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Remembering Barrie Richardson: ‘We had fun’ (audio)

I wish I could tell you I was good friends with Barrie Richardson, but I was not. I did, however, spend about an hour with him one day eating breakfast in a hotel restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, and that was good enough.

IBM President Joe Turner and Barrie Richardson

IBM President Joe Turner and Barrie Richardson

Barrie Richardson died Nov. 18, 2015, at home, surrounded by family, after a brief illness. His obituary can be read here.

I will always cherish the hour I spent with him at breakfast during MagiFest. We were both wandering around the hotel lobby, he introduced himself (I was so embarrassed that I failed to recognize him, he is a legend in the world of magic and mentalism) and asked if I wanted to join him for breakfast.

I want to share a little bit of the conversation we had. The background noise gets to be a problem at times because we were in a restaurant with waitresses delivering food and clearing tables.

Please enjoy:


Are Elections the Best Form of Term Limits?

State Sen. Frank LaRose, a Republican from Copley, Ohio, who represents the 27th District, recently visited The Daily Record to discuss some issues he has been working on. One of them is redistricting reform, which he wants to see passed. (You can read the story on The Daily Record website here.)

State Sen. Frank LaRose (left) talks with The Daily Record Publisher Andrew S. Dix

State Sen. Frank LaRose (left) talks with The Daily Record Publisher Andrew S. Dix

“The best term limit is a competitive election,” LaRose said.┬áSome suggest term limits take away power from the voter, he added.

LaRose’s answer is to fix redistricting.

When there are term limits, there will be a lack of experience. “It takes awhile to get up to speed,” LaRose said.

With term limits, LaRose said he believes lobbyists, staff and bureaucrats will likely have increased power.

Also, term limits can give more power to the executive branch, LaRose said. Elected officials who have been around for awhile might be a little bolder in standing up to the governor, LaRose said.

Another thing LaRose would like to see is online voter registration.

“There’s no reason we can’t do it online,” he said.

Keep up to date with LaRose on his website, Facebook or Twitter.

All aboard!

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Ever since C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb dedicated a morning exploring web logs, known better today as blogs, I have been fascinated with blogging. I admire those who have the persistence and dedication to stick to it and do it well. I am also intrigued by the information bloggers uncover as they compete in a roundabout way with traditional journalists, of which I am one.

Oh, I have started a few blogs, only to have them get covered with cyberspace dust. My focus always tended to be political, and I tried to shy away from politics. I began writing about food. I have blogged about personal finances. I created a photostream on posterous.com. I always used free blogging sites, but today, I make the leap with my own domain name. How did I get here? Good question.

Seven people have had a direct impact on me creating this blog at this time. The first is my uncle, Joe Mercuri. He urged me to pursue digital publishing in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He has worked with IBM, Digital Equipment Corp., Honeywell and Wang, and he was into digital publishing very early, digitizing law books. I always had a passion for print and loved holding a designed piece of paper in my hand.

Second was one of my dearest friends, Shawn LaDouceur, who introduced me to the Internet somewhere around 1993-1994. Shawn comes from a family that has no fear about trying new things, and he has created a name for himself in web and graphic design. His list of clients is impressive.

Third is Michael Hiles. Shawn introduced me to Michael in the mid-1990s. They were discussing a start-up they were considering. I was never part of the discussions, and to this day I have no idea what they were pursuing and if they ever did anything with it. I would describe Michael as a serial entrepreneur, though I am not sure if he would see himself that way or not. He shares tons of information about succeeding in business (and Libertarianism) on social networks. He recently posted to Facebook about becoming an expert. He said if you want to be an expert, read a book a week in your field, and in four or five years, you will be an expert. So, I took him up on his offer, which leads me to the fourth person.

Timothy Ferriss, author of “The 4-Hour Workweek” also contributed to this. His book was the one I began reading/listening to on my new Kindle Fire HD. In it, he talked about eliminating time wasters and getting things done. Well, here is the blog. I am working on getting things done.

The fifth is Michael Hyatt. I have been a follower of Michael Hyatt on Twitter since joining the social network site on Dec. 7, 2008. He teaches about leadership and establishing a platform through his website, aptly titled michaelhyatt.com. He posted a blog about establishing a WordPress blog in 20 minutes, and that it what I did to create this. You can read his blog entry here.

The sixth and seventh on the list are the two most important women in my life: My wonderful wife, Wendi Warren, who has supported me on every endeavor I pursued, and my mother, Carmen Mercuri, who always pushed me to get an education (I have three degrees) and taught me to dream and to explore. These two women have helped shape me tremendously, and I like to think I am a better man because of them.

So, here I am, and strangely enough, you have joined me. Let’s share this ride together and see where it takes us.

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