For the birds: Ralph Heath’s long, strange flight path

For the birds: Ralph Heath’s long, strange flight path

In the 45 years he operated the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, Ralph Heath had been nipped by thousands of birds. Any traumatized wild animal will lash out, of course, and since Heath had performed emergency surgery on broken wings, legs and beaks, from tiny songbirds to...
Clancy’s 1978

Clancy’s 1978

Time it was, and what a time it was. “The Wino and I Know”:   “Last Evening”:   “Honky Tonk Blues”:   “The Ballad of Laverne and Captain Flint”:   “Jolly Roger”:   “This Hotel...
‘VINTAGE ST. PETE: The Golden Age of Tourism – and More’

‘VINTAGE ST. PETE: The Golden Age of Tourism – and More’

Vintage St. Pete: The Golden Age of Tourism – and More looks at local heritage through a different lens. With blend of thoughtful, entertaining text and more than 120 unique photographs, most in full color, the book examines city life in the second half of the 20th...

Burt Reynolds and the ‘Miracle at the Truck Stop’

@2004 JUPITER, Fla. – During the late 1970s and early ’80s, whenever he appeared on the Tonight Show, Burt Reynolds rarely failed to mention Jupiter, where he lived and was planning to build a “top quality” theater. Johnny Carson always seemed to think he was kidding....

‘This will be my statement’: Watching the wheels in New York

With his pudgy hands shackled in front of him, Mark David Chapman sat at his defense attorney’s table, facing the judge who would decide his fate. Inside the crowded federal courthouse in downtown Manhattan, the man who murdered John Lennon rarely looked up from his...
Out of Office: ‘The West Wing’ says goodbye

Out of Office: ‘The West Wing’ says goodbye

@2006 Scripps Newspapers Talk about life imitating art imitating life. On Sunday’s episode of The West Wing, President Josiah Bartlet leaves office after two successful terms, turning over the keys to the Oval Office to the new guy, President–elect Matt Santos. It’s...