Captain Jack Etzler: Breuil Boat Brochure

My father in law, Jack Etzler, who passed away in March of 2015, was a boat captain all his working life. After a few years in the Navy, he worked as a mate and then a captain.

We found this yacht brochure in his papers. It’s for Breuil Enterprise yachts, cruisers, and sportfishermen  in 1964. He is driving the boat on the front cover of the brochure, and he’s also on an inside photo. I scanned a few pages of the brochure and saved it as a PDF linked here: Breuil_boats_brochure_Jack.

cover of a Breuil boats yacht brochure 1964The Breuil Boat Company was located at Harbour One, 17201 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami Florida. It was started by Jim Breuil, who died in 2002. Harbor One is now known as Maule Lake Marina at the same address. News reports I’ve found indicate the marina land may be changed into condos, or maybe even floating islands built for the lake, similar to floating islands in The Netherlands.

Capt. Jack handled many types of boats in his day, from Miami to the Bahamas, to Greece and back. He fished tournaments and saw things that no longer exist such as large schools of giant tuna swimming in the sea. We plan to dedicate a commemorative plaque or stone at the IGFA museum in Dania for him. His wife passed away three months before him. He is survived by his son, Jay.


July 26, 2015 at 10:44 am Leave a comment


rosesMy friend, Rose, died in October.

December 15, 2014 at 6:14 pm Leave a comment

In Memoriam: Greg Horne

My brother-in-law, Greg Horne, died on September 15, 2014. He was the person who introduced me to WordPress in 2007, back when there wasn’t much user documentation written for non-technical people. You had to type in your own HTML code to insert links. WordPress has come a long way. Greg was always helpful when I had questions back then.

Here’s a photo of him and my sister at Yesteryear Village, near the Morikami Gardens in Florida, 2006:

MorikamiWe all went to the Japanese gardens at Morikami that day too. He liked to take photographs. Here are a few:

MorikamiDid you see the little green lizard?

Morikami-lakeMay he rest in peace.

September 23, 2014 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Van Morrison singing “Comfortably Numb”

I heard this song in the film “The Departed,” and it stuck with me for days, so I looked it up and found this video of the live performance:

Van Morrison is singing with member of The Band and with Roger Waters during the Berlin performance of The Wall, the Pink Floyd album. Van Morrison’s phrasing is slightly different than the original studio version. He conveys a sense of loss from a larger distance that adds a poignancy to the song that is more pronounced than in the original. The original is great, no doubt, but this one adds another layer of interpretation to the song, one that adds more depth. Enjoy the video.

May 19, 2014 at 5:03 pm 2 comments

Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories

The older I get, the more I enjoying listening to Kurt Vonnegut:


April 20, 2014 at 7:42 am Leave a comment

Japanese Garden up for sale: Property left to UCLA now on sale

I remember visiting the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden in about 1991-92 and being completely taken with how wonderful it was. Now it’s in danger. . .

Continue Reading March 23, 2014 at 9:39 am Leave a comment

Saving Mighty Lions

Kevin Richardson lions

A man lying down with a lion!

The video grabbed by attention and raised my awareness that lions and other wildlife in Africa aren’t just roaming around, living their normal life as they were meant to. Habitat is lost, poachers come into the animals’ territory, and the animals numbers are dwindling.

Preserves and conservation lands are the only places left. This conservation effort by Kevin Richardson is highlighted in these amazing GoPro camera videos.  They certainly did it right – capture people’s attention first and then inform them about the issues. Obviously Richardson has a highly unusual relationship with these few lions. I hope he is able to have this positive relationship with these lions their whole lives and continue to be their advocate. Seeing the video led me to find out more about him and what he’s doing to help the wildlife and to donate. Since then, I’ve received a receipt for my donation and a kind Thank You email message. Here is his website:

As a kid in the 1970’s, I was inspired by the Born Free film about Elsa the lion. I wanted to travel to Africa to be a conservationist. I was only 7 and had no idea what that entailed. I admired Jane Goodall and Diane Fosey. I’m so glad someone is able to be there and help preserve something of our ecosystem. I am writing stories now for kids about conserving our ocean and the Everglades, beautiful areas near me. I hope my small part makes a positive contribution and motivates others to preserve our natural world.

I encourage you to watch the video.

March 5, 2014 at 5:03 pm Leave a comment

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