About JONATHAN FOERSTER
I'd like to say being a journalist has always been my dream, that I stumbled across a dog-eared copy of "All the President's Men" in a second-hand bookstore and instantly knew I wanted to be Woodward or Bernstein. That would surely be a much more romantic version of my career trajectory.
But those things aren't true. I came to journalism because it seemed the only job that could combine my passions -- writing, music and a desire to know as much as humanly possible about everything.
I've always been a news junkie. As a precocious 7-year-old, I was glued to the TV for news about the Iran-Contra scandal, wowing my grandparents with my up-to-date reports on the comings and goings of Oliver North.
Still until college, reporting never seemed a legitimate career choice. It was just as outlandish as being an astronaut or a pop star -- though I'll admit to harboring a desire to be both of those at one point or another. No, growing up in a family of ranchers and teachers, it was always assumed I'd do one of those things.
After graduating high school, I set off for the University of Missouri to find my path as a writer. I tentatively penciled in journalism as my major with the reassurance that at a large state school I'd have plenty of fall back options.
Not knowing an inverted pyramid from an Egyptian monument, I joined the staff of the student paper. After two semesters of pulling all-nighters to help put the paper to bed, I woke up and realized I was in love.
Since graduating from college in 2003, I've been here at the Daily News. I started out covering Estero and San Carlos Park, wrote about Florida Gulf Coast University and later health care policy and non-profits. In 2006, I started writing for the Neapolitan section, where I get paid to do things I'd pay to do. I write about music, entertainment, food, religion and the interesting folks who make up our community. Every day I get to explore our world in hopes of helping you live better.
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MARC SALEM IS NOT A PSYCHIC Long before "The Mentalist" or "Lie to Me," Marc Salem was the world's preeminent mentalist. Able to wow believers and cynics alike with his amazing powers of perception. I got to spend a few minutes with him before a performance at the Naples Philharmonic. This story won me a SPJ Sunshine State award for Best Light Feature.
BASED ON A TRUE STORY Eddie Jones was a key part of a criminal investigation so famous they made movie about it starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. But as is typical of Hollywood, Jones, who later became a Collier County Sheriff's deputy, didn't get the recognition his work on the case deserved. Nor the payday that other folks received.
(THE LESS) LETHAL WEAPON Florida Gulf Coast University Professor Charlie Mesloh works tirelessly to provide law enforcement with the best options in less-lethal technology. Mesloh is just a character. The kind of people I love to write about.
IGUANAS GONE WILD This is probably my favorite story I've ever written. I got to spend two days exploring the barrier island community of Boca Grande. Nestled at the northernmost part of Lee County, this affluent island community is overrun by iguanas. I went out to meet the people who are trying to help rid the island of these "pests." What I found was a complex issue that the island's small population couldn't agree on, and a community influx caught between its rough-and-tumble past and its blue-blood present.
Bluegrass legend Del McCoury teams up with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for Naples show
Published 11/16/2010 at 11:41 p.m.
At first glance, they might seem like polar opposites. What on earth could bluegrass legend Del McCoury and New Orleans icons the Preservation Hall Jazz Band have in common, besides respectability? But dig a little deeper into their sounds and ...
Civil War: Re-enacting Union vs. Confederacy battles is passion for some PHOTOS
Published 04/10/2011 at 5 p.m.
Although the battles and skirmishes play out almost every weekend around the country, the sesquicentennial of the Civil War will launch the biggest wave of re-enactments ever. Although re-enacting has been around as long as Renaissance fairs, the push to ...
PHOTOS: Wine Tasters unite people for conversation — and wine
Published 04/09/2011 at midnight
Wine Tasters of Naples isn't just about exclusivity, but also about charity. The local club meets regularly to enjoy company and drink a little wine.
No fooling: April's schedule shows a lot of great concerts left before season's end
Published 03/31/2011 at 3:48 p.m.
A late Easter means an extension of the traditional winter tourist season in Naples. And that means both season residents and year-rounders alike are in for a lot of great music this month. April brings six big shows featuring national ...
Ecumenical environment: Roman Catholic priest takes on pastoral duties at Congregational church
Published 03/19/2011 at midnight
The Rev. Thomas Glackin, a 72-year-old Catholic priest is now preaching at a Protestant church in Naples.
Lewis Black: Florida ranks second — in crazy
Published 03/07/2011 at 9:29 a.m.
Finally, a statistic where Florida ranks highly. After years of hearing how the state is in the bottom half of this and scores poorly at that, someone has deemed Florida as having a high value. Unfortunately, our high ranking — ...
Oscar gold: The best way to enjoy the Academy Awards is to play along at home
Published 02/25/2011 at 4:50 p.m.
Of all the award shows in all the land (and, wow if there aren’t a lot of them), the Academy Awards capture our attention the most. Perhaps, it’s the fashion. For certain, we love seeing the biggest celebrities in the ...
50 years in comedy hasn't changed Bob Newhart
Published 02/18/2011 at 4:38 p.m.
The trick is to keep breathing. At least that’s how Bob Newhart sees the continuation of his career 50-plus year career. “That’s all I want to accomplish,” he said. “I don’t dwell on it really.”
Shirley MacLaine isn't getting old, she's just advanced
Published 02/09/2011 at 9:05 a.m.
Despite her advancing age, Shirley MacLaine doesn’t see putting on a career retrospective as a way to deal with impending mortality. In fact, if you bring it up, the 76-year-old actress will get at least mock offended.
In down market, buy and fix-it-up loans gain popularity in Southwest Florida
Published 02/07/2011 at 6:45 p.m.
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) 203k loan program, which allows home buyers to finance both the purchase price and some renovations in one loan. Proponents say it’s a great way for banks to unload distressed properties to people who are ...
Préstamos para comprar y reparar ganan popularidad en el suroeste de Florida
Published 02/07/2011 at 6:45 p.m.
El programa de préstamo (FHA) 203(k) de la Administración Federal de Vivienda (FHA por sus siglas en inglés), les permite a los compradores de vivienda financiar, tanto el precio de compra como algunas renovaciones, en un solo préstamo.
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