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December 2004 - Volume 1 - Issue 5
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Publisherís Note

Much to be Thankful for

Comedian Steve Martin used to close his comedy show by telling the audience he would like to thank each one of them personally for coming. Then he would point to someone seated in the front row and say "Thank you." Then, to the next person, "Thank you." And to the next, "And especially you."

It never took long for the audience to catch on to the absurdity of Martin trying to thank every person in the auditorium individually. Theyíd all laugh. Heíd stop with the thank yous and leave the stage.

I thought about Martinís bit when I sat down to write this publisherís note as Thanksgiving was approaching. This has been an incredible first year for those of us associated with South Florida Hospital News, because it has exceeded our wildest expectations. When we first decided to offer a healthcare business publication in this region, we only hoped that enough of you would just give us a chance.

You might say we miscalculated. But in a good way. Your response has been nothing short of overwhelming. You didnít just give us a chance, you gave us a mandate. (Ever since the election, Iíve been trying to find a way to use that word. I feel much better now.)

Publishing a newspaper is hard work, but the blueprint is pretty simple. You collect stories, photos and ads, package them as appealingly as possible, and hope your audience finds the end result valuable enough to come back next time, and the next, and the next.

We must be doing something right, because you have been coming back, many of you since our first issue, and we appreciate it.

If I could, I would reach through these pages and offer my hand in gratitude to each and every one of you: readers, advertiser, and contributors. You make South Florida Hospital News possible. The encouragement you express by sending us your stories and photos, or buying an ad, or simply reading our newspaper each month is what we thrive on. And so, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you. And you. And especially you. (Okay, maybe itís funnier when Steve Martin does it. But, believe me, it is no less sincere.)

Since weíre talking about the holidays, among the wishes I have for you is that your December will be less hectic than mine. Hanukkah arrives early this year, which is always preceded by Carolís litany about the perils of lit candles. And Christmas always comes faster than anyone anticipates which is usually preceded by a special scavenger hunt in our house. You see, Carol hides all my versions of "Itís A Wonderful Life" and I try to find them! Our kids are flocking back home for the holidays, including the Chicago branch of the family tree. (No brainer there, eh? Would you rather shovel snow or bask in the sunshine?) Oh, and did I mention that weíre moving into a new home between Christmas and New Yearís?

Lest anyone think Iím complaining, let me assure you Iím not. To quote Lou Gehrig, today I consider myself the luckiest man in the world. I have a great family, I love my work (most of the time), and I live year-round in a place to which Snow Birds migrate every year at incredible personal expense. Indeed, this holiday season I have much to be grateful for, and much to celebrate.

Somewhere at the top of that list are all of you. And so, as the holidays commence, let me speak on behalf of the staff of South Florida Hospital News to wish you Happy Holidays, and a healthy and prosperous 2005. To quote Tina Turner óYouíre simply the best!

Charles Felix

You can reach Charles Felix at sflahospitalnews@aol.com.
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