Tag Archives: Florida

Bust a Gut

The large tattoo on comedian Ian Gutoskie’s forearm is visible in many of his publicity photos. I planned on asking him about it but he brought it up first. Rather than spoil it, I’ll let you enjoy listening to him explain … Continue reading

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Tampa Down Rumors

It will be interesting to see if history remembers Jill Kelley and Frederick Humphries. If so, will they be remembered as heroes or villains in the David Petraeus scandal? Humphries was initially identified only as the “shirtless FBI agent” who … Continue reading

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Uncovering a Cover-Up

CNN and NPR both ran stories about Florida’s Dozier School for Boys on Monday. The real-life school served as the inspiration for the fictional reform school in the 2011 Body Farm novel, “The Bone Yard.” There are links to additional … Continue reading

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Roy G. Bug

The animals in my backyard that interest me most are mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Last week was the first time I spotted a groundhog on my property. Occasionally a bird, such as a hawk, will fascinate me. Recently, I found … Continue reading

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Agridulce

Cala what? I had never heard of calamondin until I got a call from an acquaintance named Steve who offered to give me a calamondin cake that his sister made in Florida. She runs a business called Calamondin Café. Wikipedia … Continue reading

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Small Things Considered

The public-affairs show that airs early tomorrow morning uses a bit of audio trickery. In order to get the first interview on the publicity tour for “The Inquisitor’s Key,” I recorded the program last Tuesday, a week before co-author Jon … Continue reading

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Aim Is True

Friday was Allison Kropff’s last day at WVLT. She starts her new job at WTSP in Tampa on October 10. The Florida station is owned by Gannett, which also owns WBIR in Knoxville. Gannett wins twice. They get a quality … Continue reading

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Tails, We Win

Lobsters come from Maine, right? I’ve enjoyed the tasty cold-water crustaceans since I was a toddler. Over the weekend a friend wanted to show my family how they do lobsters where he grew up in Miami. The Caribbean lobster tails … Continue reading

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The Real World

The reason it’s so hard to believe that MTV is 30 years old today is that relatively few of us were aware of the channel in 1981.  I didn’t even get cable until my wife and I moved into our … Continue reading

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States of Mind – Part 1

For the past ten years I have been making an effort to visit all 50 states. As my personal quest nears its completion, I decided to write down recollections of the 46 I’ve seen so far, roughly in chronological order … Continue reading

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Tiles Per Hour

Grandma loved to play “tiles.” The game is officially known as Rummikub, which we pronounced “rummy cube.” Every household in the family had a Deluxe Edition of the game in case Grandma came to visit. I am sharing memories of … Continue reading

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Science Fair

Erica Estep had her first visit with Dr. Bill Bass on Tuesday. Here’s what she posted on Facebook: “I was expecting a man who deals with death so much to be creepy, but he was fascinating, funny and I enjoyed … Continue reading

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Vass-ed Knowledge

The buzz of my cell phone sounded every few minutes on Monday. My friend Janet was sending me Facebook updates on the Casey Anthony trial that has kept her glued to the TV lately. Last week I had asked her … Continue reading

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Hurricane Jim

George Mason University’s commitment to basketball began when they built the Patriot Center. My class was the first to graduate in the almost-finished building. Things got more interesting when GMU hired Jim Larranaga as head coach. Obviously the highlight of … Continue reading

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