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Brian Peterson – the photo that started it all

Brian at BaCA

In our September 2014 interview with Brian Peterson, we mentioned seeing a photo online that piqued our interest. In case your memory needs refreshing, this is what we said:

… By now, we’ve got endless examples of how a photograph, a posting, a news clip caught our eye and led us to yet another incredible morning/afternoon/evening spent with just one of the thousands of fascinating people in this city.

In early June, we spotted one such photograph. Taken at BaCA (Bailey Contemporary Arts; you’ve been there, right? Right??), we were struck by the iconic nature of the image.  The photo’s description, posted on Facebook by someone named “Brian Peterson [on the right]”, read as follows: “I met this gentleman at a poetry event…after I did my set…He shook my hand and said thank you! thank you! for choosing your words wisely and being you and then he told me he started writing at 50 yrs old…It’s never too late, I thought I was late.”

We sent Brian a message, introducing ourselves and asking that he get in touch. He responded almost immediately, and the rest is history.

In early June, we spotted one such photograph. Taken at BaCA (Bailey Contemporary Arts; you’ve been there, right? Right??), we were struck by the iconic nature of the image.  The photo’s description, posted on Facebook by someone named “Brian Peterson [on the right]”, read as follows: “I met this gentleman at a poetry event…after I did my set…He shook my hand and said thank you! thank you! for choosing your words wisely and being you and then he told me he started writing at 50 yrs old…It’s never too late, I thought I was late.”

Indeed, Brian – and the rest of us! – it’s never, never, never too late.

“Love”: We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Jeff Martin for submitting the winning nomination in our “Love” contest.  And the winner is….Liberty Tax Service of Pompano Beach! Here’s Jeff’s winning entry:

Saw the contest in Pompano today magazine and would like to nominate Liberty Tax Service of Pompano Beach.  It is ironic that my relationship began with them by winning a free tax prep at an Adopt a Pet event that they donated to the event. They are now my full time tax accountant.  

For 10+ years, Liberty Tax Service (with two locations in Pompano Beach) has been heavily involved in the community, supporting events and fundraising efforts through the Pompano Rotary Club, Relay for Life, Horses for Heroes, Unity in the Community, and the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce, among others.  You see them at many city and community events with Statue of Liberty-costumed staff handing out Liberty crowns and adding to the fun.  They have also sponsored two softball teams. Liberty also gives back to the community through marketing programs. Instead of buying advertising from national firms, Liberty spends nearly its entire marketing budget using local individuals for grassroots marketing.  Many are people who are unemployed, are not able to work full time, or are just starting out in their first job. In turn, their paychecks are then spent at other local businesses. So when you see the Statue of Liberty out in front of their offices, remember that he or she is out there helping to support our community!

Thank you,

Jeff Martin