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Episode 46: Friendships, Entitled Kids and DIY Projects

May 15, 2012

(In the words of co-host Bruce Barber as excerpted from the RLSG website)

I don’t want to say that serving adult beverages makes for better conversation, but in Episode 46, recorded at Nini’s House of Tapas, the conversation flowed – and so did the vino!

Joining the party; guest cohost Gerry McGuire (sitting in for Duo, who’s back next week), Barbie Douglas, Katie Gerhard, Mary Elliot and Jon Crane.

Jon Crane operates Critical PR, a public relations firm that provides communications counseling services to organizations and individuals that are in the public spotlight, handling sensitive communications issues, or seeking to influence policymakers and/or public opinion. Jon’s most recently completely project was handling the media campaign to repeal Connecticut’s death penalty.

Jon is a former news anchor at WTNH-TV in New Haven and currently appears as one of six “contributors” to the nationally broadcast PBS television series My Generation hosted by Leeza Gibbons.

Barbie Douglas is a New York City native and has worked in print and broadcast journalism since she was 12 years old. A UConn Certified Master Gardener and Certified Usui Reiki Master, she is also a published poet and anthology writer, and dabbles in astronomy, yoga, Buddhism, kayaking, The Naderist Manifesto, Asian culture, science and education, urban homesteading, Thai cooking, inviting dissent, trout fishing, browbeating ultra-conservatives, the loopy things that politicians say, and animal and women’s rights. She lives in Guilford and East Windsor, Connecticut.

Katie O’Keefe Gerhard a real New Haven native born on Sept 25 a long time ago to John & Maisie O’Keefe both immigrants from Ireland. Born at the Hospital of St Raphel and the youngest of 4 siblings. she was raised on the morals to be thankful for what you have and don’t expect anything out of the ordinary. Katie decided to stay in New Haven and have been living here all her life so far.

Katie works for Carnival Cruise Lines in sales, and keeps “…people motivated and focused for a living!!”. Katie has been working in the travel industry for 25 years and will say it’s the most FUN industry to be part of!

Mary Elliott is a stay-at-home Mom with four children, one husband and no pets unless you count that ant farm on the dresser in her son’s bedroom. She has a Yale B.A., a Ph.D. in English from Boston College, and—in her old life—taught writing, English and American lit courses at B.C., Gonzaga University & Whitworth College in Spokane, WA. Upon the birth of her twins in Colorado, she perished rather than published, but has written a couple of novels that need serious rework before they see the light of day. She likes to play the fiddle, hike, bike-ride and unwind with good friends.

Gerry McGuire took his love of history, trivia, comedy, literature, music and film and turned himself into a pop culture quoting, chat machine. He is like Cliff Claven from Cheers if Cliff Claven was stunningly handsome, awesomely funny and unbelievably humble. He fancies himself what the French would describe as a raconteur or what Americans call, a loud mouth. Gerry writes for Milford Living Magazine, sings in the Celtic rock band The Butcher Boys and is a stay at home dad.

He is also the force of nature behind “Gerry McGuire’s Breakdown” for the RLSG, and you can read his analysis of this week’s proceedings tomorrow…

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