Rumor has it the Key West Citizen has been sold. Formal announcement of the sale is expected tuesday.
The purported purchaser is the Adams Publishing Group. A family business headed by 80 year old Steve Adams and his four sons.
They got into the small town newspaper business only three years ago. Already own some 100 small town dailies.
The Adams family is one of substance. Their wealth estimated in the billions. Generous to certain causes. The father Steve and his wife donated $100 million to the Yale School of Music in 2015.
The Adams Group generally retain staff and operations of newspapers purchased.
It is almost noon and I am no where close to finishing today’s blog. I have been watching John McCain’s service. It is hard to think and compose with tears in one’s eyes.
The man deserves all the tribute being accorded him this morning. Makes one proud to watch the service. Proud to be an American.
McCain’s mother Roberta is still alive. One hundred six yeas old. God bless her!
The Chart Room first last night. Few people. I was surprised. I thought the holiday weekend would fill the place.
Chatted with John and David, as well as a few tourists.
One of the tourists had just arrived from Saratoga Springs. She was attending the races. We shared some thoughts. I visited Saratoga during the racing season often. Not for the races. The parties at night! I also maintained an office in Saratoga for years.
We got into iguanas, lizards,and pythons. Especially lizards and pythons.
I read recently that the iguana food business is on the rise. In Central and South America, iguana is commonly eaten. Tastes like chicken. Never achieved any degree of popularity in the U.S. Till now.
A California based meat company used to import iguanas from Puerto Rico. Now from Florida. Ten thousand pounds a month. Makes the meat into sausage, hot dogs and burgers.
Purchase price wholesale expensive. The company sells to people and restaurants across the U.S. One pound boneless $59.99. One pound whole with skin on $49.99.
The California facility is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Then to the Blue Macaw. Many friends. A good time. Met Rebecca. Just arrived in Key West. Here for the holiday weekend. She has a PhD. in History. Now wants to go to medical school.
Elections in the air! Primaries and then the mid-terms in November. Early voting commonplace. Early voting on college campuses receiving attention. In July, a federal court ruled that a ban placed on early voting sites on Florida campuses was unconstitutional and placed an unfair burden on college students.
Smaller counties and colleges are moving swiftly to provide early campus voting. The bigger counties and universities not.
Miami-Dade, Duval and Escambia examples of counties slow to respond to the court directive. Universities slow include Florida A&M, Florida International, and Miami Dade.
Just so happens that the slower universities are those with the greatest number of non-whites.
Locally, I do not know what our community college is or has been doing. I plan on checking it out and letting you know.
Syracuse football back!
Beat West Virginia yesterday 55-42. A strange result. Syracuse was winning 34-7 at half time.
Next week tiny Wagner. A warm up. Syracuse should win.
The following week Syracuse plays Florida State at Syracuse. Florida State a ranked team. The game will tell how good Syracuse is.
World War II began this day in 1939. Germany invaded Poland.
What I am about to relate disturbs me greatly.
A new movie regarding man on the moon is scheduled for release October 12. Called First Man. Includes the story of John Glenn, the first man to step on the moon. Ryan Gosling plays Armstrong.
Armstrong planted the American flag on the moon. Recorded, filmed. A proud moment in itself.
The flag incident is omitted in the film. Gosling said because what Armstrong accomplished in going to the moon was a “human achievement,” not an American one. He forgets the years and thousands of people required to put Armstrong on the moon.
He claims Armstrong did not consider himself an American hero. Armstrong was a humble man, he claims.
All heroes are humble. They are not aware at the time of their unusual deeds that they have achieved hero status. Think Sgt. York and John McCain.
The omission of the American flag and the reasons therefore a distortion of history. A manipulation.
I was alive, a family man, a practicing attorney at the time. I assure you everyone including me considered the moon landing an American achievement. We were “American proud.”
Enjoy your day!