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He Likes New Times, and Becoming No. 100,000 to Do So on Facebook Earns Him $500

Banner Health employee Philip Maxwell, a native of Northern Ireland who now lives in Queen Creek, was the 100,000th person to like New Times on Facebook.
Banner Health employee Philip Maxwell, a native of Northern Ireland who now lives in Queen Creek, was the 100,000th person to like New Times on Facebook. Courtesy of Philip Maxwell


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Banner Health employee Philip Maxwell, a native of Northern Ireland who now lives in Queen Creek, was the 100,000th person to like New Times on Facebook.
Courtesy of Philip Maxwell
Maybe there is something to that luck-of-the-Irish thing.

Philip Maxwell, a native of Northern Ireland, won a $500 Visa card by becoming the 100,000th person to like Phoenix New Times on Facebook.

There was a bit of a scramble near the end of the contest last week, with several people signing off and on to try to become number 100K, but Maxwell was the first person to like us after the count reached 99,999, according to our social media editor, Dillon Rosenblatt.

Maxwell, an emergency-room nurse by profession, came to the U.S. in 2003 to to work for Banner Health at Baywood Hospital, in the East Valley. He became a U.S. citizen in 2009, and he and his family have lived in Queen Creek most of the time they have lived here. He still works for Banner in recruitment.

"I do truly rely on the New Times," he wrote in an email.  "Despite living in Arizona for 14 years, I am still, at time very much a 'stranger in a strange land.' (Did I just describe Arizona as strange? LOL), so the insight it gives me, as well as opinions, reviews, and news, are always very welcome."

Maxwell and his wife, Barbara, have two grown children, a son who attended Arizona State University and a daughter working on her master's degree at University of Arizona.

He says he's trying to further adapt to the Southwest by learning Spanish, but is "failing ... badly. Something about an Irish accent and Spanish pronunciation just doesn't work."

Well, maybe that gift card could buy a few more lessons.



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