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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Commentary With GOP-led voter suppression bills spreading around Red States like wild-fire, Around the Block asks, are they really going as far as they should? Well, it’s official – my adopted state of Florida has joined a growing list of Republican-led states in making it more difficult to vote. The Florida law, signed by theContinue reading “If you can’t ‘beat em,’ ‘cheat em!’”
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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.