Monday, July 20, 2009

In the news

News reports:

"I sort of created Russ Rector," (activist) Ric O'Barry says, unhappily. He hasn't done a thing since then except make a lot of noise. . .He's an egomaniac, a publicity junkie." Palm Beach Post, Sept. 5, 1994

(A hurricane) "should provide just enough extra water to push Miami Seaquarium's crocodiles over the wee walls of their concrete pens and into open water. This comes from Russ Rector, a disgruntled former dolphin handler. When that happens, Rector estimates that they will breed with native alligators to form indefatigable super-species: the croc-a-gator. Miami New Times, April 26, 2007.

Rector hired a plane to tow a "Lolita is Dying" banner over the Seaquarium..."They know she's dying, and they are removing her from everything," Rector said. Miami Herald, Feb. 20, 2006 (more than three years later Lolita is not dead).

When he didn't get his way with the late Gov. Lawton Chiles, Rector told a reporter that when Chiles had his heart attack: "I hope it hurt when Lawton Chiles was laying on the ground dying." (New Times July 8, 1999)

"I'm not in the animal rights club" he said slamming both the Humane Society of the United States and PETA. Miami Herald, Dec. 3, 2003

A Sept. 8 letter to the White House: "Dear Mr. Vice President, I recently sent you a letter concerning two very relevant and pressing issues. . .Please don't try and placate me with the administration's animal rights positions, my letters have never mentioned those words...Do something now sir before this blows up and becomes a political nightmare!!!!!" Sun Sentinel, Sept. 26, 1993

Logging on, he clicks through a list of photographic scans, looking for the perfect gesture of goodwill for a favored journalistic contact. He settles on a scan titled "boobcrui.jpg" - a group portrait of 21 topless women photographed on a yatch - attaches it to an email, types in the header "PICK YOUR POISON," signs it with his usual "R/R" and clicks SEND chuckling. New Times, July 8, 1999

Rector's blowhard, in-your-face style has alienated more people than it has captivated. Palm Beach Post, Sept. 5 1994


  1. With so many newspapers going out of business and network TV ratings in a deepening decline, It saddens me that WPEC 12 can no longer be trusted as a reliable source of information in the city I grew up up in.

    -Brian J. Crowley

  2. just like the mainstream media to not check their facts or just go with the flow of the radical left.





  7. What the hell does the Miami Seaquarium have to do with the Palm Beach Zoo?

    You might as well post an article about EuroDisney while you're at it.

  8. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    From: cheryl crowley []
    Sent: Friday, July 17, 2009 4:05 PM
    To: 'Audrey McDonough';;; Frank Alonzo;;; 'Brian Crowley';; 'HEALY JR., BILL';;; 'Brian J. Crowley'; Bob Jordan;; 'Brumley, Fabiola N'; 'Crady Cari'; 'Carrie Bradburn'; 'Dirocco, Christine'; 'Cairnes Jan'; 'Corrie Edwards'; 'Christina Wood'; 'Carolyn Gonzalez'; 'Casas-Celaya, Marta'; 'Chris'; John & Susan Cheney
    Subject: Need your help

    Hello Everyone – The Palm Beach Zoo is under attack by WPEC Channel 12. A story is going to air on Monday that is not fair. The allegations being made are not only false they are provably false. We need as many people as possible to rally around the zoo. Please go to the blog that has been set up and read the letter from Dr. Terry Maple, the CEO of the zoo. Neither Brian or I would stake our reputations on this if we did not believe this is false…but it is false thanks to an unhappy employee and a publicity-seeking extremist out to do harm to the zoo. The Palm Beach Zoo is a wonderful place with incredibly caring animal handlers, techs, veterinarians and volunteers whose only mission is to give loving care to the many animals living at the zoo. Please click on the link below and please make a comment. Then, send the link to your friends and others you know. It will be appreciated by many. Thank you!

    Cheryl K. Crowley


    ImMEDIAcy Public Relations Inc.

    1208 U.S. Highway One

    Suite D

    North Palm Beach, FL 33408

    561-776-7659 Phone

    561-776-6321 Fax

    This is an email sent out by the zoos pr couple. It sure sounds to me that the zoo is running scared! The guilty pig always squeals loudist!

  9. Gee, Thanks nothing in that e-mail contradicts what's been posted here on this blog. I don't know how anyone can claim to be running scared when they post anonymously.