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Piotr Blass Ph.D. (September 13, 1948 –) is an American politician and mathematician of polish descent. Blass was an early proponent of the Internet who formulated in 1987 what is believed to be one of the first high-level online math journals. Blass has been a candidate for Palm Beach County superintendent of schools, a candidate for the position of president of Palm Beach Community College, and a candidate for the office of Florida state senator. In addition, his Blass family law case lawsuit provided significant ammunition to backers of a unified court system in Florida in 2004.

Although this perennial candidate further was an unsuccessful write-in candidate for Governor of Florida in November 2006, he may have been the first Florida state candidate to openly base his platform on Albert Einstein's statements on politics. Blass presently is campaigning for U.S. Congress in 2008 and Governor of Florida in 2010.

Piotr Blass
Born September 13, 1946
Flag of Poland Warsaw, Poland
Residence Flag of the United States United States
Nationality Flag of the United States United States
Fields Mathematician
Alma mater University of Michigan
Harvard University
Doctoral advisor

James Milne

Melvin Hochster
Doctoral students

Jeffrey Lang</br> Fred Schultheis</br> Angela Grant</br>

Christopher Skinner Princeton
Known for

Perennial candidate

Biography Edit

Early yearsEdit

Piotr Blass was born in Warsaw, Poland on September 13, 1948 as one of two sons of educated parents. His father was a professor of finance and his mother was an attorney.[1] At age 20, after earning a B.A. (equivalent) from Warsaw University, Blass left Poland in 1968 for the United States.[1][2] Blass' website indicates he then earned an M.A. degree one year later at the University of Michigan in 1969.[2]

In 1973, Blass served in an artillery unit of the Israeli army in the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and assisted in keeping Egyptian tanks from crossing the Suez Canal, according to a 2006 Florida governor candidate interview.[1] In 1976, Blass attended Harvard University and a year later earned a Ph.D at the University of Michigan in 1977.[2][1]

In 1987, Blass helped formulate one of the first high-level online math journal in 1987 as an early proponent of the Internet, which some believe was born four years earlier on January 1, 1983.[1]

In 1990, Blass was a professor of computer sciences at Key College, a small private school in Dania Beach, Florida.[3] It was this year that Blass was divorced in Palm Beach Circuit Court from Nieves Lopez, a teacher at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach.[3] Their divorce went through shortly after their son David was born.[3]

In October 1993, Blass created the Blass Corporation, with its headquarters in Boynton Beach, Florida.[4]

1990s political aspirations Edit

In July 1995, Blass lived in Boynton Beach, Florida. At that time, he sought the position of school superintendent of Palm Beach County.[5] During this effort, Blass was identified as a math professor at Palm Beach Atlantic College who had a master's degree from Harvard University.[5] Despite these qualifications, Blass was unsuccessful in his pursuit of this position.

In January 1997, Blass sought the position of president of Palm Beach Community College.[6] At the time, he was identified as teaching math part time at the college.[6] Two days after the newspaper announced his desire to seek the president's position, Palm Beach Community College announced the college's biggest layoff.[7] Eight days after the newspaper announced his desire to seek the president's position, Blass was being identified as a former part-time math instructor of Palm Beach Community College.[8] Despite his qualifications, the 19-member search committee did not choose former adjunct instructor Blass as president from the pool of 76 candidates.[6][8]

Influence over Florida family law in 2004Edit

In the years leading up to 2003, the Florida Supreme Court and many family law experts urged reform of the fragmented system of Florida court jurisdiction over family issues.[3] In particular, they sought a unified court system that would identify multiple cases involving single families within the domestic relations, domestic violence, and juvenile divisions, notify the judges in the cases, and either coordinate their work or transfer the family's cases to a single judge.[3] Although such a system would create efficient and cost effective courts and more informed judicial decisions, the backers lacked a solid example of why such reform was needed.[3]

In 2003, Blass was teaching troubled teens at the Bay Point Schools in South Florida.[1] In June 2003, Blass created the Silicon Sun Corporation, with its headquarters in Boynton Beach, Florida.[9] In November 2003, Blass' son attacked his mother Nieves Lopez, who filed a battery complaint.[3]

