JOHN BARTUS: THE MUSIC BUSINESS SUCKS! (AND BLOWS, TOO)

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band are touring again, hitting the road for the first time post-COVID. When tickets for the American leg of the tour...

JOHN BARTUS: ROTARY PARK REBUILD WEEK

Twenty years after the original was built, Marathon’s Rotary Children’s Park is getting a total rebuild from the ground up. And we need your help! I will always...

JOHN BARTUS: CHEERS TO THE CLASS OF 2022

Forty-three years ago in 1979, I walked across the stage of the Greenville Memorial Auditorium in a hideously radiant orange cap and gown to pick up my...

JOHN BARTUS: BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FROM A TOTAL JERK

David Crosby is a total jerk. At least that’s what many of his old bandmates say. A founding member of the Byrds as well as Crosby Stills...

JOHN BARTUS: ALL ABOUT COMMUNITY

This past weekend was further reinforcement about just how special a place our Florida Keys home really is. We all know and love the natural wonders that...

JOHN BARTUS: DUTIES OF A SMALL TOWN MAYOR

As mayor of a small town, there are a number of duties I have to deal with. As with everything else in life, some are more pleasant...
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JOHN BARTUS: WHAT TO DO IF WE EVER HAVE AN OFF-SEASON AGAIN?

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The catchphrase our local Tourist Development Council uses when speaking about numbers of tourists is “heads in beds.” I have always derived a bit of amusement from...

JOHN BARTUS: MARATHON ROTARY PROVIDES AID TO UKRAINE

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Keith Douglass is a former Monroe County Commissioner and mayor. He is also one of the Rotary Club of Marathon’s outstanding members and heads up our interaction...
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JOHN BARTUS: JETHRO TULL’S AMAZING MUSIC

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Very few bands or musical artists can claim a legacy like Ian Anderson’s Jethro Tull. Consider a recording career consisting of 41 albums over a 54-year period....

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: CONCH STEPIN FETCHIT’S HOLLYWOOD STARDOM

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The Lincoln Perry story begins in Key West but does not stay on the island for long. He was born Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry on May...