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 Material Information
Title: La gaceta
Uniform Title: Gaceta (Tampa, Fla.)
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 45 cm.
Language: Spanish
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Tampa Fla
Creation Date: June 29, 2007
Frequency: weekly[jan. 15, 1954-]
daily (except sunday)[ former 1922-jan. 9, 1954]
weekly
regular
 Subjects
Subjects / Keywords: Cubans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Hispanic Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Italian Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Tampa (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Ybor City (Tampa, Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Hillsborough County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Hillsborough -- Ybor City
United States -- Florida -- Hillsborough -- Tampa
Coordinates: 27.9564 x -82.4344 ( Place of Publication )
 Notes
Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Language: In Spanish, 1922-1954; in Spanish and English, 1954; in Spanish, English, and Italian, 1954-<1995>.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1922.
General Note: Director: Victoriano Manteiga, <1922>.
General Note: Description based on: Año 1, num. 119 (oct. 6 de 1922).
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Table of Contents
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    Section A: La Pagina Italiana
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    Section A: Main
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    Section B: Three Genertation, 85 Years, One Breat Newspaper
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    Section D: Tampa Bay Legends
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Tampa's Latin community. Over the business, handing over most
the years, we shared its struggles of the money- to the printers. He
Library of Florida History 2 and celebrated its accomplish- faced a hostile world where the
PO Box 117007 ments. Without Tampa's diver- only advertising support he could
205 SMA University of Florida sity, La Gaceta would not exist, expect came from the Latin com-
Gainesville, FL 32611-7007 and, without La Gaceta, Tampa munity. He had to fight to keep
esviwouldn't be quite as diverse the newspaper alive through the
Richard Muga wrote in his Depression and during the war
by ___I..:I__ article, "Time has an insatiable with rationing and the absence
A S W R IIT Mappetite to consume old things." of his son, Roland. My fathei'
S- In today's world of media giants, had to guide the newspaper after
We are very proud to present reflect on the accomplishments increased competition, internet WWII as the Latin community as-
our 85th anniversaryedition. This of Tampa's-Latin community, the bloggers, and the public's taste similated. The second generation
week's paper has 144 pages filled role it has played in changing the for reality T.V. and entertainment mainly spoke English and wanted
with articles that hopefully will face of this city and state, and its news, it's increasingly hard for a house in the suburbs. Ybor City,
give our readers glimpses into affect on the world stage in Cuba any major newspaper to chart its the heart of the Latin community,
our past and Tampa's rich his- and Spain and on the battlefields future, much less a small weekly. was then shattered by urban re-
tory. While putting the newspaper of WWIL But it's never been easy. My newal and the interstate.
together we could not help but. Our history is the history of grandfather struggled to start up (Continued on page 18)
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Internacional Bar Association
La International Bar Association (IBA), con sede en Londres,
a travs de un informe elaborado por una delegacin inter-
nacional de juristas de alto nivel, exhort al Estado vene- a
zolano a respetar el Derecho Internacional, los derechos R
humanos y los organismos que forman el Sistema Intera-
mericano, y urge a las instituciones venezolanas a cumplir esab y
con las medidas cautelares y provisionales, y sentencias
que la Comisin Interamericana de Derechos Humanos
(CIDH) y la Corte IDH han dictado sobre casos venezolanos.
Per
Unos 200 periodistas peruanos expresaron ante la emba-
jada de Venezuela en Lima su rechazo a la no renovacin
de la licencia a RCTV en una manifestacin hostigada
por partidarios de Hugo Chvez. La protesta fue convo-
cada por la Sociedad Nacional de Radio y Televisin de
Per, bajo las consignas "Sin libertad de prensa no hay
democracia" y "Ni silenciosos, ni. silenciados". La mani- La Gaceta comenz en el antiguo edificio de Mascunana Printing Co.
festacin se desarroll en un ambiente tenso y con una El peridico, de cuatro pginas, estaba conformado por angostas co-
nutrida presencia de policas antimotn que evitaron que de noticias locales para la comunidad de igrantes
se produjera un enfrentamiento con decenas de simpati-umnas llenas de noticias locales para la comunidad de i igrantes. La
zantes del gobernante venezolano. Desde un estrado le- Gaceta competa con La Prensa y El Heraldo y otros diarios en espaol.
vantado ante la embajada de Venezuela, los periodis- Hoy en da es el nico que sobrevive. Desde el comienzo, Victoriano
tas de radioemisoras, canales de televisin y diarios de fue un editor literario. El pasaba largas horas leyendo. Daba discur-
Lima, calificaron al presidente Chvez como "dictador" y recolectaba dinero para sus causas, la Guerra Civil Espaola y,
Colombia luego, la Revolucin Cubana. Su contribucin era la escritura*y dejaba
La Fuerza Area de Colombia inform que bombarde a un lo del negocio para los otros. "l era muy idealista", deca Roland. "l
grupo de guerrilleros de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucio- estaba muy concernido por la gente y sus asuntos humanos. Pero yo
narias de Colombia (FARC) en el departamento de Meta, y tena que hacer todo lo dem is.IAlguien tenia que traer las galletas".
seal que "un nmero indeterminado" de rebeldes falleci
en la operacin. La radio RCN, citando fuentes militares 5
que no especific, indic que en el operativo habran muerto
50 guerrilleros, mientras que el canal de televisin Cara- ._ta
col mencion la cifra de 30 rebeldes fallecidos, inform. Un
video de imgenes infrarrojas tomado desde un avin de la Por Abel Ibarra crito desde 1900 en el Tobaco
Fuerza Area muestra el momento en que una fila de su- La Gaceta naci del humo Leaf La Hoja de Tabaco), un
puestos guerrilleros es bombardeada y posteriormente lo de los tabacos de Ybor City.. liro qe sentenciaba: (..) en
que parecen ser los cuerpos sin vida de varios de ellos. -Las manos de los torce- i ro se e ao (a en
dores de la hoja giran sobre nuestros das.el lector ya no
Venezela la mesa de labores, mientras es solamente un actor, sino
Venezuela qun agente diseminador de las
La Cmara de Representantes aprob un incremento de Victoriano Manteiga les lee.los un agente distnador de las
las transmisiones de radio del Gobierno de Estados Uni- peridicos del da, obras de la ieas anarquistas ms radi-
dos hacia Venezuela y otros pases latinoamericanos. La literatura universal y poemas, una c...Todo eso representa
aprobacin se produjo sobre la base de una enmienda pro- para hacer ms llevadera: la peligropara la comunidad.i os
movida por el congresista republicano de Florida, Connie labor diaria. Los Miserables, lec an sr alidos
Mack, uno de los ms acrrimos crticos del presidente El Quijote, El Conde de. Mon- ..dicrc ho o.
Hugo Chvez. La enmienda, que ya fue aprobada, pide con- tecris.to, Fortunata y Jacinta, Y, dicho y hecho Victoriano
ceder a la Junta de Gobernadores de Radiodifusin (BBG), "to- La Vida es Sueo, salen de fue despedido de su trabjo
das las herramientas" para esas transmisiones. "En esta Ca- su voz, mientras los taba- 9las palabras sed le volvieron
mara podemos debatir en libertad y el pueblo estadounidense cos de esta zona trrida se humo en la lengua; el- humo
puede or y ver nuestro trabajo diario a travs de una prensa alinean inermes sobre los se hizo tinta y, el 22 de ifayo
libre", dijo Mack. "Peroen la Venezuelade Hugo Chvez lo ni- mostradores de la fbrica. se hizo1 sli el ri22 de ma
co que el pueblo puede ver y or son cosas que Chvez quiere". La voz se le vuelve pgina par de 1922,a Gaceta, que ahora
de peridico cuando lee textos plarde a G eta, que eahora
Bolivia que reclaman beneficios para Victorianoenlosas est cumpliendo 85 alos.
El Instituto Boliviano de Comercio Exterior (IBCE), que ase- los trabajadores. El costo de veces la vida se pone dura
sora a los exportadores del pas, acus otra vez a Venezuela la vida en Tampa se dispara, y funda el primer sindicato Literatura y Periodismo
de incumplir la normativa andina al "imponer restricciones" pero los salarios quedan para pelear-por mejoras, pero Victon ano, elpnmero ce los
a la importacin de productos bolivianos. Gary Rodrguez, en el mismo piso de siem- comienza a ser mal visto. Manteiga, desembarc en es-
gerente de esta entidad, dijo que desde febrero hay ms de pre. Victoriano piensa que a El destino ya le vena es- (pasa a la pgina 3)
20 contenedores bolivianos en un puerto peruano esper-
ando que Venezuela autorice el ingreso de esas mercaderas
(licencias previas o Certificados de No Produccin Nacional, ead
derivados de la Resolucin 195 del Milco), en cumplimien- I I d P ren sa
to de los beneficios pactados en la Comunidad Andina.
Brasil Por Arturo Rivera docena de periodistas, fotgrafos la condena penal de Francisco
El presidente Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva afirm hoy que el Con la llegada al poder de los y camargrafos fueron agredi- Vivanco suponda unpelgroso
sistema de control areo de Brasil es seguro a pesar de gobiernos de corte socialista y dos por turbas pro-guberna- precedente para los periodistas
una reciente ola de protestas en el sector, y asegur que autoritario en Bolivia, Ecua- mentales en a ciudad central ecuatorianos."
quienes siembran dudas al respecto estn enviando men- dor, Venezuela y Nicaragua, la de Cochabam ba." Mientras tanto, en Nicara-
sajes "de terrorismo a la sociedad. Tras meses de constan-- libertad de prensay aexpresin y Por otro lado, en el Ecua- gua los sandinistas, como en
sajes "de terrorismo" a la sociedad. Tras meses de constan- libetad de prensa y reson dor, el presidentedeese pais asdo, han comenzado su
tes crisis de retrasos y cancelamientos en las 67 terminales se estn. viendo asediadas, ya dor, el presidente de ese pas el pasao, han comenzado su
areas del pas, por causas que van desde fallas tcnicas que los gobernantes de esos present, el 10 e mayo, una -aena en contra de los medios.
hasta protestas de los controladores, el viernes pasado Lula paises no toleran la crtica de demanda en la fiscala solici- La Sociedad Interamericana de
dispuso que la Aeronutica aplicara una serie de med- la prensa libre. tando prisin para Francisco Prensa, en-un reciente informe,
das, entre ellas la salida de 14 controladores de la torre de Recientemente, la delegacin Vivanco Riofrio; presidente del seal que "incertidumbre y
Brasilia, una de las ms importantes de Brasil, hasta adel- del Comit para la Proteccin consejo editorial del diario "La tiempos difciles se avecinan
antar planes para modernizar los equipos del trfico areo. de los Periodistas, con sede en Hora'" de ese pas. De ser en-. para la libertad de prensa con la
antar plaeNueva York, fue a investigar a contrado culpable de "desacato nueva administracin del presi-
Bolivia la actual situacin entre a la autoridad", Vivanco podra dente Daniel Ortega y su esposa
el gobierno de Evo Morales y la pasar entre seis meses y dos RosarioMurillo." Un documento
LA GACETA (USPS 299-240) prensa. .Durante esa visita la aos de prisin. Su supuesto de la Primera Dama elabora
THE NATION'S ONLY TRI-LINGUAL NEWSPAPER delegacin periodstica encontr delito consisti en haber escrito una estrategia de comunicacin
THENATIONque "existe un clima abierto para un editorial en el que expresaba donde dice textualmente: Va-
Published Every Frday LA GACETA PUBLISHING, INC. el ejercicio del periodismo y que su rechazo a los actos de van- mos a usar nuestros medios,
la intolerancia del presidente Evo dalismo que sacudieron al pas para que nuestra informacin
VICTORIANO MANTEIGA (1894-1982) FOUNDER Morales a la crtica en los medios en el mes de marzo y sealaba salga incontaminada, directa.
ROLAND MANTEIGA (1920-1998) EDITOR AND PUBLISHER hace cada vez ms dificil el tra- que "la poltica que sale de la como hicimos durante la cam-
bajo de los reporteros." presidencia de la Repblica y paa." Tambie se acosa al
PATRICK MANTEIGA ...................... .. .. Editor and Publisher El presidente Morales acusa que pretende gobernar con tu- diario "La Prensa" y se utilizan
ANGIE MANTEIGA.......; ........ ......... Assocate Publiher a los medios de darle un sesgo multos, piedras y palos es ver- turbas para hostigar. As fue el
AE A A............ ................sa isher politico a su cobertura y de gonzosa para un primer man- caso de 250 seguidores del alcal-
ABEL IBARRA....................................................................Spanish Editor intentar desacreditar a su datario que se ufana de ser un de de Granada, que bloquearon
Entered as Second Class Matter in 1923 gobierno. Tambin argumenta hombre civilizado y respetuoso la entrada a "La Prensa" para
Periodical Postage Paid at Tampa, Florida que la manipulacin del sistema de las opiniones de los dems." que directores y reporteros
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For prices outside Hillsborough County please call. los periodistas les preocupa la cordndole que "una democra- Los tiempos son distintos,
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85 Aos de La Gaceta
(viene de la pgina 2) Ya en tierra firme se dedic Baeza y, todo el bagaje de la
tas tierras amables de la Baha a buscar trabajo. Su nica literatura universal, quiza
de Tampa en 1913. Ligero de credencial, los antiguos li- pensando como Jorge Luis
equipaje, con slo dos trajes bros: poemas de Juana de Borges, "que si la vida existe
de lino blanco, diez dlares en Ibarbourou, tambin de Ga- es para llegar a un libro".
los bolsillos, pero cargado de briela Mistral, La Confesin Comenz al da siguiente
lecturas, sueos y desafos, se de un Bohemio, de Xavier de de haber llegado, como si el
vino de la siempre maltratada Montepin, cuentos de Leo- azar esperara siempre por
Cuba, que en ese momento poldo Lugones, Crnicas de el hombre oportuno, en una
vea terminar la segunda ocu- Portugal de Julio Camba, entrevista con el Comit de
pacin militar de los EEUU. Crnicas de Rusia, de Ricardo Trabajadores de Morgan Ci-













nar las lecturas de la fbrica. Ybor un valenciano dela
Roland Manteiga y Edward Kennedy
gars Factory, organizacin creciendo y ampli sus fron-
encargada de contratar traba- teras. Los primeros garabatos
jadores y tambin de seleccio- los traz Vicente Martnez
nar las lecturas de la fbrica. Ybor, un valenciano de la
"Fue entonces cuando obtuvo Madre Patria, que fund en
el puesto de lector", dice Pat- Cuba una fbrica de tabacos,
rick, nieto y nuevo editor de La el ao de 1853. Luego, las
Gaceta. "Lo recuerdo siempre complicaciones de la vida lo
tras su escritorio, trabajando, empujaron a cambiarse de
leyendo, escribiendo, con la pas y, aunque nunca que-
barbilla encajada sobre su dan claras las razones por.
pecho y mirando por encima .las cuales alguien se muda
de los lentes", dice Pat metido de pas (casi siempre con la
en el laberinto de la memoria. vida en juego), en este caso,
algo tuvieron que ver prob-
Las Tabaqueras lemas laborales, huelgas, al-
Ybor City tirita de melan- tos aranceles impuestos a los
El Equipo de La Gaceta a finales de los 5o. James Donahue, el hombre de cola. Sus calles estn llenas tabacos cubanos y un esturbio
Ventas; Roland Manteiga, Gerente; Victoriano Manteiga, Editor y Mike de las gietas que le escribi asunto en la Guerra de los
Salgado, linotipista. la historia cuando Tampa fue (pasa a la pgina 4)



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Cadauno de ellos aportaba 25 datos a presidentes. Varias
8 5 centavos de dlar, semanal- con candidatos a alcaldes o
8m As de La Geta ente, para pagar el trabajo a comisionados y, el resto,
de los lectores que, como Vic- con candidatos a candidatos.
toriano Manteiga, llenaron de En todas, su cara vara del
literatura las rsticas hojas bronce a la piedra segn el
Se l dobladas por los tabaqueros. caso del acompaante. Pero,
la mayora, son momentos
Una Estatua Viva congelados con la amistad de
Roland Manteiga pareca la gente comn que le puso
hecho para las estatuas. Lo vida a estas calles de Dios.
conoc una tarde cuando Roland comenz a trabajar
Tampa era para mi slo un en serio a los 17 aos mane-
H deseo y vine a conocer la jando la publicidad y la distri-
ciudad de Ybor. Paseaba por bucin: "las cosas que a Victo-
su centro comercial principal riano le fastidiaban, porque era
lleno de restaurantes para muy idealista", se le oy decir.
propios y extraos, cundo me La Gaceta, que haba co-
top con su imponente figura. menzado a ser escrita en
All estaba el hombre: con espaol, luego incorpor una
un pie reclinado sobre la pgina en italiano y una sec-
pared de un negocio vaco, cin completa en ingls, con
leyendo un ejemplar de La lo cual cre su propio slogan:
Gaceta, inmvilmente vivo, "The nation's only trilingual
con su corazn latiendo newspaper" o sea, "El ni-
bajo la piel de bronce, como co peridico trilinge de la
si estuviera esperndome nacin", el cual remataba con
para una cita sin tiempo. un lema, cwhen Latintasmas
Senador Joe Lieberman y Patrick Manteiga. Lieberman acompa a Al para una cita sin tiempo. un lema, when atin wasn t
Sal del restaurante bajo cool", algo as como, "cuando
Gore como candidato a Vice Presidente en las elecciones del 2000. la presin de la fiesta, el res- ser latino no era chvere".
(viene de la pgina 3) dieciocho mil trabajadores, a Tampa, para instalar la plandor del lugar, lo avanzado
Diez aos. Carlos Manuel de rodeados de agua por todas primera fbrica de tabacos. de la noche y vi cuando Roland Como lo Omos
Cspedes haba proclamado partes en el estrecho de la Con ella funda tambin el me sonri cambindome la cita por ese atrevimiento,
la independencia cubana con Florida. Pero nuevos prob- primer asentamiento de tra- para otro da ms conveniente, el Comit Asesor de Asuntos
el histrico Grito de Yara, lemas en el campo laboral,. bajadores del tabaco y nace Ahoraestnsusfotos sobre Hispanos, cuando Dick Greco
los mambises se levantaron con seguridad debidos a los Ybor City como una estrella mi escritorio. En una de ellas era el Alcalde de Tampa, de-
contra el Imperio y, Martnez bajos salarios de los tra- que brilla con luz propia. imita la pose de bronce de su cidi escribir una placa donde
Ybor, result acusado de bajadores, la falta de agua Desde entonces, las calles estatua. En otra aparece con la estatua de Roland est
falta de lealtad a Espaa. dulce y las dificultades en se llenaron de adoquines y .un periodista que lo nter- reclinando el pie: "Roland
Es 1869 ya est en Cayo el transporte, hacen que la nombres sonoros de las com- roga. Hayalgunasconvarios Manteigahizo la crnica de la
Hueso, donde la industria del industria no prospere y Mar- paas que lograron albergar ex presidentes de los estados vida, de la poltica que le dio
tabaco emplea alrededor de tnez Ybor decide trasladarse hasta 12 mil trabajadores. Unidos. Otras con candi- forma a Tampa y a Ybor City y
fue campen de los. derechos
humanos durante ms de cu-
arenta aos en su columna,
Como lo Omos. Desde su mesa
reservada en el Restaurante
La Tropicana, donde compar-
ti su pan con presidentes y
personajes locales, el formi-
T dablepropietario y editor de La
Gaceta, sirvi como un vaso co-
municante entre los poderosos
y los menos afortunados. Como
g conciencia de la comunidad,
Manteiga se convirti en una
leyenda en su propio tiempo".
A hora es Patrick, el ter-
cero de los Manteiga, el que
sigue con la tradicin de esa
columna que fudara el pap
para buscarle las cinco patas
al gato y sigue diciendo las co-
sas como las oy, con la misma
irreverencia de siempre. Mien-
tras tanto dirige una tropa
variopinta, nueva y vieja, como
la vida de Victoriano y Roland.
El staff, o sea, el team, es
Sdecir, el equipo reporteril, ad-
ministrativo y emocional, est
conformado de la siguiente
manera cariosa: Uno, Peggy,
o sea su mam, con los huesos
de sus fantasmas en Irlanda;
cuida los asuntos contables y-
administra'los cheques. Dick,
el suegro, americano con an-
cestros austriacos y holande-
ses, mitiga la cepa floridana
w B:est 11MSembers unaer the Sun! de su esposa Joan, trasvasada
hasta Angie, quien maneja los
UFCW Local 1625 asuntos de diagramacin y
UFCW Local 1625 Utiene la mitad de todo lo que
tiene Patrick porque es su es-
posa. Gene, con sus fantasmas
en Polonia y Sicilia, es la som-
bra de Pat. Alberto, gringo con
FELICITACIONES EN SU 85 ANIVERSARIO! acent dominicano, es ejecu
tivo de cuentas. Paul, yanqui
de ancestros sicilianos, es el
redactor de la seccin en ingls
y escribe guiones para pelcu-
SU ENTREGA A LA COMUNIDAD ES MEMORABLE; LES las de gngsters. Y yo, que por
fin acud a la cita postergada
DESEAMOS OTROS 85 ANOS DE EXITO. con Roland Manteiga, soy el
nuevo editor en espaol de La
Gaceta, venezolano y poeta
que trata de escribir esta
crnica, con la ayuda del libro
de Aracely Tinajero, "El Lector
de Tabaquera" y las notas de
SON LOS SINCEROS DESEOS DEL PERSONAL Y LA Lona aen lasunstade
PRESIDENCIA DE colaborador de este semanario.
!Ah!, se me olvidaba Ed-
gardo Pineda, un handurelo
que se volvi Ed por efectos del
ingls sintticd de este imperio
de inmigrantes, donde esta-

UNITED FOOD AND mos aprendiendo aser felices.
Victoriano, el fundador de
COMMERCIAL WORKERS LOCAL 1625 este muchacho de 85 aos
.que se llama La Gaceta, me
recuerda a mi abuelo, que ola
a caramelo y naftalina. Vale.
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mismo plantel, con la ilusin de o en la del escultor del "Don Juan
un riuo. Y es que como reza el Tenorio". O, en carnando a Jos
Leonardo Venta de Frente y Perfil dicho: "los poetas tienen corazn Mart. Y todo esto lo alterno con
de nio". incansables horas de lectura, visi-
Por Si Mismo Juego") su tiempo, sus manos, todos estos aos, como muchos tas al teatro, sesiones de msica
Nac en la ciudad de La Ha- sus ojos, sus labios, sus pier- otros cubanos, con el temor de De Frente clsica, la contemplacin de una
bana, donde conoc la opresin nas, su inspiracin, su pecho, morir sin ver nuevamente mi Algunos me llaman el poeta, buena pintura, un buen docu-
y las humillaciones del rgimen su corazn, sus hombros, y, patria. Mis amigos de infancia, aunque ya no escribo versos con mental, meterme en una inves-
de Fidel Castro. Aun dentro finalmente, su lengua, para hermanos y familiares han enve- la misma intensidad de aos tigacin literaria o simplemente
de aquel hostigado ambiente, que hablasen y dijesen o cal- jecido o muerto, sin que haya po- atrs. Quiz los estudios y los admirar la belleza.
aprend a soar, y ya desde muy laran lo que la alta institucin dido verlos de nuevo. He conocido artculos periodsticos no me dan He realizado estudios in-
temprana edad, a los 13 aos, demandaba. y experimentado, muy hondo, tiempo a estar a solas con mi vestigativos sobre la carrera
escriba poemas. cmo la nostalgia y la separacin poesa, aunque en mis escritos, periodstica de Jos Mart du-
Continu mis estudios hasta del seno familiar pueden devastar entre col y col, siempre coloco rante su exilio en la ciudad de
que, en la segunda mitad de los el futuro de un hombre. una rozagante lechuga potica". Nueva York, la obra de Federco
aos 70, con el sueo de conver- No obstante, mi devenir en pos Ser poeta es un estado perenne Garca Lorca, el mito segn
tirme en un Honorato de Balzac del conocimiento, a pesar de lar- del alma, del que no se puede es- Roland Barthes, el cine cubano,
(confieso amar la literatura del gas interrupciones, que hubieran capar, escribamos o no versos, as como en el 2004, recibi una
siglo XIX) ingres en la Escuela, desalentado a cualquier otro, no beca a nivel nacional para re-
de Letras.de la Universidad de la se ha detenido. En 1999, despus Mi aficin por escribir me ha alizar investigaciones literarias
Habana para estudiar filologa. de casi 20 aos apartado de los llevado a publicar reportajes, en la Universidad de Chapel
Pero esta corta dicha fue centros de enseanza, recobr el articulos, reseas y entrevistas Hill, North Carolina, donde in-
interrumpida en 1979, al recibir aliento para volver a la batalla por en varios peridicos locales y vestigu detalladamente el uso
la baja "docente" del alto plantel los sueos. revistas, tanto en el pasado de las figuras mitolgicas en
educativo. Esta "baja docente", Obviando la posibilidad de (semanarios que ya no circulan la obra Primero Sueo de Sor
no fue en realidad por insufi- conseguir transcripciones de mis pero que fueron importantes Juana Ins de la Cruz, bajo la
ciencia acadmica. Al contrario, estudios en Cuba, realic el exa- en su momento, como La Voz supervisin de Rosa Perelmuter,
con mucho esfuerzo me convert men de GED en Tampa, y obtuve Hispana y Ecos), as como en el una muy reconocida sorjuanista
en uno de los estudiantes ms el titulo de estudios secundarios. presente: La Gaceta, La Prensa a nivel internacional.
destacados de mi clase, pero esto De Perfil Casi al unsono, me matricul en de Tampa, Las Amrims Heraid Y mi ms importante sueo
fue parte de los ardides formales En 1980, durante el xodo del el Hillsborough Community Col- y La Habana Elegante, entre es seguir siendo un hombre de
que esgrima el plantel rojo para Mariel, con el dolor de dejar mi lege, para comenzar clases desde otras publicaciones. He tenido frente y perfil.
deshacerse de aquellos que no familia atrs, sal de Cuba para el nivel ms bsico. Me gradu, la suerte de ser reconocido en
encajbamos con el modelo del adentrarme en la espesa neblina en el 2002, con altos honores ms de una ocasin por mi labor
supuesto hombre nuevo que de una nueva cultura, lengua y y, ese mismo ao, me inscrib como escritor. Sin embargo, el W a
tanto promulgaba el rgimen engranaje socio econmico. He como estudiante de laEscuelade mayor premio para mi consiste es
comunista. vivido en esta ciudad, casi 27 Honor de la Universidad del Sur en "llegarle al corazn a alguien Enf
La Escuela de Letras de La aos de exilio, aunque resid de la Florida, donde me titul de con mis palabras". Eta a
Habana, bajo el dominio ide- tambin, por corto tiempo, en Licenciado en lengua espaola y Tambin amo el ballet, la
olgico marxista, le exiga a los Los Angeles, New York y Miami. literaturas hispnicas con men- actuacin, con ms de 10 obras Ch VeZ
estudiantes (como bien espe- Arrancado abruptamente de cin Summa Cum Laude, en el a cuestas, metindome en la
cifica el fallecido poeta Heberto mi suelo natal, aunatiermaedad, 2005. Actualmente me esfuerzo piel de Clotaldo en la "Vida es
Padilla en su poema "Fuera del confieso que he vivido durante por obtener una maestra, en ese Sueo" de Caldern de la Barca El presidene Hugo Chvez
Aes un 'demagogo y populista5
que en algn momento "tendr
que pagar por lo que ha hecho",
dijo el ex presidente y premio
Nobel de la Paz polaco, Lech
Walesa, de visita en la capital
peruana, Lima.
En conferencia de prensa
en la sede de la Asociacin de
Prensa Extiajera en el Per
(APEP), Walesa consider que
en Venezuela hay un situacin
de injusticia que es aprovechada
por los demagogos y populistas,
rese AFP.
"Considero a Chvez como
un enorme demagogo y popu-
lista, que dice una cosa y hace
otra. Le gusta repartir a la gente
lo que no le pertenece, y trata de
aprovechar el descontento que
hay", dijo Walesa.
"Hasta el momento sigue con
xito pero llegar el momento de
la verdad, y tendr que pagar
por todo lo que ha hecho", va-
ticin el ex presidente.
Walesa recomend a los
pases latinoamericanos tra-
bajar hacia una unin a seme-
janza de la Unin Europea, que
considera un modelo exitoso.
El ex presidente de Polonia
(1990-1995) y premio Nobel de
La Paz (1983) ser recibido en
el Palacio de Gobierno por el
presidente Alan Garca, quien lo
condecorar por su trayectoria
en defensa de la democracia,
informaron los organizadores
de su visita.
El viernes dar una con-
ferencia en la privada Univer-
sidad de Lima en compaa
del escritor peruano Mario
Vargas Llosa, conocido por su
apoyo al sindicato Solidaridad,
del que Walesa es jefe histrico,
en los tiempos de lucha por la
democracia en Polonia.

























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Concurso de Arte
El Comit del Calendario de el calendario 2007-2008 de la
El deporte al ca la Alianza Hispana de la Baha Alianza Hispana de la Baha de
de Tampa, est invitando a los Tampa.
Por Alexis Ortiz Artistas Plsticos Latinoameri- Las obras originales deben
canos residentes del rea de ser horizontales con un tamao
Se creci el equipo de la inspiracin del veteransi- para esta Copa Amrica son Ar- Tampa Bay a participar en mnimo 24"x 18" y sern someti-
todos en la Copa de Oro mo Josceln Anglom...Este gentinay Brasil. Los australes, el concurso de pintura que das a concurso por medio de
Al ganar invicto la Copa de Jueves se enfrentan en la bajo el mando del prestigioso tendr lugar el da Jueves, 15 fotografas. Las fotografas de
Oro de la CONCACAF, Estados Copa Amrica de Venezuela, Alfio Basile, han anunciado de noviembre del 2007, a las las obras de arte deben ser en
Unidos demostr que avanza Mxico contra Brasil y Esta- para este torneo a todas sus 6:00 p.m. en el Museo de Arte tamao 8.5" x 11" en formato
lento pero seguro hacia los dos Unidos contra Argentina. estrellas: Riquelme, Crespo, de Tampa, 600 N.Ashely St. JPEG File, de 200 dpi., y en-
grandes sitiales del ftbol Messi, Abbondanzieri, Ayala, Tampa, Flonda. viadas en un disco compacto,
mundial. Bob Bradley, director La Copa Amrica Tvez, Cambiasso, etc. Brasil, De este concurso sern antes del 26 de Junio del 2007,
tcnico hasta ahora muy exi- politizada comandado por el exigente y seleccionadas 13 obras de al 3002 W. Price Ave.Tampa,
toso de los norteamericanos, As como en los aos 30 aguerrido Dunga, estar en arte que sern incluidas en FL 33611.
dijo que para ganarle a Mxico Benito Musolini trat de usar Puerto La Cruz con una oncena
en la final fue muy importante los mundiales de ftbol para renovada: Helton, Maicn, Alex,
la humildad. Detalle digno de propagandizar el fascismo, Juan, Gilberto, Gilberto Silva, Flnes a La Gaceta por sus
ser resaltado, porque nota- y, Hitler en los cuarenta las Elano, Mineiro, Diego (quien
mos alguna soberbia en las Olimpadas para hacer otro lucir el nmero 10), Robinho5 a o
posturas y declaraciones del tanto con el nazismo; el r- y Vagner Love. Ausentes de p
tcnico Hugo Snchez y, sobre .gimen de Hugo Chvez est la alineacin titular estarn M p i
todo, de una buena cantidad tratando de aprovechar la entre otras superestrellas: que cum muchos mas!
de fanticos y comentaristas Copa Amrica en su favor: Ronaldinho, Kak, Ronaldo,
deportivos mexicanos.... La retratos del terrorista Ernesto Adriano, Dida, Caf, Cicinho,
verdad es que EEUU jug me- Che Guevara en los estadios; Roberto Carlos, Oliveira, Jun- onsuelo Feeney
jor que los aztecas. Humildad amenazas de los grupos vio- inho y Baptista... La Vinotinto Asstencia Privada Pra Casos Termiales
(respeto por el contrario), disci- lentos chavistas a la seleccin venezolana va muy esperan- a
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y liderazgo en la cancha de harn actos de repudio a la Richard Pez, con tres figuras Tampa,FL33606 813254663
Landon Donovan, fueron las seleccin norteamericana; y, la internacionales: Juan Arango
virtudes de la oncena de las compra masiva de boletos a los (Mallorca-Espaa), Edder Prez
barras y las estrellas. Mxico, juegos inaugural y final, para (Martimo de Funchal-Portugal) H aga una
aunque mejor mucho en el ser repartidas a militantes y Giancarlo Maldonado, quien
partido final, mostr exceso chavistas, a objeto de impedir juega en el balompi chileno.,
de confianza, desencuentro que su caudillo Chvez sea Ir OVida sabia... rrTAAlOcLTO
en las lneas media, de ataque abucheado por el pblico, en Y la prxima semana: Juan
y defensa, y, falta de un juga- los estadios de San Cristbal Pablo Montoya se ajusta a la C o u Sese
dor lder. Hubiera podido ser y Maracaibo, son indicadores Frmula Nascar y no slo Bar- mn--lquese con
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tiene la calidad y la garra, que, en 91 aos de existencia dejonrones de HankAaron... R EA LTOR
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cin de Estados Unidos en la El delantero Landon'Dono- llegar lejos en el torneo.
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inmerso en un nuevo proceso Copa de Oro, en la cual lleg a "Confo en todos los juga- i '.
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Bob Bradley, luego de la salida para hacer nuestro trabajo en el
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jvenes, pero tienen como defensa bien parada. Siel fondo fisico de los juga-
base de experiencia al guarda- Las apuestas y anlisis colo- dores-resiste el ritmo de partidos .
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Ybor City: Un Viaje al Pasado Jvenes de Tampa

en Wash inon
Por Leonardo Venta primavera de 1886, ya haba y culturales fueron creadas enWgto
El semanario La Gaceta, ms de 220 trabajadores del con el objetivo de auxiliar a
cuyo presente octogenario tabaco procedentes de Cuba sus miembros en el proceso de
(ms cinco) celebramos con establecidos en este barrio. adaptacin y ajuste al nuevo
el lanzamiento de esta tirada Para 1920, la ciudad de Ybor pas, sin perder sus tradiciones
especial, parece convidar- contaba con 12 000 tabaque- tnicas. Por lo general, las cuo-
nos a revivir la historia de la ros. Los torcedores de tabaco tas de los asociados cubran
ciudad que le da abrigo, Ybor ganabarr buenos salarios, servicios mdicos, hospitalar-
City. Pongamos en marcha, para la poca, y eran pagados ios, de medicamentos y de enti-
entonces, la mquina del tiem- por el nmero de puros que erros. Entre 1891 y 1902, cinco
po, para realizar unidos un hacan, lo que les permita sociedades de ayuda mutua
breve recorrido por el pasado. fijar sus propios ndices de fueron fundadas en la ciudad
Vicente Martinez Ybor, de produccin. Sus mujeres e de Ybor: El Centro Espaol,
origen valenciano, emigr a hijos eran, por lo general, L'Unione Italiana, El Centro
Cuba, en 1832, a la edad de- los despalilladores quienes Asturiano, El Circulo Cu-
catorce aos. En 1853, a los quitaban los palillos o venas bano y La Unin Marti Maceo.
35, estableci su propia fbrica gruesas de la hoja del tabaco Ybor fue poblada por una
de tabacos en La Habana. Sin antes de torcerlo o picarlo. mezcla singular de cubanos,-
embargo, graves problemas De igual forma, junto con el espaoles e italianos. Alemanes,
laborales (acompaados por tabaco, nacieron los lectores. judos, rumanos, y un nmero La semana pasada dos de la cmara y sus senadores
huelgas), los altos aranceles Cada trabajador en las grandes reducido- de chinos, tambin los miembros de la Voz Juvenil Mel Martnez y Bill Nelson.
impuestos a los puros cuba- fbricas contribua con alred- se establecieron en esta ciu- Hispana de Tampa, Sebastin El. grupo de 150 floridanos
nos y la irrupcin de la Guerra edor de 25 centavos semanales dad. El resultado de la fusin Ros y Liliana Carrillo, asistier- llev sus voces a sus repre-
de los Diez Aos (1868-1878). para el servicio de los lectores. de estos grupos, basada en la on a la Movilizacin para Nios sentantes y contaron sus his-
que asol a la isla y puso en Ellos se sentaban en una plata- solidaridad y el respeto, con- y Familias que tuvo lugar en toras, discutieron la nueya ley,
tela de juicio la lealtad de forma elevada sobre el nivel de dujo a la instauracin de una Washington D.C. En esta mar- sugirieron precios ms bajos
Martinez Ybor a Espaa, le los trabajadores para leer, en comunidad floreciente, que cha participaron muchos inmi- en los costos de inmigracin-
precisaron, en 1869, entre voz fuerte, bien proyectada y hoy en da imaginamos ideal. grantes ypersonasqueapoyan basados en sus ingresos, "El
otras razones, a reasentar su clara, los diferentes diarios. A Los cubanos el grupo ms la igualdad de derechos de in- Dream Act" y, por ltimo,
industria y trabajadores en la menudo, disertaban sobre el numeroso y los espaoles migrantes en toda de la nacin. que familias indocumentadas
ciudad ms meridional de los contenido de stos con agudeza que vinieron en mayor nmero Ellos llegaron el lunes a las no sean separadas. El grupo
Estados Unidos, Cayo Hueso. y, otras veces, con irona. Lean despus de 1890- dominaron la 3:00 p.m. para tomar parte sali de Washington el martes
Para 1878, haba en Cayo en espaol las obras literarias industria del tabaco y fijaron el del "Dream Act Ceremony". por la noche y lleg a Tampa
Hueso alrededor de 18.000 tra- ms notables de la literatura tono cultural para la comunidad. Todos los aos, 65.000 el mircoles a las 2:00 P.M.
bajadores inculados a la indu- universal. En ocasiones, modi- La ciudad de Ybor tambin atrajo estudiantes indocumentados La Voz Juvenil Hispana de
stria tabaquera, en su mayora ficaban las voces para drama- a italianos, sobre todo sicilianos. se gradan de la escuela su- Tampa invita a la comunidad
cubanos. No obstante, esa in- tizar los diferentes personajes Algunos italianos trabajaron perior, pero por su estado mi- para que tambin apoyen.
dustria no perdur all. Nuevas de la novela o drama que pre- en la industria del tabaco, pero gratorio no tienen los; recursos Esto puede ser hecho lla-
disputas en el campo laboral, la sentaban. En otras ocasiones, se dedicaron en mayor me- para los estudios universitarios. mando al siguiente nmero
carencia de adecuadas fuentes se las ingeniaban para hacer dida al negocio de restaurantes El "Dream Act" les permitir 1-800-417-7666 y decirle a
de agua dulce y dificultades .traducciones improvisadas al y pequeas empresas. Gran asistir a la universidad y en sus senadores Mel Martnez
en el transporte, obligaron a .espaol de textos en ingls. parte de ellos llegaron a ser un futuro ser legalizados. El y Bill Nelson que apoyan la
Martnez Ybor a trasladar su Los tabaqueros, quienes es- bilinges en italiano y espaol. martes, marcharon a la Casa reforma. Acurdense que por
industria a una nueva localidad. cuchaban al lector por varias Aunque lejos en el tiempo Blanca donde protestaron cada 1,000 llamadas ANTI-
En 1885, el hacendoso va- horas diarias, probablemente desde las enardecidas char- para que familias indocu- inmigrantes hay slo una lla-
lenciano instal su primera estaban ms informados e in- las en las fondas y cafeteras, mentadas no sean separadas, mada PRO-inmigrante. Slo
fbrica de tabacos en Tampa. struidos que la mayora de los desde sus calles adoquina- parar las redadas y apoyar la tenemos una semana antes
Al unsono, comenz a con- norteamericanos de su poca. das, sus vivaces tabaqueras "Comprehensive Reform Bill". de votar. Por favor apoyen!
struir en las inmediaciones Los inmigrantes, por otra y los soleados portales de sus Despus de la marcha, el Para ms informacin co-
de esta ciudad un asenta- parte, se congregaban en so- humildes casitas -, sentimos grupo de la Florida asisti a municarse con Isabella Muller
miento de tabaqueros que ciedades mutuas de ayuda. muy cerca, todava hoy, el conversaciones con sus re- al (813)810-1994 o a travs del
fue llamado Ybor City. En'la Estas organizaciones sociales pasado de la ciudad de Ybor. spectivos representantes de email infovjht@tichonline.org




















