|Jeff Ruby with Ryan Gosling at Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse. Gosling called Ruby "The Godfather of Cincinnati." |
I met Jeff Ruby in his corporate office a year ago. It was supposed to be a 30-minute interview about how he had fully integrated Twitter into his life. 12,000 Twitter followers, an elaborate 65-birthday bash at Duke energy and hundreds of texts and calls later, Jeff Ruby has entrenched himself into Twitter's must-follow list and someone I can call a friend.
When people ask me how Ruby really is, I tell them he's the most understood man in Greater Cincinnati. His life, which is detailed in an upcoming autobiography, is both tragic, intriguing and inspriring and will go a long way into describing how he is the way he is now.
He should be dead. He should be a high school drop out. He could have used a litany of excuses to live an otherwise ordinary life. He didn't and now he's written a book about his extraordinary life.
All of the proceeds of the book will go towards his foundation, which has a mission to helping kids in need.
Fort Thomas resident, Cris Collinsworth, who wrote the forward for Ruby's book, Not Counting Tomorrow, The Remarkable Life of Jeff Ruby, said he was mad the book wasn't given another title that was in contention, Runaway Success, which is an ode to Ruby's decision to run away from home when he was 15.
In celebration of the release of his book, FortThomasMatters will be running the series of articles entitled The REAL Jeff Ruby to get a flavor of what the most understood man in Cincinnati is all about. When we first published this series, we were getting around 25,000 visitors a month. Now FortThomasMatters.com welcomes over 75,000 visitors every month. For our new readers, it's time to get to know the REAL Jeff Ruby.
Here's part I: