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Tom Falco is the editor and publisher of the CoconutGroveGrapevine.com and is a popular cartoonist. His cartoons are published online, in newspapers and magazines and can also be seen at www.Tomversation.com.

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Amazing Footage of NYC Newspaper Strike

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 7:30 PM

I came across this three-part YouTube film about the New York City newspapers strike of 1945. It was a 17-day event. It's quite interesting to see how people coped, or didn't cope.
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Scotty's Landing Ouster Has People Furious

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 10:09 AM

There's a war going on in Coconut Grove and it involves a venerable favorite place - Scotty's Landing on the waterfront. This week it was reported that the city has finally given the current owners their notice so that the new mega developer can...

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I'm Drinking Free Water and Going Green

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 9:44 AM

I discovered how to have drinking water whenever I want it and I never run out. I don't have to worry about lugging heavy jugs and bottles back...
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Seeing Yellow: The Animas River

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 11:25 AM

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The Animas River is no place to be these days, even for Stan. No swimming, rafting or even touching, thanks to the EPA snafu.

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Registration now open for Coconut Grove Bed Race

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2015 | 7:13 AM

The Great Grove Bed Race is back again this fall. On Saturday, November 7 from 11...
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Countess Luann

(15) Comments | Posted August 1, 2015 | 3:46 PM

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Why Not Just Let Miami Marine Stadium Be a Stadium?

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 8:31 AM

After reading a short story in Miami Today about Miami Marine stadium, I am now convinced that a major reason that the city is fighting to have the Miami International Boat Show, on the fragile piece of...

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Cartoonist Stephan Pastis: 10 Random Questions

(9) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 1:52 PM

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Is Bloom County back?

(2) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 9:45 AM

Is Berkeley Breathed back producing Bloom County? These two photos were all over social media this morning .

The first shows Berkeley digitally...
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Kickstarting the Sunday Comics

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2015 | 9:46 AM

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Remember spreading the...

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Please Take Your Knives and Go!

(3) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 3:54 PM

Paula Deen is at it again, posting a racist photo of herself as Lucille Ball and her son, Bobby, as a brownfaced Ricky Ricardo. The public is outraged. Is this the end of Paula's reboot?

If you know Top Chef, you know that the final goodbye to the one voted...

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Live from 5th Avenue, It's Saturday Night Live!

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 3:40 PM

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When the Newspaper Editor Condones Plagiarism

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 10:30 AM

I've had my comics, and also my news and feature articles, plagiarized over the years. For many years a local reporter with a daily newspaper stole my stuff and republished it  word for word, in many cases, and I've had established cartoonists lift my...

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Whole Foods Overcharging Customers

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 8:35 PM

Was it any secret that Whole Foods overcharges their customers?

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William Chumley, the Bigot

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 7:13 PM

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South Carolina state Rep. William Chumley, said this to CNN on Tuesday: "These people sat in there, waited their turn to be shot. That's sad," he says. "But somebody in there with the means of...

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Sarah Palin Dropped From Fox News

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 10:05 AM

Well, now she's free to run for president again.

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When News Stories Collide

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 10:06 PM

Today's news collides -- Gov. Nikki Haley declares that the confederate flag should be removed from South Carolina's State House and the two escaped prisoners in New York had help escaping using tools that were smuggled into them hidden in frozen hamburger meat!

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Panther Coffee Opens in Coconut Grove

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 11:16 AM

Panther Coffee is now open in Coconut Grove





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My Mad Men Lost Weekend

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 11:56 AM

I'm calling it the Mad Men Lost Weekend. I spent most of the weekend watching the Mad Men marathon on AMC. I couldn't look away. I've been having trouble sleeping lately, so when I would wake up at 4 am, I would put the tv on and catch Mad Men, I would watch it during the day, I would watch it at night, I would watch it before the gym and after the gym, I would run out for lunch and dinner, but it was all wrapped around Mad Men. I came to the conclusion that I want to be Don Drapper. Not so much him, but I want to have his attitude about life.

The final episodes showed me what I want to do, to get in a car and keep driving to make changes in my life.

I did notice so many things about the show during the marathon that I didn't catch the first time around, I think that I'm half asleep on Sunday nights at 10 pm, so I have only been half watching the show in its regular prime time spot, but watching the marathon has shown me so much about what makes the show great, there are so many nuances and so many great characters.

I never realized how much they drink or drank in the 1960s. It's like fuel to them, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Before a meeting, during a meeting and after a meeting, they would drink if they got a big contract, they would drink if they lost a big contract; they would enter an office and pour a drink, they would enter a restaurant and drink for a long time before ordering food. It looks like they would drink mostly Beefeater and Canadian Club. Straight up. Did they have a product placment deal with the show?

They smoked a lot, too. Betty found out the hard way in the end.

Roger and Joan were my two favorite characters. They both had character. Betty was my least favorite. She had no character.

I loved that you could tell what year it was by the real-life news they would show going on at the time. I loved that the magazines and newspapers and even soft drink cans for Tab and Coke, were totally accurate. The tv shows were accurate for the times and years, too. The attention to detail was perfectly accurate. And oh yea, the clothing. Perfect as well as the furniture and New York City and Los Angeles. Perfect for the times. In one episide Peggy is asked if she is willing to move to the West 80s in NYC, that is was a dangerous area to be in. Same with riding the subway. It was not the thing to do for the faint of heart.

The ads were all great, too. Real products, most still exist to this day, many don't. Mohawk Airlines is real, they went out of business in 1972; Burger Chef was real, it went out of business in 1996. Guess Stirling Cooper couldn't save Mohawk Airlines. I remember the first few seasons they would show the tv show sponsors' original commercials during the show, you know, from the 1960s, rather than today's commercials. And of course in the end we find out (spoiler alert) that Don created the famous Coca Cola "I'd like to teach the world to sing" commercial.

One thing I learned from Don is that you will fall a lot, and it's always important to pick yourself up. That's always been one of my favorite sayings, Vince Lombardi said it first, "It doesn't matter how many times you get knocked down but how many times you get up." I've always lived by that saying. I think that's my "saying" on Facebook, they ask you to have a quote or motto.

I was never a major fan of Mad Men, I watched it because it was an excellent show, but I don't know if I'll miss it. I'm surprised I watched all the reruns during the marathon because I usually find it hard to watch a dramatic tv show over and over again, but with Mad Men I think it's more than the story, it's about the time period, the styles, the people and the acting. The story of each episode doesn't really matter as much as the feeling you get when watching it. It envelopes you. It's a time machine. An accurate time machine from 1960 to...

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'Mad Men' Reminded Me of the Big NY Newspaper Strike

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 10:10 PM


I was watching a Mad Men rerun and Don Draper mentioned the Journal American, which got...
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