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E du ardo Cba en La Isla de Pinos o en el Castillo del ejrcito pero nada se hizo
del Prncipe. En libertad es- para-aclarar ese terrible cri-
La historia cuenta que tarmente. Unos estudiantes 228 de 1929 contra Chibs y cribe proclamas y artculos men- se separaron del gobi-
Eduardo Chibs se dio un son expulsados de la Universi- un grupo de cubanos por el denunciando los atropellos erno. En enero de 1934 cae el
tiro en el estmago mientras dad. El 2 de diciembre Chibs delito de conspiracin para la del rgimen dictatorial, pero gobiernode Grau San Martn y
transmita su programa de enva una carta al Consejo sedicin. Es detenido el 25 de en todo momento su casa es se nombra presidente a Carlos
radio dominical. Haba anun- Universitario, solidarizndose febrero de ese ao, perman- refugio de los revolucionarios. Mendieta, que se convierte en
ciado con bombos y platillos con la actitud de sus compa- eciendo en prisin hasta el 30 Cuando en 1933 los Estados figura decorativa, pues gobi
la denuncia de los corruptos de junio, en que por presin Unidos, ahora presidido por erna desde el Campamento
del rgimen de Machado, cuya ciudadana es liberado junto Franklin D. Roosevelt, pro- Militar de Coumbia el enton-
presidencia comenz de modo con los otros involucrados en pone mediar en el problemisa lca contra e tina
democrtico pero que, bajo esa causa. Eduardo R. Chibs cubano para resolvercrisis la lucha con ita ese rgimen
los afanes hegemnicos del est en New York el mes de poltica del pas, el Directorio de opresin militarista y, de
caudillo, se fue tornando cada julio yen esa ciudad, en unin Estudiantil de 1930 y Edu- nuevo, la Universidad de La
vez ms totalitaria, hasta el de otros compaeros, forma la ardo R. Chibs se pronuncian Habana la dirige. Se convoca
vez mas totalitaria, hasta el ro mteo en contra de dicha mediacin a una huelga general contra
extremo, de crear medidas Unin Cvica de Exilados Cu- en contra de dicha mediacin a una huelga general contra
radicales para exterminar la banos (UCEC). Esa asociacin que tiene el apoyo de parte la nueva dictadura en marzo
oposicin. Su tragedia, dicen decide publicar un peridico de la oposicin a Machado. de 1935, pero stal repres soo-
los que saben, fue un tiro con el nombre de Libertad El 12 de agosto de ese ano asesinatos de oposicionistas
mal calculado que termino que ataca violentamente a la cae la dictadura y un gobierno por las fuerzas de Batista
con la tragedia de su muerte dictadura de Machado. Siem-' presidido por Carlos Manuel
inoportuna, innecesaria y de pre enfatiza que los desterra- de Cspedes toma el poder. Clandestino
malos presagios para Cuba. dos son enemigos del rgimen El 4 de septiembre de 1933 Sigue una etapa de lucha
Sobre todo porque una de Machado, pero a su vez de se produce el golpe-de estado clandestina de tipo terrorista
de las figuras ms notorias la intervencin extranjera. de sargentos y clases del ejr- en mledio de crimenes cometi-
en contra de la Dictadura de cito presidido por el sargento dos por los partidarios del
Machado fue Eduardo Chibs, Contina la Lucha Fulgencio Batista,. subiendo gimen dictatorial Eduardo
quien, habiendo estado en A fines de diciembre de al poder el catedrtico de la R. Chibs publica artculos
Tampa, public en La Gaceta, 1930, con nombre cambiado y Universidad Ramn Grau San pidiendo que se convoque a
una virulenta diatriba con- ieros del Directorio. El 21 de en forma clandestina, retorna Martn. Grau cuenta con el res- una Convencin Constituyente
tra el Dictador, marcando diciembre el Consejo toma a Cuba. Desde ese momento paldo del DirectorioEstudian- y que la oposicin acepte ir a
otro hito enriesta ciudad, en .el acuerdo de expulsarlo por y hasta la cada de Machado til Universitario de 1930, pero una lucha poltica para lograr
la lucha contra la tirana. cuatro aos de la Escuela de el 12 de agosto de 1933, lucha nunca es reconocido por el go- establecerun rgimen de dere-
Su discurso en el Cir- Derecho. Siguen las expul- contra la dictadura en estre- bierno de los Estados Unidos cho enCuba. Ramn Grau San
culo Cubano es recordado siones a otros estudiantes y cha unin con el Directorio Eduardo R. Chibs estuvo Martn, que estaba exilado
y de ste queda una foto se acuerda disolver la Uni- Estudiantil de 1930. Su casa de acuerdo con ese gobierno en Miami, acepta regresar a
frente al busto del ps- versidad Popular Jos Mart. de 17 y H del Vedado es un y lo defendi durante varios la isla y luchar porque una
tol de Cuba, Jos Mart. Como consecuencia de los centro de conspiracin donde meses. Pero despus del ases- Asamblea Constituyente dicte
artculos atacando al gobi- se esconden, comen y viven mato del estudiante Cadnas, normas ue devuelvan la
Sus Orgenes erno y recalcando su prdica toda una serie de jvenes que haba sido salvajemente
Eduardo Chibs nace en martiana, se radica la causa revolucionarios. Parte de ese torturado- todos los indicios (pasa a la pgina 13)
la ciudad de Santiago de
Cuba, capital de la Provincia
de Oriente, el 26 de agosto de
1907. Su padre es el ingeniero
Eduardo Justo Chibs Guer-
ra, de origen guantanamero.
Su -madre es Gloria Ribas
Agramonte, camageyana de
origen. Su to abuelo fue Edu-
ardo Agramonte, Secretario
de Relaciones Exteriores del
primer gobierno cubano en
la manigua. Desde pequeno
su abuela, Luisa Agramonte,
le inculc ferviente amor por
los mambises cubanos y su
vertical lucha por la libertad
de su patria. Esos recuer-
dos de su infancia siempre
fueron gua.de su tenaz com-
bate en defensa de los in-
tereses de la nacin cubana.
El 9 de septiembre de 1915 .
ingresa en el colegio Dolores
de Santiago de Cuba como
alumno de primera ense-
anza. Ms tarde matricula
el primer ao de Bachillerato
como alumno interno, en el
curso acadmico 1920-1921,
del colegio de Beln situado
en la Habana Vieja. Tiene
un gran amor por la lectura,
en especial la Historia Uni-
versal, ganando un premio
en esa materia en abril de
1922. Su familia se traslada
a La Habana en 1923 y Edu-
ardo R. Chibs comienza el
curso como alumno externo.
Realiza viajes a Europa y-
los Estados Unidos que le
sirven para ensanchar su
visin de otras culturas y
civilizaciones. En el mes de'
mayo de 1925 se matricula
en el Instituto de La Habana
-y obtiene el ttulo de Bachiller.


Universitario
Ingresa por primera vez en
la Universidad de La Habana
el 30 de septiembre de 1926.
El 5 de diciembre de ese ao el
lder estudiantil Julio Antonio
Mella se declara en huelga
de hambre; y cuando Chibs
forma parte de una protesta
estudiantil en el Parque Cen-
tral de la capital, se inicia
una larga serie de detenciones
suyas. El presidente Machado
opta prorrogarse en el poder
a principios de 1927, y se
organiza el Directorio Estu-
diantil Universitario de 1927
en protesta contra ese acto.
Distintos manifiestos salen
publicados por dicho Directo-
rio ataeando esa decisin ile-
gal. Eduardo Chibs encabeza
varios de esos escritos como
tesorero. En abril el recinto
universitario es ocupado mili-
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City of Gary El Lector de Tabaquera
ste es un libro escrito por Morgan. Cigars Factory, or- libro.
Araceli Tinajero, para traer- ganizacin encargada de La Autora
nos a la memoria los avatares contratar trabajadores y tam- Araceli Tinajero es Profe-
de un antiguo oficio, el de la bin de seleccionar las lectu- sora Asistente de Lenguas
persona encargada de leer ras necesarias. Fue entonces Extranjeras en el City Col-
peridicos, revistas, y litera- cuando mi abuelo obtuvo el lege de Nueva York. El Lector
tura para los trabajadores de puesto de lector", dice Pat de Tabaquera: Historia de
las fbricas de tabaco, mien- metido en el laberinto de la una 7)adicin Cubana, ob-
tras estos se dedicaban a sus memoria, contndonos una tuvo Mencin de Honor en el
labores manuales. Basado en historia que resume muchas Premio Casa de las Amricas
textos histricos y literarios, de las que se cuentan en el del 2006.
este libro explora la manera
como la lectura era un puente
hacia el pasado, especial- Kathy Castor y las
mente hacia los tiempos prein- Ee Se c Pbl
dustriales, cuando leer en voz Empresas de Servicio P b co
alta, en pblico y en privado,
era la norma. All aparecen, La Representante Nacio- contra una empresa elctrica
por supuesto, aquellos viejos nal Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) local que instal lneas de
empleados de las compaas continu su lucha a favor de transmisin elctrica y postes
tabacaleras que en Tampa los vecinos y en contra de las elctricos en frente de sus casas
hicieron tradicin y que an poderosas empresas de servi- y barrios sin previo aviso.
mantienen el prestigio de esta cios pblicos, apoyando una Castor luego propuso una
uyeT a s o i detad aua c o nanza prohbeo esa
Sciudad como una de las ms enmienda en el Proyecto de Ley ordenanza prohibiendo esas
importantes en el ramo. de Apropiaciones de Energa actividades. Al apoyar ayer esta
paabloquear c provisiones que enmienda, Castor contina
para bloquear provisiones que
El Libro su lucha por los derechos y
Este ao fue realizado un en Gary. El vecindario tambin tas de una meticulosa ervii lis empreas necesidades de sus vecinos y
sencillo pero emotivo acto frente inclua fbricas de tabaco, una investigacin, la autora ex- ciuconfiscar propedades privadas dadanos y en contra de los
a la sede de La Gaceta. Se tra- planta empacadora de ctricos, plica cmo y por qu esta in- confiscar propiedades privneas intereses especiales.
taba de-rememorar el momento lecheras, una herrera, iglesias, stitucin, ech races en Cuba y construir en ellas ctricneas de Castor representa al Distrito
de la fundacin de Gary City, el pensiones y varios establec- en 1865 y continu siendo Cuando fue Comisionada Congresional nmero 11 de la
ncleo original de lo que luego mientos de venta al detal. cultivada por los exilados de del Condado de Hillsborouh, Florida, que cubre partes de
se convertira en Ybor City. El La ciudad de Cary fue in- la Guerra de Independencia, Castor lid la lucha a favor los condados de Hillsborough,
Consejo Asesor de Historia corporada en octubre de 1915. quiens en diversos pases de susvecinosen Ept Lake, Pinellas y Manatee.
del Condado de Hillsborough Los lmites municipales se como Espaa, Estados Uni-
orden la creacin de una extendieron desde la calle 30 dos, Puerto Rico, Mxico y
placa para recordar esa fecha en el oeste hasta la 37 en el la Repblica Dominicana,
y su revelacin ocurri con este y, desde Wall Street (ac- fundaron numerosas fbricas
participacin de antiguos ha- tual Avenida 21) en el norte, de tabacos y, por supuesto,
bitantes de esta comunidad. hasta la baha en el sur. La el oficio de lector. "Este libro
A continuacin, el texto que legislatura del estado revoc el es una de las contribuciones
contiene la placa tratando de estatuto de la Ciudad de Gary ms importantes y oportunas
refrescarle la memoria a los en 1919.~ Luego, en 1923, la al conocimiento de la cultura
tampeos. ciudad de Tampa ampli sus cubana que se han hecho
lmites hasta rodear la antigua en mucho tiempo, y quedar
Gary City Ciudad de Gary. como un hito en el cono-
El nombre de Gary fue Despus de la Segunda cimiento de su historia", ha
aceptado oficialmente con el Guerra Mundial, una poblacin dicho Roberto GonzlezEche- D IN
establecimiento de la Oficina afroamericana se estableci en varra, de Yale University.
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De verdad Roland Escuch Todo?
Por Andrea Brunais demandado. l puede publi- Si el entorno de su hijo Ro- su eslogan: "El nico peridi- Clifton fue despedido y
(Traduccin libre de carlas y seguir como si nada. land son los restaurantes, co trilinge de la nacin". desde entonces hablaron del
Abel Ibarra con aceptacin l esparce historias que ms nightclubs y pasillos de la Casi al mismo tiempo suceso como la Cruzada del
de su autor, el permiso del tarde aparecen maquilladas Corte, el de Victoriano era ocurri uno de los cambios Conejo. El obtuvo un empleo
Tampa Tribune y la venia en la prensa convencional". libros, peridicos y mquinas ms significativos, la inau- en la oficina del Sheriff. Roland
de Patrick Manteiga. Salud de escribir. l pasaba largas guracin de "Como lo o- narr el incidente, en ingls,
y larga vida a La Gaceta) El Que Trae las Galletas horas leyendo. Daba discur- mos", la columna de Roland. en las pginas de La Gaceta.
Roland era un muchachito sos y recolectaba dinero para Esa primera columna
Roland est en una mesa de cuando su pap Victoriano sus causas, la Guerra Civil "La Cruzada del Conejo" meda slo seis o siete pulga-
cedro reservada con su nom- fund La Gaceta en 1922. Espaola y, luego, la Revolu- Los veteranos del Tampa das de largo. Gradualmente,
bre en una esquina del restau- Victoriano vino de Cuba para cin Cubana. Su contribucin Tribune y del Times todava comenz a escribir mas y mas.
rante La Tropicana, apurando construir su futuro. "l lleg era la escritura y dejaba lo recuerdan a Ellis Clifton. Un Ahora, la columna comienza
el ltimo trozo de un sandwich en la portada y termina ocu-
cubano, mientras parlotea con pando toda la ltima pgina.
la gente que lo acompaa. "Como lo oimos" contiene
Est siendo entrevistado y informacin alternada con
eso no le gusta. El responde confidencias, historias intere-
las preguntas que no le han santes y consejos (tales como
hecho. Y eso no est bien. qu hacer si usted se cae y
"A mi realmente no me se rompe un diente mien-
gusta esta historia", dice por tras trota). Y, por supuesto,
cuarta vez. "Me da vergenza editoriales irreverentes: "El
y me sonrojo fcilmente". cierre del teatro Todd no va a
Esto le ocurre a un hom- ocasionar que la gente vaya
bre que no puede ir a ningn ms a la -iglesia ni a lograr
lugar sin ser reconocido, que que la cristiandad aumente".
es detenido en la calle por O, "el FBI no est an involu-
gente que no conoce, que crado en actividad contra el
es consentido por todos los e trfico de drogas y los delin-
que hacen vida poltica en cuentes tienen muchas ar-
Tampa. Un hombre que hace mas contra los dbiles grupos
chanzas sobre las personas asignados para combatirlos".
ms conocidas de la ciudad El nfasis de la columna
("Escuchamos que el Super- es poltico. Vienen tiempos
intendente Escolar Raymond de elecciones y los candida-
Shelton ha comprado una tos buscan ser mencionados
elegante casa en la. Urban- en "Como lo omos". Al e-
izacin vila, a un costo de dioda, La Tropicana es un
250 mil dlares), un hombre, lugar de parada obligatorio
en fin, que -ha hecho carrera para todos los polticos aspi-
en contra de. lo establecido. rantes a cualquier cargo en
"Yo no soy ese tipo de per- 300 millas a la redonda. Po- 1
sonas", dice, "A m no me inte- rico" dice Roland, "lleg con dos del negocio para los otros. reportero policial con algu- dra el gobernador Bb Gra-
resa leer acerca de m mismo". trajes de lino blanco y siete u "El era muy idealista", dice nos aos de experiencia, se ham venir a Tampa sin com-
l es distinto a la comu- ocho dlares en sus bolsillos". Roland. "l estaba muy con- tom los asuntos de la ley partir un sndwich con l?.
nidad Anglo, con sus trajes Luego de una breve tem- cernido por la gente y sus asun- muy seriamente. Una noche, Incluso elcandidato Jimmy
a rayas, con su bien peinado porada como lector en una tos humanos. Peroyo tena que durante la semana de Gas- Carteir, antes de ser electo a
cabello gris, con su oscuro fbricade tabacos, Victoriano hacer todo lo dems. Alguien parilla, se tropez con los la Presidencia, se dej caer
"Grand Prix" y su mesa en (con la ayuda de su espqsa y tena que traer las galletas"., juegos de azar ilegales en el por all para tomar un caf
un rincn del Restaurante el respaldo de otros en Ybor Roland comenz a traba- viejo Tampa Terrace Hotel. e intercambiar algunas pal-
La Tropicana de Ybor City. City), comenz a publicar La jar en serio a los 17 aos, En la mesa de juegos estaban abras con Roland Manteiga.
Incluso, aquellos escpticos Gaceta, que, entonces, era un manejando la publicidad y algunos de los ms eminentes "Ellosentran enmividacomo
acerca de la mstica del pe- diario vespertino en espaol. la distribucin, ls cosas personajes delaciudad, miem- nadie ms", dice, "Ellos entran
riodista, reconocen que mu- L a Gaceta comenz en el que a Victoriano le fasti- bros del Comit de Gaspa- por un minuto y luego se van".
cha gente le dice, cosas que antiguo edificio de Mascunana diaban. En 1942, el peridico rilla. Entre ellos estaba Truman La elegancia retrica no es
no le dira a otro reportero. Printing Co. El peridico, de mud sus oficinas hacia donde Green, el vicepresidenteygerente su fuerte, leer su columna,
"El tiene. sus dedos en cuatro pginas, estaba confor- sera construidodluego el Hill- general de The Tribune and Co. "Como lo omos" es como leer
el pulso de la comunidad", mado por angostas columnas sborough Community College. Ellis Clifton llam al Sheriff. una tira cmica de Dick Tracy.
dice Cherie Tro.ped, quien llenas de noticias locales para Cerca de 10 aos despus, "Ellos entraron, vieron quien Pero ha reunido algunas ge-
ha venido escribiendo una la comunidad de inmigrantes. por razones econmicas, estaba all y salieron volando", mas a lo largo de los aos. El
columna para La Gaceta LaGaceta competa con La La Gaceta debi suspender recuerdaunreporterodelTimes. escribi una vez que "el vice-
desde que tena 16 aos. Prensa y El Heraldo y otros sus ediciones diarias y se Aparentemente no hubo ningn presidente del condado no pu-
Un prominente funcionario diarios en espaol. Hoy en convirti en semanario. Le arresto y no fue escrita nin- ede salir Corte sin encontrar
escolar dijo: "El suele pub- da es el nico que sobrevive. fue incluida una pgina, en guna noticia acerca del asunto. un informante pagado que le
licar cosas, que The Tampa Desde el comienzo, Victo- italiano junto con algunos Pero se supo el cuento de que da los datos. Else dirige hacia
Tribune no puede decir sin ser riano fue un editor literario. artculos en ingls y adopt Clifton haba soplado el pito. la "unidad de masturbacin"
del Departamento de Polica y
fisgonea por encima de los uri-
Snarios de los baos de caballe-
ros en la estacin del-autobs".
Los asuntos de la ciudad
SNCUA fueron su objetivo preferido,
EOAOU$G especialmente en aos pasa-
LEM ... ....n N ~r- A, D- m dos. El descalificaba al Tampa
FED R eoA L Times llamndolo "el dbil eco
r de la tarde". Pero sus insul-
CREDIT UNION tos ms. agresivos estaban
reservados para el Tribune.
Usualmente publicaba un
www.tompabayfederal.com articulo en el cual acusaba
al Tribune de censura o de
utilizar sus conexiones para
obtener una informacin de
.- primera mano. O defenda a
pa Bay Federal Ofrece un Gran alguien que 1 haba sido atacado
-- l l ndeslealmente por ellos en sus
das las~~p ginas editoriales, como en el
Varied de ro ucos Para Satisfacer Todas s caso del ex alcalde Nick Nuccio.
."A l le encantaba publicar
N dades. noticias acerca del Tribune
antes que nosotros", dijo un
Cuentos de Cheques periodista del Times que re-
porteaba para el Tribune en
SCertificados de Deposito aquellos tiemps. "La gente
sola recoger La Gaceta cada
s Individuales de retiro semana para enterarse. Hubo
iuU Q -tiempos en -los que uno la lea
l O C Sfurtivamente. Pero- nunca la
ponas sobre tu escritorio".
Una vez predijo el retiro de
oS su archienemigo Red Newton,
el temido director y editor de
0o u o s dos ,los aios 50. La fecha para que
tal cosa ocurriera iba y venia
Pdsmientras Newton continu-

S ,aba apareciendo en su oficina
UCHOMO.todos los das. Manteiga dijo:
"Me dijo ltimamente un alto
C OC empleado del Tribune que
ellos lo van a mantener un
ao ms, de manera que yo
podra estar equivocado".
(pasa a la pgina 12)
LA GACETA/Viernes, 29 de junio de 2007/Pgina 11







