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12TH April 2016

Good Story - sport - Timeless - Uncategorized

On Health, and the 70 Year Old Punt Returner

Though this pic is of my father, we all take lessons from his grandfather, Miles Sharpless Spencer (hero post); here’s another one. Productive well into his 70’s, Miles had my Grandfather Herbert in his 74th year. It was his 24th kid, and his third wife. Read that again. It’s 100%  truth. So besides counting the blessings of amazing genes, I also began to wonder what kind of shape the man must have been in. And this is where I take the reader on a detour with no better segue than this: the Spencers all love football, still. Punt returners are the jet pilots of the gridiron. Imagine looking up in the air for 5-6 seconds while ten predators are at full speed heading for you, and only you. Take your eye off […]

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01TH April 2016

Baseball - Culture - Family and Friends - Havana Culture - Timely

On Gratitude. And being the luckiest man on earth.

As Baseball’s opening day is nearly upon us, I am struck by these simple, yet totally surprising words from Lou Gehrig. After the presentations and remarks by Babe Ruth, Gehrig addressed the crowd: Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. … When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends […]

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Grand Central Tech … ~3 years on

What A RUN. A little less than three years ago I met Charlie Bonello and Matt Harrigan while they were cooking up an incubator at Regis on the UES. Their demo night was awesome, in a high school gym-cum-demo space kinda way. Fast forward two years and they are reviewing hundreds and hundreds of apps for their third class at Grand Central Tech. Many of the first two classes have not only added capital and jobs, but also solved real problems. And made Grand Central a hot spot for facial hair, roll [...]

Innovadores Foundation, not of Langley LOL

Sometimes you hit it with a name. Often, you don’t. After much thought, we decided to rename our recently named CAA Foundation as the “Innovadores Foundation” . This was to not to confuse ourselves further with the CIA when dealing with an island nation whose last fifty years were spent not exactly loving that branch of our government. Seems prudent, no? We often would get looks in official meetings, and my partner John would spend too much time, in diplomatic Spanish, explain [...]

30TH March 2016

Adventure - Cuba - Havana Culture - Incubator - Innovadores - Uncategorized

Havana is an Old Movie

People seem to use movie titles when describing Havana lately. Back to the Future. Time Machine. Jurassic Park. But Cuba is certainly this year’s favorite coming attraction. It’s a forbidden fruit that seems to be about ripe for American interests to come ashore. Again. Hopefully, this time we don’t leave legacies like that troublemaker Hyman Roth. Anyways, this past week it seemed everyone wanted to know what would be next, after fifty years of… not so much. Here are two of my favorite pieces, in old school media that seemed apropos: a newspaper clipping and a radio interview (WGCH- Greenwich; complete with shoutout to son Grayson and employee #Jono). Fun week!  

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