Nick Ragone is an author, attorney and public relations executive in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Eagleton Institute of Political Science at Rutgers University (undergraduate) and the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

Nick is a contributor to Donklephant.com, one of the most influential political blogs on the web, and  has written for US News & World Report, The Star-Ledger, Real Simple Magazine and RealSimple.com.  Nick has been quoted in over two dozen stories on politics, the presidency, and public relations.  In December of 2007, Nick was named one of PR Week's 40 under 40 to watch, and in May of 2008 was featured in "Profiles of Success", a book about public relations. Nick lives in Jersey City, NJ, with his wife and two children, and spends what little free time he has obsessing on the Mets.

Nick can also be found on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740817853




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How I spent the long weekend

Over the past four days I've been playing "Where's Waldo Nick" as I took the family on a quickie road trip. 

First stop was the National Aquarium in Baltimore.  I'm not much of a seafood lover, but this place was pretty cool, especially the dolphin show and the 4D movie.  After that it was off to the nation's capitol in search of "Bill" from Schoolhouse Rocks fame.  We never did find Bill, but we got in some cool sight-seeing. 

We then drove to Richmond and stayed at the beautiful Jefferson hotel.  There's not much to do in Richmond, so we took a day trip to Kings Dominion amusement park, where the kids played themselves to complete exhaustion.   I was pleasantly surprised by Kings Dominion; in my estimation it's better than Hersehy Park -- more rides, smaller crowds, better organized -- and is more family friendly than Six Flags and Action Park.   Definitely worth the trip if you have a few days.

And on the way home we stopped at Camden Yards in Baltimore to take in an Orioles game.  My take: the team stinks, but the ballpark is spectacular ... I only wish the Wilpons had created something as magnificent as Camden Yards.   Everything about it was user friendly:  the drive (it's right off the interstate), the parking, the layout, purchasing tickets on game-day, etc.  I'm tempted to take a road trip when the Metsies take on the O's in mid-June.

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