De verdad Roland Escuch Todo? poca salud. Hasta hace dos cuyo edificio ha sido res-
e aos todava vena a la oficina, taurado y pintado con colo-
a veces escribiendo, aveces tra- res notables. El escritorio de
(viene de la pgina 11) duciendo. Todava hoy, seales Manteiga est al frente, clara-
Otro de los principales de Victoriano rondan por all. mente visible para cualquiera
oponenteis de Manteiga (las o .a i Su nombre todava aparece en que pase por la puerta. "Te
fuerzas de seguridad y es- el peridico, como editor reti- vas a quedar impresionado,
cuadrones del vicio) lo haba rado y director. Y la coleccin todo mi trabajo es hecho abi-
vinculado con sus Conexiones de volmenes, llena de polvo, ertamente. Cuntos edi-
Latinas y sugerian simpatas se alinea en las paredes de La tores pueden decir lo mismo?.
con el submundo del crimen. Gaceta, incluyendo volmenes Hay una sala en estas ofi-
Manteiga estaba en cuenta de Sartre, Shakespeare o la cinas que pertenece al equipo
de que los susurros sugeran poesa de Julin del Casal. editorial, que pueden ser uno
que algunos de sus conoci- Pero La Gaceta est mad- o dos reporteros y alguien que
dos eran personas oscuras. ura para los cambios. La edita las noticias. Realmente,
"Yo conozco predicadores, publicacin gratis de fotos Manteiga hace todo l mismo.
conozco prostitutas, conozco del ambiente nocturno que Escribe, edita, hace la prueba
dueos de clubes, conozco compran avisos (imgenes de lectura y monta las infor-
gente que hace juegos ilegales de mesoneras desvestidas de maciones en el cartabn, que
(bolita bankers). Yo conozco cualquier modo), todava son va directo al impresor en la ci-
todo tipo de personas", dice. impresas. Pero, como una con- udad de Largo todos los jueves.
"Tengo yo negocios con esta cesin al diseo del peridico, Eso no le deja mucho tiempo
gente? Por supuesto que no". las fotos son colocadas en para asistir a la corte o a la
l dice que tales rumores grupo en la ltima pgina. alcalda, pero l se mantiene
son puestos a rodar por sus En el contenido editorial, ,en contacto con todas las fuen-
enemigos polticos como Bill el peridico reune un inslito tes de la noticia, quitndole la
James, Jefe del Cuerpo Contra reparto de columnistas locales primicia a los grandes diarios.
el Crimen Organizado: "l odia Roland Manteiga y Bebe Menndez, propietario (Fortune Bosco, Diane Valley, "Este es el sistema", dice, mien-
mi fibra moral", remata tajante del Restaurante La Tropicana, en la mesa rivada Lia Gorham, Bob Jerome tas gesticula al hablar por el
Manteigae siempre tom de Ro d Cherie Troped).Y varios ms telfono, pero es mucho".
parte por el Fiscal del Estado and que an permanece en el lugar. pueden ser incluidos. El monto Mientras tanto Manteiga
E.J. Salcines contra James. la gente de nombres conoci- enfrente, hacia su actual ubi- de lacirculacindeejemplares planifica el retiro a su vieja
l tambin ha sido crtico dos. Ellos prefieren arrestar cacin en la Sptima Avenida. es significativo. (Manteiga guarida. Un editor del Times
de los asuntos de James: alguien de un nombre cono- "l pens que yo estaba dice que actualmente tiene dijo cuando cubra las noticias
"Yo creo que los policas lo- cidamente Latino (porque su loco. l crey que sta era 18 mil suscripciones. (Otros de la Legislatura: "Yo tengo una
cales hacen la mayor parte situacin los desfavorece), una zona deprimida", dice ejemplares son distribuidos los efmeraimagen de Roland incli-
del trabajo. Entonces el FBI que arrestar a John Smith, a Menndez. "Entonces le dije, viernes en las oficinas y res- nada sobre la barra de los cafs
los t efe nah Mant q l ms rantes del centro de ampa).o bajo la rotunda del Capitoliovl
y los superiores se entrom- quien nadie conoce,pero que no, yo voy a construir algoy, rantes del centro de Tampa bajo la rotunda del Capitolio
eten y se llevan el crdito". .es ms peligroso para la socie- adems, te voya dar una mesa Gaceta se mud a u nuevo camino, va encontrar su vieja
James mismo dijo de Man- dad", afila su dardo Manteiga. muy agradable y un telfono. a neo ca enn su ie
teiga: "Yo no voy a hacer ningu- "Esto puede ser el resul- Y entonces lo vi emocionado", cuartel general en la Sptima imagen en el centro de la ciu-
Avenida, cruce con calle 33, al dad, en la estacin de polica,
na declaracin contra. Yo estoy tado de la manera como yo Menndezd haba decidido Aveda, cruce on calle 33, al da en la estacion de polica,
seguro que puedo hacerlo, pero escribo o de lo que yo escribo garantizarle a Manteiga unade una vieja lavandea en la Cortey en la imprenta.
no sera prudente tal cosa". acerca de la gente de la cual mesa bien distinlta alas denmas
escribo. Eso no significa que que llenan La Tropicana. Pero
En Busca de los Latinos yo me voy a la cama con ellos l regres de un viaje de fin E r Pocas Palabras
A tempranas horas de la o que hago negocios con ellos: de semana para encontrar
maana en La Tropicana, Man- Yo tengo que trabajar duro que su esposa y su hermana Abel Ibarra
teiga es uno ms de los cabal- para ganarme mi dinero". gemela haban instalado una
leros de Ybor City que comien- Menndez asiente otra vez y mesa de cedro grande, oc-
za el da con una humeante agrega: "A veces Manteiga est togonal, con sillas de espaldar
taza de caf y una tostada con corto de dinero", dice amable- alto y un rtulo que deca: Este es el texto de un programa de televisin destinado a,
mantequilla. l se sienta en mente y contina, "a veces me Reservado para Roland Man- comentar el origen de las palabras que conforman nuestro
una mesa grande con su amigo dvuelven un cheque de l y..." teiga, junto a un telfono rojo. idio.ma espaol. Es transmitido todos los jueves alas 11
de muchos aos, Bebe Men- Menndez queda salpicado "Cuando vi-eso me asust" p.m. por Univisin Tampa en el programa Noticias, 62.
ndez, dueo de La Tropicana.. por los afilados silbidos de dice Menndez. "Pens que Democracia
En una pared cercana hay una Manteiga, quien menea sus se haba hecho mi socio". Junto al trmino poltica y su derivado poltico, nacieron
gran fotografia de Nick Nuc- ojos y dice "Tu puedes creer Con toda su extravagan- muchos vocablos que conservan toda su fuerza y capacidad
cio, titulada, "Nmero Uno". esto? Yo no necesito enemi- cia, Manteiga duda acerca evocadora de los primeros tiempos de nuestra civilizacin. As
"En esta ciudad muchos gos como Bill James, con de hablar de su vida privada, ocurre con "Democracia" y hoy, En Pocas Palabras, vamos a
latinos se han sentido cul- amigos como ste me basta". Slo despus de muchas con- descubrir su origen.
pables por reunirse entre Manteiga est conciente versaciones de das seguidos, El autor del trmino Democracia fue Pericles, quien en el
ellos", dice Manteiga. Men- de su edad?, pregunto. "Dios el aceptar hablar de su fa- siglo V antes de Cristo, cre en Grecia un sistema politico cuyo
ndez. asiente: "Yo creo que mo" dice Menndez "pgale milia. Tiene dos hijas en Cali- fundamento era lograr un gobierno del pueblo, por el pueblo
a veces la gente concibe su con lo de Hill James, pgale fornia y un hijo cuyo record y para el pueblo, donde el gobernante era el "primero entre
origen de forma injusta. T pu- con lo de Santo Traficante, estudiantil del High School iguales", regidos por el Imperio de la Ley. Democracia tiene
edes decir que, a mi manera, pero no lo hagas con su edad". de Plant City, con calificacio- dos races griegas: Demos que significa Pueblo y Kratos, go-
trat de defender a quienes "Sesenta y uno" dice Man- nes de "A" en lnea, lo hacen bierno, pero que unidas constituyen la ms avanzada forma
han sido objeto de abuso por teiga, "los acabo de cumplir". sentir orgulloso. De sus tres de gobierno conocida hasta nuestros das. Sin embargo, la
causa de su nacionalidad" Manteiga ha frecuentado La matrimonios, dice: "Son tres Democracia vive amenazada en todo el globo terrqueo por
"Esto parece .ser sensacio- Tropicana desde que abri sus veces mucho en la vida? Si te otra palabra que se le opone con ferocidad lingstica: la Au-
nalista para' las autoridades puertas hace quince aos. La casas hasta con tres mujeres tocracia, porque algunos gobernantes creen que la historia
federales. Ellos quieren hacer mesa y el telfono rojo fueron en 40 aos, es como mucho", comienza con ellos.
mucho ruido cuando detienen instalados siete aos despus,
gente latina. Dnde obtienen cuando Menndez mudo La La Nueva Gaceta abelibarra@a)lagacetanewspaper.com
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E du ardo1 bana. que era aprovecharse quien fuera, botellero, sena-
de una posicin de confi- dor o presidente. El trmino
EduardO Chibas en La Gaceta 'ana. Jol't d a.idpt n o Un
anza para enriquecerse con el para identificar al que robaba
(viene de la pgina 8) ao 1944, de nuevo, el Partido candidato presidencial a Edu- dinero de la nacin. Con gran era de ladrn, y asi siempre lo
al pas. Se convoca a la Con- Revolucionario Cubano lleva ardo Chibs. Sin maquinaria claridad siempre llam por su identific poniendo en riesgo
vencin Constituyente. Elegido como candidato a'la presiden- poltica, s'in tener la ayuda nombre al deshonesto, fuera su vida en varias ocasiones.
con gran votacin para repre- cia a Ramn Grau San Martin. de candidatos senatoriales y
sentar a la Provincia de La Ha- Eduardo Chibs ya tiene su en una campaa relmpago
bana, Chibs toma parte deci- media hora dominical con de escasamente un mes, con
siva en las discusiones de los una inmensa radioaudiencia mitines populares desde la
articulos de la Constituyente, y martilla por el triunfo de la provincia de Oriente a Pinar
siempre atento de que sean revolucin autntica. Por ello. del Ro, Eduardo Chibas ob- est
aprobados los artculos ms este partido es reconocido tuvo una gran cantidad de d d. OL O d Sel laa
importantes en defensa de los como el de los Autnticos. La votos. Con la ayuda del poder y iA. ...* .. ....
derechos individuales y de que tribuna dominical de Eduardo teniendo a su disposicin toda
sea dictada una constitucin Chibs fue un factor decisivo la economa malversada, asi
de amplio sentido democrtico. en el triunfo de Ramn Grau como la maquinaria politica Verano 2007 en el Museo Dal
En una de sus proposi- San Martin en estas elec- del Partido Revolucionario El Museo Salvador Dal de St. Petersburg estorganizando
ciones se condena el ataque ciones, que se conocieron Cubano, fue electo presidente sus actividades de verano con la celebracin de un pro-
militar de Rusia comunista como "La Jornada Gloriosa". Carlos Pro Socarrs. No se grama para nios. El programa est estructurado en dos
contra la pequea nacin de Comienza el gobierno Au- poda esperar que con la vic- periodos de sesiones. La primera es del 18 hasta el 23 de
Finlandia: "Condeno la guer- tntico presidido porGrau San toria de Prio cambiaria el junio y, la segunda. desde el 3 al 28 de julio. Lleve a sus
ra imperialista, condeno la Martn, con gran regocijo del sistema de peculado del erario nios a que participen de este evento en el cual podrn
guerra de rapia, condeno la pueblo cubano, pues se creia pblico que haba sido la conocer mas acerca de la vida de Salvador Dal su arte,
guerra de agresin, y celebro que haban llegado al poder norma del gobierno Autntico. hacer nuevos amigos, tener una aventura surrealista.
la guerra santa de los pueblos elementos capaces de encami- Su .hijo ser el profesor!. Abierto a estudiantes de 9 a 13
que luchan por su indepen- nar a la nacin. Al comienzo, Senador aos. El tour y la presentacin del evento es realizado
dencia y su libertad". Esta Eduardo Chibs, ahora sena- Al ser candidato a la presi- cada sbado, seguido por una recepcin y entrega de ob-
proposicin fue aprobada pese dor por La Habana, defiende al deicia, Chibas habia dejado sequios. Salvador Dali Museum: 1000 3rd Street South,
a la oposicin de los delegados gobierno, pero miembros de- de ser senador. Pero debido a St. Petersburg, FL. Raymond James Community Room.
comunistas. Producto de es- stacados del Partido Autntico la muerte de Alemn, senador Pre-inscripcin: miembros 30 dlares, no miembros 45.
tas discusiones es la llamada comienzan a usar su posicin por La Habana, se present la
Constitucin de 1940. En las politica para enriquecerse plaza vacante suya y se decidi Cena de Gala de la Asociacin Dominicana de Tampa
siguientes elecciones de 1940, ilegalmente.- Ante una serie postular a,Chibs para llenar La directiva de la Asociacin Dominicana de Tampa esta
fue electo presidente Fulgencio de lacras que cayeron sobre el ese cargo en las elecciones invitando a su cena de gala para celebrar el o10 Aniver-
Batista, con el respaldo de los partido y la renuencia de poner parciales de 1950. Eduardo sario de su fundacin. El evento se llevar a efecto en el
militares, las clases ricas de la fin a ese desenfreno, un grupo Chibs sali triunfador en Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport localizado en el 4400 West
nacin yuna bien remunerada de miembros del gobierno, esta contienda y continu Cypress St. Tampa, FL 33607. Fecha: sbado 30 de junio,
maquinaria poltica. En es- con la jefatura de Eduardo batallando por la erradicacin del 2007 de 6:00 p.m. a 12:00 p:m. Costo: 60 dlares por
tas elecciones Batista tuvo el Chibs, decidieron formar un del peculado en la hacienda persona. El cupo-es limitado: Para reservar y obtener ms
apoyo tambin del Partido Co- nuevo partido con el nombre pblica cubana. Todas las informacin llame a: Clara Urea, Tesorera (813) 880-
munista Cubano, que recibi de Partido del Pueblo Cubano, encuestas que se hicieron en 0807 (claraurena@tampabay.rr.com), Damaris Soto Fras-
como premio por su concurso conocido como Ortodoxo, por esta poca daban como triun- sica, V. Presidenta (813) 831-3730 (damasoto@tampabay.
dos ministerios sin cartera seguir la linea recta. Uno de fador a Chibas en las prximas rr.com) Boletas a la venta directamente: Integrity Real
ocupados por Carlos Rafael los fundamentos de este par- elecciones de 1952. A pesar Properties, Inc. 8212 W.WATERS AVE. TAMPA,_ FL 33615.
Rodrguez y Juan Marinello. tido era la lnea de indepen- de estas indicaciones y de la
dencia poltica, por entender enorme audiencia de su hora Baile Latino
Los Autnticos que-uno de los males de la dominical, Eduardo Chibs Este viernes 22 dejunio continuaron las noches calientes de
Para las elecciones del 40 el nacin estaba en los amarres consider que su reiterado lla- baile en el Centro Asturiano. Como todos los segundos viernes
Partido Revolucionario Cuba- que se tramitaban entre los mado a la conciencia cubana de cada mes, los asistentes contaron con la participacin de
no llev como candidato presi- distintos partidos carentes de no llegaba con toda la intensi- Carlos Rodrguez con sus Clases de Salsa y la animacin
dencial a Ramn Grau San idealismo, el lucro y el uso de dad por l deseada. Tom una del DJ Jay Rojas. Salsa, merengue, paso doble, boleros,
Martn, quien, aunque perdi, las corrompidas maquinarias desicin que fue fatal para el swing, bachata y msica latina en general son el marco
consigui una buena cantidad polticas. Con esa proyeccin pueblo cubano, pues l era su de la celebracin para quienes asisten a este evento que ya
de votos; y Eduardo R. Chibs se lanz el Partido Ortodoxo a esperanza, ya que a lo largo de comienza a ser una tradicin desde las 8 p.m. Y la buena
fue electo representante por la la lucha en la contienda elec- toda su vida habia combatido noticia es que no hubo Reggaeton. Contacto 813-229-2214.
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que van desde los clsicos de
la literatura universal, hasta
La Gaceta en Espaol y Sus Culpables la literatura universal, hastaico
obras de contenido poltico
En La Gaceta hemos reci- durante 8 aos Profesor de que ha utilizado en el desar-
bido elogios de los lectores por Literatura en la Escuela de rollo de su carrera. Alexis fue
la manera como estamos haci- Comunicacin Social de la presidente de la Federacin
endo el peridico en espaol. misma universidad. Comenz de Centros Universitarios de
Generalmente estos van di- su carrera de escritor habiedo la universidad donde estu-
rigidos al Spanish Editor, pero sido reconocido con el Premio dio, fue diputado durante tres
resulta injusto, sobre todo, Anual de Literatura "Monte perodos en Venezuela y, antes
porque es el equipo de escri- vila Editores", la editorial de venirse a los Estados Uni-
tores, periodistas y redactores del Estado venezolano, por su dos perseguido por el actual
quienes, como Fuenteovejuna, libro "Rulfo y el Dios de la Me- rgimen de Hugo Chvez, fue
le entran todos a una, a este moria". El libro es un ensayo Alcalde de la Ciudad de Lech-
oficio delicado, exigente e im- acerca de la obra del conocido era, en el estado Anzotegui.
placable que es producir escri- autor mexicano. Luego pub-
tospara un pblico igualmente lic "El Knock Out de Jorge", fue en realidad por insuficien- i
severo en sus apreciaciones. una crnica acerca de asun- cia acadmica (...) esto fue
Patrick Manteiga titul la tos polticos venezolanos. islativa en la Corte Suprema parte de los ardides formales
seccin donde aparecen los Actualmente es editor dePuerto Rico y en el Primer que esgrima elplantel rojo
empleados de la seccin en en espaol de La Gaceta y Circuito de la Corte de Apela- pra deshacerse de aquellos
ingls, como "Los pocos, los conduce un segmento en el onesque no encajbamos con el
orgullosos, los subpagados". espacio de noticias de Uni- Rivera ha sido reconocido modelo del supuesto hom-
Aqu hemos llamado a los in- visin Tampa, titulado "En por el Condado de Hillsbor- bre nuevo que tanto promul-
tegrantes de nuestro equipo: Pocas Palabras", programa ough por servicios voluntarios gaba el rgimen comunista".
Los Culpables. S, de la pro- sobre el origen y significado al condado. Adems, sirvi En los Estados Unidos tuvo
fundidad del contenido y de de las palabras en espaol. en la Operacin Tormenta del que comenzar desde cero pre-
la calidad escritural de sus Desierto, en la cual fue con- sentando el examen de GED
artculos. Y, si ms, aqui van. decorado con la U.S. Army para culminar su bachillerato
Arturo Rivera Commendation Medal y la Na- en Tampa. Luego estudio en el
AbelArturo Rivera ha sido col- cional Defense Service Medal. Hillsborough Community Col-
Abe tiene una experienciaumnista de La Gaceta du- Arturo es un agudo crtico lege y ms tarde obtuvo su Li-
Abel tiene una experiencia rante 13 aos. Nacido en de la situacin mundial, que lee nias tarde obtuvo su Lo-
nica en los procesos cre- S cenciatura en Lengua Espao-
adores Estudi en la Escuela San Juan, Puerto Ric', es- siempre refleja en sus artculos. lay LiteraturasHispnicas on
adores. Estudi en la Escuelaen la Universidad de layLiteraturasHispnicascon
Puerto Rico, donde obtuvo el Mencin Summa Cum Laude. Ha escrito varios libros en-
ttulo de Licenciado en Cien- Leonardo Venta Leonardo tiene una fina tre los cuales destaca "La fal-
cias Polticas, mencin Cum Leonardo Venta lleg de pluma que se expresa en sa imagen de Simn Bolvar",
Laude. Tambin es graduado Cuba en el aparatoso xodo sus artculos de crtica lit- libro destinado a reinterpretar
de la Escuela de Leyes de la del Mariel en. el ao de 1980. erara de nuestro peridico. la magna figura de El Lib-
Universidad Interamericana, Tiene casi 27 aos de exilio ertador, que ha sido desfigu-
Sdonde obtuvo su doctorado. en Estados Unidos y es uno Alexis Ortiz rada para ponerla al servicio
Sirvi en el ejrcito de los de los pilares fundamentales Alexis es un apasionado de los intereses del caudi-
Estados Unidos en el Cu- de La Gaceta. Estudi Letras del deporte y por esos escribe 11o populista que ostenta el
erpo General de Abogados, en la Universidad de la Ha- nuestra columna dedicada a poder en Venezuela. Alexis
del cual se retir honorable- bana pero tuvo que retirarse esa rea. Pero posee una con- colabora. con artculos sobre
mente con el grado de capitn. de los estudios por razones tundente formacin intelec- otros tpicos en La Gaceta.
En Puerto Rico, Rivera que l mismo explica: "...esta tual que obtuvo en la Escuela
trabaj como legislador para corta dicha fue interrumpida de Comunicacin Social de la Jos Fernndez
la Oficina del Gobernador y en 1979; al recibir la baja "do- Universidad Central de Ven- Jos es un especialista en
como Asesor y Consejero de cente" del alto plantel educa- ezuela y, luego, macer con temas de inmigracin. Su co-
la Cmara de Representantes. tivo. Esta "baja docente"; no la dedicacin a sus lecturas (pasa a la pgina 15)
Es miembro del Ameri-
de Letras de la Universidad can Bar Association y de la
Central de Venezuela, Cara- Asociacin Nacional de Pe-
cas, donde obtuvo el ttulo riodistas Hispanos. l est
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pas, que vienen a los Estados
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mejor. Jos combina su tra-
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Noticias de Inmigracion OBTI0 ST
Director de Inmigracion de Catholic Charities
A Por Jos Fernndez

e su h a n Henry "Hank" Boros, T. J. Sommer, Cody, John Hilly esposo Ray, adems su hijo Mi-
Aunque su hijo haya nacido falleci a la edad de 29 aos. Kim Nelson.. chael junto a su esposa Cindy.
fuera de su matrimonio Le sobreviven su esposa Pa- Manuel Raymond Fojaco, Nietos y bisnietos.
uera de s atrimo tricia, sus hijos Colin y Aiden, falleci a la edad de 50 aos. Le Robert E. Valds, falleci
califica para emigrarlo su padre Henry y su madre sobreviven sus padres Manuely a los 91 aos. Le sobrevive su
Mara, sus hermanas Renee y Norma, sus hijos Jason, Alana esposa Norma, su hijo Robert
SM l E Rno y s o na d Paula, su hermano James, sus y Kristen, sus nietos y su com- junto a su esposa Terry, su hija
Pregunta: Me llamo Ezequiel Reynoso y soy originario de auelasJeanyMare,as como paera Rita. Geraldine junto a su esposo
Mxico. Llevo viviendo ms de diez aos con mi familia en los muchos familiares y amigos. e Carlossu hermana Virginia.
EE.UU. Mi esposa y mis tres hijos son residentes permanentes y Mararet Claramitaro, Jinez, falleci Sus nietos: Lori, Chris, Kim-
emigraron a este pas hace varios aos por medio de mi, ya que falleci a los 82 aos. Antes os os L sob iv su berly, Susan, Jason, Jessica,
soy residente permanente de los EE.UU. Tengo en este pas a a falecido suesoosoJo esposo Nicolas, su hijo Nicos Lauren y Mathew, tambin sus
casi toda mi familia pero uno de mis hijos, quien tiene dieciocho e eie su h Jance, su hia April, su her- bisnietos Lindsey, Christopher,
aos, est todava erI Mxico. Este hijo naci de una relacin eth. AL como muchos emano Junior, sus hermanas iDerk, Sophiae, A riast como
que tuve, ocho aos antes de casarme con mi esposa. Mi esposa Elizabeth. As como muchos Judy, Atay Cooky,as como nos sob as
siempre supo que tena este hijo que he menatenido siempre. otros familiares y amigos. 11 nietos y diez bisnietos. ary Ann Janiga, falleci
Siempre estoy en contacto con l y la ltima vez me pidi que Martina Gonzlez, falleci Miguel "Mike" Mauricio, a los 73 aos. Le sobrevive su
lo ayudara a emigrar a este pas. Como este hijo naci fuera a la edad de 81 aos. Le so- falleci a los 84 aos. Le sobre- ex esposo Richard, sus dos hi-
del matrimonio no estoy seguro si lo puedo traer solicitndolo brevive su esposo Joe y sus vive su esposa Lydia, tres hijas, jos Trista y Kevin, as como su
por medio de una peticin familiar. Me podra informar si yo dos hijas Lorinda junto a su Desiree junto a su esposo Bob, hijastra Tammi, sus bisnietos
puedo ayudar a emigrar a este hijo?. esposo Ed y Therese junto a Michelle yKathryn junto a su KaleyKristin y Katherine.
su esposo Peter, tambin su
Respuesta: Seor Reynoso, en mi opinin usted pude traer hermana Carmen y dos nietos:
a su hijo y le puede completar una peticin familiar (1-130), Aleah Charles Christian y '
siempre y cuando pueda llenar los siguientes requisitos. La Anna Parsons. :;,::
informacin principal para solicitar a su hijo es la siguiente: Yolanda S. Blanco Prez,
debe completar el formulario 1-130, adjuntar un giro de $190, falleci a la edad de 74 aos. Le A
copia y traduccin del acta de nacimiento de su hijo, copia de la sobrevive su esposo Eduardo,
fe de bautismo de su hijo, si es posible con traduccin, copia y su hijo Eddie, sus nietos Lorelei
traduccin de la inscripcin de su hijo en la escuela, fotografas y Alex, sus hermanas Nena y
juntos en paseos (si es posible), una carta notariada de la madre Zoa, adems de su hermano Familias omo a suya...
de su hijo, mencionado la relacin de padre e hijo y de la ayuda Yiyo. La funrana de Boza y Roelcontina esa tradicin asistiendo a
financiera que ha prestado, copias de giros monetarios que le Jaquelyn Blanco, falleci familas en Tampa durante estos mmentostan dificiles. Boza y Roel l
ha mandado a su hijo, copia de correspondencia con su hijo, a la edad de 70 aos. Le so- ofrece digns servicios funerarios, aesibles a familias como la suya.y
copia de recibos de telfono si ha llamado a su hijo. Tambin brevive su esposo Pedro (Pete) ** .
puede mandar Inmigracin cualquier otro documento donde Blanco, su hermana Nadine, su i4 fineio a e Roel prosege quella trazione a d a
usted aparezca como padre en el documento. hermano Henry, su hijo Mark fanilie. i a dtrante questi moenti cosi difIciile Ba e Roel g
Recuerde que este trmite toma aproximadamente de seis Williams junto a su esposa offondegni sviZi~fu erari, accessb iperfamigl oiimvostra.
a siete aos ya que usted es slo residente permanente, pero Tony, sus hijas Candancejunto ...
puede apresurar el trmite de su hijo si obtiene su ciudadana a su esposo Jerry, Judith junto Buoa .andoe i Fe .cointues the tradion of
americana. Su hijo debe ser soltero y debe continuar soltero a.su esposo Charles, as como estfiult moments'za
hasta que emigre a los EE.UU. Si se casa-pierde el beneficio Gretchen junto a su esposo
de su peticin familiar. Si con todas las pruebas que mande a James, tambin sus nietos:
Inmigracin, no se convencen de que el solicitante es su hijo, Daniel, Lavel, Tammi, Kim,
Inmigracin o el consulado ameri cano puede mandar a que Jessica, Tyler, Tanner Brittany, SeabEs
usted y su hijo se hagan una prueba de ADN para comprobar
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La Sardegna Giara di Gesturi. La Sardegna secondo un metodo proba- La cucina tradizionale non si virla (anzi, se avr riposato per
La Sardegna la seconda sempre stata una terra ap- bilmente di origine araba, fra ferma agli insaccati, continua un giorno nel suo sugo, pren-
isola del Mediterraneo per partata, ed isolata, ed ancora le pi famose troviamo Filu con l'arrosto di maialetto, il der pi sapore e sar ancora
grandezza ed una terra ricca oggi la sua gente e la sua cul- e Ferru, la Gennargentu e la .capretto arrosto, la pecora bol- pi tenera).
di storia come ci testimoniano tura mantengono un'identit Fogu de Sardinia. Le strutture lita con patate e cipolle, ma il Ingredienti per 4 persone:
i Nuraghi, monumenti preis- ben distinta da quella della rcettive Alberghi, hotel, case prodotto pi tipico forse il ca- 600 g. di carne di manzo
torici, sono il simbolo della penisola italica, chiamat dai vacanza, agriturismi ed altr, glio del capretto, prodotto con 1/2 bicchiere di vino rosso 1
Sardegna. La Sardegna una Sardi il continente. sono molto diversificati da zona fermenti lattici fatti stagionare cipolla 1 carota 1 rametto di
terra.di misten, ed il turista pi a zona, nella parte Nord della nello stomaco dell'animale, da rosmarino 5 cucchiai d'olio -
attento ne rimane affascinato, Questo carattere di riser- Costa Smeralda si trovano i spalmare sul pane carasau. 400 g. di passata di pomodoro
non bisogna fermarsi al mare, vatezza ed isolamento hanno locali piu prestigiosi e costosi, Questa piccola guida serve 400 g. di patate novelle /2
uno dei pi belli al mondo, ma permesso di fare arrivare fino gli Hotel sono quasi tutti a per aiutarvi a pianificare le litro di brodo di carne.
bisogna aprofondire e cercare ai giorni nostri il sapore degli cinque stelle, difficile trovare vostre vacanze, la Sardegna
i segreti di questa stupenda alimenti unici come la bottar- pensioni a buon prezzo; scen- offre l'imbarazzo della scelta Preparazione:
terra. ga, il mirto, per arrivare al pane dendo verso i Sud dell'isola per i soggiorni, potete scegliere Tagliate la carne a cubetti
Oltre alle acque cristalline carasau, chiamato anche carta si trovano zone meno note, fra Hotel a cinque stelle, fra della grandezza di una noce
del mare, ai ricchi fondali, alle da musica, il pi tipico di tutta ma non perquesto meno belle, ga ville lussuose,fra le case e mettetela a marinare con il
spiagge dorate, degne dei mari l'isola. La Sardegna non solo anzi alcune zone sono ricche vacanze,- fra i pi econimici e vino rosso, la cipola e la carota
tropicali, alle calette silenziose, mangiare, ma ricca di mol- di vegetazione ed ii paesaggio naturalistici agriturismi op- tagliate a pezzi, il rosmarino ei
e alla finissima sabbia, ai tes- tissime varieta di vitigni, cha naturalistico e incantevole. pure per chi ama girare e visi- chiodi di garofano. Dopo averla
ori archeologici e artistici, la danno origine ad altrettanti A Orgosolo ad esempio tare ogni giorni luoghi diversi tenuta a marinare per tutta
Sardegna offre tesori naturali vini DOC come il Carignano possibile pranzare con i pas- potete soggiornare in uno dei la notte, scolatela e tenete da
che sono la parte pi autentica di Sant'Antioco, il Calasetta tori, un esperienza unica, dove numerosi B&B. parte i liquido della marinata.
dell'isola, come quella aspra ed il Santadi, il Nuragus di possibile gustare i sapori Spezzatino maremmano Mettetel'olioin un:capiente te-
dell'Ogliastra, quella ricca di Dolianova, 1'Iglesias, il Mon- dellaSardegna come salsicce,. E' una ricettache richiede game di terracotta, aggiungete i
foreste del Monte Linas, quella serrato, il Quartu Sant'Elena prosciLtto e, guanciale, fatti un po' di tempo per la -pre- pezzi di carne efate rosolare.
selvaggia del Parco del'Gennar- e moltissimi altri. stagionare nel pinnetu, il tra- parazione, ma ha un pregio: Tritate finemente gli ingre-
gentu, quella rigogliosa della Le grappe sono distillate dizionale ovile circolare in si pu preparare in anticipoe dienti che avete usato per la
pietra, ricoperto di frasche. scaldarla al momento di ser- mainata e, quando la carne
avr preso colore adagiateli
sulla carne che bagnerete con
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ough County project: erato, fino a quando il sugo si
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y i program, this Congress increased DVDs.and CDs so the Cubans
A S E H A I it from $9 million to $45 million. would have something to play on
It's unbelievable that this govern- their 27 players. The DVDs and
(Continued from page 1) the county never does plantings on ment welfare program for Mianii CDs include recordings of Radio
It was not easy then, nor is it private propertyor on any private Cuban Republicans has grown by Marti, American children's movies
now, but we are buoyed by their lakes. Over $4,500 in landscaping five times under the Democrats. and Cuban-American music.
determination, grit and Sense was done aroundNoreast. Because In fact, every U.S. representative The real waste is what happens
of purpose, and will continue the ofBlair's bullying, county workers in Florida voted for this bill. to our money once it gets to Cuba.
struggle and hopefully make them planted pickerelweed, bullrush This support flies in the face of a USAID, which administers the
proud. and duck potato around the lake, 2006 Government Accountability programs, has no oversight since
We thank our staff for work- some ofwhich was planted onhis Office (GAO) report that identified it has no personnel in Cuba.
ing so hard on this edition, our property. "questionable expenditures and Many of the materials are sold
advertisers for their support, and It's shameful that an elected significant internal control weak- on the black market, not for De-
our loyal readers. official used public workers to im- nesses" with the U.S. Democracy mocracy-building purposes, but
***** prove his own property. It reminds Assistance for Cuba program and for the capitalistic goal of provid-
County Commissioner Brian us of the old days when this kind the $73.6 million spent since 1996. ing consumers what they want
Blair's selfish use of tax dollars of graft was rampant. Blair should The program is administered for a profit.
was exposed in a June 23 St. Pe- stop his meddling and return the by USAID and the State Depart- Here's what the GAO found,
tersburg Times article. It revealed tax dollars used to improve his ment, although USAID has most "two grantees had inadequate
that the county was spending close personal property. of the responsibility. support for checks written to key
to a million dollars on improving **** The GAO found that two-thirds officials of that organization. In
the water quality of Noreast Lake. Democratic presidential can- of the awards granted throughthe addition, one ofthe granteescould
Blair is one of only 25 residents didate John Edwards will be in program increased from their orig- not justify some purchases made
on the lake and his bullying is Tampa today. Steve Yerrid and inal estimated costof $6 million to with USAID funds, including a
the only reason that this money Jim Wilkes will host a fundrais- $50 million and the targeted dates gas chainsaw, computer gaming
is being spent there. ing event for him at Steve Yerrid's ofcompletion were extended by an equipment and software (includ-
South Tampa home starting at 6 average of three years. ing Nintendo Gameboys and Sony
Brian Bl s te p.m. Tickets start at $1,000. Call The program is supposed to Playstations), a mountain bike,
Brian Blair's taxpayer (95') 849-4142 t--attend. promote "peaceful. nonviolent leather coats, cashmere sweat-
fundel ntin ~e wl- :be a grassroots democraticchnge in Cuba through ers, crabmeat, and Godiva choco-
ngs fundr ising events immediately various types of Democracy-build- lates." According to this grantee's
following at 7 p.m. for $15. The ing efforts" by getting money and proposal, USAID funds were to
meet and greet is at Saunders supplies to grantees-in Cuba to be used to provide humanitarian
PavYllion at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 supportheir Democracy-building assistance and information to dis-
W. Sligh Ave. efforts. sidents and their families.
You want to see Edwards now Of course, this program is In light of these findings, why
before Ann Coulter sends terror- negatively impacted by the U.S. was funding increased so dra-
ists to assasinate him. supported trade and travel ban matically for this questionable
and the fact that the Cuban gov- program by the Democrats? We
ernment has made it illegal to expected it out of the Republicans
Our good friend Braulio J. Lom- accept such aid. who always pander to the Cuban
bardia, better known as "B.J.," So what are we getting for our exile community in Miami, but
passed away June21 at the age money? even they would only throw away
of 85. B.J. Lombardia was an Well, to build Democracy in $9 million a year.
honorable, honest and giving man Cuba, three U.S. universities have ****
whomade his careerinbanking. I received $7.6 million. We do not Congressman Gus Bilirakis
Sremembe of r a 0 oacing him atfr th know how this helps Democracy in raised $50,000 a fundraiser last
age of 18-for a $1,500 loan from Cuba since members and studentsd at, ra
SBroadway Bank. I had just been u memers and students weekend at the Brandon home
B Broadway Bank. I had just been of the university are banned by of Cif and TerriCu. rry. Over 100
turned down at Barnett Bank by U.S. and Florida law from travel- s oand er in urry. Over 1
an uncle tHhatworked there. I told supporters were in attendance.
Pickerelweed an uncie tha t wore there. Ito ing to Cuba. Regional non-gov-
Mr. Lombardia that at the time ernment organizations received ***
ernment organizations received
I didn't make much money but $28.7 million for telling the world June 30 will be my last day as
S Iwas looking for a bank that I through funded meetings that a Tampa Sports Authority board
could be loyal to in return for the CubaisnotaDemocracy Ofcourse, member. While Iwill miss the TSA
bank's loyalty. He said I had the most of this is an employment pro- and helping draft public policy, I
loan and tofillout the paperwork. gram for Miami Republicans. will be glad to not be on a board
I moved my accounts from Bar- The lion's share, $37.3 mil- that will order fans who attend
nett to Broadway. Later I moved lion, goes to what is called Cu- Raymond James Stadium to be
La Gaceta's account and also my ban-specific non-governmental physically searched. To say I am
father's. We did a lot of business organizations. The GAO reports disappointed in the federal ap-
with Broadway because of Lom- that "grantees do not provide peals court allowing pat downs is
bardia's faith in me. Of course, adequte assurance that grant an understatement. To see govern-
later on Barnett bought my bank funds are being used properly" ment money used to search U.S.
Bullrush and B.J. moved on. and that USAID does not appear citizens in a public place without
To me he will always represent to "recover inappropriate expen- cause violates the constitution
what banking used to be, where a ditures or unexpended funds." that I believe in and makes me
man's word and his family's repu- Much of the money is used to buy sad to see the erosion of our basic
tation meant something. Today, uncensored books and magazines rights because offear. In case you
it's all about credit ratings and to distribute in Cuba. Much of this wanted to know the cost of the
complex formulas. Banks today do is confiscated and the cost of ship- pat downs, they will cost $9,000
no better judging loans than they ping according to the GAO runs a game, half of which will be paid
did in the past. In fact, it's worse between $4-20 a pound, so you'd for by the Buccaneers. I won't be
because they've taken out the hu- hope that the material is worthy celebrating the llth Circuit Court
man element. Too bad. of the effort. But, the USAID re- ofAppeals this Fourth of July.
We will miss B.J. Lombardia and ported "grantee-provided books *
the things he represented to us. and other material had been Gaspar's Cigar Shop, owned
Duck Potato *** inappropriate or ill-suited for by D.C. Goutoufas and Stanley
The last year the Republicans promoting Democracy in Cuba. Pinder, will celebrate its grand
controlled Congress they funded These materials include Span- opening on the Fourth of July
Blair believes the county ruined $9 million for the U.S. Democracy ish-language versions of "Da from noon to 11 p.m. The cigar
his lake. Consultants for the coun- Assistance in Cuba Program, even Vinci Code," Harry Potter titles, shop, located at 3675 S. Westshore
ty disagree, but, whoever is right, though many knew that most of coloring books, "Newsweek," "The Blvd., will feature DannyAlvarez'
the reality is that Blair is doing for the money was wasted, siphoned Economist," "The Atlantic," "Popu- famous roast pig on a spit will a
himselfwhat he is unwilling to do off in Miami by bureaucrats, con- lar Mechanics," "Art in America," variet of delicacies. Complimen-
for anyone else. The county has fiscated by Cuban officials, and and electronic subscriptions of tary food, drinks, cigar and enter-
229 lakes with only three having subsidizing food and consumer "El Nuevo Herald" daily newspa- tainment will also be provided.
public access. Noreast, at 166th in purchases for some in Cuba. But, pers that allow 300 copies to be
size and without public access, has little money, if any, moved Cuba published onsite so that Cubans
received more county attention closer to Democracy. will know what's happening with Congratulations to our friend
and money than any other lake With the Democratic Congress Paris Hilton. We can already see Anna Ramos for 10 years of ser-
since Blair was elected. in charge we hoped that fiscal re- Democracy flourishing. vice to the Ybor City Chamber of
Public Works Director Bob sponsibility would reign, but last What else did we get for $37 Commerce.
Gordon, said Noreast didn't get week disappointed us and made million? Two hundred flashlights, *****
preferential treatment, but the us believe someone had passed 13 copier/printer/fax machines, This week's Silhouettes is on
record shows Mr. Gordon is wrong. around spiked Kool-Aid in the video recorders, cameras and 27 Hispanic Woman of the Year Ma-
According to sourcesat the county, chamber. Instead of ending the DVD players. We sent 11.600 ria Steijlen.
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gibles such as the lessening of Americas, which reduced its
town-and-gown animosity. dependence on natural gas by
Nowhere was tension more 20 percent by turing air waste.
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College of Business. It may greenhouse emissio s.,
seem laughable today, but a landfill. Significantly:,z
Like w hat y u s ? in previous decades Tampa's~ cipay'stran
downtown leadership enjoyed for itself. '
Ssea* it i a .* a aan anti-intellectual bent. That Another recent symposiu A
he .Sha e 'I* w a fri8 d skeptical layer covered athen- involved communication,
.recent past that included Flor- which bedevils many profes-
ida senators poking around sionals immersed in jargon
-- the USF campus looking for or instructed by lawyers who
communists. In the fens and are clearly uncomfortable with
bogs of Hillsborough County, clarity. Jessica Renaud, Ph:D.,
people resented pointy-headed came down from lowa to teach
people in ivory towers. a two-day class; which drew
Not so today. Mutual re- managers from Wachovia,
spect informs many df the Price Waterhouse Coopers
relationships involving indus- and smaller companies such
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with top administrators who live-and-learn environment.
2007. From July 6th through 13th the cost is come to Florida to retire. Not And innovations are taking
so Forsythe, though he has place far from home, as well. In
$1. After that the cost is $3. had a long and distinguished the fall, the college will begin
career. He already is displaying offering a bachelor's degree in
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Is Tampa Hispanic Heri- the organization's name in or- Her father, Luis Orsini,
tage, Inc. honoring the wrong der to sponsor a scholarship. owned a small grocery store
woman as its 2007 Woman of "I have two young kids Mi- and made sure everyone who 6" Seamless Gutters
the Year? chael, 13, and Christopher, entered his establishment left Soffit asc 949-4651
True, Woman of the Year 12 and they are privileged," with what they needed. If a o ascia
Maria Steijlen is very deserv- said Steijlen. "Theyll have their customer was short money,
ing. She has helped send de- college tuition paid for and I they'd still leve with the food
serving-Latinos necessary to feed
t college through Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. 2007 Woman of the Year their family. Stei-
the USF Latino jien remembers a
Scholarship Pro- Steitime she was out
gram for over 16 UVUe to dinner.with her
years. She is a family and a poor
president of the little boy asked Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee
Mayor's Hispanic her father for a
Advisory Coun- dollar. Rather 20C7 YeM ~-M fiCF Dw
cil, chairperson than giving him
of MOSI's His- a dollar, her fa-
panic Scientist of ther told the boy Saturday, July 28, 6:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency Downtown Tampa
the Year Award, to order anything
and a member of he wanted. "HonOring Hillborough County's
LULAC, Tampa "That's how "Honoring Hilkborougn County
Hispanic:Heritage both my parents
and the Hispan- were. They were Elected Democratlc Officials
ic Professional giving people,"
Women's Asso- said Steijlen.
ciation. Steijlen grd For Questions or Information Call Victor DiMaio @ 813-221-1300
There is no uated from the Pd Pt ad or n- i ndby i Ste andAssociates.ACnt rgaotoa Doat p~ forth ir ia wmnbuon
doubt Maria St University o f tto he Hillsbomugh County Demoraic Execuiv Cminittee and is not tax deducible for ince x prpos.
jlen is a leader Puerto Rico in
in the Hispanic 1984 with a B.A.
community, But in business ad-
still, even Steijlen ministration. a 6 6 6 6 6
herself will teil year later, at the
you that perhaps age of 24, with
there is another dreams of earn-
woman who de- ing a graduate
serves more cred- degree from aU.S.
it for her achieve- university, she
ments than she moved to Tampa.
does. It was here in
"My mother," Tampa she met
said Steijlin. "She "I honestly believe we areaffected by everyone her husband,
set a great exam- we meet in life and your parents are the first Paul. One year
pe for me. I do people you meet. I think the shape ou in the ey were
l1 -,do because married.
no h eo way you are and the individual you become. In 1991 she
"I honestly be- earned her mas-
ev we are affec'ted by ever- know how lucky they are. But ter's degree in business admin-
e weeent in h 1 and ydur there are many children. who istration from Tampa College.
irets are the first people are not so lucky. There is a That same year she began
you meet. I think they shape real need in our community her professional career. ZGS
you in the way you are and the to help these children. Those Broadcasting named her busi-
individual you become. who-are capable of helping but ness and traffic manager, re-
Steijlen, a native of Puerto chose not lo see the problemn sponsible for the development,
Rico, said some of her earliest and chose not to help are part presentation and tracking of
memories ofher mother, Maria of the problem. the annual budget and the .
Orsini, are that of a giving wom- "Through the scholarships administrative staff, as well as ,
an. She remembers her writirg I've been able to help raise funds recruiting, personnel record Y U INC.
a $20 check out each year to the destined for Latino students keeping, public relations, and
American Red Cross, despite and destined to touch their lives much more.
not being a wealthy woman. and help them reach their goals "I wore so many hats," she
"She believed in giving to the. of getting an education." said. "They were the first ones Steve H.R. Yturriaga
less fortunate," said Steijlen. Steijlen does not just help to give me an opportunity in
"We weren't rich, but we had the Latino children of Tam- management and I am. very E 81241
more than others." pa Bay through fundraising, thankful for that." m F-. l iF 3ue Cel 81361533
Steijlen's mother never had though. A memberof the MOSI In 1997 shejoined Bay News E a Fx 81392410
the opportunity to obtain an Foundation Board of Directors, 9 as director ofbusiness affairs.
education when she was a she.is currently chairperson of While with Bay News 9, she
child. But she never let her the MOSI's Hispanic Scientist helped develop Bay News 9 Es-
dream of graduating high of the Year event. While this paol. And, in 2004, she took
school die. When she was in award is special for the scien- the position of vicn: president
her early 40s, she returned to tist who wins, Steijlen said the of communications with H.A.S.
school, taking night classes real winners are the children Advertising, responsible for the
and earning the equivalent to who get to meet the Scientist strategic planning and develop- tb
a GED in Puerto Rico. of the Year. ment of the advertising agency ]he Ylb o ir C t
"She graduated high school "We have a real problem in and for the development of new
the same year as I did," said the Latino community in terms accounts and creative develop- ]:i; C r
Steijlen. "I was too young to of our children dropping out ment of advertising campaigns L Ull
appreciate it then,.but looking of college or not applying for for new clients.
back I realize what an amazing college because they don't be- Today, she runs her own
accomplishment that was." lieve it is an option," she said. business, CruiseOne, a travel
Steijlen's mother didn't stop "These children need a mentor. agency specializing in cruises
there, though. An executive So each year we bus thousands around the world.
secretary at a bank, she'd of kids to meet the Scientist of But, while Steijlen'ssuccess ise- i//P
enroll in evening business theYear. Thescientistspeaksto as a businesswoman is an
classes, not for a degree, but them in Spanish and lets them inspiration to Latino children
simply to learn. know that they can accomplish throughout Tampa Bay as a 1
"I always wonder what my anything they want. These kids testament to what hard work
mother could have accom- need a reminder of it. Many and an education can achieve,
plished had she had an oppor- of their parents are migrant her success as a civic leader
tunity to graduate high school workers and come from a world should be an inspiration to
as a child and go on to college," in which college is not an op- everyone in the community.
said Steijlen. "I think she could tion. So thesechildren need us "To be named the Tampa
have been an attorney, a doc- to tell them it is an option." Hispanic Hertage Woman of
tor, anything." Working with these children the year is a huge honor," she
Perhaps it's this wonder- enables Steijlen to appreciate gushed. "I am humbled by it.1
ment that has fueled Steijlen's how good she had it as a child. But I didn't get into community
desire to help so many Latino Born and raised in Puerto service to win awards. While
children realize their dreams Rico, her parents was far from this award is fantastic, seeing .-
in life through education. No rich, but made sure the family the children we provide schol- o d/
matter what organization she had everything they needed, arships to graduate and go on
has worked with Hispanic such as an education, to become community leaders .
Professional Women's Associa- "They always stressed that I themselves is-by far the most
tion, LULAC, Club 15, Mayor's would go to college," she said. rewarding experience."
Hispanic Advisory Council "They always told me I would It is that sentiment that
her number one priority has become the first in my family to makes Maria Steijlen so de-
always been to raise money in attend and graduate college." serving of this honor.
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CORPORATE CHATTER INFO BEAT

