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Mar 25, 2016

Jen Senko was worried about her dad. A self-described Kennedy Democrat, Frank Senko was a peaceful, loving husband and dad whose political views were never much of an issue between him and the world. Until one day, on his long commute to work, he discovered talk radio… and Rush Limbaugh in particular. After that,...


Mar 22, 2016

If you are determined to title your book Strange As It Seems, you damn well better deliver. Chip Jacobs does that and more in a loving, funny and well-written biography of his late uncle, Hollywood musical legend Gordon Zahler. What makes it so strange? Well, in 1940, when Gordon Zahler was a 14-year-old daredevil who...


Mar 18, 2016

If you will only sit still for one lesson in how Western economies work – or, don’t – I recommend you watch Boom Bust Boom by filmmakers Bill Jones and Ben Timlett. The documentary is a masterful explanation of the cycles caused by greed and mass psychosis, accomplished through a combination of historical...


Mar 16, 2016

There are two cinematic sequels in production to the No. 1 box-office film of all time, Avatar. An Avatar-based theme park is also coming to Disney World’s Animal Kingdom in 2017. But what if you can’t wait that long to return to the land of the blue-skinned Na’vi? Even better, what if I told you that you could...


Mar 9, 2016

 

One of my first real magazine assignments after graduating college was writing a story for Tampa Bay Monthly about the unique chemistry between Q105 morning radio personalities Cleveland Wheeler and Scott Shannon.

CLEVELAND WHEELER podcast excerpt: "Scott Shannon just had a way of connecting with people... He went out...