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Jerry Waxman
Jerry has had a varied career. He grew up in the textile industry and switched careers in 1985 when he went into the music business as a musician and composer and sales representative. He also became a professional actor, director and producer in South Florida. Currently, he is a partner in an educational business that conducts science field trips for elementary students in Central Florida. He blogs on Wordpress under the name Producer1 and occasionally posts comments at Huffington Post also under that name. Jerry is now a political columnist at West Orlando News Online.

Entries by Jerry Waxman

Out of the Frying Pan

(2) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 2:37 PM

"Well, ya got trouble, my friend right here, I say trouble right here in River City*....."

In the musical The Music Man, the story's central character, a con artist, convinces the town in turn of the 20th century Iowa that the local...

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Emulating Gabriel Heatter

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 11:24 PM


Author's Note-This was supposed to be a column about the monthly meeting of the Sierra Club and its program. It developed into something else and I was powerless to stop it.

*Look for the silver lining, whene'er a cloud appears in the blue

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Remembering Jane Kean

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 5:54 PM


Author's Note* my dear friend, Shayan Elahi, messaged me "It's Thanksgiving. Write something." Since we are both rabid fighters for social justice I'm sure that he expected me to write about the Simon Legree Big Box stores and their attitudes toward...

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'Dewey Defeats Truman'

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 8:39 PM

Pigging out with Koch

In case you haven't heard the news, the Chicago Tribune reported that headline the day that Truman won the election in 1948. Their track record has been about as accurate ever since that date. The great and iconic columnist...

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There's a Lot to Celebrate

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 6:45 PM

Random thoughts while driving to the celebration of 2012 at the Center, the local LGBT center in Orlando:

It has been a long struggle. The world has not treated the LGBT community kindly for practically forever. Up until the Stonewall riots in 1969, the LGBT community sort of lived with...

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(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 3:22 PM

Prior to this year the date June 28 produced a few blips on the radar of some historical significance. Here's a sampling:

1846 Adolph Sax patents the saxophone
1902 Congress passes the Spooner Act authorizing the building of the Panama Canal
1914 WWI begins with the assassination of...

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Under The Radar

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 11:38 AM

It's been almost a month since I've submitted any articles and my editor is getting antsy. "What do I pay you for?" he asks, to which I reply "You don't. I do this for love." "I love you" he says, and for the time being that's enough. I have to...

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The Revolution Was Televised (Only We Didn't Know It)

(2) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 11:34 AM

Dance programs on radio were nothing new in 1957. They had been around in one form or another since the dance marathons of the Depression years. Swing bands used to do remote national hookups into living rooms across the country and the kids used to dance at their house parties...

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Waking Up Is Hard to Do

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 4:23 PM

It was a hastily cobbled together series of rallies on May 10, throughout the state of Florida in opposition to Governor Rick Scott's and the veto-proof Legislature's Machiavellian budget cuts that will adversely affect education, health care, the environment and much needed social programs. Awake the State reported that there...

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Will They Ever Get It, And Do They Care?

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2011 | 5:14 PM

The great trumpeter and American icon, Louis Armstrong, was once asked by an interviewer "What is Jazz?" Armstrong responded, "Man, if I have to explain it to you, you'll never know," or words to that effect. That statement currently applies to today's right wing assault on all forms of governing...

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The Awakening

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2011 | 3:04 PM

There's something different happening in the State of Florida -- something unique. After almost thirteen years of Republican rule (certainly not governance), ordinary Floridians -- you know, the people that our governors and legislator refer to as "The taxpayers" that they claim to represent -- are beginning to awaken from...

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Florida Teachers Push Back on New Legislation

(13) Comments | Posted April 2, 2010 | 2:18 PM

The heavily Republican-controlled Florida Legislature has been hard at work for the last few weeks drafting draconian legislation that would strip teachers of tenure, negate their advanced degrees and length of service for salary consideration and install a merit pay system that would reward results based on test scores rather...

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Haiti on Reflection

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2010 | 5:00 PM

When the news of the earthquake in Haiti hit the first thing I did was take out my expired passport and look up the last time I had been there. It was July 31, 1987. My first trip had been in April of 1978. My brother and I had just...

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Rep. Kosmas's Health Care Position Draws Unions' Ire

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2009 | 12:43 PM

It was a weather-perfect Friday afternoon when Rep. Suzanne Kosmas's entire office staff decided to take the afternoon off. They knew what was coming: a 4:30 protest of her position on the Health Care bill. The rally, organized by Tony Scelzo of AFSCME and Jennifer Kenny of FLARA, focused on...

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No, I'm Not Bitter...Really: A Phillies Fan Laments

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2009 | 9:01 AM

About the only thing that George Will and I do agree on is our undying, unyielding, unrequited love of baseball. We're also both at an age where the names in Dave Frishberg's hauntingly beautiful ode to the game, "Van Lingle Mungo," were instantly recognizable and, in some cases, still playing...

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Seniors to Humana: "Don't Lie to Us!"

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2009 | 10:28 AM

This report is part of Bearing Witness 2.0.

The press conference started at 12:00 on Tuesday, September 29th outside of Humana's headquarters in West Palm Beach, Florida. This wasn't the usual group of activists rallying for health care reform; this was a 21st century version of the Over...

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Democratic Voters Rally to Pressure Their Representatives at Orlando Town Hall

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2009 | 2:50 PM

Jerry Waxman reported from Orlando, FL, as part of HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Town Hall Watch.

Orlando, Florida --
"Shame on us!" admonished Monica Russo to the assembled 1100 participants at the Floridians Rally for Health Care Reform: "Shame on us!" She used the phrase...

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Rep. Grayson's Rowdy Orlando Town Hall

(4) Comments | Posted August 18, 2009 | 3:49 PM

On August 14, Orange County Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) members received word that Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) was to be a special guest at our monthly meeting and would update us on the current state of the health care legislation in Congress. On August 16, Grayson announced that he...

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How the Right Continues to Get It Wrong

(4) Comments | Posted August 12, 2009 | 12:40 PM

I've been deluged over the last six months by all kinds of letter-writing and petition requests from every progressive committee and cause that has my email address. There are also one or several conservative groups that continue to send me stuff. I read their stuff just for laughs, but honestly...

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Florida's Enigma

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2009 | 5:51 PM

"I'm always a flop at a top-notch affair, but I've still got my health, so what do I care? My best ring, alas, is a glass solitaire, but I still got my health, so what do I care?"

From the Cole Porter musical Panama Hattie, 1940


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