New Kane's Merchandise Manager Accounting from the University of Florida and Beach Re-Opened
Kane's Furniture hired Frank Gordon as is a Certified Public Accountant. The Hillsborough County Health Department has lifted the
merchandise manager. Gorden brings more Jeffrey Weber, M.D., Ph.D. joins Moffitt health advisory for Ben T. Davis Beach due to satisfactory
than 34 years of professional retail merchan- as a professor in the Cutaneous Oncology resultsof marine water bacterial samples taken on June 18,
dising experience to Kane's. Prior to accepting division of the department of Interdisciplin- 2007 as recommended by the EPA. For more information on
this position, he was senior vice president ary Oncology (DIO) in the USF College of the testing process or types of bacteria found, please visit the
of furniture sales at JP Products and spent Medicine. Weber has also been appointed Health's Beach Water Quality website, www.doh.state.fl.us,
more than 19 years with Art Van Furniture as the director of the Donald A. Adam Com- and click on the drop down arrow next to "Choose Subject"
in Warren, Michigan, where he served as a prehensive Melanoma Research Center and then select "Beach Water Quality."
buyer and clearance center director. Gordon associate chair for Medicine in the DIO. We-
left Art Van Furniture in 1990 to become a ber comes to Moffitt from the Keck School of Veterans Museum
part of the Rooms to Go start up team in Medicine at the University of Souther Cali- Hillsborough County's Veterans Memorial Museum will
Lakeland. fornia where he was chief of the division of be closed through July 3 for inventory of museum items and
Mark Segel Joins CC as Director Medical Oncology and professor of Medicine display reorganization. The museum will reopen July 4 to
Mark Segel oins JCC as Director the department of Medicine and Moleular celebrate Independence Day. While the -museum is closed,
Mark Segel has joined The Tampa Jew- M.the epo Molecular Veterans Memorial Park will remaih open. A Veterans Affairs
ish Community Center and Federation as Microbiology/Immunology. Office located in the museum will also remain open to serve
director of external relations, with direct Rick Garrison has been appointed by Mof- clients. Veterans Memorial Park and Museum is located at
.responsibility for developing corporate spon- fitt to the position of chief operating officer of 3602 Hwy. 301 in Tampa, just south of Dr. Martin Luther
sor relationships and local representation of M2Gen, a collaboration between drug maker King Jr. Boulevard.
the TOP Jewish Foundation. He will also be Merck & Co., Inc. and Moffitt to develop
serving as a grant writing resource for the personalized cancer treatments for patients. Democratic "Bar-B-Que"
community. Garrison has more than 25 years experience The Est Hillsborough County Democratic Club, the Pro-
Segel is a native of Tampa, a certified fi- in the health care and insurance industries. gressive Democrats ofAmerica/East Hillsborough-Polk Chap-
nancial planner, volunteers for The Greater He has held senior level leadership positions ter, and the Democratic Divas are celebrating Independence
Tampa Chamber of Commerce and serves on in operations, sales and marketing in the Day together with an "old-fashioned bar-b-que" at 3 p.m. in
the Board of Congregation Rodeph Sholom as not-for-profit, public and venture capital Aldermans Park after walking in the Brandon Fourth of July
well as the Team Selection Committee for the sectors. Parade. All Democrats and independents are welcome to join
Outback Bowl. He previously was a senior Fowler White Boggs Banker News the celebration and meet Democratic candidates who will an-
private banker with Fifth Third Bank's Private Forty-nine Powler White BoggsiBanker nounce their intentions to run for office.
Client Group in Tampa... lawyers.are named in the Florida Super Law- Gymnastics Championship
Moffitt Announced New Hiies yers 2007. Nine of those are recognized in theion
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Resparch top honors categories. Cathy J. Beveridge, ThGye nastics Championship takes place oupJuly 4 8 atonthe Tampa
Institute, aftea national search, has ap- Tracy Raffles Gunn, Hala A. Sandridge, GCynastics Championship takes place July 4 8 at the Tampe
pointed Janene Clumaber as the yce presi- Linda L. Shelley and Denise L. Wheeler are Convention Center, located at333 S. FranldinSt. Competition
dent/chief finaneial officer. Culumberhas listed among the top 50 female Florida Super beginsThursday, July 5. More than 1,50 athletes from across
been at Moffitt simce 200 and most recently Lawyers. John W. Robinson, IV is named one the country are expected to compete. On Wednesday,.July 4,
has served as the director of finance. In 2004, of the top 10 Florida Super Lawyers. Cathy frm noon to3 p.m., a gymnasts and their families are invited
she was announced as Moffitt's Employee J. Beveridge, E. Jackson Boggs, Michael J. to the 2007 Age Group Natonas Parade of Champions rain
of the Year. Prior to her tenure at Moffitt, Dewberry, John D. Emmanuel and John W. or shinequad wile lckoff thewes throw beads. Radio Disney's Fun
Culumber was a senior manager at LLP for Robinson, IV are listed among the top 100 Squad will kick-off the festivities following the arade.
eight years. She holds a master's degree in Florida Super Lawyers.
Hurricane Preparedness
Hillsborough County will present a series of free Hurricane
Preparedness Forums at all five of its neighborhood service
centers.Various county agencies will come together to provide
important information to assist households with preparing
themselves bfore as well as after:a storm, such as where to
Spick up wter, food and ice. Basic preparedness items will
also be provided to each household that attends. Residents
will lear the benefits in planning ahead of time for the safety
of themselves and their families.The Hurricane Preparedness
Forums will be held 6:30 8:30 p.m. Residents should call
e e their nearest neighborhood service center for more informa-
tion and to RSVP:
Head Start
Hillsborough County Head Start/Early Head Start is now
accepting applications for 2007-2008 child care of 3- and
4-year olds. Applications can be downloaded at www.hill-
"Copyrighted M aterial sboroughcounty. org/headstart/resources/forms or Head
C Start/Early Head Start's main office at 3639 W. Waters Ave.
m e For more information, call Head Start/Early Head Start pro-
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INVITATION TO BID
Sd* Sealed bids for INSTALLATION OF FIELD LIGHTS FOR THE
SOFTBALL FIELD AT KING HIGH SCHOOL will be received by
the School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida in the Office
of the Supervisor of Purchasing, Third Floor, School Administra-
tive Center, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, Florida until
2:00 PM, Tuesday, July 24, 2007. (The mailing address is P.
O. Box 3408, Tampa, Florida 33601). Bids will not be accepted
S- ,- after 2:00 PM of the above date. Bids will be opened and
S- _. read aloud in the Purchasing Department, located on the
third floor of the School Administrative Center.
Contractors desiring to bid this project are subject to an Encour-
agement Affirmative Action Plan as identified within the bidding
documents.
Ai the 4OVe S e w ith J ason A lessi There will be a Non mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting on Tuesday,
July 17, 10:00 am at King High School, 6815 North 56th
Street, Tampa, FL 33610.
Check In to Room 14o8 for Terror IT IS THE BIDDER'S RESPONSIBILITY TO SEE THAT BIDS
ARE DELIVERED TO THE PURCHASING DEPARTMENT AS
Movie- 1408 soever if he chooses to spend ultimately scares you the REFERENCED ABOVE. BID SECURITY MUST BE SUB-
Director: Mikael Hafstrom a night in this hotel room, most. You'd think that a large MITTED WITH BID. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.
Cast: John Cusack, Samuel because Enslin knows all too hotel would be one of the best NOTICE TO ALL BIDDERS: The School Administrative
L. Jackson, Mary McCormack, well from prior experiences. places to be in case of an Center is a "security" building, therefore, visitors will be
Tony Shalhoub that ghost and ghouls exist emergency because of all the required to obtain a Visitors Pass prior to entering the
Rated: PG-13 (violence, only in the imagination. people around you. But room building. A photo identification will need to be presented
profanity) Naturally, Mike ignores the 1408 is like something out of at this time.
Running time: 94 min. manager's warning and takes the Twilight Zone, something
"It's an evil f****ng room." room 1408 anyway. At first, that the main character sees Plans and specifications may be obtained from the Engineer.
This line spoken by the nothing out of the ordinary and feels yet no one else Complete information regarding bidding documents and other
manager (Samuel L. Jackson) occurs, just as Mike expect- around him can. information may be obtained from the Engineer:
of the Dolphin Hotel in New ed. But after a little while, the 1408 is good horror with- Engineers of Record Plans and Speciflcations
York City says it all. He is re- room's evil vibes begin to take out the gore. It's a nice change RHC and Associates, Inc. Rapid Blueprint
ferring to room number 1408 their shapes and forms. Mike to see a scary movie rated Box 4505 3623 Henderson Blvd.
at the Dolphin.. Apparently, is flooded with horrifying and PG-13 instead of R. That Tampa, FL 33677 Tampa, FL 33609
many past guests have met logic-defying images. Halluci- also means there's a better Plans and Specs (813) 254-0907 (813) 879-5133
untimelyand often gruesome nations? Enslin wished they chance to make a profit at (813) 254-0744 (Fax) (813) 872-8086 (Fax)
deaths while staying in this were that simple. the box office. Cusack gives
particular hotel room. It's the Based on the short story by a solid performance as the No bidder may withdraw his bid for a period of thirty days after
kind of story that Mike Enslin Stephen King, 1408 is a well- doomed guest and Hafstrom's date set for bid opening.
(John Cusack), a writer on crafted scare fest that will direction really brings out the THE SCHOOL BOARD OF
haunted places, loves to hear frighten and surprise most terror. This one makes the list HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
about. It's a story that will viewers. It's that dreaded of really good Stephen King MARYELLEN ELIA
help Enslin sell a book, and feeling of isolation felt by adaptations. SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 6/29-7/13/07 3T
will cause him no harm what- John Cusack's character that Grade: B+
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chestra providing.the musical The evening includes danc-
entertainment. ing, a top flight retro lounge,
W H AT' f APPEN ING Admission is $20 for Sinatra a full liquor bar, an outdoor
SHA PG Paul's Way, $45 for Celebrate cigar patio, and professional
Sinatra, and $55 for both. A re- dance assistance. Admission
in 0 1d Yby served table for six costs $600. .is $5 and you must be over 18
B Paul Guzzo A portion of the proceeds will years old.
-By Paul Guzzo benefit the Mayor's Beautifica-
tion Program. Centro Swing
Charlie Wall Film 29, beginning at 9 p.m. The home health care assistance RSVP by visiting www.Cel- The Centro Asturiano, 1913
1 Day Films is inviting the theatrical show will begin each to the elderly, disabled, home- ebrateSinatra.com or by mail- Nebraska Ave., presents Swing
Ybor City community to take week at 10 p.m. Each night will bound clients and especially ing a check payable to Mayor's Centro every Thursday night.
part in the filming of the docu- showcase artists, musicians those living with HIV/AIDS and Beautification Program, P.O. Swing dance lessons are held
mentary "Ghosts of Ybor City" and poets. other catastrophic illnesses. Box 2104, Tampa, F1. 33601. from 7 8 p.m. and the swing
in ON CAMERA ROLE Baldomero Lopez Fashion Rocks will show- dance will be held from 8
The first part of th docu- Bero L ez case national and international Sinatra Charity Concert p.m. to midnight. All ages are
The first part ofver the lifedocu- The Centro Asturiano de designers who create couture The Frank Sinatra Charity tvelcome and no partner is
mentary will cover the life of Tampa and the Korean War designers who create cauture
Ybor City gangster Charlie. Veterans Association (KWVA) and finely tailored garments, Concert, Dance and Show to needed. Admission is $7. For
Wall. 1 Day Films will be film- Vta o L z K A such as Elizabeth Carson (The benefit the Moffitt Cancer Cen- more information, visit www.
ing reenactments ofhistorica Lt. Baldomero Lopez M.H. Ebony Fashion Fair), Folake ter, Veterans with Disabilities swingtime.info.
ing reenactments of historical Chapter # 175 will hold a fund- and All Children's Hospital will
moments in the life of Charlie raising luncheon for the con- Ayoola, and many more. The and Al Childrens Hospital willSonwrter'S Night
mWallonAugust4, 5 of han e raising luncheon for the con- show will display a unique be held on Saturday, July28 Songwriter's Night
ExtrWallonAundgu supprtin andto. struction of the Lt. Baldomero twist to it by featuring the from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Tre Amici @ the Bunker
Etras and upporting ars Lopez M.O.H. memorial mon- Leonard Academy Of Dance, Cuban Club, 2010 Avenida presents Songwriter's Nightev-
will be needed for alscenes ument on Saturay July 7 Salsa Caliente Dance Troupe, Republica de Cuba. The event ery Thursday night from 7 9
exer do not need acting from 2 7 p.m. at the Centro the Kuumba Dancers, R&B features music by Don Juceam p.m. Tre Amici@ the Bunker is
experience to be an extra. Asturiano. The monument is Kn, a s Orchestra heavy hors d'ouvres located at 1907 19th Street.
Extras will not just be sitting to be dedicated on Veterans Artist Keno, Jugga, and spoken Orchestra, heavy hors douvres located at 1907 9th Street.
or standing around, though. Day 2007 in the Korean War wod artst LIFE. and open bar for an extra $0. would like to participate, email
Reenactments will include a m Tickets are $20 and are Regular admission is $50. For would like to participate, email
bolita game in the 1940s, a R available online at www.820PR reservations, ca 600-3134 or Jessie at songwritersybor-
street shoot out in the 1930S, dice Sports Complex on South com or at Salon Nefertiti, 6800 229-3671 or email don@don- bunker.com.
streetand a shootout inthe 193cene0s Mobley Road in Tampa (Hlls- Dale Mabry Hwy., suit juceamcom The venue can fit up to
anda murder crimescenein borough County). N. alefour people in the stage area,
the 1950s, and extras will be The master of ceremonies 1888 or by calling 885-5751. depending on the sie of their
active participants in these ceremonies Spoken Word depnding on the size of their
actve participantsn these will be Murdoch Ford from the Sinatra Celebration The International Bazaar instruments. No drum sets,
cenes.te lease email KWVA, and the guest speaker Ken Walters presents the presents "Spoken Word" every please. Ifyou're not sure ifyou
intoo erei ansd emal will be Judge E. J. Salcines. 10th Annual Celebrate Sina- first Friday of the' iontth at8 can fit, just contact Jessie.
tooprod@gail.com an paul- The fundraiserwili also include tra on Saturday, July 28 at p,m. This free'event is hosted Visit www:myspace.com/
guzzo@hotmail.com. live entertainment, music and the Centro Asturiano de Tam- by Candace Defor and is open treamicimusic for more infor-
Wedding Show dancing. pa. The evening begins with to the public. Anyorne may mation;
Every first Sunday of the Tickets may be purchased "Sinatra, Paul's Way" from speak, perform an insituient Latin Dance
month from 1 -4 p.m., vendrs in advance in the office of 8 8:45 p.m. in the second or recite their poetry to the The Centro Asturiano pres-
for your wedding day needs the Centro Asturiano, 1913 floor theatre.-Join Tampa's crowd, orsimplyjustenjoythe ents Latin Nights Dance every
will gather at Tre Amici @ The N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, Fl cultural arts czar, journalist event and listen. The Interna- second and fourth Friday of
Bunker, 1907 19th St. Visi- 33602. and musician Paul Wilborn tional Bazaar is located at 1600 the month from 8 p.m. to mid-
tors will also enjoy live music For more information please along with his trio, Blue Roses, E. Eighth Avenue in the Centro night. The Centro Asturiano
and a complimentary glass of call 229-2214 or (625-2870. for backstage stories with wity Ybor complex. is located at 1913 Nebraska
Bellini. Business Expo observations and hit songs Ave. The event features Salsa,
Celebrity Fashion Show The Ybor City Chamber from Sinatra. Club Vicente Merengue, Paso Doble, Boleros
Celebrity fashion designer of Commerce Business Expo From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Cel- It's "Swing Night at Club and Bachata. Dress code is
Indashio will hold a fashion wi be held on Tuesday, July ebrate Sinatra in.the ballroom, Vicente" every Tuesday from 7 business casual. Admission
show on Saturday, June 30 at 10 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. enjoy a cash bar and a tapas 11 at the Don Vicente Histor- is free for Centro Asturiano
8 p.m. at the Centro Asturianio at the Columbia Restaurant. menu served table-side with ic Inn, located on the corner of members and $5 for non mem-
de Tampa. Admission is $20. The event will include a buf- Tom Tiratto and Joe Stagi Or- 14th Street and Ninth Avenue. bers.
Call (747) 435-4745 for more fet lunch, networking, and a--
information or visit www.in- chance to get to know area 1
dashio.com. businesses as they exhihit Lt hom e
their business opportunities. Leij y
For reservations, call Anna Ro- : i
Miss Centro Asturiano mas at 248-3712, ext. 22. no
Centro Asturiano is pleased OU
to announce the Miss Centro Tampa Film Review g
Asturiano contest for 2007. The next Tampa Film Re-
The contest will take place on view, presented by 1 Day Films, te lift
August 25, 2007 in the Cen- will be held on Friday, July 13
tro's beautiful vintage theatre at 8 p.m. at the International
located at 1913 N. Nebraska Bazaar, located at 1600 E.
Ave Tampa, FI 33602. They Eighth Ave. in the Centro Ybor
will accept entry forms until Complex. Tampa Film Review i
JUily 10. is a monthly showcase of local
The winner receives a $500 independent films and is held
scholarship. every second Friday of the
The emphasis of the event month and is free.
is knowledge of the Spanish Visit www.thetampafilmre-
culture and not on physical view.com for more.
beauty. Centro Networking
Applicants should be single t Centro Asturiano de
with no children; between 17 Tampa'snextMonthlyNetwork-
bla inual (panish-ng lih)ay ing &Speaker Series Luncheon Fifth Third Equity Flexline
22 -2 4 day, July 20will be held on Thursday, July
live in Tampa Bay; have some 19 in the Centro Asturiano
knowledge of Spain, Ybor Ciy ballroom: iA networking meet
Tampa; be a member, daughter and greeFwill be held from
11:30 a.m. to noon. Lunch meo 1 0
of a member, or granddaugh- be sd a Prim e inus l R
ter of a member of the Centro willbe served and speakers
will be presented from noon to
Asturiano; have her own es- 1 p.m. July's speakers willbe Now, you can turn all your hard work into a better tomorrow with a
cortt; be aleto perfor some Luis Lopez of 1300AM Super Fifth Third Equity Flexline. Borrow up to 100% of your home's equity
artistic talent; be prepared to Qa p.m anttAM 2er
Q, and Hispanic Chamber of
model with three ehanges of Commerce Director Ja kie Ro- to pay off high-interest bilis, for home improvements, higher education
clothing jeanrs and te-shirt ommerce Director Jackie Ro-
typical dress of Sain, and a jas-Quinones, who will present or a long-awaited vacation. It's a well-earned bonus.
typical dress of Spain, and an the 2007 Idolos Awards.
evening gown); should pres- Admission is $15 for Cen-
ent an essay about Spain; tro Asturiano members and Call 813-306-2553 or walk in any
and if the candidate shouldand $20 for non-
win, should be prepared to be members. Please RSBP to Fifth Third Banking Center location today.
present at all functions on the alfrederick@gmail.com or by-
Centro Asturiano's calendar alfrederick@gmail.com nr by
of events. calling 229-2214 by Tuesday,
Application fee is $50.. July 17.
For an application or for Improv Show
more information, call the BAIT Bay Area Improv
Centro Asturiano's office at Theatre will perform on Fri-
229-2214. day, July 20 at8 p.m. atthe In-
Cigar Theatre ternational Bazaar, located at FIFTH THIRD BANK
Cigar 1600 E. Eighth Ave. in the Cen-
Cigar Th eatre, located on tro Ybor Complex. Admission is
the core paAvenue n $5. Visit www.tampabait.com WWW.53.com
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Rays Demote Dukes; By Richard Muga

But Wast Enough? ing Beac Hazards
It was quite obvious the seling and will not play base- A vg B e a ch
Devil Rays had to do something ball for a while. If there are no
regarding troubled outfielder more incidents and if he plays So you are heading for the When strolling along the Remember to shuffle you
Elijah Dukes. The 22-year- well in the minors, then Eli- beach. Fun in the sun, sand, beach, avoid stepping on the feet when entering the water.
old rookie was causing the jah Dukes could find himself and surf await you and your dried grasses that the tide Stingrays cover themselves
team major distractions by wearing a Devil Rays uniform family. It is time to get away washes ashore. Many times with sand and become invisible
his continual misbehavior. off once again. from the traffic, the demands those soft strands of grass are to the swimmers. When shuf-
the field. When the word came But what ifElijah Dukes loses of the job and the everyday hiding places for the carcasses fling, one's feet will come in
down that Tampa Bay had his cool and, let's say, slugs an routine of life. of catfish and other spiny crea- contact with the rays and they
optioned Dukes to the minors umpire or another player on his For many Americans, par- tures. It is always best to wear will dart off. If one steps on a
and placed him on a temporary minor league'team.-Remember tic -arly for the nearly 18 some type of foot wear suitable hidden ray, their barbed tail
inactive list, the majority of how much media coverage Del- nrldlion resident Fforidians, for sand and water, automatically comes up and a
Rays fans were likely miffed at *mon Young's bat-throwing-at- going on vacation has tradi- painful puncture-to the ankle
why the team didn't just cut: the-umpireinciderit received? tionally involved some timre at The areaof Florida on which or calf results. Do not venture
ties with him altogether. .What ifl tukes des sdmething the beach. With 1,350 miles of we live is, the lightning capi- for a swim into the waters of
There comes apointwhen an even worse off the field? If coast line, Florida privides the tal of the U.S. When stormy passes. These are the places
organization has to say enough someone wants:to change their most attractive quality beaches weather approaches seek shel- where predatorslay in ambush
is enough. Elijah Dukes has lives, they must first admit in the country.The excellence ter immediately. Lightning can for the creatures that flow in
had several run-ins with the they have a problem. Elijahb of Florida beaches and climate strike up to two miles away and out of bays with the tide
law over the past couple of Dukes denied he had a prob- also attract more than 84 mil- from the storm. It is a grave and current. On many outings
years while he has been with lem on the radio. Has he now lion visitors peryear to come to mistake to wait until the roar through Gasparilla Pass we
the Devil Rays in the minor changed his mind? our state. Surely, huge quanti- of thunder and the dark clouds had gccasion to observe boats
leagues. Recently, Dukes' es- Rays principal owner Stuart ities of those northern invitees are nearby. anchored near the bridge and
tranged wife filed a restraining Sternberg says he is commit- also visit our beaches children and adults swimming
order against Dukes after he ted to helping a troubled indi- While the rewards of time Do not swim alone. It is near by the boat. If those
left a phone message threaten- vidual. I applaud this. But how at the beach can be many we dangerous for vanous reasons. swimmers only knew the size
ing the lives of both her and her many chances is Mr. Dukes go- must guard against the haz- A crippling cramp, rip tides, or of the bull and hammerhead
children. This incident alone ing to receive? He was already ardsthat exist on and near the a stumble due to a strong wave sharks that patrol that pass
would be a legitimate cause in the Rays' organization dur- sandy soils of Florida. Thus, all can spell disaster when they would never swim there.
for the termination of Dukes' ing previous arrests. Tampa herein we point out some of alone. Many who have perished Swimming near passes and
contract. But the Rays practi- Bay stuck by him. The team the caveats that go along with due to a heart attack while offshore of some beaches dur-
cally did nothing. stuck by him even after he the good times. alone on the water could have ing the tarpn season brings a
Soon after, an 18-year-old threatened his family. Hasn't Traffic is the first hurdle we survived if accompanied. And greater degree of danger. Huge
woman claimed that Dukes Dukes been given more than a na a neyer, particularly when the sharks are actively feeding on
woman claimed that Dukes a d water is murky, wearjewelry or the tarpon in those areas as
had impregnated her when second chance already? on th shores. So allow your- water inn y objets into the watertarp you read those li reas as
she was 17. Because of the I hope Elijah Dukes can selves enough time to travel Predators such as mackerel,es
closeness of Dukes' age to turn his lifearound. But I also to your destination without bluefish and barracuda injure Take a cooler allong with
the girl's, there would be no worry that by the Rays keeping rush.. For those who seek the many swimmers every year. pTent of water, forget this
cha~gfiled. him in the organization, they public beaches, parking has They are not attacking the per- picntre and fllow our recom-
Last week, Dukes blew up are opening- up the doors for 1 They are not attackig the per- picture and follow our recom-
dung: a ~ a ek, Duter blew p are opening up the doarr s for also become a serious issue. son they are attracted to the lure mendations and you will be
duringa radio interviewinwbich even more embarrassment and So the element of time becomes f the shiny objets and conse- afe at the beach. aybe
in any way with his dYou can listen to JaonAles- significant in locating parking quently injure the wearer. BE A GOOD SPORT!
any he1p in any way with his You can listen to Jason Ales- in your favorite beachside.
problems. Guess he doesn't si ialk sports with Tampa Bay At the risk of sounding
think threatening the lives of Lightning and Orlando Magic motherly, please use adequate
his wife and kids is. that big a arena announcer Paul Porteron sunscreen. Also, increase pro-
deal. This should've been the The Home Team every Satur- tection for yourself and the
last straw. Obviously, it wasn't. dayfrorn 10 a.m. to noon, now children with adequate cloth-
Now, Dukes will get coun- on 1470 AM. ing when out of the water. A
broad brimmed hat is always
a good beach companion.-
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La Gaceta doesn'tjust magi- 2000 2002. Since 2002, he's A few years ago a good- spent 30 years in the retail food ten, produced and narrated
cally appear in your mailbox or co-hosted a sports talk show, looking blond named Sharon business, 24 years of which shows for public-access televi-
on your newsstand every Fri- The Home Team, with Paul convinced him to expand his were spent in the convenience sion in Tampa, including the
day. Every weekfor 85 years, Porter on 1470 AM, the same services, saying to him, "You food industry. In 1983, along environmentally oriented "De-
a team of dedicated workers- year he began writing for La should be covering weddings, with his wife of 51 years Joan, nial: A River in Tampa?"
slave over the pages you read, Gaceta. Since 2004, he's also in-home portraits, quincean- he opened Christianson Glass Andrea, born in Michigan,
wrting the articles, designing worked fulltime at his family's eras, private parties, and major in Madeira Beach-and in 1985 moved to the East Coast as a
the ads and layout ofthepages, bakery, Alessi Bakery on Cy- events. You should have your opened Hidden Treasures in child when her father, a rocket
selling ads, researching news, press Street. very own hard. cover picture Clearwater. scientist, worked on the Apollo-
and more. The following is the A diehard Bucs and USF book of Ybor City and Tampa. Soyuz mission as a Chrysler
La Gaceta "starting lineup" of Bulls fan, he's also an avid For that matter all your cus- engineer at Cape Kennedy.
team players who help to put follower of boxing. His father tomers should receive their She moved to Tampa to attend
this publication together was a fight promoter for many very own printed hard cover USF, where the journalism
years, taking Jason to a num- proof book and a photo CD in- faculty named her Outstanding
JASON ALESSI ber of bouts. stead of a stack of pictures." Graduate in Journalism. Her
Since childhood, Jason What could he say but "I national journalism awards
Alessi loved movies, his per- AL AND SHARON ALLEN Do" include the Robert Kennedy
sonal favorite being Raiders In March of 1998, current Soon after, Al convinced her Journalism award, granted for
of the Lost Ark, and sports, La Gaceta photographer Al to spend hier life with him. an investigative series on "Rac-
making him a perfect fit as Allen gave up the glamorous The rest is history as they ism in Hillsborough County
La Gaceta's sports and movie world of corporate photography say. Today, the Allen's con- Schools" that she wrote for the
columnist. to work for this small town, in tinue to expand their busi- Tampa Times, Tampa's now-
a big city, weekly newspaper, ness. If you missed any news defunct afternoon newspaper.
taking pictures of not only the or want to have a copy of the A published poet, Andrea is
local news shows you may have author of the 1995 novel Night
fer a News Clipping Service as against the backdrop of the
S. well as their full service, world civil war of 1975.
ufamous, photography.
ALBERTO DE LA ROSA
JOAN BAARDSE A kickboxing champion by
La Gaceta's copy editor and night, by day Alberto de la
resident cross word puzzle His work history includes Rosa is La Gaceta's senior ac-
expert, Joan Baardse has West Coast division manager- countexecutive. A native ofthe
-been with the newspaper for for Farm Stores from 1980 Dominican Republic, Alberto
four years. The mother of 1983, responsible for 100 0-
r -r .Angie Manteiga, and Patrick's stores; general manager, with
1 r- -Steveco Incorporated from
1970 1980; general manager
of Cumberland Farms Dairy
SStores in 1979; zone manager
for- Munford Majik Markets
Born September 24, 1980, Hispanic community, but cov- from 1978 1979; and man-
his parents are Drew and eringthepoliticalsceneaswell. ager, auditor and supervisor-
Phil Alessi. A 1999 Plant High Today, A Alen synonymous for the Southland Corpora-
School graduate, he earned is with La Gaceta, seen at every tion stores from 1961 1976.
B.A. in creative writing from major event with his trade- Dick's career took him all over
USF inx-2004., He penned a mark hat, jokes and camera, the United States, including ..... ...
weekly sports column for The and at restaurants throughout Seattle, Chicago, Virginia and ..
Tampa Record and hosted a Tampa, snapping shots of the Wisconsin. t....Ta i
sports talk radio show called public for La Gaceta's Enter- Dick enjoys playing golf and
Sports Beat on 1040 AM from tainment Pages. racquetball in his free time.

