"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