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August 2015 - Volume 12 - Issue 2

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Publisher's Note

Have Gun – Will Travel

 
In these days of a cautious economy and tight wallets, Carol and I pride ourselves on going the extra distance for all of our readers and advertisers. I try to make sure the word gets out about SFHN&HR, connecting with clients, supporting our healthcare associations, and Carol makes sure we actually have a publication, handling the editorial aspects. (For some reason, Carol feels my inability to spell “cat” precludes me from that side of things.) But recently, she needed some “muscle” to corral a willing, but recalcitrant interviewee, who for the purposes of anonymity, we shall call Oswald.
 
As anyone who has watched Law & Order knows, the beginning of each episode starts with this disclaimer: “The following story is fictional and does not depict any actual person or event.” Well, consider this Publisher’s Note to have NO such disclosure. In fact, this is like an episode of Dragnet instead, with its equally famous tagline (for those of us over 60): “Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.” (Or in this case — the guilty.)
 
You see Oswald was an important part of one of this month’s feature articles. Although a willing participant in the interview process, Carol just couldn’t pin him down long enough to fact check his quotes, etc. So Carol decided it was time to pull out her secret weapon, a man who thinks nothing of driving all over South Florida to meet and greet clients and readers, in short her “hired gun” — me.
 
At this point, it behooves me to mention I was somewhere in North Palm Beach County when she got her inspiration. But what’s a little jaunt between Jupiter and Homestead … on I-95 … at 3 p.m.
 
So I jumped in my hybrid (thank goodness for my hybrid) and headed south. In Oswald’s defense when I finally showed up at his office, he took it in good humor and actually did have Carol’s draft in his In Basket. (Of course, I think Carol’s last e-mail threatening bodily harm for non-compliance might also have had some effect.) But as instructed, I planted myself in his office and came away with the article checked and ready to go to press.
 
So what are the morals of this story? 1. Like the Royal Canadian Mounties, we always get our man; 2. Like Avis — we try harder; and 3. You can run, but you cannot hide from Carol!

You can reach Charles Felix at Charles@southfloridahospitalnews.com. 

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