'5 ', DOANDREA BRUNAIS
F0r years Andrea Brunais, a colum-
S.... a nist for La Gaceta for one year, came to the United States with
ahas more than 25 years experi- his family when-he was 7 years
La, laceta hhas mother-in-law, prior to join- ence in journalism. old, settling in Massachusetts.
ing La Gaceta Joan ran two When he was 13 years old
beei stand beach stores throughout the he moved to Tampa with his
1980s with her husband of family, and graduated from
up for O the Laflio0 51 years, Richard. The first Jefferson High School in 1997
was Christiansen Glass in and tie University of South
Madeira Beach, which special- Florida in 2002.
ized in blown glass art. The The 27-3ear-old Alberto
second was Hidden Treasures worked in a variety of careers
ha k you in Clearwmter, which special- prior to coming to La Gaceta
OU, ized in tourist items. in .2006.' He is currently en-
A member of the Ybor Citygaged.
S Roundtable, an active member He recently took home a
S of St. Lawrence Church and gold medal in the 2007 Annual
a former-member of the West Chinese Martial Aits Champi-
Schoo Board DistriHillsborough County Rotary onship in Orlando.
School Board District 1 Club, prior to settling in Flori-
da for good in 1999, Joan lived
throughout the United States She was a prizewinning PAUL GUZZO
LAW OFFICES (813) 653-2500- Seattle, Chicago, Virginia and writer for The Tampa Tribune's An employee of La Gaceta
CURRY & ASSOCIATES. P.A. Fax (813) 689-0242 Wisconsin raising her three newsroom and editorial board Newspaper since 1999, Paul
children Angie, Laurie and before becoming an editorial Guzzo writes the Silhouettes
Christopher. page editor for Knight Ridder a weekly profile on important
in Tallahassee from 1994 to members of the Tampa Bay
CLIFTON C. CURRY, IR. RICHARD BAARDSE 1998. Then she was editor of community and covers all
TORichard "Dick" Baardse has the Weekly Planet/Creative issues that take place in Ybor
ATTORNEY AT LAW been with La Gaceta Newspaper Loafing in Sarasota before the City and West Tampa.
since April 2000 as legal adver- staff cutbacks there in 2001. A native of Trenton New
tising manager. The -father of Andrea now offers media Jersey and- graduate of Rowan
ONE OF BRANDON'S LaVIVA PROFESSIONAL CENTER Angie Manteiga and father-in- relations and media relations University in New Jersey with
OLDEST & LARGEST FULL 750 WEST LUMSDEN ROAD law of Patrick Manteiga, Dick training through-her company, a B.A. in journalism:, Paul re-
SERVICE LAW FIRMS BRANDON. FLORIDA 33511 is a native of Washington; D.C. Ink Inc.(Please see the website located to Tampa in 1999 and
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THE IIU D RPAID Juan Rulfo. Since then, he Tampa on vacation to visit his
HE UNDULE AIU has published two additional cousins, but fell in love and
(Contnuedfrom page 26) books. The first, "El Knock Out never went home. He has since
of Jorge," is a chronicle novel divorced.
shortly thereafter began his about episodes of Venezuelan He currently owns Portofino
caee it.L9act aPaul is He currently owns Portofino
career with La Gaceta. Paul is Jewelers on S. Dale Mabry
founder ofYbor City's monthly Highwaye and is the proud
independent film series The father of Guido and Marissa
Tampa Film Review (www. Maniscalco.
thetampafilmreview.com) and
a member of the Gasparilla ANGIE MANTEIGA
Film Festival Board of Di- The glue that holds La Gace-
ta together, Angie Manteiga
wife of Patrick, daughter of
SDick and Joan Baardse is
A Laer' Plisted as La Gaceta Newspa-
the First Amendment Lawyers' per's associate producer, but
Association and has actively her title barely scratches the
local SCCA (Sports Car Club of participated in numerous state surface of all she does for the
America) racing series. and federal legal battles, hav- publication. A 20-year em-
ing won several very important ployee of La Gaceta, she is the
RYAN "BOSTON" KELLEY First Amendment cases. Hay- newspaper's graphic.artist and
A native of Lawrence, Mas- ing developed expertise fighting productin manager, she over-
S sachusetts, Ryan Kelley's die- the "Adverse Secondary Effects sees all layout design and gen-
hard dedication to Boston Doctrine," Luke has gained erally ensures the newspaper
wide success establishing that is put together properly and
political affairs, which became adult entertainment has aright ets out n time everv week.
a bestseller and led to three to be evaluated on legitimate
more published editions. The evidence, just as any other
second, "El Corazon de la party in litigation. From New
Palabras," is a book of poetry York to Birmingham, he has
rectors. He has written and published by the Universidad fought in the trenches for your
produced five independent Central de Venezuela's pub- rights, and he also won the in-
films with his brother Pete. lishing house. fluential "Voyeur Dorm" case,
His most recent two films, 99 He deepened his creative where it was established that
(www.99themovie.coi) and experience as a mass com- the internet was not subject to
Ghosts. of Ybor (www.yborg- munications professor for the geographic limitations of
hosts.com) have shown in film eight years ay Universidad adult regulations.
festivals around the world, Central de Venezuela, teaching He is licensed in the United
including NY, LA, Toronto, television journalism, televi- States Supreme Court and
Wales, and South Africa and sion production and television numerous Federal Appellate
won numerous awards. along scriptwriting. He is also a rec- courts, and he represents
the way. Currently, Paul is ognized radio and television sports teams has earned him Clients all over the Country,
producing a documentary on producer. the nickname "Boston." La trying to advance the decline of gn ampan-
Charlie Wall and Santo Traf- Abel is also a musician and Gaceta's legal clerk, he has Western Civilization one DVD ian, she lived throughout the
ficante, Jr. song composer whose produc- been with the newspaper for or lap dance at a time..Luke country -Virginia, Illinois,
Paul has been published in tions have been used for sev- six months feels that being a First Amend Wisconsin Indiana, Seattle,
a dozen magazines and written eral soap operas in Venezuela. The 24-year-old Boston ment lawyer is the highest and South Carolina before
one book, "The Man of Steel: His last song, "Angel Rebelde," moved to Tampa in 2005 to at- calling an attorney can have. her family returned to Florida,
The Story of Bob Clark," a is a musical theme of homony- tend the University of Tampa, He has represented well* over settling in Plant City when
biography on Bob Clark, the mous soap opera featured on where he majors in inter- 1000 criminal defendants in Angie was 15 years od. One
founderofTampa Steele. the Univision Network today. national business and is an First Amendment cases, from year later, while attending
Before joining La Gaceta, he active member of the Sigma individuals to Nationwide cor- Plant City High School, she
ABEL IBARRA was working with BVK Meka Lambda Beta fraternity. He porations. met Patrick Manteiga. The
A native of Venezuela who in Miami as a senior creative has a 4-year-old daughter, attendedrick Manteiga. They
hasbeen in the United States copywriter and radio and tele- Dashira Kelley, and will attend GIUSEPPE MANISCALCO married wen they er
since 2001 and La Gaceta's vision producer for all advertis- law school after he earns his La Gaceta's Italian editor, years old.
Spanish editor since mid-2006, ing campaigns developed by B.A. at UT. Giuseppe Maniscalco, was A mother of three Erin,
Abel Ibarra has a unique expe- the company. born in Palermo, Sicily and Emilyand Joseph ngiis
rience in creative procedures. LUKE LIROT Emily'and Joseph Angi is.
rence in creative procedures. LUKE LIROT spent 23 years living in the a past president of the Cuban
He is a liberal arts graduate Luke Lirot has been a col- small townofAlessandria della Club. She currently serves
from the "Universidad Central RANDAL KELLY umnist with La Gaceta News- Club.he curretly serves
de Venezuela," Caracas, where The 43-year-old Randal paper for one year, but has on the CuBoard of Directors for
he earned his B.A. in literature Kelly has been La Gaceta's been engaged in the fight to the Cuban Club Foundatinmbus.
in 1981. His first book, "Rulfo y messenger and maintenance protect Civil Rights for over 20 and theas also worked with Gift
el Dios de la Memoria," which man since 2003, picking up years. After getting his law de- She has also worked with Gift
was published in 1992, was all advertisements both legal gree from the University of San for Teaching and is active in
awarded the Annual Prize of and commercial. A native of Francisco and serving as an PlannedParenthood and al
Literature by Monte Avila Edi- Temple Heights, when not at intern in the Public Defender's women's rights issues, at-
tores, Venezuela's Publishing La Gaceta, Randal is also a Office in 1986, Lirot returned tending marches and rallies
House. The book is an essay certified locksmith and avid to Florida and began fighting throughout the country.
covering the literary works of race fan. He can often be found censorship in the "Bible Belt." PEGGIE
the well-known Mexican writer, working in a pit crew for the He is a past president of MPANTEIGA-SCGI ECHEL
The matriarch of the La
Gaceta'Newspaper family and
mother of La Gaceta's editor
4,f/(.';~ teiga, -Peggie Manteiga-Sch-
S/ //mechel has been an empioyee
S/ Rocca, a province of Agrigento of La Gaceta off and on for 25
in Sicily. He earned a degree years. Her first stint began in,
in accounting in 1979 and 1960 when she married Roland
soon after joined the military,
serving his country in Brac-
ciano, Rome. When his service
time was complete, he came to


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Manteiga. She stayed until
1965, and then took a job for
FRANECOSTANTINO the Poverty Program and the
Communitv Action Agency un-
cti she maried Ben Schmechel
S1AOE8 217 hou in 1970. She then became his
partner in his wholesale kitch-
Z i)::COMpAI NYi. en cabinet business through
Victor DiMaino Jr. B Patrick Manteiga REAL ESTATESERViCES the early 1970s, when the
Mai Sbuilding business dropped off
2216 4TH AVE. E.: due to the recession and there
MAiA Fwasno one to sell cabinets
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(Continued from page 27) lyst of commercial, causality the country. been with La Gaceta longer
and workers compensation than Ruben Ramos. Thirty-
and then built a house across sioner for the Environmental po es; Entravision Univi- seven years ago he helped de-
policies; Entravision Univi-
the street and sold kitchen Regulation Commission. sion Tampa as a television GENE SIUDUT liver a few newspapers as a fa-
cabinets again. Presently semi-retired he and advertising representative; Patrick Manteiga's right vor to a friend who worked with
When Ben became too ill and Sylvia lve in Brandon and and ZGS Group Telemundo hand man, Gene Siudut has
to run the cabinet business, he hunts and fishes as often as Tampa as a senior account been assistant to the editor
Peggie mentioned to her son, possible. representative. at La Gaceta Newspaper since
Patrick, that she needed to OSORNE He has- been married to his 1999. The 34-year-old native of
heard emplof any job open ings that A deliverywomanat La wife Michelle for 14 years. New Jersey relocated to Tampa
please inform her right away Gaceta for over a dozen years, JOHN SCHOFIELD
... and the rest is -history..She Sharon Osborne savs she JOHN CHoarELd
retumrned to La Gaceta in 1987 pma- La Gaceta's resident Repub-
retrned to ts day rema ins 1 t lican, John Schofield has been
and to this da remains at with La Gaceta for five years
the newspaper as administra- as a typesetter, advertisement
tive assistant, office manager, desner and ea advertise-
bookkeeper, and mother an ment page designer. An aspir-
grandmother to not just her ing author, he moved to Tampa
own family but to the entire La from Philadelphia in the 1980s
Gacet a family. ch when "the Philadelphia sports the publication, and he has
living grandchildren (one was teams really started to stink." been with La Gaceta ever since.
hymg grandchildren (one was .n He has worked aiongside all
d1984)i and 10 greait gand- three generations of La Gaceta
1984), and 10 great grand-
children. owners and remembers when
Peggie's grandson Bryan Patrick was just a litle boy
Simpson, who lives in Texas, is whose chin could barely reach
a songwriter and has a popular doesn't ever plan on leaving the top of Roland's desk.
asongwitheaorenanhsa opul tnboesn't ever plan on leaving A native of Camaguey,
bluegrass band named Cadil- the newspaper. She currently Cuba, the 74-year old Ruben
rlac Sky. delivers La Gaceta primar- in 1999 and outside of La Gace- relocated to Tampa on his own
Peggie currently resides in ily in Plant Cityand Brandon ta has since piled upa number at the age of 20 to escape the
Temple Terrace, where she and says one of the highlights of accolades. He is founder of "political situation" in Cuba.
lives in an apartment at her of her weekis icking upthe the Harbour Island Civic As- Despitenoimmediate family
son Patrick's house. Herhobby newspapers Friday mornganda past member arou himformanyyears, he
is her grandchild ren, whm and seeing her Gaceta fam- of the Hillsborough County said the La Gaceta staff was
she has helped to carefor since ily, and thn delivering to her Human Relations Board, the just like his family, which is
they were born. She also serves customers, all of whom also "Hillsborough Count Citizens why he has stayed with the
as secretary of the Ybor City treat her like family. Advisory Commission to the publication for so many years.
Lions Club and has no plans Borh in Salem, New Jersey, County Commission, and the Every Thursday evening since
to retire from La Gaceta. she relocated to the Tampa Bay In Philly he worked for a legal Ybor City Round Table. He is une 19, 1970, Ruben has
area in 1974 upon graduat- newspaper performing similar also a regularly working actor spent a few hors at La Gaceta,
RICHARD MUGA ing high school and has been jobs to those he has with La in independent film, a two time picked up his newspapers and
Richard D. Muga, a practic- here ever since. Along with her Gaceta. Ybor City Lions Club Bocce delivered them throughout the
ing attorney for 28 years has 32-year-old daughter Joanne, He has been married to his Ball champion, a three-time -city, not for the- extra money
been writing for La Gaceta for she owns RJR Logistics in wife Jeanne for two years, is an fantasy football champion, it pays him, but to be around
nearly 18 years where he has Riverview, a lumber truck dis- avid karaoke performer, and as and a participant in Tampa the La Gaceta staff, whom he
published more than 1,450 tribution broker. She has three a dedicated citizen, follows all -Bay Club Sports flag football said has never treated him like
articles. Richard's discourse on grandchildren and has been political issues closely, capable leagues. anything but family.
Smarried to her husband Roger
for five years.
EDGARDO PINEDA
Edgardo Pineda recently re-
turned to La Gaceta Newspaper
for his second stint with the
publication as senior account
executive. He was originally T La Gaceta on its 85th Anniversary,
with the newspaper from 1993
through 2001 and returned
just two months ago, stating,
he wanted to return to his sec- W e W an Say
ond family.a

The Role of the Environmental
Commission was published O:l
in The St. Thomas University
School of Law Law Review Vol-
ume 11, Fall of 1998. While
his articles in La Gaceta are _
directed mainly to outdoor .... -
sports he occasionally writes
on other subjects of commu-
nity interest. -,
Richard has been married C o .
45 years to the former Sylvia
Garcia, they have two daugh-
ters Kimberly Barnes and Kelly
Fitton and one grandson Rich- A native of Honduras, Ed-
ard P. Russo. gardo moved to New York at from Yo F en
Richard came.alone to the the age of 17 and graduated
United States in 1955. His:first from the University of New
job was with La Gaceta deliver- York, Hunter College in 1972
ing newspapers alongside Ro- with a B.A. in economics. He
land Manteiga. He has served has over 20 years of experi-
as an sssistant state attorney, ence in sales, marketing and
public defender, director of customer service in print, Dee C
Hillsborough County's Citizen's television and radio advertis- John Dee Ceninaro
Dispute Settlement Cenrter and ing in the Hispanic market.
Juvenile Arbitration Programs Over the course of his career Mercy DiMai
and State of Florida commis- in Tampa, he has worked


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Rord ,and Pack hanve r guided la Gawelt Neeprper
f85-year hisfory. -These porai were all
la Gacefa's gond friend and Ybor C aty ooon

's poriraif (center), pain-ed in 1983,
i in :his lo er ydaear. The paining i s o
erde's wife, Luisi'a, ook of Vicda riano
g he-nt he won felling ihem abouf his fimeas a lector
fUga ive-,our maronfoinon siy g ,eon.
e ins d th ef t aT aay was one of the hVgighh e

a ndd porerail (rgh) was poinfed in 1995. The
wer. ing decikh Rolands powe presence. Roland
nfertlo joke that ferdie would complete7 be
aprhg when he paid him.

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t was" oriegtan h pomeo erited matter caiE fc loo es belonging to the Cigar look outsgr
pblhe 751i4 the anniver- And search he dod, for when often had te translted on Manufcturers Associatmion no for employom
i ad s sin been he landed he had a $10 bll the spot. Not anl easy t for longera allowefod tere as in their He dscu the of
o t anver- and two whte lnen suts to he had to fully grasp their shops By 1931, all the readers publishing a Spanish
Sand now our h name He rented a room on meanngs in order to effectively had been removed from the per with Dr. Jose
....ar siodve oE nc o r them. en i ficta seemed in t .~n.g
ce of85 years, the upper side of El Encanto convey them. factories. Owners considered the lionized doctor
Cleaners and, on his second A busboy from Las Nove- them a root to their labor prob- manitarian. NotwTg
S behavior can h e day in the city, he went towor dades Restaurant many years lems because of the emphasis theobvios poten an
gehn rposive because in the Morgane Cigar Factoryehe in ago reminsced about how he the readrs placed on reading involed in a qu p
onl beings guide ther West Tampa as a reader used to watch Victoriano come beral publcaons. t he ra of i ng effort, the good dr as
beha a knowledge of (lector). i;n andsit at a table with other the elite reader corps had B inold to help.Dr. l
wha a ed before they Readers held a special place readers and everyone would perm t tg an end. ~tt'ewod t ~heMas a
e mo a preconception in the cigar industry. A prac- gather around just to listen to In light of these a develop- Prters and, i the saen
of h happen after they tice that originated in Cuba their discussions. The restau- ments, Victoriano saw the their cmbind fforts
ate us only human be- before the advent of the rado, rant, brmming with the aromas need for more secure employ- the ft sse f La Gaeo
inr way by a light reader would sit on a r Lain cuisine nd Cubn ment. He went back t Cuba to At t La Gaceta
thates more than the platform (tribunal) and read a offee, served as their colle- look for work, but quikly very smal concern
p ground they stand wdevariety ofdmaterials to thtie t eprivate pulpit. retui ed in disappointent.would 1wr his
oa l J. Boostin. clgar workers busy at their The salar iy of the lectors was What he ound was not with the hp of hs
eorkbenches. :i': paid &weekly by the cigar work- much more promisig Al- aper was ut tgeter he
oees: A Histoy It to note that ers. Manteiga received 25 thoug theposiion of the ascunan ould
to ere called "readers" and cents every Friday fromeach reader was stronger, corrup- and La a wa deliveed
is d and elf not "lecturers." The cigar cigar maker he read to a tidy tion :abounded and nfuture by route boysater eve afr
itoriano Man- makers would vote on which sum for the early 20th century. conflicts seemed inevitable. Mnday through Satr-
tei that 94 years noel to be r f- they also However, when the cigamr Back in Tampa, the econ- day.
t l Tampa, he would had a voice on e a f e the reading of workers ent on strke, the omy apered to be on the The a ement wa that 75
ha name for himself some literature but, for the readers would naturally also upswing. An increasing num- percet of th money br~'o ht
in cwth one of the most part, the reader picked be off the payroll. er o:~ f tourists were coming in, in by advertisem ts w
m and successful w t he was going to read, The cigar industry in both many choosing to stay. Buld- o Mscunana Printing
s new-,spapers m qi ~~as olitical publicatons pa and Cubahad bee in nigpermits, manufacrin e wol rciv
the:: n, light shining o :snai l and interna pagued and, although th ealestate activity were
on : ch gound did.not t l ws and they proved Ltin community had set u th rse. :Construction of thi
btothe futi re. ed iolfte e"r an u aid societies :which ndridge-seemed a~
ba teiga the th ligtner lker. .e... tinvaluable to a good Tampa's population
le i er of L- t sin thisatmosphe'portn of the populationin boomng (it'doubled ng

lat1 the 19th A der, his job was n g Victoriano cause for shte rise. tic:i-ttoinfor :o
Yhnlo etyad d Ofelia__Pedrz

a pyato the m b ingthreatened. By the end aeRoland. Now a man oft
Lal~tin 1l of fortu t oiial gedai''- h 920 strike, som cigar : bity, he deidd to ~ d'On~~ tmg :`-









Three Generations, 85 Years, One Great Newspaper

(Continued from page 1) La Gaceta was well received
by the community. In a very
would round it out. short time, Manteiga had
Supplementing Manteiga's earned respect for his entrepre-
editorial column, it was not neurial and journalistic abili-
unusual to find recipes, po- ties. So much so that, less than
etry, sports, advertisements a year after starting the busi-
and topics of special interest, ness, B. DeBerga published
such as a women's column, two articles of appreciation
ancl a wire service from Spain and praise of Manteiga. The
and Cuba. translated excerpt follows:












Victoriano's wife Ofelia helped in any way she could in the early years ofLa
Gaceta, even delivering the newspapers when necessary.

Conjectures On The "But Manteiga is from Ha- scratched and bitten us ...
Case Of Manteiga vana and his merit lies in "But Manteiga does not
"From that day i deceived that he did not allow himself retreat ... he marches forward
my pen into the labyrinth of to be crushed and came here seeking ... I don't know. What
humorism, resolved to study to write, to struggle, for the we all seek in the beginning...
a series of local, intellectually legitimate interests and aspira- Manteiga writes his admirable
complex cases. tions of the race and tongue, paragraphs on his Al Margen
"Today on the examination to fight the battles of Latin de La Actualidid without hav-
m table we find the personality ideals, affirming the unparal- ing to envy another's keenness
of Victoriano Manteiga, one leled beauty of the language of mind nor refined perfection
of the most interesting liter- which he writes and expressing in writing great truths or es-
ary cases in our environment, his usual-courage in the firm sential miniatures which he
which has been suffocated by truths which fortify his spirit. has pleasantly filigreed and
tobacco smoke and oppressed ... There you have him, filled with rare and exquisite
by a climate that changes like directing La Gaceta, one of versatility ..."
a flirtatious woman. his numerous offspring of his One such common cause
"Though it may appear un- unswerving efforts ... Manteiga fought in La Gaceta
true, there are in this town ... he is not intimidated was vice. Resulting from this
people of extraordinary intel- by adversity ... his love and was a thwarted attempt to kid-
Victoriano Manteiga and Hubert Humphrey dur- ligence. The genius of the (hu- passions are our love and pas- nap him. The Tampa Moming
ing Humphrey's presidential campaign tour. A man) race does not live only in sions, his anguish and pain are Tribune reported in its Satur-
st the 96 the bigger cities but anywhere common to us all ... the enemy day, October 26, 1929 issue:
former vice president, Humphrey lost the 1968 there is an agglomeration of who has bared his teeth and
presidential election to Richard Nixon. individuals ... claws is the same one who has (Continued on page 3)


























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Victoriano Manteiga and Florida Governor Ruben
Askew meeting at La Gaceta's office located at
This photograph was taken in 1942 in downtown Tampa of some very hand- Askew meeting andt LaG eta's office located at
some men ready to leave for World War II. From left to right are Manuel i5th Avenue and Palm Avenue.
Lopez, Richard Sanchez, J. Martinez, Nina Lois Roberts Manteiga (Roland's At La Gaceta, hard work "Chungas y No Chungas."
first wife), Roland Manteiga, Lou Prida and Lou Gonzalez. and sacrifice helped to keep Moreover, in 1941 Victo-
the paper going. Cost cutting riano Manteigareceived a com-
One Great Newspaer the last two nights, and was Times were hard. The na- measures were instituted, mendation from then-Florida
One Great Newspaper accosted last night after he had tional crisis predicted by the and family pitched in. Ofelia Governor Spessard L. Holland
placed his car in the garage by stock market crash in 1929 could often be seen working for the former's loyalty, patrio-
(Continuedfrom page2) a man representing himself as had been preceded in Florida alongside. her husband, and ,tism, fidelity and prudence. He
Latin Editor Shoots Out a deputy sheriff. by at least three years. The young Roland joined them as a did not know it then, but this
Of Kidnapping Plot "He walked up to me just collapse in 1926 of the real delivery boyas soon as he was was to be just one of many
".nree unidentified men as I was going in the house estate boom, the ailing railroad old enough, awards and recognitions he
in an. automobile exchanged about midnight," Manteiga industry and the failure of the Their efforts paid offi La and his son, Roland, would
shots last night with Victoriano said, "and told me, 'Come with state government to meet bond Gaceta made it through the De- receive in connectionwith their
Manteiga, editor and publisher me.' I backed off toward the payments were all contributing pression virtually unsrathed. work in La Gaceta.
of La Gaceta, Ybor City news- front porch and fired once in factors. In the same year bank Minor format changes were .New equipment purchased
paper and fled after a futile the air to frighten him. Then resources in Florida fell by made, but these were more in 1942 precipitated a move
attempt to kidnap him. they started shooting from some $300 million, and more to update the publication from Mascunana Printing to a
"They fired at Manteiga as the car.' than 40 of them closed their than'anything else. Manteiga's new location. Operations were
he was standing in his front "Manteiga gave police a de- doors. The numbers would editorial column was renamed, (Continued on page 4)
yard at 918 East Ida Street and scription of his assailants, but quickly escalate.
one of the bullets went through said he was unable to note the To make matters worse, in
the doors in his home, missing license plate on the car. He ex- 1929 the Mediterranean fruit
him by inches. plained he was armed because fly was discovered in a citrus
"Manteiga told police he had he feared the men following grove near Orlando. Eradica-
noticed a car following him for him the last two nights. tion and control efforts dealt a
"Manteiga's newspaper has severe blow to the citrus and
been conducting a campaign related industries. Unemploy-
against the bolita racket, and ment was rampant. Idle minds u
he gave that as his reason for and empty bellies fared as best
the attack." they could.













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Three Generations, 85 Years, One Great Newspaper
i run legal ads in La Gaceta. could pay the employees and
G After consulting with an at- billse The newsprint was pur-
Storney, Roland discovered chased just enough for the
that La Gaceta met all but one week's paper. After the news-
of the state requirements to paper was published, Roland
run the ads. The law at the had to collect payment for the
time required, among other advertisements sold that week.
things, that the paper had to be The employees were paid and
printed mainly in the English checks were not cashed until
language. after the weekend. On Monday
Through his relentless ef- lead was purchased, and the
forts; the law changed to per- cycle began again.
mit newspapers that met all Roland was married to Peg-
other qualifications and con- gy Schmechel in 1960. His wife
tained at least 25 percent of joined the newspape that year
their words in the English. for no salary. Roland would
language to run legal advertise- spend late hours at the office
ment (F.C. 50.001). Thus in selling ads, collecting money,
an effort to increase revenues send out invoices, proof read-
caused La Gaceta a lot of grief. ing, and performing every job
Red paint bombs were thrown he could.
at the building, advertising His "saviors" were the
stopped, and the FBI followed girlie show owners, who never
Roland and kept watch at his stopped advertising. Slowly
home, thinking because Vic- money started coming in.
toriano supported Castro dur- Anhueser Busch became an
ing his pre-communist days, advertiser. People outside the
Roland.must still support him. Latin community became ad-
Roland did not support Castro vertisers.
at all, but that did not matter Very little Spanish was spo-
to the Latin community, who ken in public. It was not "cool"
Trays of lead type in the old La Gaceta out room. In the "od days," La ceased supporting the news- to be Latin, so Roland began
Gaceta published the newspaper using a linotype machine and lead. paper. translating his father's articles
Income was very low. Lead into English.
(Continued from page 3) time ti time, included in my Florida, is the author of a was bought to publish the pa- The Democrats were back
conducted out of La Benefica speeches in the House newspa- widely read political column per, the paper was printed, and in office and Roland was in-
Building on 15th Street in Ybor per accounts and articles that and has oftentimes been com- then the lead was sold so he (Continued on page 5)
City. La Gaceta remained in have given additional insight mended for his insight and
the building for the best part as to the aims and objectives of perceptive report ing.
of 40 years. The building still the war on poverty. Most of this found the article to be a
stands and today the Ybor commentary on the poverty most moving account from a
City campus of Hillsborough program has been from pro- woman who has experienced
Community College owns the fessionals xvho have evaluated the evils of poverty. I am in-
building, has restored it and the program and have written cluding it in the Congressional
throughout the city and state. constructively as to its merits Record so that others might
Developing a. reputation for and shrtcomings. share in a deeper understand- The tan rds o
honesty and fair play; it vas ing of what poverty means to
not uncommon to find him "Rarely do we have an op- such an individual." Journa tic Excellence
writing in defense of the Latin portunity to hear from those
community or the underdog Who are the ones which this Although busy with efforts I a a.
in general. program is intended to as- like the above mentioned, writ-
One of his stories along sist. I would like to include in ing his column and running L
these Tinres in 1966 had the the Record today a firsthand the paper (his father, Victoria-
distinction of being placed in account entitled "What Is no, had semi-retired in 1961),
the Congressional Record by Poverty?" which was recently Roland still found time and
U.S. Congressman Gibbons on published in one of my local energy to continue to look for
the House floor clearly reflects newspapers, La Gaceta. La ways to increase the revenues D
its aim and is worth quoting Gaceta newspaper is perhaps of the paper. R. R. Berdeal, O.D .
below. atPovrty the only trilingual newspaper In the~ 1960s, he worked
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Roland Manteiga interviews Dolly Parton as Doc
Castellano looks on.
One Great Newspaper politicians who visited Tampa
made sure to meet with Roland
(Continued from page 4) at La Tropicana.
vited to the White House by When Nick Nuccio was
President Lyndon B. Johnson. elected mayor in 1963 (it was
As Roland's importance in his second term but not his
Tampa's political community second consecutive term), Lati-
grew, presidents, governors, all (Continued on page 6)



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Three Generations, 85 Years, One Great Newspaper

(Continued from page 5) its pages doubled. From La
nos were given city and county Gaceta, Roland, like many of
jobs. Lives were changed for his peers, went into military
all Latinos for the better, es- service. He served overseas in
pecially La Gaceta. Bills were the infantry in Bougainville
paid, newspapers were pub- and during the invasion of sev-
lished by the roll. Lead was eral islands in the Philippines,
IHNjSTt UNT Ckept in house, and La Gaceta, including Cebu. He then served
"The Trilingual Newspaper," in Japan.
was born. Roland Manteiga On his return to Tampa,
was no longerjust Victoriano's Roland went back to work at
son, he had his own identity. La Gaceta, taking a more ac-
In 1964, Roland's good fortune tive part in the business. It
i ;continued when he welcomed was during this decade that
his own son into the world the paper became bilingual
Patrick Manteiga. and later trilingual. In 1950 the
Well, the years went by and Lingualphone Institute named
Roland assumed more and La Gaceta the best Spanish
more responsibility. His col- newspaper published in the
umn "As We Heard It" grew in nation. In addition, honors
popularity and size. He estab- were bestowed upon it by the
lished and developed contacts Circulo Cubano, Unione de
currently uses it as a dance Italiana, Centro Espaol and
studio and childcare facility. Centro Asturiano.
The decade between 1943. Florida emerged from the
and 1953 proved to be a wa- war with renewed aptimism.
tershed for' the paper. The The 1950 census added two-
coming of World War II brought new seats in the national
dramatic changes to the State House of Representatives.
of Florida, which directly or Population was steadily rising,
indirectly affected the pub- and mass media was coming
lishing. into its own.
The increase in defense ac- Nevertheless, the increasing
tivities brought thousands of popularity of radio and televi-
servicemen to man the Army sion was drawing customers
and Navy installations in the away from the printed page. La
state, and MacDill Airfield Gaceta was no exception.
in Tampa was no exception. "You have a small paper and
Sren Shipbuilding and agriculture you have to think of ways you
bolstered the economy, and can exist and you can survive
Tampa and Ybor City were in- ... It's really a very tough busi-
fected with the patriotic spirit ness," reminisced Roland. "I
of the war. remember back in the early
Circulation of the paper 50s when we switched from
increased and the number of (Continued on page 7)


a free society cannot help the
many who rep~ are t cannot

In its 85 years, La Gaceta has entered only two publishing contests and vhn F.Ken.hoay
won awards in both. Above is La Gaceta's 1951 award for Best Al Around. K d
Language Daily in the United States. In 1992, the Florida Historical Society
presented La Gaceta with the Golden Quill Award for Best Single Magazine
Feature for its front page photos.








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Roland Manteiga, pictured here with Florida
Governor Bob Martinez and then-Vice President
George H.W. Bush, even got along with and was
respected by Republicans.
OneGreatNewspapr one hest fle- Roland and his friend, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
(Continued from page 6) tial men in Florida, La Gaceta
a daily to a weekly. I can't tell was ,able to buy and renovate
you how many years l got $5, the oId Oak Park Laundry
$6, $7 a week. It's a sacrifice building at 3210 E. Seventh
... It was not unusual for me to Ave., which had been vacant
work 14 hours a day. for a number of years. With
"Many years ago, I was re- this move, La Gaceta went from
ally thinking about just leav- the era of melted lead type to
ing the paper, but my father the computer age.
would have been left alone, and Mr. Ferguson and Mr. Man-
how was I going to do that ... teiga borrowed money from the
I wasn't making any money, Columbia Bank to buy and
and I could have gone to work renovate the building. Mr. Fer-
for someone else and made a guson became a partner in the
good living. But then you get building with Mr. Manteiga.
involved and say, 'Well, I'm After his death, his daughter,
going to stick it out another Stella Thayer, became the-
day, another year,' and the building's owner. i
years go by." This and other measures
After Castro announced helped to increase circulation.
Cuban as a Communist na- Never mind that Roland could
tion, the anti-Castro groups easily rub elbows with common
for his paper, he helped many folk and celebrities alike. He at-
other newspapers as well. .tained a measure of stature in
At that time La Gaceta was his trade that earned him the
33 percent in English. It now right to be called the alter ego
contains well over 70 percent of Tampa's Latin community.
of its words in the English When asked what his mis-
language. "sion was in La Gaceta, he Roland Manteiga and soon-to-be President Jimmy Carter at La Tropicana.
In 1980, with the help of (Continued on page 8) La Tropicana was one of the stops on Carter's Florida campaign.





The Hernandez/Gonzmart family who has owned and

operated the Columbia Restaurant since 1905, salute the Manteiga

family, who have owned and published La Gaceta since 1922.

They pursued a common goal for these many years. They sought

the best for Ybor City and have been steadfast in trying to preserve

the Latin culture and heritage of this wonderful section of town.

We congratulate the Manteiga family for the outstanding

achievement of publishing La Gaceta consecutively for 85 years.











