Around the Block

Around the Block

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From Ted Block

Around the Block is my little corner of the web for commentary, information, satire and more. In this space I cover politics, sports, current events, people…basically things that move me enough that I believe my point of view can be part of the general discussion. My posts will sometimes be sub-headed with a descriptor (“News,” “Commentary,” “Looking Back”…). Satire, however, will always be sub-headed “News with a Twist,” in recognition of the fact what may be parody to me can be credulous to others.

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Florida, my Florida

Commentary Despite being the butt of late night comics’ jokes, there are a lot of good things about Florida. But then every once in a while… When Sharon and I announced that we would be moving to Florida at a dinner in Marin County with some of closest friends, the reaction was a combination ofContinue reading “Florida, my Florida”

The land where almost no one visited and its favorite son, Joe, Duke of Manchin

A Fable The story of one ambitious man’s rise to power, influence and breathtaking lack of irony. Once upon a time there was a land where almost no one visited. The land was unblessed, except for one thing. Black, dusty stuff that came out of the ground. No one in this land knew what toContinue reading “The land where almost no one visited and its favorite son, Joe, Duke of Manchin”

Ted Block Bio

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy.



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