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La Floridiana by Will Moriaty
   Now in our seventh calendar year
    PCR #346  (Vol. 7, No. 45)  This edition is for the week of November 6--12, 2006.

La Floridiana Lite  by William Moriaty
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La Floridiana Lite

Although his sentence should have been the originally prescribed 20 years jail time and $5,000,000.00 in fines, and even though his sorry cheating ass should've been shipped off to Raiford instead of a barely six year stint at a minimum security Federal Prison "Camp" in Pensacola, J. Lamar McMichael, was finally nevertheless sent off to the Federal Pokey a few months back where he can meet and greet like-minded white collar captains of corporate crime who are coddled and sheltered from "the bad elements" of the underworld because these people are wealthy and "privileged".

Presumably he is not eligible for parole, but he should be back out into the warm rays of the Florida sun on December 13, 2012 to continue wherever he left off. Just like pedophile alerts, the minute people like McMichael once again breathe the fresh air of freedom, the world of investments should post an investment securities alert and such hucksters should never be allowed to touch someone else's securities for the remainder of their sad and sorry life.

It appears that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission case against McMichael and his wife Nancy was wrapped up in Tampa's Federal Court on October 10, 2006. For more information on that proceeding, link to http://sec.gov/litigation/litreleases/2006/lr19863.htm

Now I'm waiting for the final shoe to drop on "Friendly Freddy".

For more background into this case, please read the La Floridiana columns in PCR issues 166, 167, 168, 282, 302 and 328.
SHAMELESS PLUGS AND WEIRD HAPPENINGS DEPT                                             

I will have the honor of appearing at a second Florida Collectibles and Vintage Memorabilia Show at the St. Petersburg Coliseum this year, this one being held on Sunday November 12, 2006 from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Now known as the Florida Show, this extravaganza of all things Florida will feature such hot items as alligator and flamingo paraphanalia, fruit crate and cigar box labels, kitschy roadside attraction souvernirs and much, much more! Not to mention Florida authors such as myself, Tim Dorsey, Charlie Carlson, Ken Breslauer, Kelly Reynolds and others, as well as noted artists the Florida Highwaymen!

So make it a point to come on out and attend the Florida Show! Who knows? That perfect Christmas gift may well be a Florida postcard or a brochure from the Cypress Knee Museum for your Sunshine State lover!


The Spookhunters of Orlando are featured in a three page full color article titled, The Haunted Launch Pad one of six Florida stories written by Charlie Carlson in Barnes & Noble's brand new hardback, titled, Weird Hauntings. The article mentions Owen Sliter and has several quotes by him in reference to his Spookhunters team. Carlson has made Owen Sliter the star character in this piece of NASA style ghost lore which has lots of references to the Spookhunters.

Other Florida stories in the book from Carlson are the Dark Watcher; Interstate-4:What lies beneath? [includes medium Susan Thompson's personal experience, her maiden and middle name is used in the article]: The Ghost Who Drove a Plow; Some Things Are Best Left Alone; and Closed Due to Ghosts. Four other Florida stories were cut from the book by the editors but will appear in Carlson's upcoming Strange Florida II which debuted recently.

Weird Hauntings is currently being distributed to all Barnes & Noble stores and B. Dalton bookstores across the country. If you have never bought a ghost book, this is the one to have, because most of the stories have never been published before and many are first hand accounts of hauntings discovered by the renown Weird US team of authors. It's not always easy getting folks to talk about such things. It is a first of a kind. The Weird Hauntings book retails for 19.95, it is compiled by Joanne Austin and written by a team composed of America's weird writers that gave you the Weird series of books.

It's spine-chilling...it's true tales of America's ghostly places.

Visit www.weirdwriters.com for more about America's Weird Writers.


Weird Florida To Be First Featured Book at the Florida House in Washington D.C.!
You may not know it, but Florida is the only state with its own "embassy" in Washington D.C., it is called Florida House and it is situated across from the U.S. Supreme Court building. Florida House has served as a visitor and hospitality center since 1973. The history of Florida House is available on the internet.

Recently the Florida House Womens Council began a project to establish a collection of books by best selling Florida authors which will be first featured in an exhibit and then in a collection in the house library. Florida citizens to Washington D.C. will be able to read these books while taking a break at Florida House with a cup of free orange juice.

Weird Florida has been selected by the executive committee to be the very first book featured at Florida House. In addition, I have provided for the collection, two of my other books, Tux and Tales of a Wizard and Ashley's Shadow. One of the key factors for the selection of Weird Florida is its sales ranking of over 80,000 sold and its reach into the northeast market as a book representing all sections of the state.

Other authors selected include Carl Hiasson and Patrick Smith, their books will be honored later this year. I have also recommended to the Florida House book committee, Florida authors, and my friends, William Moriaty, Piers Anthony, Christine Best, Jim Robison, and Vicki Smith. Hopefully these writers will eventually have their work represented in the collection.

I'm proud to report that the Florida House accepted my book this past October! Thanks for the recommendation, Charlie Carlson!

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