John deGroot's end game sits on three legs:
(1) To play with stuff you won't find
in the local media.
(2) To comfort the afflicted and
afflict the comfortable.
(3) It takes a narcissists to raise a
Those looking for his Rosebud are urged
to consider John's
Quaker childhood where he was shamelessly
brain-washed by well-meaning
idealists who convinced him things should be better.
During his working days, deGroot wrote
for a number of
newspapers including the Akron Beacon Journal, the
Miami Herald, the
Philadelphia Bulletin and the South Florida
His happiest times were with the
during the Golden Age of American Journalism in the
1970’s – while his
worst times were spent with the Sun-Sentinel in the
1990's after the
newspaper chose to put the needs of its stockholders
ahead of its
readers as a corporate cash cow for the Chicago
As a journalist, deGroot covered major
ranging from the War-Without-End in Israel, to
earthquakes in Peru,
Mother Teresa in Scranton and murder-by-police in
Other high points in his life include:
- Conducting day-long seminars on
storytelling for groups of working journalists
throughout the United
States and Northern Europe.
- Creating “Papa,” a one-man play about Ernest
Hemingway which ran for six months in New York
on 42nd Street and was
read by James Earl Jones to commemorate
Hemingway’s 100th birthday at
the Smithsonian Institute.
- Serving as a writer-in-residence at Boise
- His marriage to the former Donna
grandfather to the amazing Jack Williams, the
one and only son of the
equally Jordanna and Rob Williams.
- His many years with Friends of Bill.
- Collecting signed first editions.
- Being uncle to the amazing Annamarie
- Playing a key role in former Florida Attorney
Robert Butterworth’s successful court battle to
prevent the closing of
St .Mary’s Medical Center, the second oldest and
only safety net
hospital serving low income residents in Palm
- His exclusive coverage of the Ohio Governor’s
role in shooting deaths of four students at Kent
State University in
1970, which became part of the breaking news
package that resulted in a
Pulitzer Prize for the Akron Beacon Journal.
believes South Florida's best days lie ahead -- as
the rising seas
spawned by global warming turn today's hi rise and
parking lot infested
wasteland into the submerged ruins of a 22nd
Century Atlantis fit for
If money's wasted on his tombstone,
John would like it to
read: "Devoted to Hope and Hoot."
You can read John's Blog at http://john-degroot.com/
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