Home' South Florida Gay News : SFGN 082615 Contents 22 • 8 .26.2015
column publisheŕs editorial
an open letteR to the
owneRs of tRopics
Dearwhoever you may think you are,
You have now written this newspaper
two nasty, condescending letters, which
ever so transparently reveal how selfish and
arrogant each of you are.
A horse kicks you once; shame on him. He
kicks you again; shame on you.
I am going to publish each of your letters
Ask and you shall receive. Push and guess
what? I push back.
Criticizing our coverage of the unfortunate
traffic death on Wilton Drive, you sent SFGN a
letter on July 30, all about you and no one else.
“In your article ‘Danger on 'The Drive', you
write the following sentence: 'Tony Dee, owner
of Tropics Piano Bar & Restaurant where the
We Godfrey Thompson and myself Alex W
Meyer are extremely angry with you. Not only
you SHOULD you know about the change in
ownership, but also we asked you to check about
advertising and you never came back on us.
It seems to us as if SFGN isn't interested
in the older gay community in Wilton Manors.
Sad news to see this.
We wanted to invite you to Gregs
‘Celebration of Life’, but now we have to
assume you're not interested in such things
On August 1, my Associate Publisher, Jason
Parsley, ever so professionally and politely
"I apologize for our mistake. And I am sorry
that you are angry with us.
We realized our error the next morning and
immediately corrected it online.
We strive for accuracy here at SFGN but do
fall short from time to time.
Thank you for understanding."
I was ready to put the issue to rest. Had I
replied, I would have told you to go suck a hot
What we did was provide
this community with the most
exhaustive coverage in this
entire county of Greg Futchi’s
untimely death. We gave the
story more articles, pages
and ink than all the LGBT
newspapers AND mainstream
publications combined. As
usual, for free. We don’t charge
for our paper. It’s free.
Just in case you had not
noticed, the storyline was
not about you buying a bar. It
was a feature on a loved and
cherished 68-year-old human
being who was struck and
killed by a motor vehicle. It was
not to pay homage or tribute
to you or your ownership of
the establishment where the
tragic death occurred. So it is
completely clear, your role and
relevance to this storyline is inconsequential
And no, I was under no obligation or
continuing duty requiring that I “SHOULD
have known” you bought that bar and
restaurant. Many people lease, purchase and
start businesses in our community. Some are
even worthy of features and attention, but
there are no guarantees. Earth to Godfrey
and Alex: a new bar owner in a town with two
dozen bars is not breaking news.
In case you have never heard of Carly
Simon, let me share her Grammy-winning
words: “You're so vain, I'll bet you think this
song is about you.”
Our reporter and this newspaper made a
simple error in failing to correctly identify
the current owner of the bar when writing
the story. Tony Dee was interviewed for his
perspective on the tragedy that befell Mr.
Futchi, not the tragedy that this community
will endure with you as proprietors of Tropics.
The following week, our newspaper
published a correction noting
that Tony Dee was incorrectly
identified; that he had sold
the bar last year.
That was our obligation,
to clarify the inadvertent
miscommunication. It was
not to give you publicity. You
were not part of the story
before or after the error.
Nor should you be, unless
you were to carelessly allow
your customers to become
so intoxicated that they
would become a threat to
themselves or others upon
leaving the bar.
Still not understanding
your irrelevance, you have
now proceeded to write a
second scathing letter to
SFGN desperately attempting
Unfortunately, you come across as crude and
You fail again.
Wikipedia has as a definition of memory: In
psychology, memory is the process in which
information is encoded, stored, and retrieved. I
am surprised that a journalist from SFGN come
to Tropics and talks with us for over one hour and
all you print is: 'Correction: Last week, SFGN
incorrectly identified Tony Dee as the owner of
Tropics. Dee actually sold the restaurant last Fall.
We regret the error.'
Coming back to the memory statement at the
beginning. We told the journalist/publicist that we
bought the place on April 30th 2014. How t h i s
is ‘last Fall’ in your terms is an enigma for me.
On the same page you wrote your new
article "Wilton Drive Lane Reduction" and
show a picture of Tony and Andy. Seems to me
the whole post about your mistake is hypocrite
act. Is this your form of journalism? Maybe
you should change the name of your paper to
South Florida Gay Tweets, then you can post
even shorter messages and you don't have to
care about correctness."
Who the hell do you think you guys are?
First, you allege our failure to properly
name you meant that we were not interested
in covering a memorial for a deceased friend.
Second, you then accuse SFGN of being
disrespectful of the elder gay community in
the Manors. Why? Because we did not know
who you are? More gibberish.
Your letter only exposes you and your
partner as shallow and self aggrandizing. Like
Carly Simon said, that song was not about you.
This one is though.
The only thing I apologize for is hearing that
a reporter from my paper actually went to talk
to you and express his regret for our purported
error. I should have scolded his ass. You are
owed no apologies. You have earned only
rebuke for your foolish vanity.
The paper I have been delivering for free
to your establishment for the past five years
I will gladly move to another locale, one that
appreciates our energy and excellence, our
spirit and our success.
The product that we create is proudly
engineered and professionally managed,
award-winning, credible, conscientious, and
committed to this community. We didn't show
up yesterday with a pocketful of money and
try to buy our credibility by cooking a new
steak on an old stove.
SFGN will be around a long time after you
sell your last drink. But I will be sure to send a
reporter as the door closes behind you on your
Just in case you
had not noticed, the
storyline was not
about you buying
feature on a loved
being who was
struck and killed
by a motor vehicle.
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