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Statement from Sherry Friedlander of A Child Is Missing Program On Rescue of Amanda Berry and her minor child; Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight: Press Release

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For Immediate Release

 

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — We at A Child is Missing join the nation in gratitude and celebration upon hearing the news of the stunning rescues in Cleveland this week of Amanda Berry and her child, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. While these young women rejoin their families and begin their arduous recovery, it is important that our nation not lose sight of the need for increased vigilance, education and training to prevent such abuses of our most precious resource – our children. Sadly children disappear every day in our country, often to tragic end. In Cleveland many neighbors of the house where the young women were imprisoned for 10 years were incredulous about what had happened right under their nose. Would more awareness and community training afforded these good people and neighbors and observers of other cases have made a difference? We will never know. However, more public outreach and funding of inter-agency programs will only save more children.

Media inquiries for Sherry Friedlander: Contact Smarter Story at (954) 762-7000.

Television Sample: http://www.comcastnewsmakers.com/video/a-child-is-missing
Radio Sample: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/66353/where-are-your-loved-ones-tonight

About A Child Is Missing Alert Program (www.achildismissing.org)

Every 40 seconds a child is reported missing in the U.S. In 1997, Sherry Friedlander , established a non-profit corporation, A Child Is Missing (ACIM), to assist law enforcement in the search/early recovery of missing children, the elderly (Alzheimer’s), college students and the disabled. Among much recognition, Sherry’s participated in The White House Conference on Small Business, The White House Conference on Missing & Exploited Children, and been a speaker at various press conferences and TV shows for missing children. Sherry participates in the training of law enforcement departments and is called upon for assists in the search for missing children, the elderly and the disabled in all 50 states. ACIM has formed past and present strategic alliances and sponsorships with leading companies such as AutoNation, Disney World, General Motors, Nextel, UPS, Bank of America, Lands End, the Miami Dolphins, Marriott Hotels and the state of Florida. For sponsorship information contact ACIM at (888-875-2246).

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Stan Smith @ Smarter Story
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Watch the TV Spot that Fueled a Georgia State Senate Special Election Victory

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The TV Spot that Fueled a Georgia State Senate Special Election Victory

Tallahassee, FL – Feb. 6, 2013 — Smarter Story Media Team Steve Hull and Stan Smith produced another winning TV campaign that resulted in the election of Republican Dr. Dean Burke as the new Georgia State Senator for District 11 with a 58% to 42% victory on February 5th, 2013. The tv campaign included a sophisticated media placement strategy that targeted the eight counties in the district with a combination of cable and broadcast placement.

Hull and Smith have provided media services in over 125 victorious political campaigns and constitution initiatives producing more than 200 television and radio commercials and hundreds of hours of long form TV programming.

Smarter Story, which recently expanded by opening a Tallahassee office, specializes in full service strategic communications, including TV and radio production, executing media placement, public affairs and providing digital media services including web sites, content development, internet radio and video, search engine optimization, user analytics and social media strategies.

Burke defeated Coolidge native Mike Keown in a special runoff election Tuesday night, with Burke getting 7,738 votes to Keown’s 5,507. Burke finished with 58.42 percent of the vote in District 11. District 11 consists of all of Decatur County, Colquitt County, Early County, Grady County, Miller County and Seminole County, and parts of Mitchell County and Thomas County. Burke will take over the seat formerly held by John Bulloch, who resigned in December 2012 due to health problems. Read the Full Story

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Media Experts Steve Hull and Stan Smith to Open Tallahassee Office for Smarter Story

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Media Experts Steve Hull and Stan Smith to Open Tallahassee Office for Smarter Story

Tallahassee, FL – Nov. 26, 2012 — Corporate and political public relations strategist Stan Smith, the co-creator of MyFlorida.com and award winning TV producer Steve Hull have announced they are expanding Fort Lauderdale-based Smarter Story, LLC opening a new office in Tallahassee, Florida.

The firm specializes in full service strategic communications, including TV and radio production, executing media placement, public affairs and providing digital media services including web sites, content development, internet video, search engine optimization, user analytics and social media strategies.

“We help corporations, organizations and candidates develop and distribute their message to achieve a winning outcome,” said Smith. Hull added, “Every great cause has a great story to tell, and we look forward to offering our team approach, utilizing today’s leading communications technologies to ensure victory for our clients and partners.”

Hull and Smith have over 50 years of experience in the corporate, political and governmental arenas.

Smith, the former press secretary and spokesman for the Republican Party of Florida also worked as a state Communications Director for the 1988 George H.W. Bush for President Campaign and served as a communications advisor in 11 southern states at the Republican National Committee for the late Chairman Lee Atwater. Smith also served as Communications Director for the Florida Department of State.

