Rodney Crowell, elder statesman

Rodney Crowell, elder statesman

Fifteen of Rodney Crowell’s songs have hit Number One on the country music chart, from a wide spectrum of recording artists who knew a good tune when they heard it. Just five of those were Crowell’s own recordings, but they all came from a single album,...
‘VINTAGE ST. PETE VOLUME II: Legends, Locations, Lifestyles’

‘VINTAGE ST. PETE VOLUME II: Legends, Locations, Lifestyles’

The second volume in Bill DeYoung’s Vintage St. Pete series is, like its predecessor, a look at local history through a decidedly different lens. Written in a breezy, entertaining style, Vintage St. Pete Volume II: Legends, Locations, Lifestyles brings together 22...
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....