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Three Generations, 85 Years, One Great Newspaper

(Continued from page 7) for political news and opinions In 1983, Patrick went to
would quickly respond, "I don't and world and national leaders work selling ads for La Gaceta.
have to have a mission." He made a point of visiting Roland Soon after he was named as
explained that he tried to print whenever they had the oppor- sociate publisher and learned
things that one doesn't read tunity, making him a legend in every aspect of the newspaper
about in other newspapers. In his own time. business. In 1987 Patrick's
a growing community such as Known for his white suits mother, Peggie, became La
this, with the present day in- and private corner table and Gaceta's bookkeeper and office
formation glut, "you have to be red phone at La Tropicana, manager and in 1988 Patrick's
different to compete," he said. Roland was one of the- most wife joined the newspaper as
Some of that era remained respected men in all of Tampa, production manager. That
as Roland continued the legacy with people lining up at La same year, Roland grew ill and
of La Gaceta by bringing it Tropicana for a chance to meet Patrick took over his father's-
to new prominence. With his the man behind the myth. column and position as pub-
column "As We Heard It," he Like Grandfather, lisher.
made La Gaceta an epicenter Like Father, Like Son With the passing of Roland













Patrick Manteiga welcomes Al Gore to Tampa
during Gore's election tour in the infamous and
controversial 20o2 presidential election.
on September 25, 1998, his was erected on Seventh Av-
son Patrick inherited "As We enue. The statue depicts Ro-
Heard It" and carries on the land leaning against the Centro
tradition yet again, while look- Espaol building and reading a
::ing to take La Gaceta to new La Gaceta newspaper. Rather
heights, than putting the statue on
Under Patrick's guidance, a pedestal, as is customary,
La Gaceta remains a fam- Roland's friends and family
ily-oriented newspaper, with wanted the statue's feet to be
his wife, Angie, and mother, on the ground, a metaphor for
S~ Peggie, continuing to help him the type of man Roland was.
Roland meets President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House. Also pie- to run the now 85-year-old. Roland's statue has become
tured is LBs wife, Lady Bird Johnson. newspaper. the most popular of all the stat-
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(Left) Victoriano Manteiga and Fidel Castro in Tampa in 1956. The money on
the table was raised in Tampa in support of Castro's revolution. Victoriano
was very active in the effort to overthrow Cuban Dictator General Fulgencio
Batista. (Right) Patrick Manteiga met Fidel Castro during his controversial
trip to Cuba in 2002 with then-Mayor of Tampa Dick Greco. In this picture,
Castro is viewing the picture seen to the left and discussing his memories
of Victoriano Manteiga.
One Great Newspaper through his weekly column, As tinues to fight for both Latino
We Heard It. From his private rights and Ybor City. As Ybor ,
(Continued from page 8) table at La Tropicana Restau- City continues to grow and
ues in Ybor City with seemingly rant, where he broke bread change, Patrick has become
every tourist who visits the his- with presidents and locals one ofits top historical defend-
toric district getting a picture alike, the formidable owner ers, always ensuring that new
of themselves with their arm and publisher of La Gaceta projects do not destroy the
around the statue of Roland Newspaper served as a conduit historic look of the Latin Quar-
as though they were lifelong between power brokers and the ter. Any developer looking to
friends. The statue's dedica- powerless. As the conscience construct a residential or com-
tion reads, "Roland Manteiga of the community, Manteiga mercial building in Ybor City
chronicled events and politics became a legend in his own knows he or she must first get
that shaped Tampa and Ybor time." Patrick's approval on designs,
City and championed human Patrick has grabbed the for if he disapproves, the proj- ii
rights for more than 40 years torch from his father and con- ect may never see fruition.
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Patrick and Angie Manteiga. Angie is associate
publisher of La Gaceta, overseeing all layout and
art design of the newspaper. SOCIAL SECURITY
(Continued from page 9) He rose above the rancor that DISAB I Y
that the embargo is lifted. The surrounds Cuban/American DISABI CLAIM S
trip was legal and organized policy and touched on the
under the license of the Al- personal tolls of the people
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Despite a negative outcry "... The Tampa delegation a '
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community, Patrick stood firm markets, Cubans hawk art,
on his belief that the trip was crafts and goods to the tour-
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"A five and one-half hour speak only for myself, not the
lunch meeting on Wednesday mayor or anyone else in the
with President Fidel Castro delegation U.S. tourism and
was the highlight of the visit. trade will only speed Cuba
Tampa Mayor Dick Greco had faster down the road that dis-
a candid, emotional and heart- mantles Communism ...
felt discussion on the division ... America cannot pun-
between Cuban-Americans ish Castro without punishing
and Castro's Cuba. This was the Cuban people. No amount
the finest moment in Greco's of punishment will cause the C G ATL T I
long career as a politician. (Continued on page 11) CONGRATULATIONS
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While preparing for his role as a lector in the
2003 Pulitzer Prize Drama "Anna in the Trop-
ics," Jimmy Smits spent two days at La Gaceta
with Patrick Manteiga, learning all he could
about Victoriano and his life as a lector.
,One Great Newspaper what we saw, to be honest with
our opinions and start a public
(Continued from page 10) discussion about American/
overthrow of Castro and no Cuban policy ...
increase in the level of suffer- This trip to Cuba proved
ing of the Cuban people will that Patrick had successfully
convince Castro to leave. A filled his father's shoes. Like
visit to Cuba opens your eyes Roland, Patrick was no longer
to this reality. satisfied with just reporting
"I can no longer quietly on history, he wanted to in-
stand by while America hurts fluence history. He continues
11 million Cubans.. to support ending the Cuban
"...I was proud to be a part embargo and fights for any J
of this delegation from Tampa cause he believes in. Well
The group went to learn educated on current events, A N -Y
and the mission was accom- Patrick is often called upon to N. CRUZ
plished be a guest on local radio and ,eT
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(Continued from page 11) Heard It:
teievision programs to add in w "This edition comes to you
his insight to local, national or with a little help from cur
international debate iends..."La Gaceta sufered damage
In 2003 La Gaceta hit "LaGacetasuffereddamage
Broadway!n 2003 La Gaceta it from a fire Monday evening.
Broadway! Nilo Cruz' Anna No the cause was not a vast
and the Tropics won the 2003 Noright wing cwas not a vastnd
Pulitzer Prize winning play no county conspiracy and
for drama and soon after was no county commissioner was
seen on Broadway. Set in 1929 seen leaving the scene. The fire
Ybor City, Anna in the Tropics probably started from the fray-
tells the story of a family oif i ing of a little wire from either
cigar workers whose lives are a calculator or a cell phone
rrevocably changed by the charger on top of a desk. The
arrival of a new lector. Cruz office was empty so no one was
read through back issues of La hurt and for that we are truly
Gaceta and studied Victoriano thankful.
Manteiga bef,re writing the "The fire was small,, con-
play, and when Jimmy Smits tained to a desk top when an
was cast as the lector, he spent automatic sprinkler engaged
two days in the La Gaceta of- to extinguish it. The sprinkler
fice, reading up and asking damaged the ceiling, ruined
fice, rquestions on the history of the wall, wiped out some equip-
questions on the history of ment and soaked historic col-
the lector, and La Gaceta and ment and soaked historic col-
the Manteiga history, specifi- lections of La Gaceta between
cally Victoriano. When the play the years of 1943 and 1990. As
opened on Broadway, Smits the sprinkler continued to flow,
was seen reading a reproduced it filled our 3,000-square-foot
1929 La Gaceta newspaperp r office with three to five inches
The year 2006 was tough of water, ruining our carpet,
for Patrick and La Gaceta. On all the cabinetry, and boxes
the evening of April 3, 2006, a and boxes of records and pho-
small fire started in the front tographs.
office of La Gaceta. Fire inves- "A neighbor called my home
tigators assume the cause of Monday vening to tell me
the fire was from a either a cell that water was flowing from
phonfe charger or calculator the front door of the office.
phone charger or calculator
short circuiting. The fire dam- My daughter Erin and I drove
age was minimal, but the water there and were shocked when
damage caused by the sprin- we opened.the door and a small
wave of water rushed out to
kler system was immense.
It drenched the entire office, the street, the smell of smoke
hit our nostrils and the sound
including the newspapers his-. hit our nostrils and the sound
torical archives. In the end, of water being sprayed at high
the archives were restored, the pressure filled the room.
office was rebuilt, and despite 'My grandfather Victoriano
the damage and inconvenience and father Roland faced hard
the fire caused, the newspaper times and disaster with the
never missed one week. newspaper before. During
On April 7, 2006, Patrick Roland Manteiga, Peggy Manteiga-Schmechel and Hillsborough County WWII, Victoriano had to plead
wrote about the. fire in As We Sheriff Ed Blackburn in the early 196os. Peggy still works at La Gaceta. (Continued on page 13)











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One Great Newspaper department was still there to
start the salvage. They worked
(Continued from page 12) all night, tearing out carpet, u
and beg for newsprint, which removing wet records and dry- V,
was in short supply. The big ing the floor.
papers had first dibs and a "Friends like Andy Celeiro,
Spanish weekly was low on Jeff Bogue and April Griffin
the list. There were times when pitched in and helped. We had
canary yellow was the color of offers of free computers, office
La Gaceta during the war. All space and even free plumbing
businesses operating in Florida- and lots of free help.
had to deal with hurricanes "It's very touching to know
and La Gaceta was no excep- that La Gaceta is valued by
tion. We've had to board up our community and it's heart
and move equipment. warming to hear so much sup-
"There have been break- port and well wishing. We even
downs, power outages, sick- added.two subscribers this
ness, births and deaths, but week. They'd never heard of us
in the tradition of newspapers, but read the news coverage of
my grandfather and father have our fire and since we survived
always got thejob done and got they wanted to subscribe.
the paper out on time. "Life over the next few weeks
"After the initial shock on will be uncomfortable, cramped
Monday night, this spirit of and full of loud noises and
tradition and responsibility strange smells. La Gaceta will
drove my family and our staff continue to do business as
to bring this issue numnber 14 we always have, s politicals Patrick Manteiga joins ABC's Peter Jennings during the 2004 Bush-Kerry
volume 84 to you today. should continue to beware we Presidential Election as part of a roundtable discussion in Tampa about the
"It took a great effort to dry are still on watch.
out our office, move furniture, "Thank you for all the love importance of the Latino vote.
and reestablish our electricity, and support."
communications and comput- The fire had a bright spot,
ers. The fire department did an though, as the possibility of
excellentjob in responding and losing La Gaceta reminded the
worked hard to push the water community how important the
out of the office. My immediate weekly newspaper is to the City
family and loyal staff showed of Tampa and its surrounding
up that night to start the long areas. As Patrick documented
process of saving our historic in his column, without the
archives. Sierra Construction support of the community,
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Three Generations, 85 Years, One Great Newspaper

(Continued from page 13) and television. As these media
the newspaper would not have conglomerates now push into
recovered from the catastrophe the Latin market, Patrick has
so quickly. realized he must fight harder
Later that year, the Weekly than ever if he is to continue to
Planet (now Creative Loafing) provide an alternative perspec-
listed La Gaceta in their ar- tive on the news that affects
ticle. "100 things you gotta do us both locally and interna-
(in no particular order) to be tionally.
a TRUE Tampa Bay resident: The Federal Communica-
36. Avoid sitting at the table tions Commission (FCC) made
reserved for the late Roland an appearance in Tampa on
Manteiga, legendary editor of Monday, April 30 to hear pub-
La Gaceta, when ordering a lic testimony on whether big
Cu ban sandwich at La Tropi- media should be allowed to get
cana, Ybor City's old-school bigger. At this hearing, Patrick
eatery." spoke:
Today, in 2007, La Gaceta "I represent an endangered
faces yet anot.:er challenge species in our modern age of
that of the medii conglomer- communications. The family
ates looking to mo,opolize the owned small newspaper ... I
news business by owning all feel there is a real danger in
forms of media print, radio allowing cross ownership of





Roland Manteiga and owner of La Tropicana Restaurant Bebe Menendez.
SBebe gave Roland his own table and phone line so he could hold court from
the restaurant, which became Roland's second office.
a major daily newspaper and "A decade later Media Gen- Sun City, Temple Terrace and
television stations in the same eral bought up a group of local other communities have lost
market and unlimited owner- Weeklies called Sun-Belt Pub- their voice ..
ship of radio and television lishing. When they were first ... The Tribune is now
stations. I have witnessed that purchased, Media General and using its size and relation-
these and similar relationships the Tampa Tribune promised ship with WFLA-TV to gain
are used to silence competi- the public that these weeklies an unfair advantage in niche
tion with business practices would remain independent markets. My newspaper now
that are unfair and in the end, from the Tribune but over the faces competition from Centro,
detrimental to the market they years the major daily has slow- a Spanish language publica-
serve. The Tampa Tribune, ly incorporated these weeklies tion started by the Tribune a
under Media General's owner- into becoming a section of the year ago ... I am competing
ship, closed its afternoon daily Tampa Tribune. These weeklies against Media General, the
in 1982 after it became appar- carry the Tribune logo on the Tampa Tribune, WFLA-TV and
ent that market forces made it front page and are inserted in tbo.com. Centro ads are be-
more than difficult for any one the Tribune. They no longer ing sold by the Tribune and in
Patrick Manteiga greets presidential candidate to start up an afternoon daily. have an independent editorial many cases are part of a pack-
Barack Obama at a fundraiser at the Cuban Club. This action removed one voice voice focused on the local com- age that basically gives away
from our community. munities they serve. Plant City, (Continued on page 16)























































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Three Generations, 85 Years, One Great Newspaper








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The Manteiga clan in 1958. Patriarch Victoriano Manteiga with his three
children, their spouses and grandchildren. The adults are (back row) Roland
Manteiga, Joseph Charles, Tony Scionti, (front row) Roland's second wife
Carol Denniwitz Manteiga, Victoriano, Ramona Manteiga and Claudette
Manteiga Scionti. Roland and Carol's children are Becky and Vicki Mlanteiga
(now Jones). Ramona's children are Victor and Valerie. Ramona worked
laying out the newspaper and as an account executive in the 196os and 7os
and Claudette was circulation manager in the 199os.
(Continued from page 14) to Centro. You can see this is oh, though, always finding a The next generation? Patrick and Angie Man-
advertising in Centro if a client almost impossible to compete way to survive, always finding teiga's three children. Erin Manteiga, 21, is at
buys ads i the Trib or its af- against, a way to grow, always finding the top. She is in her third year at USF. Emily
filiates. Competing against an "What makes this situation a way to continue to help the
opponent who has. unlimited worse is that Centro does not community. Manteiga, 17, is a senior at King High School.
resources and in this case is offer independent political Joseph Manteiga, 16, is a sophomore. AU three
willing to take a loss is, from editorials. While the Tribune Victoriano Manteiga's guid- work part-time at the newspaper.
our perspective, unfair. This works to silence us they want ing light led him to begin La
kind ofcompetition is meant to use their newspaper as a Gaceta. This same light en-
Scompetition is meant to use their newspaper asa abled Roland and now Patrick
put us and all the other inde- voice for the Hispanic commu- to continue te tradi atricn
p.ndent Spanish newspapers nity. Centro does not endorse continue the tradition.
,out of business by cutting off candidates and they do'not The smell of caf con leche
our revenue and separating us take positions contrary to the and deviled crabs fills the air
from our communities. One of Tribune's. They are not just and Patrick and his wife, An- n IVcr, r
the tactics is to offer non-profit silencing us they are silencing gie, now sit at the table in La
events support from the Media the Latin Community." Tropicana that Roland made P1 -
General's TV and newspaper No matter the challenge put famous. Everybody goes there a
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TVictoriano & Roland

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5Tpt La Fio co1 Richard Muga presented Roland Manteiga with
H M. Ber'owihtsi the Optimist Club ofYbor City's Outstanding Citi-
zen of the Year award for 1983-84.

andTlne Berkowitz Fam ilij h La Gaceta celebrates its85 newspaper. In n era of an
birthdayand congratulations eve more prejudiced, less tol-
are in erant culture than today's, his
Time, has an insatiable ap- dream to build the foundation
petite to consume old thirgs. of a voice for the working class,
Individually, we fight for our the poor, the underprivileged,
health, livelihood, family co- those who are discriminated
hesiveness, education, suc- against and the Latin culture
cess, love and everything else was born. Writing the'Lillipu-
humans covet. In the world of tian newspa'per in Eih'glish,
publications, the battles are Spanish and Italiangave.those
even mtre agonizing, more that he reached aticgda.wil'e
brutal and leave room for less a small voice, it was thp and
regenerative opportunities. Not still is a strong voice ;ithat is
only must we combat our indi- widely read all over the nation.
vidual tribulations as they may Informative and entertain-
be, but every day, every week, ing, La Gaceta has survived
in every page our ink stains, through three generations. The
we fnust also fight to remain penetrating acumen of Victo-
on course, above the unforgiv- riano:Manteiga with the written
ing waves that will sink any word is no doubt his greatest
enterprise that falters. legacy. Roland Manteiga with
In a harsh business world his "people person" personal-
where tradi.tions and ancestral ity, his vitality and his great
ways of life are fast disappear- and brought to the people novel
ing, La Gaceta survives after 85
years. The battle to endure cul- concepts in reporting the news.
tural and ethnic indifference, Patrick Manteiga has dded
the advent and growth of televi- new vitality t the paper with
ion, the behemoth newpaper an infusion of political savvy
sion, the behemoth newspaper and community involvement
conglomerates' power, and the and community involvement
greatest -of all new challenges; that surely brings great pride
the internet, continues. ur to the memory of his father and
the internet, contiues Ourgandfather.
youth are less interested in Likeandfather. salmon of the north,
o learninge w abt le ike the salmon of the north,
hlearning about, much leas La Gaceta no doubt swims up-
matntaining the traditions that
maintaining the traditions that stream, it always has, it always
the founding immigrants that will. But in a wrld of waning
carne to Tancpa brought with readership for most printd
Sthe. In our zeal to become media the amazing La Gaceta
Americanized and become ac- continues to thrive and grow.
cepted into the mainstream And the mission of bringing
of socety, we have failed our me thep o f arin
children by not inculcating in ew; "As We Heard It," con-
them our old-world traditions,o I fi
values and in many cases even Fifty-two years ago first
to learn our native languages, came to work for La Gaceta. My
For fear of discrimination and junior high school friends Man-
to avoid the occult repression
of prejudiced members of the and Ralph Rdriguez recruited
me to help collate, foId and
etalishand opancish and Cuban deliver the mountains of paper
immigrants did not use or 1991, Roland asked me to help
teach their children their na- the paper by temporarily writ-
tive languages. No doubt, the ing an outdoor column. I guess
perseverance and consequent that btack ink that got into our
Sacademic, political, profession- hands in those youthful days
bablea membaoioamcsev ermeets eventually found its way into
of members of once rejected our v
ethnic and racial groups inm
more than or ,000 columna in
roberts Hillsborough Couety have pro- La Gaceta and Community Con-
communications duced significant changes in nections we still are happy to
acceptance. Faced with unac-
branding+advertising+public relations ceptable economic losses from bring a few lines to you every
those once rejected, we are Those of us associated with
Located in Ybor City presently at least superficially La Gaceta are grateful for the
robertscormmunications.com acknowledged opportunity to contribute,
It was.not much different even in a miniscule way to
when Don Victoriano Manteiga such a prestigious and noble
first conceived the idea of his enterprise.
Friday, June 29, 2007/Page 17 Section B







Remembering the "Good Old Days" on fhe River
by Jan Platt Friends of the Library and The
The Burgert family, through Tampa Bay History Center sell
their approximately 80,000 an annual Burgert Calendar to
photographs covering the pe raise funds to keep the nega-
riod of 1890s to 1960, dili tives in good condition.
gently chronicled the history I am a native of the Tampa
of the West Coast of Florida. Bay area and have spent my
Their studio was located in life fishing in and around Tam-
Ybor City and. was advertised pa Bay. Several of the Burgerts
as the first photographers of from the library's collection
Ybor City. Over the years, they depict fishing conditions when
photographed a wide. range I was growing up. Fish were
of subject matters that has abundant in both salt and
proven to be an invaluable fresh water bodies and, thus,
historical resource for future there were no size or bag
generations. limits on fish caught. Tarpon.
The Tampa-Hillsborough were abundant in Tampa Bay
County Public Library System as well as the mouths of the '
has approxima tely 15,000 im- Alafia, Little Manateeand Hill-
ages in its Burgert Brothers sborough Rivers. Ther were
Photographic Collection, which no rules requiring that they .
are available to the public be released alive upon catch-
through the History and Gene- ing. The anriual Tampa Tarpon
alogy Department of the John Tournament entrants had
F. Germany Public Libray. The (Continued on page 19) "Fishathon" at Lake Roberta in Lakewood Manor with young anglers along
shore, Tampa, 1948











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Mrs. Joseph P. White and son with tarpon,
Tampa, 1925
Theodore Roosevelt and fishing party with manta ray at Boca Ciega Bay, St.
0d 0l Id DO ye the "good old days." Over the Petersburg, 1898
0oo UI DaUys years the sea grasses have di-
minished and the water is not
(Continued from page 18) in as good condition as it once
was. But the good news is that
their Tarpon catches hang on our people do care about the
display on Bayshore Boulevard bay and its health, and groups
for all to see. As a reminder of are diligently working to bring
that past is Loraine Genovar's it back to its former grandeur.
grtistic display of fish hanging The limits placed on .catches
on the Bayshore. and sizes of fish are reason-
Also, it was not uncommon able and will assure there are
for residents and tourists alike fish for future generations.
to fish along the Bayshore as Thanks to groups such as the
well as the city's bridges. The Tampa Bay National Estuary
City of Tampa, unfortunately, Program, the Agency on Bay
has recently outlawed fishing Management, the Hillsbor-
off Bayshore. Hopefully, they ough County Environmental
will reverse the decision be- Protection Cbmmission, and
cause the Bayshore's primary the South West Florida Water
fishermen are tourists and Management District, the bay
young people. is not only holding its own, it
Times have changed and is taking a turn to "the good
fish are not as plentiful as in old days."

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The Garbage lan Story
by Donna Parino
(Congratut]tion s
For 85 years, La Gaceta has the rumbling of the garbage o
been the champion ofthe work- truck making its way down 1
ers of this community. Perhaps the alley that was adjacent to
that is why my family and I Abuela's. The truck was not
many years. In celebration of its up garbage at my house today:
four score andfive rnilestone, I one cannot see the garbage in
share this recollectionfrom my today's trucks. In those.days, I L| I
childhood. it was an open truck and all
the garbage was in sight-ando la G e .. .. ..
On Saturday mornings, I in one's nostrils. (Later regula-
would often walk to my Abuela tions would ban open garbage
and Abuelo's house on 12th trucks). In addition to the
Street and 14th Avenue inYbor driver, there were two young
to await my Madrina's arrival men standing atop the garbage
from work at Tropical Gar- heap. They wore straw hats,
ment. On Saturdays she would rubber boots, gloves and in
work until noon and she and summer, white tank-type un-
I would have iunch together dershirts. They were sweaty,
when she got home: Each but they seemed happy.
Saturday as we a;e our lunch, My Padrino greeted them
my Padrino or my grandfather warmly and unlatched the
would sound the alert: "Aqu screened window that opened
vienen. Aqu vienen." onto the alley. Carefully, he
That was the signal for my handed each one a saucered
grandmother to retrieve the lit- demitasse. Then Madrina,
tle porcelain pot that she used Padrino, Abuela and Abuelo
to make the Cubar coffee. The would lift theirs and together,
centerpiece ofAbuela's kitchen my family exchanged pleas-
was a pale green and yellow gas antries and caf solo with los
stove; she would turn it on so basureros.
that the flames were at full- I often reflect on this sce- E
force, ensuring that the water nario because it seems so Emerson
would boil quickly. Meantime, different from some attitudes 1 year old
Abuelo would set up the co- today about laborers and im-
lador, set out the demitasse migrants. I recall that my.fam- .roI he
cups and saucers, and situate ily had an affinity toward their
the sugar bowl and a spoon sanitation team, in part, be-
nearby. cause they had come here from G 1ZZO .cIll |
When the water was roll- Cuba rather recently. But my
ing, Abuela would turn off family were obreros themselves
the gas and add the aromatic and while theirjobs were blue- i
grounds so that almost imme- collar, as opposed to unskilled,
diately, the comforting scent they felt a genuine kinship with ...... .W J.. YS.
of caf Cubano permeated these fellows, far beyond the .. .
the room. Down the colador common heritage they shared.
went the dark brew and into They wanted these men to feel
her squat coffeepot dripped valued, as they too did. It is a
freshly-brewed coffee. She then memory that has clung. And a
poured the dark amber liquid lesson that I've tried to keep--
into each of seven unmatched about respecting the dignity Like the Manteiga family andcl La Gaceta,
demitasse cups. of all workers.... HAPPY 85TH
Like clockwork, I'would hear ANNIVERSARY, LA GACETA! the Barbas and Franco families and La Benefica and the
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Luiz-Lanl-O'-iLakes Area Pioneers: Memorable lies lo Tampa's Lalitn ommunty
by Elizabeth Riegler MacManus and Susan A. MacManus
er s couldn't cut straight through;
Excerpts arefrom Going, Go- the saws wasn't big enough...
ing, "Almost Gone: Lutz-Land O' My Uncle Charlie came down
Lakes Pioneers Share Their Pre- herehen we was buildin'
cious Memories" (forthcoming, togethere...en we wo shee in'
Uonversiy of TampaPress, Fa is mao etogether... we used to sheet a
Universityof TampaPress, Fall roofwith 12-inch, 1-by-12 pme
2007) arid Citrus, Sawmils, L boards. There wouldn't be a
Critters, & Crackers: Life in a knot in them. Put that down
Early Lutz and Central Pasco and put roofing on it. Now you
County," Uniersity of Tampa couldn't get that for love nor
Press, 1998). monedt get th e ."
Pioneer Lutz and Land O' ne. Worth Johso"n later
Lakes is fading fast. Few build- owned a little hardware store
ings still stand that were here in Laned O' Lakites re tr
in the early days. Many of the Land O' La
earliest settlers are gone from Plo~ing, Grading Roads
us, too. But what will live for- "When we first cane here...
ever are the photographs and Wh we brought aong a couple
recollections of many of them we brought along a couple
which are highlighted in these mules, three ocows, and the
two local history books. furniture in aboxcar. He my
two loca histo books. dad] done a little plowing and
During the Depression era, mother solda little milk and
survived without purchases M eggs and chickens. Later on he
dre .dwith r na's got the road contract and-they
and trades made with Tampa's that road from Coun
"Latins" as the pioneers fondly ~-- Line into Sulphur Springs
referred to them. Some of the and graded part of it. Then he
early settlers' sharpest memo- -" and graded part of it. Then he
early settlers' sharpest memo" built Florida Avenue from the
ries are of traveling "long dis- Apex...back in 1925 He built
tances" to Sulphur Springs, ~Apex. .back in 1925. He built
Tampa, and Ybor City to sell Teple Terrace Highway fro
whatever they had to sell: pro- Chickens could always be sold for some "living on" money. Photograph Nebraska out to Temple Ter-
duce, citrus, charcoal, critters from "Going, Going, Almost Gone," courtesy of Irene Dennison. streets on Davis Island...He
(goats, chickens, gophers-tor did the grading work; he didn't
toises, rabbits), and, of course, Ybor City where one could tie ing the next night about the from Fredericktotwn, Missour did the gradingconcrete wor the padidn't
moonshine. As times got bet- up, sleep the night through, salne time, with a full croker who moved to Myrtle-Denham do the concrete or the pavin'
ter, area settlers continued then head back home in the bag full of things on his back, (Land O' Lakes) in 1914. part...We had about 40 mules.
their treks back to Ybor to kick early morning hours. Walking and having had walked every just about where the Apex is;
up their heels a bit. usually took two days-one step of the way." Iitially, he On cutting and shipping he bought three pair of mules.
In honor of La Gaceta's 85th there, and one back; horseback earned a living by wood and tie timber (the area's He shipped 'em here from Ken-
anniversary, we have selected from Lutz to Tampa was three cutting but during World War first large industry) tucky. Went to town [Tampal
some representative descrip- or more hours; by train, a few I, he and a friend, Russell Fretz "I worked for awhile with and bought 'er. I think he paid
tions of what it ~as like to hours and if you went early worked at the Tampa Shipyard.
travel between Lutz-Land O' enough yound ight be able to They walked to Tarpa on the lumber company [in Pasco $800 a pair for 'em."
travel between Lutz-Land O' enough you might be able to "They walked to Tampa on County]. We'd saw down those L.B. Smith, son ofpiolneers
Lakes and "town" and about catch a ride home that eve- Sundays andcamped near the beautiful pine trees, goin'to Georgeand issouriSmith
the type of transactions made ning on the Tampa Northern yard, where mosquitoes nearly the heavens, just straight up;
there. Some tales are of pio- Railroad train headed north to ate them up, walking home cut'em in blocks...pile 'em Working isYbor
neers who were lucky enough Brooksville. after work on Friday nights to into boxcars and ship 'em into Cigar Factor
to land jobs in "the city." spend tae weekends with their Tampa for firewood...Train Several Lutz-area women
"Dad...walked to Tampa families." loads of that stuff wenf into worked in the Ybor City cigar
Getting to Town many times for groceries and factories-Dora Perry Manske,
In the horse and wagon other necessary needs, leavming Alvah Hahs Kern, daughter Tampa... We'd have to roll factories-DoraPerryManske,
days, there was a campsite in home at midnight and return- ofF.M. & Beulah Hahs, settlers them logs to cut 'em off.: You (Continued on pag;22).
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Lutz-land(-0'-Lakes Area Pioneers: Memorable Ties to Tampa's Latin Communly
(Continued from page 21) peas, beans, corn, carrots, dy and get hogs. Sometimes "Waste Not, Want Not" namon buns or rolls, baked
Annie Belle Strickland Brock, tomatoes, and squash-were they were fat enough right out "Back in '32, you didn't bread...anything I could make
and Hazel Frizzell to name a home grown. Swamp cabbage, of the woods...because they worry about clothing...Allyour or scrape up to take to town
few. a delicacy, grew in the wild. was in the swamp mostly...and chicken feed and cow feed to sell."
"Daddy would take care of Possums, rabbits, coons, they was fat enough that he came in bags that were made of Elizabeth Wilsky, early pio-
the kids for me while I was at turkeys, quail, dove, soft-shell could get 'em and we'd kill 'em colored, figured materials that neer at Denham
work...Cigars. Made cigars. turtles, gopher tortoises, wild and take 'em to the market. you ripped up and bleached
When you've got five little hogs, even sandhill cranes, He used to leave home about and you made dresses. [The HaulintoTown
ones to feed, you can stand landed on many a table as the 1 or 2 o'clock in the morning feed] came out from Tampa Whatever You've Got to Sell
a lot of things. Yeah, I made ."Daddy didn't believe in
em by hand. I made Jewels. buying new cars to market op-
It was Tampa Jewels, with the erations for his produce. He'd
little wooden tip. Back then buy an old '23 or '24 Stude-
you had a bunch maker. She baker for $15, $25, or $35...
would make the bunches and drive it two or three years
put 'em in molds. Then she until it fell apart, then get him
had two rollers, a left and a e another one, same price. We'd
right roller. I would roll. All uj o frequently go into town with six
you do is spread your tobacco or seven hundred pounds of
leaf out and yoiuve got a knife cabbage, a couple of hundred
to cut it with and \ ou take that pounds of potatoes, rutabagas,
bunch and then vou put your carrots, turnips...you name it.
wooden tip on it and just roll it There was barely enough room
up and paste it. Then you just for daddy, mama, and the kids
roll it under your knife there stuck in...All the rest of the
and then cut it up nice. Then touring car was vegetables;
you had a little thing that you back bumper, front bumper,
would cut it off [with]; it'd cut fenders, parking lights, run-
it just the same length that it ning boards, door handles,
needed to be." burlap bags hung across thm
Hazel Vandervort FrizzelU, and the engine-any place he
granddaughter of Albert and could get one to stick."
Ninnie Vandervort who settled George Riegler, son of Mike
in Lutz area in 1916; daughter and Grace Riegler; Mike was
ofHermanan ad Frances Vander- first permanent settler of North
vort who settled on Hanna and Tampa, a development that
Vandervort Road Lutz-Land O'Lakes pioneers "Rick" Dennison, Amanda and Matt Grantham later became Lutz.

You Ate (and Sold If are all dressed up and ready to go for an outing in this fine car purchased at
You Could) Just About Strickland-Wisdom Ford on Seventh Avenue in Tampa, 1925. Photograph You did what you had to in
Anything That Grew from Going, Going, Almost Gone, courtesy of Nealie Squires. order to survive.. .and tried
The old saying goes tat If to laugh rather than cry
The old saying goes that "If about your situation.
you're hungry enough, you'll aboutyour situation.
eat just about anything." The "meat of the day." Sometimes with the hogs in the wagon or we went into Tampa for it. "[D]uring the Depression,
Lutz-Land O' Lakes pioneers the meat was not as advertised. and take 'em to Ybor City Groceries...One day a week I everybody ate gophers. They'd
did just that-and sold it to Calvin Newberger told of selling to the market...[A] lot of the took everything that we could run [a long wire] down these
anybody who would buy it. unsuspecting Ybor customers time...he'd get the groceries scrape up to sell in town and gopher holes and hook the
Wild huckleberries, blackber- "rabbit" meat that was really and.supplies and come right I had a route of friends who gophers and drag 'em out. We
ries, strawberries, and guavas cat meat just so his own fam- back that night, come way in bought eggs, chickens, milk, had a dog that followed a rabbit
were picked to make jams ily could survive. Cats were the night gettin' back." cheese, butter, and so forth. If down a gopher hole and he got
or jellies or fruit cobblers. easier to catch than other wild AnnieBelle StricklandBrock, the huckleberries .were ripe, I buried in it. We missed him,
Vegetables-collard greens, animals, like hogs. daughterofearly settlers Henry had huckleberries to sell and and I couldn't figure out what
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Area Pioeers ~that now, but back then we
never had nobody bother us.
There were usually two or three
(Continued from page 22) of us together...boys. Picture
show only cost.a dime."
happened to him. The last time Jshow nly cost.a dime."
we'd seen him, he'd been dig-
dant of early central Pasco
gin' around that gopher hole. dant of early central Pas
So we went out there and we County settlers
saw that the gopher hole had Dime Dances at
caved in. So we started diggin' Sulphur Springs
and we hadn't dug very far be- "I used to go to the dances at
fore we could hear him barkin'. Sulphur Springs on Saturday
And we dug that dog out of that nights. They had them what
gopher hole." they called round dances,
Dulcy Wilder Levesque, dime-a-dance. You got a ticket
daughter of Lutz area pio- for a dime and you gave the girl
neers a ticket and she got so much
.. for the ticket later when shc
Drinking Moonshine danced with you. And some
at the Ice House of 'em would and some of 'em
Plenty of the early settlers wouldn't dance with you...lf
in the Lutz-Land O' Lakes area you went on the floor to dance,
made moonshine and sold it you had to have your tickets."
in Tampa and Ybor City. For Will Haney, who begon visit-
some, it was best to go to town ing Lutz in 1916, moved lo lihe
to take that first swig of some area in 1941
rather potent brew: The Books
"They had a big icehouse [in It is these types of rich
Sulphur Springs]. I remember memories of area pioneers,
a bunch of us young fellows expressed in their own words
used to get together and go to and photographs, that are the
the icehouse, play music, and focus of the soon-to-be-pub-
drink moonshine...That's the lished Going, Going, Almost
first time I ever take a drink Gone .book. This "history" as
of moonshine was up there at they have lived it, seen it, and
that icehouse. Take one big told it is a different type of ap-
drink out of a fruit jar. It'd be proach than that used in our
just as cold as that. I couldn't Citrus, Sawmills, Critters, and
move." Crackers book, which presents
L.B. Smith a more detailed historical ac-
count of the area. *The Going,
Goin' to the Picture Show Going, Almost Gone volume is
Could Be an All-Night Affair one of the first local histories
"[W]hen I was growin' up. .to tie the locations of original
If we went to a picture show businesses and civic struc-
or anything, several of us kids tures to what is there now
would get together, we'd catch via photographs, maps, and
rides into the Seminole Theatre advertisements in the Lutz
down on Florida Avenue... Civic Review and Land O' Lakes
There's quite a few times we'd Local publications. Each book
go down and wouldn't be able focuses on the history of the
to catch a ride back and we'd Lutz and Land O'Lakes (central
go out and build a fire and stay Pasco County) areas through
all night in them woods right the mid-1960s. Books may be
Earound there. [Slept there.] purchased from the University
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(Continued from page 1) he ladled out his knowledge would explain the libretto, so
with the great dollop of love we could keep up with the
Gustave Jimenez and warmth. story. I hated the singing. It
Gustavo Jimenez, Consul My first recollection was got in the way of his story. All
rom Loyait ain orn a breakfast. We would wait for those words! Phooey. But the
Corua, Spain. him to appear in appropriate music was nice.
o was bor in his big house coat and tie. He would lift his Patiently my -grandfather
at 101 Columbus Drive. He glass oforangejuice to prepare taught me to appreciate the
ha ha an aenurous ie. us to make our toast: "Gracias difference between a great vo-
He made and lost several for- a Dios, que naciste en Ameri- calist, and an ordinary singer.
tunes a a brewer isn Mexico. ca!" ("Thank God I was born in One afternoon I can remember
In 1910, General Carranza in- America.") hearing a truly exceptional
eted in te town of ontere, What are you?" voice. It belonged to Enrico
Mexico. This was one of M the "An American, sir." Caruso. It must have been
cornerstones of the Jimenez "Not aSpaniard?" a record. I don't know if my
family fortune. "No sir, I am an American grandfather rushed out and
He was wealthy and the pil- citizen of Spanish heritage. bougt every record he could of
lar of that sociebi, so he was a "Bien, bien." Caruso. Then, I began to listen
target to be hung when Car- This went on until he died to the singers in opera.
ranza took the town He robbed when I was 9. Boy, did I have I still don't like to go to the
the rich and hung them. that firmly in mind. It was oera, but I do enjoy hearing
Gustavo Jimenez had seven his first contribution to my the records of the great singers.
children when he came from La character. I was a patriot and Although he never said so, I
Corua, Spain to Monterrey, damn proud of it. That lesson had the feeling that he agreed
Mexico to seek his fortune. In held firm in my life until today with me. Let me hear them, I
10 years he had amassed ma- when still consider one of my don't need to see them.
terial comfort. He was liked by finer attributes, my patriotism, On Sunday at noon, the
terial comfort. He was liked by ^9'
the church, all of his children and my love of country. NBC Symphony, with Tosca-
attended Mass assiduously I am an American: but of nini conducting came on.
and he donated large sums of Spanish heritage. Now, that was lovely. The
money. Similarly, he skept the His love of the classics and music that came out of our
money. Similarly, he kept the his desire to leave his stamp on radio was overwhelming.
politicians in the corrupt Mexi-e to samp on radio was overwhelmng
can government well greased. me took the shape of our week- My grandfather would stand
The roblem was he was back- ends together. Bear in mind us on two stools in front of the
ing the wrong horse. was 5 to 9 years old when these radio, he furnished us with the
After a one week battle university classes were admin- #2 Eagle pencils.unsharpened
the rebels rode into town to istered to me. I loved them, and and we were to conduct the
the rebels rode into town to .....-
rampage, rape and pillage looked forward to his teachings whole NBC Symphony. Our
Monterey. From the time I but I didn't appreciate their arms outstretched holding
can remember, periodically importance. the pencil as a baton. Tempo!
my aunt Lola and my crusty Class started on Saturday. Tempo! He would say. Silence,
grandmother would take out On that day the Metropolitan quiet he would signal us and
the shoebox of Kodak photos Opera would present a full op- the violins would whisper of
taken during the siege, and tell era. We would listen to it on the passage.
the stories of heroism and su- Fere he rher radio. During intermissions I can't say I could ever con-
viva.st stoi a Ferdie Pacheco's Grandmother Carmen and half time, Milton Croft, (Continued on page 3)
ing to hear but in all of them,
one thing was absent to tell. track down his upward spiral, .
How did they get out of Mon- but he did well. He made a .,.. ,
terey without physical abuse? lot of money, and built a big ... .... .....
How did they bring out the goid house.
and diamonds which would By the time the 1930's came
start them in the New Land? around, the call of his country
How did they land on the only came: He was still a citizen of
train leaving Monterey? Even Spain, and they drafted him
today 80 years later, I could to run the consulate. Civil war
retell their harrowing tales was sputtering, and Ybor City
almost word per word, but I was the main focus of Span-
never found out the answers iards.
to these questions. Here's where I come in. He
They landed in Texas some- had seven children and be was
time after. the Great Galveston fair but a tough disciplinarian.
flood, migrated to Vera Cruz, The children grew up afraid
and then Houston. Once again of him. He loved them but at
his wizardry in business put a distance, arid the loyalists
him back in the brewery busi- needed organizing.
ness. He did well. One of the When I came rolling around -_ ____ .
breweries which had success, he had softened his ways. He POSTAL SERVI
evolved into what is now Carta loved me, and held me on his :
Blanca. Not bad. lap every chance he got. He
Opportunity beckoned in was determined to teach me
Ybor City, a colony of mainly what he had forgotten to im-
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Ferdie?"
io n s "The guard's officer with the
Ljon s |light," I would say.
"A ha! That's right. That is
because the painter wants to
(Continued from page 2) draw your attention to that
duct a symphony, but I did upper quadrant; now project
have a whole lot of fun trying. triangles of space from that fo-
By the end of my years I could cus and you begin to subdivide
tell the difference between a the painting into smaller and
Beethoven and a Verdi. They smaller squares. Now, children
were no longer torrents of can you see the design of the .
sound. I knew them now. They painting?"
were old friends. I was glad Over the wonderful Sundays
to hear them again. This also we journeyed to the Ringling
amazed my college teachers. Museum, we broke down and
Music was so close to his studied all the paintings in
heart because he had been a their ample gallery. What an
professional flautist in a sym- edcation.
phony orchestra in Spain. Then we would take the big
His biggest contribution to Packard to Bok Tower, a tower
my appreciation of culture was built to house a set of musical
the study of art. bells, a gift from Germany. It
The Ringling Brothers had was surrounded by a horticul-
built a fine Museum of Art in ture park of extreme beauty. .
Sarasota where their circus We would arrive in time to
wintered. They built a lavish spread out a nice blanket.
museum to house the collec- Grandmother would pour our
tion of Rembrandts, David's, hot chocolate into cups from
Durer and many 20th-century the Thermos we brought and
contemporaries who developed served it along with Social Tea
into masters. Cookies. We would sit and re-
We would come in with our lax, listening to the beautiful
folding chairs, my grandfather, music of the bells. Grandfather
grandmother, my brother Jo- did not allow anyone to speak.
seph and I. We would sit still We listened. We thought. Then,
for a long time, studying the it was time to meditate. He
canvas he'd picked for our would make us lie down to
lesson. At first we had no clue stare at the clouds. What do
what it was we were studying. you see? "Nothing but clouds,"
What did he want us to see? I would say truthfully.
"Who are you looking at and "No. There's a pirate ship,
where is your eye focusing, look you see the main mast,