Smith later served as Director of Communications at Huizenga Holdings, Inc. and was personal spokesman and speech writer for H. Wayne Huizenga, world renowned entrepreneur who built three Fortune 500 companies; Waste Management, Blockbuster and AutoNation while owning the Miami Dolphins, Florida Marlins and Florida Panthers professional sports franchises.

Hull served as press secretary to Florida Governor Bob Graham from 1977 through 1985 and then began working as a TV producer for scores of GOP campaigns, issues advocacy efforts, legislative and public affairs initiatives. Hull also worked as a journalist for the St. Petersburg Times, Palm Beach Post, Knight Newspapers and Miami TV station WPLG.

The media firm, located on-line at http://SmarterStory.com also includes Ron Polito who heads Digital Convergence from a Chicago office. Smith and Polito began working creatively together in 1984 while attending Wheaton College and have developed many successful projects over the years including productions at RainUp and Pivotal Pictures.

The company also includes veteran PR executive, former newspaper editor and journalist Kevin Boyd, who is current Chair of community advocacy organization Broward Days Tallahassee, and John Hooper who is focused on community relations and Hispanic outreach.

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Jeb Bush Cystic Fibrosis 2012 Fishing Tournament: Press Release

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Sailfish Anglers Cast Their Line at the Upcoming

17th Annual AT&T Jeb Bush Florida Classic

Sponsored by The Wasie Foundation,

Presented by Ford and Premier Beverage

 

FORT LAUDERDALE — November 15, 2012.  Cast your line at this year’s AT&T JEB BUSH Florida Classic sailfish tournament and compete against others to reel in the big one! Sponsored by The Wasie Foundation and presented by Ford and Premier Beverage, the event benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and takes place November 29-December 1, 2012 at the Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale. This exciting event features three days of fun-filled sporting and social events that attract prominent businesses, charitable benefactors, and sports enthusiasts from around South Florida and across the country.

Festivities kick off on Thursday, Nov. 29 with the annual Angler Welcome Party and CaptainsMeeting followed by a two day sailfish fishing tournament which starts on Friday, November 30. Anglers and captains will enjoy a cocktail reception on Friday, November 30 plus an evening filled with delicious cuisine from a variety of local restaurants preparing their favorite signature dishes. Other highlights include a fashion show hosted by Pango Pango Swimwear and an exciting FightingChair Competition with high-profile celebrity athletes. The event will culminate with a formal awards reception and silent auction the evening of December 1, Saturday.

Since its inception 17 years ago, the AT&T JEB BUSH Florida Classic has netted more than $5.6 million, helping to fund the Foundation’s cutting-edge research and top-quality care and leading to the development of new drug therapies and an increase in median life expectancy for CF patients. Much of the success in raising funds for cystic fibrosis falls in the hands of our generous sponsors, our Co-Chairpersons Michele Renick, John Nigro and Wade Davis, along with our devoted committee members and countless volunteers.

Boat entries are available for $1,250 up to $5,000 and inboard and outboard boats can participate.Guests who prefer not to fish are still able to attend the entire event and purchase a ticket for $50 per night. Anyone interested in join our events please go to www.jebcf.org or contact Jennifer Buchanan at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 954-739-5006. ##

Super-Storm Sandy May Spark Sense of Unity as Election Looms

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The big story of Hurricane Sandy, along with the terrible damage, is that it is the first time that a natural disaster has hit America on or near a presidential election.

It’s the aftermath of a perfect storm of the likes that the U.S. has not had to cope with on Election Day. Will people in the populous Northeast be unable to vote? Will local officials decide to delay voting? Will the Democratic rich Northeast vote be suppressed possibly increasing chances that Republicans might pick up a state or two that was never thought possible?  The swing state of Virginia has been hit, especially the Northeast portion, thus possibly putting Virginia in the Romney column. (more…)

Some Latin American Spice (and a Free Taco) Added to Baseball’s Ultimate Achievement – The Triple Crown

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Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera smiles while being intentionally walked by the Oakland Athletics during the third inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. / AP PHOTO/PAUL SANCYA

George Will, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, ABC commentator and baseball author once observed in one of his many syndicated columns “Correct thinkers think that ‘baseball trivia’ is an oxymoron: nothing about baseball is trivial.”

For those not immersed in professional baseball and its link to statistics might be wondering — what’s the big deal with this thing called the Triple Crown?  Perhaps you thought the Triple Crown was the elusive trio of U.S thoroughbred victories in the three consecutive races known as the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes which has only happened eleven times and not since 1978 when Affirmed galloped to victory with jockey Steve Cauthen aboard.

And nothing about the accomplishments of the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera during the 2012 baseball season has been trivial. Cabrera, who became the 15th player ever to win the Triple Crown (batting average, home runs and RBI leader) and the first since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967, when a man called LBJ occupied the White House. (more…)

Myth: An Individual Can NOT Make a Difference: SHATTERED!

