Gerry Barker’s Bio

Gerry BarkerThe first thing to know about me is my name. It is spelled like “Jerry” but pronounced “Gary.” No, my parents don’t know why. I even blogged about it – “Gerry Pronounced Gary,” if you want to know more. The second thing would be I am a life-long journalist. (Remembering the famous words of one journalism grad: “Four years ago I couldn’t spell journalist, and now I are one.”) My career has taken me through The Austin American-Statesman, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, the Tampa Tribune and The Palm Beach Post, where I am currently.

Writing is my first love. Feature writing, opinion columnist, entertainment, including five years as a rock music critic. When I landed in Florida, I got the opportunity to write about travel, and specifically, cruise travel. I was hooked. More than a dozen cruises later, my wife and life companion, Pamela and I launched a blog, Cruising Squared ( . Actually, travel has been a major part of our lives since that first honeymoon trip to St. John in the Virgin Islands. What can be better than combining two great loves – travel and writing? Pam is now working on a new e-novel, which limits her time on the blog. But I’m so jealous (and proud) she got a book out before I did. You can find her on Amazon:

The Bainbridges of the Palm Beaches

Privately Palmer

What else do you need to know about me? We have one son, Brandon, a recent graduate of the University of Miami Law School and Reggie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who also lays claim to a big piece of our hearts. Both Pam and I subscribe to the Auntie Mame philosophy: “Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death.” So in that spirit, Bon voyage!

Pam and Reggie in Key West

Pam and Reggie in Key West, 90 miles from Cuba

Brandon Barker

Son Brandon, the lawyer

Reggie Barker

Reggie guards one our favorite pastimes, a martini




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