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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Can racism and anti-Semitism ever spawn goodness? In the Polish city of Bielsko-Biała, the answer is yes!

Commentary It took two young men who believe in the power of brotherhood and solidarity. A little over a year ago I posted a story called, “Poland, America, Racism and Anti-Semitism” (here’s the link: Poland, America, Racism and Anti-Semitism). The story centered on Sharon and my relationship with Poland, Sharon’s Polish familial roots and our manyContinue reading “Can racism and anti-Semitism ever spawn goodness? In the Polish city of Bielsko-Biała, the answer is yes!”

‘Good Evening Mr. and Mrs. America and All the Ships at Sea,’ you’re not going to believe what Trump told Hannity about declassifying the documents he stole

Commentary Does Trump also think he can declassify government documents by “plunking his magic twanger” like Froggy the Gremlin? Some of you are old enough to remember gossip columnist and radio/TV host Walter Winchell’s signature opening: ‘Good Evening Mr. and Mrs. America and All the Ships at Sea’ Today I saw a news clip that’sContinue reading “‘Good Evening Mr. and Mrs. America and All the Ships at Sea,’ you’re not going to believe what Trump told Hannity about declassifying the documents he stole”

Ted Block Bio

Ted Block is a retired advertising executive, 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 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. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also an occasional guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post’s “Your Turn” Op-Ed column.



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