In early June 2004, the Palm Beach County state attorney's office petitioned the juvenile court for a hearing on Lopez's battery complaint against her son.[3] Despite having joint custody over his son, Blass first learned of his son's criminal troubles when his son called him and told him he was being treated at JFK Medical Center[1] in Atlantis.[3] Three days later. Blass' son was committed to a teen residential drug treatment center in Lake Worth and Blass was barred from any meaningful contact with his son.[3]

Citing the failures of the courts, hospitals, doctors, and his ex-wife's failure to timely notify Blass of the pending criminal matter against his son, Blass filed a false imprisonment lawsuit against several defendants in July 2004.[3] The Blass case, as it has become known, has provided backers of a unified Florida family courts significant ammunition to support their state wide efforts.[3] The case presently is making its way to the federal courts.[10]

Florida Senate Race, 2004Edit

In April 2004, Blass entered the Florida Senate Race.[11] He was one of seventeen candidates to receive a questionnaire from the Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers (FAMB) as part of the first step in FAMB's plans to endorse a senate candidate.[11] Blass received a total of sixteen votes in the 2004 Florida Senate Race.[12]

Florida gubernatorial election, 2006Edit

In 2005, Blass entered the race for Governor of Florida.[13] At the time, he was identified as a college math professor from Boynton Beach.[13] However, he was working as a math professor at City College in Fort Lauderdale and taught a free, high-level summer math seminar on the campus of Florida Atlantic University.[1]

Many times candidates put themselves on the ballot to get attention for a specific issue, hoping one of the mainstream candidates will pick up on the idea. [14] In Blass' case, he desired to see Florida become the spaceport of the world and build better relations with Caribbean countries.[14] Blass had decided to make a bid for Florida's highest office because "as a teacher you can help thousands, but you need to change the system to really make something happen."[14] Moreover, although it may have furthered his goal, Blass refused to accept contributions for his campaign to avoid corruption charges.[13] Even without campaign contributions, Blass was able to publicize his campaign around March 2005 through a program on a Haitian radio station and at debates.[13]

In July 2006, Blass officially entering Florida gubernatorial election, 2006 as a write-in, independent candidate by filing the paperwork to run for governor without paying the qualifying fee.[15][16][17] Naming Jinamarie Gallo as his lieutenant governor running mate,[14] Blass was one of a total of nine candidates, each seeking to follow in the footsteps of Republican Gov. Jeb Bush.[18] His campaign staff included a 17-year-old North Broward Preparatory student that Blass mentored.[1] Blass base his platform on Albert Einstein's statements on politics and was believed to be the first Florida state candidate for governor to do so.[1]

The debatesEdit

In October 2006, Blass filed a motion with the court seeking an order to let him join an October 30, 2006 debate between well-known candidates Republican Charlie Crist and Democrat Jim Davis.[17] In an interview about his request, Blass described himself as a Harvard-educated mathematician.[19] It also was reported that gubernatorial candidate Blass was a professor of computer mathematics.[20] Blass' request to join the October 30, 2006 debate ultimately was denied by the Florida courts, since the U.S. Supreme Court has said the broadcasters may exclude independent candidates who have little popular support.[19]

With five days before the November 7, 2006 election, the increasingly toxic governor's campaign began to test voters tolerance[21]. Blass considered the bickering and expensive campaigning by the major-party contenders are "regrettable."[21] "These guys are showing themselves to be consumed with mediocrity," Blass said.[21]

On November 2, 2006, Blass created interest in a reporter for a planned debate that included the less known candidates by telling him, "All nine candidates will be sending representatives."[22] However, the November 2, 2006 gubernatorial debate involved only three candidates with two people in the audience so that "there were just five of us sitting around a little table in the coffee shop in the Barnes & Noble."[22] As a result of the debate, the reporter concluded that politician Blass favor a speaking style that could be called 'Never Coming Up for Air.'[22]

Despite his efforts, Blass was unsuccessful in his pursuit of the top position in the state, coming in 9th out of nine candidates and receiving a total of eighteen votes.[23]

Present political campaigns Edit

In November 2006, Blass outlined his plans to run for U.S. Senate in 2008 and for governor in 2010.[22] Blass presently is campaigning for U.S. Congress in 2008 and Governor of Florida in 2010.[24]He is a write-in candidate in the 2014 Florida gubernatorial election.

