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by Bernard McCormick May 2017

In defense of Bill O’Reilly, we can say without fear of contradiction that never once during his brief association with our magazines in the early 1970s was he ever accused of sexual harassment. In truth, we had no female employees to harass, but even if we had, in those days it would more likely have been  aggressive women harassing him, than the other way around. He was a charming, intelligent, good-looking young dude. 

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by Bernard McCormick Apr 2017

It’s time for another density cap. Back in the mid-1970s, Perfect Town (also known as Boca Raton) got panicky when it saw tall buildings sprouting on Fort Lauderdale’s beach. Fearing contagion, it passed a law limiting the number of people who could live in Boca. Keep in mind that this was a time when the Royal Palm Polo Club, in the vicinity of what is now Town Center, was as far as Boca extended to the west. I-95 was not yet.

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by Bernard McCormick Mar 2017 Also on Digital Edition

The president called a press conference. The room was filled with reporters, but when the president walked in, they all walked out. Surprised, he turned to his press secretary, but the man had left. When he tried to find out from the Secret Service what was going on, he found they had all gone to bed. He went out to the presidential limo, just in time to hear the driver say he was quitting. 

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by Bernard McCormick Feb 2017 Also on Digital Edition

In the wake of last month’s tragedy at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport, it seems banal to write about a wake for an Irish pub.

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by Bernard McCormick Nov 2016 Also on Digital Edition

We had vowed this year, by popular demand, not to do a football uniform column on the grounds that when you say uniforms are important, some people think you are crazy.

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by Bernard McCormick Jul 2016 Also on Digital Edition

The Champ was sitting up in bed, topless, a sheet up to his waist, eating some kind of cream pie. It was a hotel room in Las Vegas, and it was filled with people. Sort of an informal press conference. The Champ was scheduled to fight Floyd Patterson in a day or two. He looked at us and said, in a soft voice, “You want some of this pie? It’s really good. Don’t be shy. Have some.”

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by Bernard McCormick May 2016 Also on Digital Edition

Five years after the story broke locally, it is going national. Last month “60 Minutes” aired a piece on the story first reported by Dan Christensen's Florida Bulldog, an independent investigative group that is filling the void left by the decline of major newspapers.

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by Bernard McCormick Apr 2016

Last month the Sun Sentinel had an interesting piece on the history of spring break.

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Mar 2016 Also on Digital Edition

The discovery last month that Marco Rubio, our own Florida candidate, is a robot is perhaps the most  bizarre incident in a presidential primary campaign that has not been lacking in bizarreness. He showed what many consider a fundamental weakness,

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by Bernard McCormick Feb 2016 Also on Digital Edition

March, 1944. Ronald Dumpt, a New York builder who gained fame by appearances on the popular radio show, The Original Amateur Hour, has surprised the nation by announcing that he is running for the Republican nomination for president. He hopes to beat GOP front-runner Thomas Dewey and then unseat Franklin Roosevelt, who is seeking an unprecedented fourth term. Gold Coast magazine caught up with Mr. Dumpt at his beautiful Palm Beach residence, Watchya Lingo, to find out why he wants to unseat a wartime president.

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