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“No one has ever before leapt from such a height. No parachute jump will have ever lasted so long. No man has ever broken the sound barrier in free fall.”

~Werner Jessner/Red Bulletin Magazine

What seemed to be impossible is now a reality. Enter Felix Baumgartner: the Austrian skydiver who made history Oct. 14, 2012 when he jumped 24 miles down to Earth from the stratosphere.  A single human being shattered the myth that an individual can no longer make a difference.

The cost to achieve the impossible is greater than one would imagine. Even “Fearless” Felix himself did not realize what would be involved as he explained in an interview with Red Bulletin Magazine:

A couple of privateers, a BASE jumper, a soft drink company and a few daredevils got involved in the Air Force and NASA business with the belief that in three, maximum five years, we could do something that took them decades to achieve. But we were naive. We thought we could buy a capsule, three balloons, a suit, and that I would just throw myself down and we’d write history. Wrong. It’s much bigger than that.”

Many would call Felix’s personal accomplishment incredible, inspiring and amazing. Yet, what he personally engaged to create as an individual evolved into a team effort, that not only affected his life, but all the lives of the people involved, including 8 million YouTube viewers who watched live and the world at large through the flurry of social media.  What started as a single idea, shattered world records for humans, technology and global social interaction.

Yet with this amazing human accomplishment staring us square in the face, we still hear the common belief of the myth repeated over and over: I can’t make a difference; I have no power over what is happening; We’re all powerless and there’s nothing anyone can do about it… It’s out of my control; and perhaps the granddaddy of them all: It’s not my responsibility.

Why is this myth embedded in our culture today? (more…)

The Next Great Social Network is Closer than You Think: Socialism 2.0

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The age of social networks is now fully embedded in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It’s hard to imagine our world without the power of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterist, just to name a few of the leading social networks permeating the very fiber of our society.

Now imagine taking the power of Social Networking to the NEXT level… Socialism 2.0: A society supported through free money for food, clothing, housing, childcare, healthcare — and now cell phones with service!  To good to be true you say? The truth is, all of this exists NOW!  So what is the real cost for all of these incredible FREE goods and services.  The answer is more diabolical than you may imagine: Our Freedom.

How is this happening? (more…)

The Presidential Debates – You Make the Call NOT the NFL Replacement Refs

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Welcome to the first edition of a blog from SmarterStory.com: a full service integrated communications firm located in Fort Lauderdale and Chicago, with a Tallahassee office soon to be opened. We will analyze the news and cultural trends from a fresh, informed and at times provocative viewpoint.

 

With more than 63 million viewers tuned in to the first 2012 presidential debate, much punditry has been dedicated to not only the performance of Obama and Romney, the two men who would be King, but also on the role of moderator Jim Lehrer.  Lehrer, a PBS journalist considered the dean of debate moderators, was entrusted with the job of referee for round one, a heavyweight best of three matches for the four-year title of the leader of the free world.

The consensus of the chattering class: He got steamrolled by the candidates—hardly able to get a word in edgewise. Lehrer did get the debate started on time but that was about it.

He was nervous—almost lost in the melee. Sound familiar to a recent controversy? He seemed to be like an NFL replacement ref—befuddled, losing control and out of his element.

In a debate this important does a moderator really moderate? Do rules in a debate mean anything?  The famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 had a timekeeper, but not a set of rules.

Did Lehrer miss any critical calls that helped determine the outcome of the debate, as did the replacement referees who missed calls and cost the Green Bay Packers a game?

The thing about debate winners and losers is the “my guy always wins in the morning after analysis” by campaigners and spinsters alike. This time there was no disagreement. Both sides said Romney slaughtered the president. (more…)

Governing Dynamics and the Tea Party meet at the Debt Ceiling Negotiations

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Watch this wonderful scene from A Beautiful Mind titled “Governing Dynamics: Ignore the Blond” starring Russell Crowe as mathematical genius John Nash. In the scene Nash describes how economist Adam Smith was wrong – and goes on to explain his developing “game theory” about decision making.

 

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The scene from the movie  is the perfect setup for a wonderful article by Johnathan V. Last published recently in one of my favorite on-line publications thedaily.   The article “Throwing Weight” describes how the Tea Party, despite having only 60 votes in the U.S. House was able to exert enormous influence on the debt ceiling negotiations.  The author describes what Russell Crowe points out in the movie scene, that “the willingness to walk away is a force multiplier while mindless partisanship diminishes your throw-weight.”  True independence is power.

Read the full article at:

http://www.thedaily.com/page/2011/08/03/080311-opinions-oped-tea-party-last-1-2/