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Blass divorced his first wife in October 1984.[25] In December 1988, Blass married his second wife, Nieves Carmen Lopez,[25] and divorced from her in August 1990.[26] 
Florida marriage record. Obtained January 24, 2007.</ref>

Published worksEdit

  • Blass, Piotr. (1983) Zariski surfaces (Dissertationes mathematicae = Rozprawy matematyczne). Publisher: Ars Polna (distributor). ISBN 8-301-01971-9
  • Blass, Piotr. (January 9, 1987) Zariski Surfaces And Differential Equations in Characteristic (Pure and Applied Mathematics (Marcel Dekker)). Publisher: CRC. ISBN 0-824-77637-2
  • Blass, Piotr. The Ulam Quarterly. Publisher: Gordon and Breach. ISBN 2-884-49187-2

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Vash, Will. (August 27, 2006) The Palm Beach Post "Piotr")&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no Governor write-in sees Einstein solution. Local section, page 3C.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Dr. Piotr Blass. Curriculum Vitae. Obtained January 24, 2007.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 Ellman, Steve. (August 27, 2004) Palm Beach Daily Business Review. Case of divorced couple and their troubled teenager gives backers of Unified Family Courts plenty of ammunition. Court operations; Page 1
  4. Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations (June 20, 1995) Blass Corporation. Obtained January 24, 2007.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Palm Beach Post (July 19, 1995) In School. Local section, page 2B.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Horine, Don. (January 14, 1997) The Palm Beach Post "piotr")&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no At least 56 applicants vying to replace PBCC president. Local section, page 2B.
  7. Moore, Arden. (January 16, 1997) South Florida Sun-Sentinel PBCC approves axing 50 non-teaching jobs. Local section, page 1B.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Horine, Don. (January 22, 1997) The Palm Beach Post "piotr")&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no PBCC president list final at 76. Local section, page 2B.
  9. Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations (June 20, 1995) P03000063026 Silicon Sun Corporation. Obtained January 24, 2007.
  10. Piotr Blass v. Leadership Florida. (Florida Supreme Court; Case Number: SC06-2089; October 24, 2006)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Business wire (April 26, 2004) FAMB To Interview Florida Senate Race Candidates.
  12. Follick, Joe; Dunkelberger, Lloyd. (November 5, 2006) Sarasota Herald-Tribune A look at the third-party candidates for governor B section, page 3.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Nudi, Carl Mario. (March 29, 2005) The Bradenton Herald Fund-raising season already in full swing. Local & State section, page 1C.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Kleindienst, Linda. (October 30, 2006) South Florida Sun-Sentinel You're doing what? 7 also-rans in governor's race chase elusive spotlight. Local section, page 1A.
  15. Hollis, Mark; Man, Anthony. (July 18, 2006) South Florida Sun-Sentinel Democrats snipe as race begins. Local section, page 2B.
  16. The Palm Beach Post (July 18, 2006) "piotr")&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no Election 2006 candidates. Local section, page 3B
  17. 17.0 17.1 Crowley, Brian E.; Date, S.V. (October 25, 2006) Palm Beach Post "piotr")&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no Appellate court denies debate spot for reform party. Page 9A.
  18. Tampa Tribune (July 22, 2006) Sept. 5 Primary Candidates. Nation/World section, page 12.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Musgrave, Jane. (October 27, 2006) The Palm Beach Post "Piotr")&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no No debate spot for write-in, Judge says. Local section, page 7B
  20. Flechter, Michael. (October 29, 2006) Tampa Tribune 3rd Parties Tap Into Voter Frustration. Metro section, page 1.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Hollis, Mark; Kleindienst Linda; Malernee, Jamie. (November 3, 2006) South Florida Sun-Sentinel New negative ads test voter tolerance. Local section, page 1B.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 Cerabino, Frank. (November 3, 2006) The Palm Beach Post "piotr")&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no Fringe choices for governor want your vote. Local section, page 1C.
  23. Florida Department of State Division of Elections (November 7, 2006) November 7, 2006 General Election Official Results. Obtained January 24, 2007.
  24. Political campaign website. Obtained January 24, 2007.
  25. 25.0 25.1 Palm Beach County records. (January 11, 1989) Florida marriage record. Obtained January 24, 2007.
  26. Palm Beach County records. (September 5, 1990) Florida final judgment dissolving marriage. Obtained January 24, 2007.

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