s out. He is not only out, but dishonored. He is deserted by his friends. He is permanently marked by the evidences of his character and conduct. His health is impaired by his ways of life and he leaves office and goes from the city the most discredited man who ever held place in it."

-Excerpts from April 1931 Chicago Tribune editorial following Republican "Big Bill" Thompson's loss to his Democratic rival Anton Cermak. A friend of organized crime during the Al Capone era, Thompson was the last Republican elected mayor of Chicago. But less than two years later, Mayor Cermak was shot while shaking hands with President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt at Miami's Bayfront Park. He died from gunshot wounds to his lungs three weeks later.


North Miami Beach Senior High School, the Home of the Chargers

North Miami Beach Senior High School, the Home of the Chargers
Before I was a Hoosier, I was an NMB Charger, Class of 1979

Sebastian the Ibis, the U-M mascot

Sebastian the Ibis, the U-M mascot
Like longtime U-M fans everywhere, including me, Sebastian the Ibis, the U-M mascot, hasn't had very much to cheer about lately, given the general state of mediocrity and underwhelming performances coming from the Hurricanes. Isn't it about time for fans to finally see some tangible signs that the new AD is moving things in the right direction? Where are the signs? I'm NOT seeing them. The woeful U-M Women's program is largely composed of teams that are NOT even close to being competitive for NCAA titles like their ACC competition, and they don't even field Women's Lacrosse or Field Hockey teams. It's embarrassing! Click on Sebastian for retrospective photo gallery of The Orange Bowl

Championship banners

The NCAA Championship Banners

The NCAA Championship Banners
Assembly Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. I was there in 1981 for NCAA Title #4 vs. North Carolina. Click on photo to go to the IU Basketball homepage.
Perhaps you'll enjoy this view more!

We Are IU (Official Version) 2013

Let's end the 27-year NCAA title drought!

Let's end the 27-year NCAA title drought!
IU All-American and U.S. Olympian Steve Alford on the cover of the 1987 Indiana University basketball media guide, months after IU won the NCAA basketball title.

Here's the first banner of the Crean Era

Our five NCAA Basketball Championship banners are on the north side of the court; I was there for 1981's.

Miami Dolphins QB capable of winning 2 playoff games in a row is NOT on roster now