Originally published in The Palm Beach Post on Monday, November 7, 2005.
By WILLIAM M. HARTNETT
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Campy pest control ads, late-night real estate infomercials, countless public appearances and a record-setting lack of stature turned Palm Beach County’s own Rice brothers into a singular brand name.
John and Greg, it seemed, were everywhere, and always together.
Emceeing Lake Worth’s Christmas parade, together. Mingling with local dignitaries at the grand opening of the county’s convention center, together. Zipping around on a pair of Segway scooters as grand marshals of a golf cart parade down Clematis Street. As ever, together.
All of which – their celebrity, their ubiquity, their inseparability both personally and in the public eye – made the sudden death of John Rice on Saturday night particularly shocking.