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June 22, 2017
Zev Buffman is a ‘Florida Icon'

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Zev Buffman is a ‘Florida Icon'

Art Levy | 1/26/2017

Zev Buffman is CEO, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater; theater producer; founding partner, NBA’s Miami Heat. He lives in Clearwater and is 86. Two quotes from Buffman:

“I don’t celebrate birthdays. I don’t celebrate New Year’s Eve. I don’t believe in anything that acknowledges the passage of time.”

"My first real job was stealing cars. I was 13 or 14 and Israel’s war of independence was coming. I was training in every kind of weapon one should know, but I was a great car thief. I was stealing cars because we had no cars. They would send us out to embassies — the ones that had Jeeps — and we would hotwire them in the middle of night and drive them to the desert, where they were painted in Israeli colors."

 

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