A family portrait in Monterrey, Mexico. Left to right in back row: Lola.
Paulino, Guillermo Carmela. Front row left to right: Gus, Carmen Jimenez.
Gustavo Jimenez and Ferdie.
and the main sails, do you see the appreciation of art and in the artist, "sees" in your inner
it, Ferdie?" becoming a painter. mind. That is art. If you can't
"Yes, Abuelo, I do now." The clouds game sharp- see and accept that, then drop
"Keep looking there are a lot ened my sense of perception. art and switch to photogra-
Sof stories in the clouds." I would see an obscure image, phy.
AUTO BODY REPAIRS Thus playing the cloud accept it in my brain, redefine Once, my grandfather was
1 games with us, he exercised it, sharpen it and then vomit it baffled. came home pouting.
----our imaginatinn We saw things out to my canvas: my version I explained that" after lunch I
and we weren't afraid to say so. of what I saw. was looking atthe clouds and
S luts La G ta for W~e began to see things through I found out that all art starts meditating. My principal scold-
iour own eyes. The first step this way. You see an object as ed me and said she didn't know
j in painting was taken; how it is in nature: It travels that about meditating, but she did
to look at an object, through way, through your eyes, and know about daydreaming, and
Sour eyes. somewhere in .your brain it I was to stop it!
0 When I was at university I changes in appearance, and When he died, I missed him
to the 0onm unitI came to the realization of what thence back out to the canvas fiercely because there was no
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(Continued from page 3) In my neighborhood we played at 5 years of age in my hand-
one.in my family with his broad with that equipment until we some dark blue U.S. navy suit
range of culture and knowl- marched off to war. and said, "How about him? He
edge He left us his books from At home my father was a just graded out genius as well.
Spain, but without hi kind peaceful fun-loving man. He Don't tell me he is shy. I just
voice to interpret the words, was too buy to spend a great spent the year watching him go
1 soon lost interest. No one deal of time with us but what from classtoom to classroom
would take us to Ringling's. he did give was golden. It had with his mom, reciting the pre-
No one would make us listen its disadvantages. He was a amble to the Constitution and
to the opera or symphony on great athlete and he loved Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
NBC. We were set adrift in baseball. So he bought me a Don't tell me he is shy. This boy
the cultural vacuum that was spiffy glove and bought home is an extrovert."
Ybor City. a regulation National League I was just like my father in
It wasn't until I was taking Baseball from Al Lopez, his many things, not the least of
a course in art appreciation pal. We went out back to toss. which was I looked just like
that I became aware, that I I was about 8 years old. At first him. Bursting with pride he
knew more than the teacher. it was fun. Pitch and catch. allowed them to admit me
Those years spent in front of Then gradually, as he warmed into the second grade at age
Rembrandt, had etched in up, he started to zing the ball 5. I took my place, and melted
my brain, how iart should be in to me. Ouch! That hurt, I right in. I never let it be an
viewed and be looked at. I thought through teary eyes, advantage or a disadvantage:
didn't need the University of but determining not to say My father sat me down and
Florida. I had the University of anythin. I thought my hand gave me one of his infrequent
Jimenez in my brain would fall off, glove and all, serious talks.
until my mother looked out "Ferdie, God has given you
oseph BaltazarPachco and saw his smoking pitches brains which makes you a ge-
JOSeph Balt ar and said "Enough" and took nius. You are smarter than all
My father was known me to the kitchen sink and let your school chums.
throughout Tampa as simply cool water flow over the swollen "Let this be the last time you
J.B.. He was deeply respected, reddened hand. hear or use the word genius.
in some cases feared. He was "That glove is great isn't it?" People will envy you or hate Gandmother Carmen Jimenez, Joseph (Ferdie's
known for his great integrity, asked my dad as always, oblivi- you, or treat you different from brother), Gus Jimenez (Ferdie's cousin) and
and his word was his bond. ous of the effect of his rocket the rest of your mates. You do
And he had a lightning fist. arm on an 8-year-oI d hand. not want an advantage. You Grandfathe Gustavo Jimenez on their way tothe
Since the first eight years of "Tmorrow we'll play some take the courses, take the Ringling Museum.
my life were under my grand- more. I promise." same notes, take the same
father's roof, my father was I never played baseball with exams and you'have to make l mo a u i
hardly present as far as my my dad again. I hid from him the same grades. To learn more about Ferdie Pacheco
upbringing was concerned. My around dinnertime for months.. "Now as to what I expect: I and to purchase his art and books,
father's time was spent in the If he thought of it as an after' expect you to take advantage
pharmaceutical business. On thought I would say, "Sorry, of God's gift to you and bring visit www.ferdiepacheco.com
the side, he and my handsome dad got homework to do." me an all A- report card every
Uncle John were busy running In my house schoolwork time. Less won't do."
the city as part of the corrupt took precedence over anything My brother Joseph had
Chancey regime. Growing up I else. Even J.B. no trouble with that because
had faint evidence of what all My father had been told.by he was a full-time student. Thanks,
his political power and clout the school officials, when he That's all he did. Study. But I
meant. One glorious Christ- took my 7-year-old brother to had a lot of Huckleberry Finn
mas, my Uncle John came enroll for the first grade, that in me. I was major league
by our house to present my he was a genius, and that he mischievous. I had a gang
brother and me with a $50 bill should start in the seventh of mischievous boys and we f 8 L T of
a piece. Instruction: take the grade. My father, understand- were fully occupied raiding .or { Years of
boys to downtown and spend ing my brother's shyness re- the street cars, building rafts
it all on toys and sports equip- fused to allow them to do that to float down the Hillsborough rea
ment. You cannot, today imag- to him. He insisted that he River. I was a devil. My father
ine what that amounted to. The start in the second grade at age acted as if he didn't notice my
equipment had to be brought to 7. That was very wise of him. I misbehaving because in truth
the house in a Maas Brothers admire that to this day. I was just like him. When he
truck. This was in 1936 at the But then the principal was a kid, he raised hell. "As
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(Continued from page 4) and flung it as far as he could. two-bedroom apartment. It However, inside the house, but he could not be perceived
long as I don't catch you, and Remember, he had been an was separate from the rest the talk was always of "saving as needing his son on the street
I don't know about it, and you excellent baseball player. of our house. We rented it to up money," of economy, of sav- shining shoes. That was for
bring me in my straight A- re- The fork was never found uncle Ferdie who was mar- ing for rougher days. We acted poor children, whose family
port card, then you won't hear again. Boy did I feel great! My ried to an incredibly beautiful as if we were poor. Until re- needed that extra money to eat.
from me." father had come home and vis- American girl. They moved cently, when I started to write We did not need that. I never
I had a great time growing ited the wrath of an outraged in and brought with them an a book of my Ybor City days, I thought of that.
up. He never spanked me: parent on the fork. He would incredible handsome Ameri- was certain that we were poor. Still, one day when I was
neverlaid a hand on me, never never get a second chance at can playboy, barely out of his Dirt poor, like everybody else. about 10 years old I hauled out
yelled at me. The threat, by piercing Ferdie's foot. teens. Wilson Davis was his So how come the big house? all of his shoes and proceeded
mom, that she would tell my Meanwhile, my irate grand- name, and he was a load of How come the 1936 Buick to shine everyone. My father
father of my misbehaving was mother didn't speak to my fun. four-door (with side mounts)? was a well-dressed man and
enough to set me scurrying father for the rest of the year. I Behind the big house we had And why did we eat so well? he prided himself in his shoes. -
don't think he even noticed. a large tin garage, big enough Conscious of staying afloat My mom proudly showed him
That's what it was like in the for two cars: My dad's new financially, I hungered to be let his well shined shoes and gave
European household. The Lord Buick four-door and Ferdie's off the hook and let me wander him the tab.
and master is the husband. new Pontiac. Out front, Wilson on to Franklin Street to shine I was charging 104 a shoe,
Period. parked his new Mercury con- shoes and sell newspapers. 154 for black and white, but I
My rule for running a house- vertible. From the look of that I wanted to help support my was turning the princely sum
r hold came from J.B. He would lineup of automobiles splendor house. My father smiled, pat- over to mom for our house
say, "I'm building you a good you would have deduced that ted my head, and said he was fund. "It's the only job you'll
house. It has a front door. From we were "in the money." proud of my wanting to help (Continued on page 7)
that door out is my responsibil-
Sity 1 need a good job. We have
a position in the neighborhood.
We are respected. Our word is .
our bond. We will furnish all
the money we need for all the
requirements to run a house.
We will take care of all educa-
tional matters.
"We will save up money to
send them to the university,
and than save up for retire-
Ferdie as a young boy ment. .. a..e
to my bed pulling the covers "From that door inward, the
up over my head. I was sent rest of making us comfortable,
to my bed without supper if well fed well clothed, well en-
the offense was bad enough tertained" and satisfied in the
but I knew before I fell asleep pursuit of happiness is up to
my kindly grandmother was the wife. That was my mother's
by my bedside with a big bowl responsibility.
of garbanzos soup and a nice If all this be so, it is not
piece of toasted buttered Cu- possible to not have a happy
ban bread. I was fortunate to marriage.
have lived a perfect.violent free Through three ventures over
existence. No one outside the in matrimonial waters I found
family would dream of hurting this to be so. By the third time I
me because of the daunting lucked out in love at first sight
presence of my father's gigantic marriage to a Spanish-Ameri-
figure. can Flamenco dancer, Luisita
Once, playing in the kitchen Sevilla. Boy do I regret that J.B.
while my grandmother pre- didn't live long enough to know
pared our supper, 1 stepped her. I've been married 36 years
on her ancient wrought iron- we followed J.B.'s rules and we
fork, it had been in her family haven't had a serious quarrel
for at least 200 years. It was a yet. We have a perfect daugh-
treasured relic. ter, Tina and we've-taught her
I yowled, my mother, a flash by J.B.'s rules.
in all emergencies yxtracted
the fork, washed down the Mylife at J.B.'s side
punctured wound with alcohol La Gaceta calls United
and called my father. My grandfather died in anytime they need a cab!
He raced home in a mo- 1938, alongside the Loyal-
ment. He had me on the ta- ist government. We sold the
ble, scrubbed it with alcohol, mansion, there was no one to UNITED
dressed it tight with a clean occupy its many rooms, and ak r to C AlB
roll of bandage, turned me over J.B. took us to Trampa Heights
and gave me a tetanus shot.. a step up from Ybor City to
Boy did that hurt. Tears welled 1806 Lamar.
up but I was taught not to cry. The big *house sat in the
Then he turned to.the adults middle of the block with a full Certificate#102
assembled in the kitchen. upper floor that served as a
"Where is the instrument
that attack on my boy?"
As if somehow the 200-year-
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on the floor and intentionally
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the Consulate we knew how how to spell it.
tough things would get in
Li o n s war. My father unloaded his J.B. and the Columbia
gas- guzzler, the gigantic eight Restaurant
cyd. Buick. We went to Miami
(Continued from page 6) and bought a 1941 six cyd. My unexpected good fortune
let me have." Chevrolet Deluxe. It was peppy came as the draft began to
Hugged me tight, thought and economical. And it was a drain men from the Ybor City
for a moment and said, "You snappy car. It cost us $700, streets. One day, J.B. came
can wash the cars. Your uncle and it lasted us for nine years! home with the news that the
Ferdie's, Lola's, Wilson's and What a buy! Columbia Cafe needed wait-
mine." Eureka! I had a job. All my friends, who were agers. Joseph heard promptly triedof
The war carne. Things two years older than I, ran to hang hiandself with a knit
changed in a hurry. Shame- to join the Marines, and the tie. I stepped up. I could do it!
fully our garage filled with ra- Navy. I was way too young. I was 14 years old and tall for
tioned-items. We had big bags went back to building model
of sugar, a 50-gallon drum airplanes with Byron Dawkins, my age.
of kerosene, and 50-gallons his brother J.B. was already was heaven on Restaurant
of ethyl gasoline and canned fighting in the Pacific. Wilson was heaven on earth. They
goods of every kind. You see, my Playboy hero upstairs sold andme a n apron, a bow tie,
Ybor City didn't know what. his blue Mercury Convertible anined a push in the back. For
was in store for them. They and joined the Marines. He nine hours I trudged back
hadn't been paying attention was on Guadalcanal shooting and bar, and made a fortune
to the Spanish Civil War. In at Japs before he had learned and bar, ai n ade alfordne
in tips. With nickel-and-dime
tips slowly it builds up; 1 had
a $1.50 at the end of the day
and I had five more days to
go! I got to keep it all, plus eat
three meals, which was heaven
all its own! The food in the Co-
lumbia was the absolute best
in town.
Lawrence, the owner and Gus Jimenez, Paul Jimenez, Ferdie and Gustavo
my father's best friend, took
me under his wing and things Jimenez family and close childhood-friends
were easy. Tips increased pro- had picked it from my grasp. officially, that is.
portionately. My father came in He took me by the arm and Lawrence always managed
from time to time to see how I dragged me to the liquor store. to send me up to Lola at the
was holding out. I was confused. What have I main cash register to change
He loved it that I refused done? a $50 bill. I'd come back with
to charge him, so he quietly "What is this shit? $29.00 the correct change he would
slipped me a quarter tip! for a kid.?" feign ignorance.
My biggest shock came on "He may be a kid on the "What is that?"
payday. "Go to Lola and pick street but in here, in the Co- "The change."
up your check." said Law- lumbia, he is a man." "I don't know what you're
rence. "You're not going to corrupt talking about. Did anyone send
"I get paid for this?" I said this kid." Ferdie to Lola for change?
lively. Lawrence howled with Dad pulled out $6. "This is Everyone said no. Smilingly
laughter and told everybody what a boy gets for six days." Lawrence would say,
that came into the liquor Lawrence knew not to contra- "Better put all that dough in
store. dict J.B. your pocket. You know down
I got a lovely Columbia "OK but you are wrong." here the streets are fraught
check..Official made out to Fer- I went home, heart broken. with marauders."
die Pacheco. Amount: $29.50! I didn't say a word. Neither did And so it went. I got rich
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(Continued from page 7) "Yes, but, aren't you sup- philosophy, religion and the During my time I saw the machine Lawrence Her-
in the Columbia bank. It gave posed to?" I would mean to way of the world. Big Strike of 10 months, which nandez, my Dad J.B. and his
me the heady sensation of fi- say to him, but I.could never They care to my house to ripped up a part of the workers' brother John as well as Frank
nancial independence. get the nerve. I did go in style drink coffee and talk into the unions, resulted in a total vic- Alonso, Dr. Vic Rosenthal and
But, all good things come to I'll say that. night. The three were Gustavo tory for the owners, and whose union men from his days in
an end. As school was started The next four years, the, Jimenez, my grandfather; J.B. sad sequel was to banish the the factory. He watched the
in September, Dad bought a School of Pharmacy at Florida, Pacheco, my father; and the Lectors from the factory. rise and the evil Totalitarian
Drug Store. It was called La I paid for. It was just $50 a third was the biggest, most It was a very sad time for dictators. He stayed on top of
Economica Drugstore and was semester and $50 a month for important intellect in town. Don Victoriano. He was a lead- Stalin and Lenin, he despised
tiny with no air-conditioning or room and board at my frater- He was the head of all the Lec- er without a job! Undaunted, Mussolini for the clown he was,
soda fountain. It was an ethi- nity. By then, I knew how to tors. He decided what to read he carried on reading to the and saw Hitler as the main
cal prescription drug store. It make money on campus. wrote the editorials, read to the workers, only now he spoke threat. As to Spain he wrote:
was aggressively sappy. My He lived to see me get mar- cigar-workers and in essence, over the radio. It was not the "As long as Franco lives, Spain
heart sank. ried to Paula Kikliter, ajudge's was their brain. He thought same. Money trickled in and is dead."
dughter and a favorite of all for them. dried up. And when things got dull, he
J.B. and La Economica my girlfriends. I got into The I first saw him when he Always in demand for his took on the Mafia as well.
University of Miami Medical came into the Columbia to opinion on-international mat- You see now, today I realize
I saw the handwriting on School, woefully short of cash. drink his black coffee. He ters he formed a little tri-lin- what he brought to Tampa,
the wall. If I worked so well at J.B. offered to help I refused. always dressed spiffy in well- gual newspaper, La Gaceta. far and above other American
the Columbia, surely I could do He had done enough, and now pressed white linen suits, or They were already three other towns. All-America lived in
the same here. I was expected he was sick and dying slowly. seersucker suits. From time to good bi-lingual papers, La isolation. We knew about our
to head to the drug store at The first Christmas was pain- time when he had an important Gaceta was distinctly third but town, our street, our small civi-
3 p.m. when I left school to ful. Paula and Paula J. had speech to give he would don a in time, people sought out the lization. Nothing more. Nothing
work in there until 11 p.m. Of to stay home with the judge dark blue gabardine double- paper that had Manteigawrit- outside our small circle. We
course, I had to do my home- while I lived alone in Miami. breasted blazer, with light ing his fiery editorials. He took were truly isolationists.
work while there. I worked full The Christmas holidays ended gray or tan pants. He always on everything that was wrong But in Tampa if you listened
days on Saturday and Sunday, badly. wore two tone shoes. He was a and crooked. He took on the to the Lectors, if you read
but those nights off. Siberia. On New Years Eve I got a call fashion plate. corrupt Tampa politicians (in Manteiga in La Gaceta you got
That pretty much took care of at 4 a.m. An intern at Centro He would sit in the back, spite of the fact that his main a huge pan-education on the
high school days at Jefferson. I Asturiano had an unknown where he was unlikely to be close friends were part of the world. What evil was lurking
had to beg to get off for gradu- heart attack case and he had seen. He carried a couple of Chauncey crooked politician (Continued on page 9)
ation. I didn't get as lucky for just been identified as J.B. folded newspapers, and a
senior prom and the senior Pacheco. An hour later he was hardcover book or two. He was
banquet. I missed those. That dead. I got to spend that last always reading. I came to per-
hurt. Bad. I never felt cheated hour with him. I held his hand ceive that this was his defense
of my high school days. The and told him I would take care against boorish people who
days were tough during the of him and mom for as long wanted to pass the day wasting
war. I felt like I was doing my as they lived he smiled and his time with nonsense.
duty. I-couldn't wait to get old squeezed my hand and died. The only people I ever saw
enough to enlist. Lawrence of Well, I thought thank God for him talk to were Lawrence, a
the Columbia had a plan for small favors. He got to see me generous owner of the Colum-
me. As soon as I turned 18, happily married, got to see me bia, and my Dad. When he was
he would get me admitted into admitted to a first-rate medical finished, he shot out of there
West Point. I couldn't wait. school, and my life on an even like a rocket.
Lawrence's nephew would track, and my future insured. He was bigger than a rock n'
show up in his gray uniform. It turned out that my biggest roll idol and in his time he was
Wow! What an impression. influence was J.B.; working by bigger than the Beatles, bigger
Then little Lawrence got in his side for those long hours than Elvis.
Annapolis. He graduated and was an education in itself. I Don Victoriano was single,
then his wife shot him over a found out more about him than a great catch, but he had been
nautical affair. he was willing to give up. He married and had one son Ro-
The real bad news came was a helluva man. He showed land. To his everlasting shame,
when J.B. told me he wouldn't me the way. Roland had no intellectual
pay me to work. "Wht ever you pretensions, nor aspirations.
need ask me." That was no so- Don Victoriano Manteiga He was just a good old street
lution. "When you go to college kid. He was a hundred percent
I'11 pay for everything." Growing up in Ybor -City I Tampa Banana. People all
The first four years of Pre- only knew three intellectuals; loved the big hearted Roland,
Med, JB paid for everything, men who read books, men who but, "Let's be clear; he ain't no
as he said. thought deeply of the universe, Don Victoriano."

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The War and the Lector I needn't worry. Don victo-
L *o nriano didn't talk to big Ferdie,
O f S The war brought us many he talked to little Ferdie. He
changes, but nothing to equal was interested in me.
the next pleasant surprise it More or less here was our
(Continued from page 8) brought to our big house on- routine; he would be through
on the other side of those two Lamar Street. with paper at 2 p.m. come
huge oceans that protected us? My playboy uncle Ferdie home, bathe take a siesta until
I look at young kids today who was 36 years old and as such, 4 p.m. He awoke and came into
don't know what Pearl Harbor exempt from the draft. Ferdie the kitchenette where I was do-
was, who can't remember who divorced the beauteous Marga- ing my homework. He started
killed John Kennedy. But they ret and he got custody of the by hanging around, finally we
can tell you every detail of Brit- 20 year old fun-loving Wilson did the work together. It was
ney Spears new plastic surgery Davis and his brand new Mer- easy.
but can't relate to Iraq! cury Convertible. What a pair Then he would start a one-
they were. hour lecture. I never under-
Through the Lector 1 learned But the war came along and stood how he picked out the
to read and absorb learning. Wilson was the first to volun- topic. It was like the one hour
It was a source of pride to me teer. He went into the Marines speech he would give to the
when the librarian called J B and straight to Guadalcanal. cigar workers. They were a lot
and said, "Sir, Ferdie has read Ferdie, alone in a town of fun, and informational as
every book in the children's filled with GIs, felt isolated. hell. Once he asked meif I had
section. I what your permission He couldn't go into.a bar with- ever been read to before. I said
to give him a library card in the out getting into a fight. His no, but certainly would like to
adult section." very active social life quickly hear him read.
y f r ws so p d diminished to zilch. He lived I was partial to the Leather
My father was so proud I alone in a spacious apartment, Stocking Tales of James Fen-
thought he would burst. So alone in a spacious apartment, Stocking Tales of James Fen-
was the Lector, so was Law- listening to the war news on nimore Cooper. He read me a
s e Leor, so was Law the radio. chapter a day until we'd read
rence, and so was my grandfa- I was shocked to see Don the book. It was delightful in
ther. My grandfather Showered Victoriano Manteiga ring our spite of his heavy Spanish
me with praise. bell. My mother took him English which sometimes came 7-
I've read two books per week around, showed him the up- out comical.
since I learned the importance stairs-and soon he left. At. the end of one book he
and fun of reading. I am now "Well, uncle Ferdie is get- handed me the next in the se-
almost 80. Do the math. If I ting new roommate," she said ries. "Now you read out loud.
read them, I keep them. My with a broad smile on her face. Imagine 500 cigar makers are
house is full of books. We have I could not imagine what .in listening to your every word
a huge library. Some people heaven those two had in com- and make them laugh or cry."
collect wine I collect and enjoy mon, and what they would talk That part was nice because
good books,. about. my mom would stop her in-
cessant housework and come
and sit on the bed and listen
intently. I came to realize it was
..-- the first time my mother had
ever read a novel. I felt good
about that.
So it went for about one
year, then the war was petering
..... ... ..... . down and the paper had gained
in importance and wealthi and
CAR 01CIOING & HEAlATNG. Ferdie wanted to get married
again so Manteiga had to Don Victoriano Manteiga
move on. Boy was I down in
move on. Boy was down in "Don't tell or keep secrets" went away from Ybor City for
the dumps. "Pick friends as carefully as life. I thought about him often,
When he left he gave me an enemies." and used his advice often.
extraordinary sermon on how e
to be a success in life: It wasn't "And so on" He was my guiding light. To
until I read Polonius' sermon "Pick up "Hamlet" it's in this day 1 think.of his advice.
to his boy on leaving home for there." Polonius advice to On deep introspection re-
university that I realized Man- Horatio on going. off to Uni- vived interest in Ybor City
teiga had taken it all for use in versity. history, the Lectors, the cigar
Sthe present century. I kept those rules for life, factories.and my family history
"Neither borrower nor a as if they had come from Holy is directly related to the Lector
Turn tO lender be." Scripture: and a magical afternoon we
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(Continued from page9) I had married one of the moonlight I said, "I'm going to
shared before he died. most beautiful women I'd ever do a novel of all he told us. The
I would take my little fam- seen. It was love at first site Lector must live."
ily to Indian Rocks, to a place and our marriage was working And so I wrote a -900 page
called The Happy Fiddler. It beautifully. novel. It has not found a pub-
was a very nice commodious, She was like me, an Ameri- lisher yet. Que pena.
clean apartment right on the can girl (from Denver) of Span- If I have not found a pub-
water. ish descent. At 15 she was sent lisher by the time I die, I'm
One day I received a visit to Sevilla to learn to dance donating this great novel to
from a history professor who flamenco. She was driven to go La Gaceta. Let them serialize
was doing deep research on to Spain to learn at the heart of it every few years or so. The
Ybor City. He was writing a the flamenco world. She didn't people should know about
detailed description on the speak one word of Spanish. Don Victoriano Manteiga, The
Italians in Ybor City. Italians? She was put in a strict convent Lector.
There were Italians? I always type of school. W ithin one year
laughed at Italians they were she was speaking Spanish like
like Polacks'to us snobby high a gypsy. Dance instructors Lawrence Hernandez and
falutin Spaniards. We shoved were all gypsies and they re- the Columbia Restaurant
them beyond the city limits and fused to believe that she wasn't
told them to take what they directly related to gypsies. My father had many friends.
wanted. The land was free. Her heart, her personality Being in ward politics for so
Most of the Italians were of was pure Spaniard. I loved her long, perhaps more accurately,
Peasant Stock. So, of course, love of Spain. I told her some I should say, many acquain-
given free land and water, they stories about the Lector. She tances. We had an ethical
flourished. Fishermen went to virtually hummed in anticipa- prescription shop, and he
the coast and got rich. Cattle- tion of meeting the old intellec- had a general sense of credit.
men became rich. Produce men tual, Victoriano Manteiga. Times were hard, people were
got rich off tomatoes, oranges, Victoriano had been a bach- sick, there was no money at
grapefruits, lettuce, avocados elor for about 40 years, but our pharmacy. No one was
and the rest. his eyes still lit up at the sight ever turned down Everyone
So, by the time Professor of a beautiful girl, much less in Ybor City, including even A young Lawrence Hernandez
Gary Mormino came to Tampa the most beautiful Spanish Santo Trafficante when he first
he found that the Italians girl he had seen. He lit up like arrived there got credit. The knew your name. by the intense care of -my
were the money people and a Christmas tree as started only person he could count on Both married verywell when mother, my grandmother, and
they owned the town. I was to court her with Ybor City as a real friend was Lawrence they reached their thirties. My my aunt Lola, a maiden aunt.
shocked. I wondered what the stories. Hernandez of the Columbia dad married the daughter of J.B. was despondent. How
Lector would have said. We stayed for five hours, Restaurant. They were tight as the Spanish Consulate and could it be that any son of his
"Ask him," said the sharp and listened. He was charm- young men, and their friend- Lawrence married a strong had a life-threatening weak-
professor with a kindly smile. ing, effervescent, a fountain of ship lasted until each died, lady from an important Ybor ness? He had. no experience
He still runs the paper "La major Lector history. both too early in life, and both City family. with weakness.
Gaceta" on 15th street." Luisita, a great photogra- a few years from each other. Both had children at the Just as Joseph began to
The Visit pher, captured the old man Their lives paralleled. Both same time. The first baby was a emerge from his cocoon of
at his best, and at his most were successful in business. boy. Lawrence.had a strapping sickness, and it looked like he
The hot August sun was aged. I got so inspired I did the Lawrence struck gold in the strong boy named, of course, would live, I came along. In
beginning to descend over the portrait heading this article. I Columbia Restaurant, my dad Lawrence or little Lawrence. Lawrence's household his fam-
silvery waters of the bay and still think it is one of my best in pharmacy. Both dabbled in Dad had my brother, who was ily was about to increase.
the Gulf when we pulled in to' paintings, particularly his ex- the some time bloody political born very weak, his lungs in There was jubilation in
see the Lector, Don Victoriano pressive hands. arena. Both knewv that Tampa question. He was called Joseph both homes, as both babies
Manteiga, a green eye shade What an afternoon! I got politics was an effervescent Baltazar, but he was not given were males, and both were
shielding his rheumy eyes from home and as Luisita and I cloud. The day you lost an much of a chance to live. For robust and strong. Lawrence
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growing up in the midst of gus- uncivilized to eat a sandwich a watch?" rence borrowed $50,000 and
L o s tatory perfection, you longed to without washing it down with "No, Sir I don't own a watch." added two gorgeous rooms, El
| IO S lknow what your friends were a beer. No one in my house The man would say humbly. Quixote with a Flamenco show
eating; hamburgers, hot dogs. protested. Beer had made This was not unusual in those and El Patio, a copy of a house
Ham and cheese sandwiches grandfather's first fortune in days almost nobody had a patio of Seville, Spain with a
(Continued from page 10) were a staple in depression Mexico. I grew up drinking red wristwatch. Lawrence would big fountain of a Dolphin and
named hs son Casimiro after homes. Oh, how I longed to eat wine and beer with meals. take off his watch and place it the Sprite. I watched every
his older brother, and dad at their houses. That of course The Columbia was a sma on the poor man's arm. stage of the work. What a thrill
his oder brother, and dad aherhoe The Columbia was a small to watch that go up. It gave me
named me Ferdie, after the ws not permitted. l was stuck two-room restaurant run b "Here, you gotta watch. to watch that go up. It gaye me
pouare me ungesune, aer te w a fne o urmitted. Il a two-room restaurant run by Drop by now and again and tell a sense of ownership a feeling
popular youngest uncle I had. with a fine gourmet nc an Casimiro, the senior son of me what time it is." that I was somehow forever
For an obscure reason I was dinner evey mealtime 4 the family, a grimed-faced, Lawrence was a small connected with the Columbia.
left without a middle name. I Then,when I turned 4 years hard-working austere man man, even by Ybor City stan- I was there when it was born I
was just left Ferdie Pacheco old and Joseph was 6, Aunt who didn't know how to make dards. He was always very well was family.
no middle name. It gave me a Lola came home and said that friends or new customers. The dards. He was always very wel was family
distinctive name. I was proud at least once a month she was youngest son, Lawrence, dressed, shoes carefully shined Finally t was fnshed. There
of being named for Ferdie, taking ustotheColumbia Cafe the st ar of the f amily. Small every day. His silver curly hair was no argument; it was the
ofbeing named for Ferdie ngthe star ofthefamily. Small was brushed back from his most unusual spectacularly
and prouder still of having no where she worked as the head at about 5'3", he was a shin- forehead. He had beautiful beautiful building in Tampa
middle name. cashier. There she would feed ing whirlwind of personality. unblemished skin, his eyes perhaps of.the state. I felt a
Very early on in life I fell in us a half Cuban sandwich, People absolutely loved Law- sparkled when he talked, he proprietary right to eat in their
love with the Columbia Restau- warm and toasty, with mustard rence. On top of his many at- sparkled w animated speaker hollowed halls but my heart
rant. My house had the finest and mayo. Lettuce and toma- tributes he was a pathological laughing easily and tossing was still in the Columbia Cof-
Spanish cuisine in the city, toes added last. gift giver. Many was the time off clever one-liners Being fee Shop.
because both my grandmother Although we were babies, I saw a man, without a watch around him was like being in
and my mom were master Lola insisted that we share a ask Lawrence for the time. dde a n n The Wa and Cisis
chefs. But, when you're a child beer. She maintained it was "Five o'clock. Don'tyou have He seemed to radiate f tn and
He seemed to radiate fun and
good times. You'd never go The first to really feel the
there expecting to find gloom pinch of the war was the Co-
or depression. lumbia Coffee Shop. All the
He had a blinding, irresist- waiters were young. Under 30,
Sible grin. He lived to do favors, all of draft age. All had to go.
..... to solve problems, to facilitate Even Lawrence couldn't get
things so thatjobs would flow, them out of the draft nor did he
OUtk he would "get things done." Po- want to. Lawrence's nephew he
J litically he was a powerhouse. got into West Point. Lawrence's
1,ampa KRISTOPHER E. FERNANDEZ He had clout that no one else own son, got into Annapolis. I
ArR Y AT LW in Tampa had, was scheduled for West Point
c ATTORNEY AT LAW Once I sat by his desk to when my time came.
see him dial direct and get One day at breakfast J.B.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt on broke the news little Lawrence
the phone, and ask for a favor. 16 was summoned to take
He needed to get a poor Ybor the place of a drafted waiter.
City kid into West Point and J.B. volunteered his 16 year-
114 S. Fremont Avenue the kid had no political clout. old son, Joseph. That thrw
114SremoAv e Lawrence impetuously said, the house into a hysterical
Tampa, FL 33606 "Wait a minute," dialed FDR storm. Joseph would not go.
Ph. (813) 514-0283 Ph: (813) 832-6340 and it was a done-deal. The He put on such a show that
Fax (813) 514-0438 kid got in, but his graduat- J.B. considered puttinghim in
E-mail: KERNANDEZKERNANDE.FDN.COM ing class of 44 was nearly all the"psychiatric ward at Tampa
E-mail: KFERNANDEZ@KFERNANDEZ.FDN.COM killed in last year of the war. General. Quite simply Joseph
Thankfully Lawrence didn't live went nuts.
to see what his political clout Standing there in the midst
had brought. He was dead by of the storm I stood finger
then. upraised.
For some reason I was picked "Take me. I can do-it." I said
out of the four kids to be kinda over and over until someone
loved by my Godfather, my noticed me.
Padrino. He loved that I was so "But you'reonly 14. This is
mischievous but I maintained doing.a man's work."
an A-average in school. When "I can do it. I can do it." I
he heard that I had pulled all repeated over and over again.
my dad shoes out and shined Finally J.B. who always
them so could make a salary, had a lot of faith in me, heard
to have money to turn over to me and he said "Ferdie can
my mom. Lawrence went crazy do it."
'w With happiness. He gave J.B. a On Monday I put on a fresh,
$20 bill for me, and a contract starched long sleeve white
to do his shoes. J.B. quickly shirt. I attached a black bow
declined: "Don't spoil my kid." tie, hitched up my black pants,

he would give me a huge bag and Aunt Lola goodbye, and
of French pastries which were went to the corner of Oak and
a wonderful delicacy and Coca Lamar and caught the Yellow
Cola's to drink plus four Cuban Oak Streetcar to the Columbia
sandwiches for our house. Restaurant.
After a while, I loved every- I arrived early, as is my
thing to do With the Columbia family custom, and at 8: 45
Restaurant. The rich smells of a.m. Peter, the scary mean
the perpetually perking coffee, bartender, slapped a long.
boiling milk, hot Cuban bread apron on -me and shoved me
and the enticing smell of Cu- unto the floor.
ban sandwiches made the cof- "You got the first four tables.
fee shop my special favorite. Put water first. Itll save you a
In time, Casimiro and Law- (Continued on page 12)

