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RON'S MOST REQUESTED PAST ARTICLES

Broward Recount2000 Presidential Recount - Home for the Holidays (... or "How the Florida Recount Became a Family Happening"). A very humorous insider's look at the 2000 Florida Recount. By amusing coincidence, Ron's own mother was one of the three people who served on the Broward Canvassing Board -- so he just about the only reporter with nearly unfettered access to everything. And, FYI, the CloseUp Foundation subsequently excerpted parts of this essay in their recently published high school textbook of first-person accounts of American history. (This article was also excerpted in the book Ordinary Americans: U.S. History Through the Eyes of Everyday People, published by the Close Up Foundation in 2003, with an intro by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns).

JCOC Ron Playing Soldier for a Week (2001) - "The Department of Defense calls it the 'Joint Civilian Orientation Conference' (JCOC) -- but I think of it as more of a military fantasy camp for civilians. Envision some aging accountant shelling out big bucks to spend a week shagging fly balls from has-been baseball stars. Now substitute soldiers for the ball players, weapons for the baseballs -- throw in some cool explosions and lots of travel -- and you'll get the idea. For a little over week in April, I and 54 other rather lucky civilians participated in JCOC-64 ..." Written in April 2001, but it remains both informative and funny in our post 9/11 world.

German Sex & Politics (2002) - Back from a recent visit to Europe, Ron gives his very offbeat observations on Germany's national elections, German sex lives, a drag oompah band, half-naked lesbians, and more. Did we mention half-naked lesbians (warning: adult humor ... and half-naked lesbians!!).

Kucinich and StormStorming La Fiesta (2003)- "There were seven Democratic Presidential candidates, three thousand delegates, one thousand additional guests, one thousand Dean supporters bused in to pack the hall, and dozens of journalists at the Florida Democratic Party (FDP) State Democratic Convention. The only problem: there wasn't anything newsworthy going on. That's right. Nada. Nothing. Zippo. Zilch. It looked important, but it was all for show ..." Thus begins Ron's savagely funny and alcohol-soaked account of the convo weekend, much of it spent tagging along with a liberal Kucinich activist named Storm. The Kucinich state chair actually wrote a letter complaining that Ron ... well, ummm ... accurately reported what he saw.

All-Star Game2003 NHL All-Star Game - Something different. Ron -- who is also a big hockey fan -- takes a stab at being a photojournalist at the 2003 NHL All Star Game. No essays, just some decent pix. Also some good pix of the music acts: The B-52s, Sheryl Crow, and the Goo Goo Dolls.


 

 

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