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Saints, Sinners and Burnt Bridges

Shaw Burns Bridge

The Arizona Republic covers the top headlines of the day for December 25, 2008 with the top headline featuring Russell Shaw of Phoenix, Arizona. Apparently, bridge burning is the top headline of the day, please see the above image in its full size.

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Russell has been an Associate Broker with John Hall & Associates since 1978 and ranks in the top 1% of all agents in the U.S. Most recently The Wall Street Journal recognized the Top 200 Agents in America, awarding Russell # 25 for number of units sold. Russell has been featured in many books such as, "The Billion Dollar Agent" by Steve Kantor and "The Millionaire Real Estate Agent" by Gary Keller and has often been a featured speaker for national conventions and routinely speaks at various state and local association conventions. Visit him also at and



  1. Jay Thompson

    December 27, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Russell, you are a gentleman, a scholar, a fine graphics artist, one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met, and one of the best human beings I’ve ever had the privilege to meet.

  2. Ken Brand

    December 27, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    I gonna go out on a limb here, I bet over time, with thoughtful consideration, respectful perspective and genuine courtesy you’ve built thousands if not tens of thousands of un-burnable bridges. Bridges that will take you everywhere you care to go.


  3. Todd Carpenter

    December 27, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    You make me laugh Mr. Shaw. (That’s the highest compliment I give.)

  4. Ines

    December 27, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Russell – I’ve never even met you in person and I love you. (…and love to play with fire btw) 😀

  5. Jim Gatos

    December 28, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Like I said in another post, real estate doesn’t allow you maximum usage of your fullest potential. You should consider getting into comedy writing for TV or Movies..LOL..

    I can only imagine how you felt but two days have passed and I’m sure you’re planning on building NEW bridges. You’re a very funny, blunt, and Straight Arrow soul…

  6. Lisa Sanderson

    December 28, 2008 at 8:01 am

    It’s definitely their loss. I enjoy your work immensely.

  7. Missy Caulk

    December 28, 2008 at 9:11 am


  8. Matthew Rathbun

    December 28, 2008 at 10:11 am

    @ines I have met him, and after one dinner out, my sides hurt so hard from laughing that it covered over the pain of embarrassment. I met our waitress at a dinner a month later and she wanted to know where my “father” was…. He’s very memorable!

  9. Ines

    December 28, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Matthew – one of these day I will have the pleasure of having dinner with both of you.

  10. Russell Shaw

    December 28, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    >Matthew – one of these day I will have the pleasure of having dinner with both of you.

    At the same time?

  11. Ines

    December 28, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    yes….at the same time would be nice….but I will settle with one at a time, how about that? 😀

  12. Jim Gatos

    December 29, 2008 at 6:25 am

    Why don’t We ALL, (And I Mean EVERYONE) Get Together some time!

  13. Kaye Thomas

    December 29, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    You got me… can’t remember last time I laughed so much. I’ve had dinner with Russell and it was terrific!

  14. Paula Henry

    December 30, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Silly me – I just discovered last night why you were burning bridges. So much happens when you take a few days off.

    A great ending to the old year, burn a few bridges and never look back.

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