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I was not a Soprano fan, sorry to those of you who were, but when I read the notice this morning that one of the actresses who starred on that show passed away from liver cancer, I had to comment on it.  Denise Borino-Quinn was only 46 years old and left this world way to soon from a disease that has affected many families.  I am talking about cancer, more specifically liver cancer.  She was also a legal secretary prior to being chosen from over 14,000 people for the part on the Sopranos and played the part of mafia wife, Ginny Sack.

Denise Borino-Quinn

In an interview in 2000, Denise said that she wanted to be remembered for being genuinely nice and having the ability to bring a smile to someone’s face.  From everything I have read about her, I think she achieved this.  I just wish we weren’t having to say we will remember her already.  Denise lost her husband Luke Quinn, Jr. in March.  My thoughts are with her family

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I am a Disney fan and I don’t care who knows it.  My best friend and I used to have the time and money to go to Disney twice a year.  Back then, we were annual pass holders.  But as we got busier and the economy got tougher we had to let our annual passes go and well, I haven’t been able to get to the Happiest Place on Earth for two years now.

The story of how Disney came to Florida in 1965 is one of intrigue,  master spies and secret meetings.  Chad Emerson is a law professor at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala., where his areas of expertise include law concerning land planning, intellectual property and amusement parks. He’s also the author of Project Future: The Inside Story Behind the Creation of Disney World, published this year.

It’s been 45 years since the Sentinel reported on its front page that a mystery buyer represented by Miami attorney Paul Helliwell had acquired about 9,700 acres from Bronson Inc. in Osceola County.  The speculation on who was buying this land produced rampant rumors that the secret buyer would be revealed as Howard Hughes or Boeing aircraft or the Rockefeller family. Even the first legal secretary hired for the mystery company, Julia Switlick, didn’t know who her employer was.  Can you imagine being hired for a position and not knowing who your employer is?  Almost makes you wish that could happen now, secret meetings with unknown people, travel to foreign countries, oh wait, back to reality.

There were even rumors that the communists were buying the land!  Say what? Maybe I would rethink that secret employer thing.

Emerson became absorbed in the story of Disney while he was researching an academic article and realized it had potential for readers outside legal journals.  “There are so many secretive and spy-like maneuvers, all legal, but very interesting and intertwined,” he said.  There was even a rule at Disney that no one at Disney could talk to anyone in Orlando, period.

I, for one, am a little jealous of Julia Switlick, not only for working at Disney but for being part of the big secret in Florida!

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Thanks goes to Lynne DeVenny of Practical Paralegalism for sharing with us that NALS invites all legal support staffers, including legal secretaries, adminstrative assistants, legal assistants and paralegals to participate in its Legal Support Industry Survey at http://www.nals.org/ (under News).

I also took the survey and it is quick and easy and takes less than 2 minutes of your time.  NALS also has other great resources available.  If you haven’t already taken a look, take some time to do so.  You will be happy you did.

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