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Steve Bousquet: Inseparable bond between former governor, judge



Steve Bousquet's column is a nice take on a former governor and his good friend:

He walks with a stoop and looks a bit frail, but as he nears 83, Reubin Askew's intellect is razor-sharp, his memories vivid.

The two-term Democratic governor led Florida for most of the 1970s and spent the past two decades teaching public policy courses at state universities.

He's a living, breathing history of this fascinating state.

Askew freely shared his recollections and opinions Thursday with students from Leadership Florida. With him was good friend Joseph Hatchett, who in 1975 was the first African-American to serve on the Florida Supreme Court, thanks to the former governor.

Fate has forged an inseparable bond between the two men, and when they share their thoughts, they call it "The Joe and Rube Show." Read the whole column here.

[Last modified: Friday, March 18, 2011 7:32pm]


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