Stories written by Bob Diamond

George Washington and Phillis Wheatley

George Washington, as military leader of Colonial America, received numerous accolades from the adoring public during the Revolutionary War, but, according to historian Ron Chernow, nothing could match the tribute from a Boston woman named Phillis Wheatley, who sent him a flattering poem in October 1775. In polished poetry she wrote: “Proceed, great chief, with […]

Young George Washington ‘Set the World on Fire’

In 1753, it was only a question of time until the British and French clashed over their North American colonies. The British colonies were mainly along the eastern seaboard west to the Allegheny Mountains. The French claimed the entire area west thereof, including Canada. Both nations claimed the huge Ohio Country, covering today’s Ohio, West […]

The two worlds of Lyndon B. Johnson

According to historian Robert A. Caro (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, The Passage of Power), “Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency (1963-1969) is arguably one of the greatest success stories of any president in American history, as well as one our worst failures.” With the assassination of Kennedy on November 22, 1963, Vice President Johnson assumed the […]

The Kennedy’s, Johnson and the 1964 Civil Rigts Act

On November 22, 1963, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson became president upon the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The entire situation of Johnson assuming the presidency from Kennedy, according to historian Robert A. Caro, was ironic. The Kennedy’s (JFK and his brother Bobby, the Attorney General) had completely lost confidence in Johnson as Vice President […]

Reach out, touch people, because you care

This November, I will be term-limited out after serving almost ten years as a Commissioner in Aventura. As my political days are over, I offer advice to those who are running for political office: “Reach out, touch people, because you care.” Years ago, I had the great honor of serving Hillside, N.J. as City Attorney, […]

The Presidents Tee Off

At the recent Republican National Convention, Marco Rubio joked of President Obama, “By all accounts, he is a good husband, a good father…and thanks to lots of practice, a pretty good golfer.” Obama is not alone as nearly every president over the past century has been a golfer. The exceptions since Taft (1912) were Truman, […]

1812: Our Most Misunderstood War

Associated Press reporter Beth J. Harpaz was right when she recently wrote, “Good luck finding someone who can explain in 10 words or less what the War of 1812 was all about.” Some historians will say it was over “Impressment,” namely, that the U.S. declared war against England because the British were wrongfully seizing their […]

Our Greatest Chief Justice – John Marshall

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Where in our Constitution does it state that the Supreme Court has the power to over-rule and declare as unconstitutional acts by our President and Legislature? Nowhere! This was precisely a key issue facing our Founding Fathers in their trying to creating a nation based upon individual rights that never previously existed. With little historical […]

Arthur I. Snyder – Aventura’s First Mayor

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The most unforgettable person I ever met was Arthur I. Snyder. I first met him some twenty years ago when we were part of a tennis group at Turnberry. With Aventura’s creation in 1996, Arthur ran for Mayor, asking me to be his campaign manager. A former judge, Arthur had previously served as a three-time […]

Ruth Gruber – The Jewish Rescuer

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While completing her doctorate degree in 1932 in Cologne, Germany, Gruber heard Adolph Hitler’s vicious anti-Semitism. She returned to America, became a journalist and wrote about Hitler’s threats against the Jews. In 1944, Harold Ickes, FDR’s Secretary of the Interior, asked Gruber to “take on a secret mission, escorting a group of 1,000 Jewish refugees […]

Charter change would allow ‘Gardens’ restaurant

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The Village of Pinecrest became one of the incorporated cities in Miami-Dade County on March 12, 1996. Immediately thereafter, an election was scheduled and more than 25 people ran for the new council positions and Mayor’s office. One of the key issues at that time was the future of the Parrot Jungle property, which had […]

Where is Revolutionary War Hero Thomas Paine buried?

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New Rochelle N.Y. has offered a reward for the remains of Thomas Paine for re-burial. A corset-maker by trade in England, Paine immigrated to the American colonies in 1774 in time to play a major role in the American Revolution. With little journalistic experience, Paine wrote a powerful, widely read pamphlet “Common Sense,” which advocated […]

FDR and Israel: The Meaning of a Last Letter

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The Memoirs by Harry S. Truman (Years of Trial and Hope) are revealing as to the future State of Israel. According to Truman, his first official contact with the issue of Palestine (Israel) took place shortly after he became President on the death of FDR, by Secretary of State Stettinius who “briefed” him. Truman was […]

FDR and Israel: The Meaning of a Last Letter

Bob Diamond

The Memoirs by Harry S. Truman (Years of Trial and Hope) are revealing as to the future State of Israel. According to Truman, his first official contact with the issue of Palestine (Israel) took place shortly after he became President on the death of FDR, by Secretary of State Stettinius who “briefed” him. Truman was […]

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