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(Continued from page 11) kitchen. Oh, imagine my sheer hor-
trip later. In here, everybody His one "dangerous" table ror as I saw a Tidal Wave of
drinks water." was a table for six. The table dark black coffee fall on San-
How righthe was. At times was by the door which opened to's light tan gabardine sports
I felt like Gunga Din. "Water! on to 22nd Street. Directly coat. I tried to wipe it off with
Water! Oye, chiquito, where is across the street was the dark my white napkin to no avail.
my water!" mouth of some shabby build- There we stood. Santo still
My first day was a classic ings; an excellent place to hide seated the front of his coat
day of horrendous mistakes. a sniper, a knockoff- suspects now doused with black cof-
There was so much to learn, emerging from the Columbia. fee. Bodyguards were half out
and no one to teach you. The table, however, offered of their seats, hands on half
My four tables had four- easy access to the street if a drawn pistols, looking round
chairs. Each chair represented shoot out happened to start for a possible assassination.
his own independent place. at the Columbia. It never did, "Va bene, va vene, said the
One chair, one customer, one but you never know. The Mafia Don brushing off my pathetic
tab. Mostly four men took a filed in behind the Old Don, ttemptstocleanoffthe ggan-
table.-They would add one Santo Trafficante. He was a tic black stain With a great
or two more if need be. One Prince of the Realm in every deal of dignty (I thought) he
tab? Or five separate tabs? I sense. He dressed in lavishly got up and left.
never could guess. Plus the expensive tailor-made suits Peter, the only Italian who
Columbia lunch menu was a with highly shined shoes. held an important -position,
killer. For 501 cents here was Diamond rings danced on his head bartender, took me by the
the menu: fingers. He was as splendid as arm. I thought he was going to
Starters:. Cup of Garbanzo a Venetian Dodge. slap my head.
soup or soup of the day. The Don would often brag "Don't worry. Those things
Salad-usually French that since he had arrived at happen. Santo comes in at 4
dressing manhood he had never bathed, p.m. He has a bowl of vermicelli
Entree: Choice of 5 dishes dried or powdered himself soup, brea d and butter and a
of the day: Beef Stew with yel- and moreover, he had never glass of cold milk. You fix it so
low rice, Arroz con dressed himself, had never 7 it's ready to eat when he sits
Pollo being 2 staples and huge buttoned a button or tied a J down. Make sure the soup is
favorite dishes. shoe string or made a knot in steaming hot and the milk ice
Dessert: Flan, ice-cream or his tie. Slaves did all that. He cold. Make sure he has plenty
figs with cream cheese. smelled wonderful, doused as j of bread and butter and refuse
Black Coffee he was in European colognes. his tip. He'll understand. "
Now, picture yourself trying He always sat in a chair next Well I couldn't wait until
to serve a table of five hungry to the 22nd Street exit, which 4 p.m. The afternoon came
customers who all sat down at was deemed for fastest and An older Lawrence Hernandez around I had placed two regu-
a different time, so all were at safest exit. Bodyguards sat on lar napkins on the shiny black
a different place on the menu. either side of him. He drank buildings to untie the traffic year-old kid. My hands were marble top, Santos never ate
And you had to guess who got his caf solo with his pinky jam. not as large as a grown waiter. on marble. He insisted on
what tab. What a nightmare! delicately raised in the air. All The conductors dashed into Being innocent, hard-headed linen
Boy, did I make mistakes! at the table imitated him. the coffee shop where we had and stupid I thought I could A cold glass of water next to
The morning rush for cof- The door was dangerous for steaming caf solos waiting for master that. a cool glass of milk stood like
fee dwindled at 11 a.m. Lunch another reason. The intersec- them to slurp down and then I was in the process of serv- sentinels protecting an empty
crowd didn't start to build tion of Seventh Avenue and dash helter-skelter for the ing Santo Trafficante his caf bowl for his soup. I hd gone
up until noon. In between we 22nd Street was where all the door. Boy, what a rush. solo, when the avalanche of to the patio and got the fin-
caught a break. Ybor City Streetcars coincided. By then I had mastered streetcar conductors hit me on est china and silverware from
A nice waiter who had taken At times too many arrived at the art of balancing six caf the back when the door swung Spain. I stood poised at the
me under his wing, asked me the same time causing a traf- solos on one arm. It was hard open. Cups flew in the air in kitchen door, keeping the ver-
to watch two of his tables as fic jam. Streetcar inspectors enough if one was a fully grown all directions but mainly on micelli soup bubbling hot.
he took a smoke break in the would pour out of the adjacent man, but I was a skinny 14- Don Santo! (Continued on page 13)





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I expected his bodyguards to a tall disheveled, white man mass of bilis in my hands. laugh and would catch me in
is pull out their guns and riddle in his sixties with a weather "What are you going to be the kitchen when I had my
L io n s me. I could see them dumping beaten raincoat, hat, and um- when you grow up?" arms filled with dishes. It was
my blood riddled body onto the brella. Outside it was pouring "A doctor, Sir." all I could do not to drop the
(Continued from page 12) porch with a note pinned to my rain. No one paid any attention "And you'll be a damn fine dishes.
In the Columbia we used white shirt: to him. He was ignored. one if you keep your heart By the third day, I had had
the high style of serving soup. "He burned the Don one I felt instantly sorry for him. where it is today." enough. By our rules of ma-
If it were a serving for one, time too many." I put my stuffon the bar, so he "Do you know who I am?" chismo, I couldn't complain to
we were given a small tureen. Everyone understood, even conceded that I was off-duty, I "No sir." his dad or to my dad or even to
It had a small lip which we the police. was actually doing him a favor "See that building down the the headwaiter. It was up to me
would use one hand to pour But instead, the Don, his to take his order: two qt. of the street? Eli Witt, Tobacco Com- to take him on. Of course, that
the soup. Nobody told me that face red and tears in his eyes Garbanzo Soup, two pieces of pany. Hay-a- Tampa Cigar, was patently impossible, he
that small handle was made of grabbed me by the front of- Cuban bread with butter and that's'me." was an ox. He'd crush me.
-the same metal as the tureen; my shirt twisted it and said some toothpicks. Well, I knew it wasn't Eli Wit So I waited for him to come
consequently if the soup were through gritted teeth his nose I hurried to the kitchen filled who invented the cotton gin. into the large room-size re-
scalding hot, then that heat touching mine. I could feel the the order myself and impul- He looked like, Robert E. Lee, frigerator, where he came to
was transmitted to the small heat of his face, sively I grabbed two loaves of but he was dead so I-looked in take an after-lunch smoke. I
handle. The result was an un- "You got something against hot Cuban bread and pats of my hand to see a new wrinkled stood before him my arm stiff
godly pain in your fingers, and me kid?" And then he turned butter, all prohibited because $5 bill. at my side my hands balled in
the desire to serve the boiling and left the cafe. I never waited of rationing, but I figured ev- "That's for you son. Remem- a fist. He looked at me.puzzled
soup in a blazing hurry. on him ever again. erybody was finishing their ber that kindness and mercy and bemused. I took a deep
The physics of the thing That should have been the siesta so what the heck, who always pays". breath and began, hoping to
was simple; the wave of boiling highlight of my first day at the would know. I went home and showed the get it all out before he would
soup would cause a millisec- Columbia Restaurant Coffee I returned in a flash, much $5 tip and to my amazement flatten me
ond in the empty bowl then Shop but it wasn't. to my old customer's sur- my father said, "Well I guess "Lawrence for three days
swoosh out the other side and Finally, six o'clock rolled prise. He saw the butt of the that makes up for the Santo you've been beating on my arm
slide out, in one massive glob around. I'd been at work since two loaves of bread. He fum- disasters." and neck. It hurts like hell and
of searing hot soup, directly 9 a.m. or nine hours. I felt like bled around in his pocket for Lawrence Does a I can't do my work right. Im
into the Don's groin. This was -my thin legs would not hold me change the bill was $2, then he teling you to stop, or else..."
not a tiny cup of coffee, this up much longer. gave me a $50 bill. King Solomon "Or else what; what are
time I had struck a major blow So, I was stumbling out, my $50! I'd never seen money you going to do to me little
with an entire tureen of blazing tie undone, my soiled apron that big. Although Lawrence was a shrimp?" He laughed enjoying
hot soup onto his lap. over my shoulder a weary "Take it to Lola. Tell her it's loving and indulgent man he my red faced rage.
He stood up, sputtering, warrior going home after an from me." He said in a kindly had no control over his son "Orelse the next timeyou do
holding his wet pants out from honorable day of service. I was voice. little Lawrence who grew up a that I'm coming to the kitchen
his groin so that those sensi- very tired but I was also very I did that. Lola took one look seething bundle ofmuscle who and ordering a Garbanzo soup
tive parts could avoid being proud. down the bar and immediately liked to punch his schoolmates for four and I'll be waiting for
- scalded. At the end of the bar, wait- banged out the change. and neighbors. He was pure you to come into the kitchen
I stood there dumbfounded. ing for take-out service was I came rushing back with a mean. He was a Major League and I'11 have the huge caul-
bully. dron of boiling soup over my
my life. He was two years older your head. It might break your
than 1, and he was borderline skull. It will surely burn your
kind to me. He was at least half skull and face. And then, when
as big as I. So I stayed away you get out of the hospital
from his target range, made we'll see if you've learned your
him laugh and vanished when lesson."
I could. Lil' Laurence played with
He greeted the news that I the idea of squashing me like
was being hired to help at the a cockroach before he let out
Columbia Caf with a grudging a loud laugh. He laughed and
shrug. He was kind of protec- laughed, and was still laughing
tive of the title "Kid doing a when I left, closing the door
man's work." He was strong as with relief.
hell, and a great waiter, plus But the next day he didn't
the fact that he was Lawrence's tuch me. All day I waited, but
son got him huge tips. The he smiled at me and laughed
other waiters resented him and good-naturedly.
felt that he cut into their tips. Before lunch, Pete told me
He reacted to me in a physi- to go see Big Lawrence in the
cal way which I resented. On liquor store. He was waiting
first seeing me in the morning there with my dad's friends,
he would punch my triceps, Frank Alonzo and Doc Rosen-
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cups. about you going to smash
As lunch Was starting little Lawrence on the head with a
Lawrence would grab me by the tureen of Garbanzo soup if he
neck from behind in an iron doesn't stop hitting you? Is
vice death grip and squeeze it. that true?"
That hurt like hell and numbed Boy, I felt so bad. Lawrence
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(Continued from page 13) the money I made through my I played that scenario out my boss Pete?." I pointed at the stood holding the tureen of
was a light of my life. My hero. efforts was all mine. in my mind. It didn't sound intimidating Pete. soup, his temper in dafiger of
I knew how he loved his son, It took awhile to learn how good. Here I was a skinny 120 Pete stood behind the bar exploding.
and forgave him his bullying. I to handle redneck cracker lb. scared out of my wits kid, beating a rhythm with his bat Finally, the customer said
truly felt I was through at the drunks. They were rough and who when I stood before him I on the bar. Pete looked like he to bring him salt and pepper
Columbia. I had lasted two abusive, but a sense of humor care up eyeball to eyeball with was dying to start whacking shakers he deliberately un-
weeks and now I would have would put them in their place, him sitting down. Oh, I forgot the Mountain Man. Couldn't screwed the tops, and poured
to go out in disgrace. I felt the and then they were pussycats. to mention he was covered with wait. them into the soup. The soup
tears welling up. And when you got the crack- red hair, scalp to his belly but- Shakily Mountain Man was ruined. "If I can't eat my
"Yes, Sir I did." I tried to ers laughing with you, the ton. He was fearful. Dean got up and waddled out- soup nobody can!" he said
sound manful. tips flew. "Well, I got me two whole side to eat his seafood feast loudly seconds before Curro
"And are you going to do Only one time did I run into lobsters and two whole Boston sitting on a bus bench. I was a smashed the metal tureen onto
it?" a potentially dangerous situa- crabs. I got two dozen shrimp, hero around there as the story his head, cutting his scalp,
"Yes, Sir if he keeps hitting tion, and I was stumped as to and I intend to eat them right spread but, shoot, everybody burning his face and knocking
me." how to save myself. here. You might bring the six knew it was Pete and his bat' him out.
All three men laughed shook A huge 300 lb. mountaineer Budweiser's." that sealed the deal. Lawrence arrived on the
hands and patted each other from Kentucky wearing bib- I ran over where Pete was scene as Curro stood over the
on the back. overalls came in carrying a holding a menu. He snapped Lawrence and Retribution dizzy customer.
Big Lawrence hugged me, paper sack from Pardo's fish it on the bar top. Lawrence was in the liquor "My son is fighting in Anzio
and then held me by the shoul- market. Oh, oh I thought this "Look up what we charge for store when he heard from his this very day. He hasn't had
ders as he talked to me. does not bode well. Man-Moun- those dishes in our restaurant. headwaiter El Curro, a tough anything to eat for three days.
"Ferdie, if I hear he is still tain Dean sat down to order: Tell him that is what he has to waiter from Sevilla was having I'11 not stand by while you be-
abusing you, and you don't hit "Here's what I want, an empty pay if he is going to eat them problem with a recalcitrant spoil good food," Curro said.
him in the head you are fired. soup dish, a soup spoon, a pint at the Columbia. If he puts customer. Police were called, and Law-
Ifyou do hit him on the head of boiling milk, salt, pepper, one mouthful of anything in The full lunch at the Colum- rence being Lawrence, had
I'll give you a $50 bonus and Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco his chops he has to pay our bia in 1944 was 750 complete him taken to Tampa General
don't tell J.B. any of this. You sauce, a loaf of Cuban bread menu price. with soup; the rest of the menu Hospital, and not charged! The
did the right thing!" and oyster crackers. Now how' I went back with the bill for 504, without the soup. It beaten customer was barred
Little Lawrence took it as much is that?" neatly added up. He yelled like seemed simple, but this cus- from eating at the Columbia
a huge joke and told all the Peter pulled out his peace- a scalped Indian. He grabbed tomer feigned stupidity. for life!
waiters about it and for years maker baseball bat and put his me by my collar and brought He ordered the 500 lunch He calmed down El Curro
later even after he graduated automatic pistol within reach my face to the table top. and ate it. Then, as an after- with a $50 reward, and the rest
Annapolis and was a naval of- behind a bar. Trouble would "You think I'm going to pay thought he ordered a bowl of the day off.
ficer he told the story. We were end before it began. $40 to eat my own food?" he of soup. This made it a 751 Day by day, my admira-
best friends from then on, and "Ask him what he's got in yelled. lunch, 25 more for soup. He tion for Lawrence rose. Here
nobody ever piclked on the lit~le the bag, and does he intend to "Yessir, if you eat in here refused to pay for the soup. The was clearly a giant of a man.
shrimp again eat here?" you pay for eating in here! See argument raged while Curro (Continued on page 15)
Lawrence had been a judge
for awhile and a Consul for
Honduras. Both offices he used
to leverage political favors. He
came into the family business
and Casimiro took him in for
a reasonable fee. In no time
business picked up and stayed
up. Lawrence was a magnet for
people. Everyone wanted to eat
wherever Lawrence could be
found, and Lawrence could be
found at the Columbia from 11
a.m. until closing.
;why he had picked the little
hfquir sire in the back of the
coffee shop no one knew. It
was small unpretentious and
insignificant. Lawrence had
a good manager who handled
sales for what small retail sales
there were.
Except on Friday, Lawrence
had devised a trap for busi-
ness. To shipyards paid at 4
p.m. on Friday too late for the
bank or anyone else to cash
large checks. No one had that
much cash on hand in all of
Ybor City.
Lawrence did. He had bags
of cash. He hired two killer
Tampa cops with sawed-off
shotguns to dissuade and
hold off desperados. No one
even tried in the 10 years that
Lawrence worked his deal. It
was like this: cash your check,
if you buy more than one pint
of booze, any kind. Free table
and chasers in the cafe until
suppertime 7 p.m. Of course,
almost everyone that was
drinking stayed to eat. Almost
everyone who was a serious
drinker ordered another bottle.
The money rolled in, the money
rolled out and Lawrence kept
most of it.
Through it all, Lawrence
sat by the cash register, his
manager serving the thirsty
ship- workers like a deranged
monkey.
I loved Fridays, because
when those hillbillies and
crackers got hold of folding
money, many for the first time
in their life, they spent it fast.
Friday night I volunteered to
stay on duty until 7 p.m. when
we closed the check cashing
services. I'd go home, with
both pockets bulging. I think
when the summer was over I
had more money in my bank
account at the Columbia Bank
than my dad had in his. Aw,
hell, I thought 'don't feel bad.
It's his money anyway.'
I thought any money I made
was for my family not for me.
Today I still feel good that I did
that. It wasn't until I was in col-
lege and turned 18, did I think

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by Art Maynor two brothers already up, grin-
We were no different than e Rning from ear to er. The ride
W er. h e The R ide fo L s H elad s to Los Helados was almost
our neighbors. It was the late
1930s and people were out of for sherbets, delicious mango, where they belonged. Shaken toward 15th Street. As the car as exciting as getting there.
work, working part-time, or coconut, pia, etc. awake, we got into my father's slowed down ... would he turn Maybe today instead of order-
on strike. The Depression lay This night the-game was fi- Model A Ford sedan. I lay left into Los Helados, or right ing mango I would order pia,
1- coconut or chocolate, or just
heavy on our parents and the nally over. In our half sleep we across the back seat, eyes to go home, winless? coconut or chocolate, or just
summer heat felt as if even pould hear the men shuffling closed. I could hear him start As I felt the car turning left save e nicke ... but, knew
as he was ready to scoop out
nature was against us. The around moving the chairs to the engine. He was heading I sprang up excited to find my tshe sherbet it would always be
exception being that one night
each week the men would get mango.
Today, except for my older
together to play cards, some- -.. --l__.-- brot er and myself, all the
nickels and dimes they had people in this story are gone;
left. One never saw folding but they will keep drifting back
left. One never saw folding every time I think of that ride
money at these cars games. A'S S V 3e y B = If '- ,
The place fr e rd g card to Los Helados ... maybe.
The place for these card
games was always the house
of Jimmy Pardo in Ybor City.
Jimmy was my father's best Li o n s
friend; he owned a small gro-
cery store on Eighth Avenue (Continued from page 14)
across the street from the Hav- )
A-Tampa cigar factory. He sold wanted badly to be like him,
three cans of this, two cans of but how could anyone be like
that, and a little bolita. He car- / Lawrence?
ried our family "on the books" Things really perked up a
for many years, during good notch between Lawrence and
times and bad. me when it was time for me
Many times my father took to leave Tampa to attend the
along my two brothers and me University of Tennessee. I had
to these card games to give my never been 20 miles away from
mother a little rest at home. To Tampa. Outside of my mas-
us it was boring, and as the sive cultural education I was
game lasted into the night we a rube, a hick.
would fall asleep against those / Lawrence called me in about
thin slatted walls. The old Ybor .' four times and gave me the
houses had those high ceilings /Ybor City version of Polonius'
with one blinding light hang- Speech in Hamlet. Shoot, I'd
ing down the center. But our heardit before, butLawrence's
reward if my fther version was a whole lot earthier
we woud was to Los Helados If my father won, we would go to Los Helados... and much more practical. e
appreciated it at the time. It
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meant of lot to me.
One day around lunchtime,
Lawrence had one of his hench-
men pick me up and take me to
Holtzinger Ford Company.
We went up where new cars
were stored. This was 1947
when the only new cars avail-
able were Black Market cars.
extra.
"Which car you like?" Mr.
Holtzinger said.
Dumbfounded, I pinitd o
L L 1 a sharp red convertible. Itws
.7La Gaceta on Your du %,
a dream come true.!
He flipped me the keys.
"Car is yours, drive it home
proves, it's yours."
th AniversG a shov s ouu s d, if he ap-
"'Huh?"
I drove home in a cloud of
exhilaration. My car to take
to University of Tennessee? I
Sdrove home as J.B. was sitting
down to lunch.
"What is that car?" said
J.B.
n "It's MY new car. Lawrence
aParte & G il rgave it to me to go to college
iL My father rose out of his
chair and pulled me by my
ATTORNEYS AT LAW skinny neck to Holtzinger Ford
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Sdidn't say a word. What a black
highest rating possible. day in my life.
That Christmas I went home
and drove over to visit with
Lawrence. He gave me a little
Vivian Arenas Daniel J. McBreen dinky wallet from Hondu-
David M. Caldevilla* Patrick J. McNamara as. "Don't throw it away," he
Edward E dela Parte, Jr. Nicolas Q. Porter got home, looked in the
wallet and there were five $100
Charles R. Fletcher Kristin A. Yerkes bills. He took me in and swore
me to secrecy. "These are to be
Richard A. Gilbert** Louis A. de la Parte, Jr. spent for good times. Buy good
suits and shoes date the best
Founder Retired) girls. On cmpus spend money
for fun, only do not tell J.B."
*Board Certified in Appellate Lawyer Lawrence repeated the pa-
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times or roughly what the con-
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Lawrence had just given me
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English is a superbly rich cent that worked well for him. ario de Las Americas) to send guage. To become efficient in
by Jack Espinosa language because it is the When he sang the popular a troupe of entertainers from more than one is very difficult.
Sa e C product of the merger over American song, "Feelings," he Tampa as a goodwill gesture, Being born of parents who
Ti is ad exceru robm TCu- centuries of German (Anglo- pronounced it "Fill-ins." "Fill- being that so many of these spoke only Spanish became a
bat Breacd Crumbs by Tampa Saxon), French (Norman) and ins, noswing more dan fill-ins, acts were doing Spanish and great barrier during those first
native Jack Espinosa. "A wor substantial Latin word de- trying to forget ju fill-ins of Cuban music and dance. years in school. Kids, however,
o be ompeted s it,Jack soonres rivatives. But it is basically a love ..." as the song goes. Ev- When we were auditioned, learn at lightning speed and by
o bue completed Jacn sthares Germanic language. Spanish is ery dentist convention dinner those chosen made a guest the end of the second grade I
his unique insight into the less of a mixture, based mostly in the U.S. was booked at the appearance on their top TV was teaching my elders how to
of immigrants experienced n on Latin (Romantic) with an Ar- Columbia to hear Curbelo sing show that evening. I was lucky speak "Americano." Those who
of immigrants expeence abic touch. Without some long "Fill-ins" was one of my stan- enough to be asked to return. are so afraid of losing English
Tampa. h th dissertation on the subject, for dard jokes, especially when I The program was a top rated in this country should under-
Thpie dealr witho tnhe as which I am unqualified to ad- worked the Siboney Room at variety show, Casino De La stand that it takes only one
language barrier tod ony as dress, if you are lucky enough the Columbia as a standup Alegria, on which I appeared generation to "Americanize"
ecan to have even a modest com- comic and pantomimist for regularly during the mid- to our fellow immigrants. English
Bilinals doubletheirlea- mand of the two languages, shows, club dates or speaking late-1950s. I was there when is the unofficial, official lan-
inguas oue eirea your life will be much more engagements. Batista fell from power and guage and will remain so. Pub-
sure. Sounds like a good adage estg n Fidel Castro took Cuba. lic school takes care of each
to put on a bumper stickcr. It's interesting for you. If you can
toputon a bumpersticker.Its handle three (English, Spanish Most people with those I had the pleasure of appear- generation. I and my family are
true. Those fortunate enough and Sicilian/talian) as some attractive accents are embar- ing on the same bill with some living examples of that. When I
to speak two or more languages and Sicilit.taian) snoom
to speak two or hore languaes natives of Ybor or West Tampa rassed about it. That's non- great American entertainers. graduated from the University
may understan what a great can, you are really among the sense. They don't realize how Among them was one of my of Tampa I was recipient of
advantage it is Lo communi- blessed of this planet. beautiful and how acceptable all time favorites, the fabulous an award for maintaining the
cate (and therefore think) in There is a down side. If it is. Fact is most-people ap- Nat King Cole. He was very highest grade point average
more than one idiom. It gives you spoke Spanish or Sicilian preciate a foreigner's attempt- concerned about his Ameri- in my major subject (History).
existence an additional color, a for the first five years of your to communicate in their lan- can accent when he recorded After giving a brief acceptance
delicious sauce denied to those existence, you will never be guage. I performed in Havana a long-playing album entitled, speech, my father hugged
unortunate sous anchored quite free of the accent your on Cuban television and night "Saludos a Mis Amigos." It was me and through proud tears
down to only one mode. first language hung on you. I clubs during the late 1950s. a collection of some of the most said, "Hijo, hablas un ingles
Translations, however ex- don't consider an accnt tobe My act was in English, but beautiful music produced by magnifico." (Son, you speak
perty, never really do it. e a handicap. On the contrary, a because I could speak Span- Spanish speaking songwriters. a magnificent English.) He
are words that do not transate a handicap. On the contray, a
are words tat do not trans pronounced one is often seen ish I was able to get along He was worried that his Span- felt more "American" because
accurately and since words as charming depending on the mostly doing the pantomime ish was terrible and that would he had an English-speaking
are humanity's most common language and education level part of my routine, which fea- hinder acceptance by the Latin American as a son.
form of thought transmission, of the individual. Look whatl tured miming recordings by American community. I told It was that way with the rest
translations from one language it did for Fernando Lamas (ju American artists such as Spike him not to change one word. of us folk from that generation
to another are attempts to ex- arrrr marrrboloos) and Ri- Jones, Stan Freberg and other He was never going to over- of immigrants. Besides, we al-
press not only items common cardo Montalban (corrinthian musical comedy stars. It was come his accent anyway and ways knew that we had a piece
to all but intangibles such as leather). a big hit in Cuba because all the songs sounded even bet- of the action when we learned
thoughts, customs and feel- those strange sounds (such as ter with his charming accent that the Spanish had opened
ings. "Te quiero mucho," trans- dear friend, the late Ce- hiccups, sneezes, snorts, etc.) blending so magnificently with this hemisphere to Europeans
lates literally to English, "I care sar Gonzmart, would enhance appeared to be coming out of his uniquely melodious voice. over 100 years before the Eng-
much for you." For those who his Spanish accent nd trot it my outh. I had opera num- The great Nat King Cole sang lish got here. By the way, the
speak both languages, the out whenever pretty, English- bers in which speed changes their songs in their language! Mongolians were already here
English version of the same speaking ladies would show up were taped to give it the "chip An army of diplomats could waitingfor the Spaniards. "Our
tender feeling sounds a bit at the Columbia Restaurant monk" sound." not have had a more positve Mongolian pilgrim fathers,"
old. To make t hotter Span- i Ybor Cit. He usually led not have had a more positive Mongolian pilgrim fathers,"
cold. To make it hotter, Span- win Seor itay j uuaur eeri e I was very fortunate to have impact on relations between doesn't sound right, does it? I
ish may give the word "much" with "Seorita, ju arrr veer the opportunty to work in our country and theirs. It sold am reminded that our Ameri-
a substantial boost by adding chairrming," before making Cuba and it all happened by millions in all of Latin America. can forefathers, who were
five more letters to "mucho." By is violin weep for them as he accident. Strictly an American So much for accents. mostly sons and daughters of
-placing"isimo" at the end, you tod on is tippy oes. Cesar, act working night clubs in The real disadvantage for English, Scotch/Irish and Ger-
.get "muchismo." WOW! Eng- an accomplished musician the U.S. for some years, I got bilinguals is vocabulary. There man immigrants were so angry
lish does not boost the word who, together withhis woder- involved with a group of enter- are tons of words in each lan- (otne on e 18)
Smuch," it requires another ful wife, Adela (also a first class tainers appearing in Tampa at (Continued on page 8)
word like the adverb "very" to musician), were owners and the Royal, Casino and Cuban
. warm it up a bit. operators of the world famous Club Theatres. The artists
Not that English can't be Columbia Restaurant. were mostly sons and daugh-
passionate. Just read "Romeo I often joke about a very ters of Ybor and West Tampa
and Juliet." If some of those talented singer who was a residents. The promoter was
scenes don't warm the cockles featured act at the restaurant a popular Spanish radio per-
of your heart, nothing will. for years. Antonio Curbelo has sonality, Ruben Fabelo, and he
(There's nothing worse than a beautiful tenor voice and a made connections with a large
cold cockles!) very charming Spanish ac- daily newspaper in Havana (Di-


















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(Continued from page 16) are not mature enough to see
at the Anglo mother country much humor in watching what
after American independence my little brain erroneously
that a bill was introduced in viewed as my mother make an
Congress to make German the ass of herself in public. She
official language! It lost by a could-have cared less. She was
few votes. going to make this poor little
The First Amendment of freckled face girl understand
the U.S. Constitution guar- one-way or another. After pro-
antees freedom of speech in viding sounds and visuals of
any language. In the case watergoing through a pot with
of the recent (1960s) Cuban holes in it and attracting half
influx, it took no time at all the customers in the store to
for them to catch on. We now watch this unusual spectacle,.
have former Cubans and other mama took a pause ... her
Spanish-speaking people who face lit up (as if the angle had
speak English (with accents) provided her with a celestial
as senators, representatives, key to the riddle) and said,
governors and high-ranking "We want one macaroni stop,
government officials at all lev- water go!" "Of course," said the
els. In Californi.t we even have clerk as she reached under a
a German-born naturalized pile of kitchen utensils behind"
citizen of the United States the wall and brought out a sil-
who has a monstrous, yet ver colander. The crowd, now
delightful, accent. He does, close to 20 people, applauded.
however, govern in English. My mother took a bow while I
By the way, don't get nervous was walking away, trying to be
about the huge recent entrance somebody else. For many years
of Asians; they are doing very my family and many friends.
well here with their broken referred to a strainer (colander)
English, and their kids are by that handle. "Hey, where's
even better (winning all the the macaroni stop" or "get
spelling bees). the macaroni stop out of the
In Ybor and West Tampa, drawei- for me," -terminology
many of our elders had to that makes dinner guests at
depend on their children to my house scratch their heads.
handle thingsoutside our enii- It opens the door to funny
rons. Not too much mari cai coniversation. Then there was
to my address but when it did the time my fathern, asking for
it was in English, so either my a piece of mat, told the Eng-
much older brothers or myself lish-speaking butcher, "Please
handled the situation. When put theees for revolution in the
a uniformed mailman stepped machine." It worked.
onto that big wooden porch, My grandfather, Jose Rosas,
put something into a flat bck never attended school. He was
mailbox and blew a whistle, it barely literate in his native
was a matter of importance at tongue (slf taught), soyou can
1611 11 th Avenue. It was THE imagine how tough it was for
GOVERNMENT calling. For him to learn a new language,
people who had nothing but especially in his late 70s im-
bad expriences with govern- possible! He had a terrible time
bad experiences with govern- with pronunciation because
mqnt in their native countries, h
i)'ws very .serious. My folks English, unlike Spanish, is not
Bdri 1yet learned that in the phonetic. You don't pronounce .
United States, goverrment is it like you spell it. Where do we
t. to e le, not the get the sound "thawt" out of
ter way around. After my "thught"? We don't pronounce
brothers married and left, I the "g" or the "h" in night or the
"k" in "knight."
became a very important mem- The dilemma became acute "knght.
ber of the clan. At age 10 I was indTh GulfCreations.com
the only "man" in the family
who could handle all things for immigrants to answer
"English." Imagine what that questions in English on the
did for my psychic! CConstitution of the United
There is a funny side to States posed by a judge in a
all this. During the inevi- courtroom full of applicants in
table transition from foreign downtown Tampa. The build-
to American, there are hilari- ing (post office) made of solid
rock and multi-storied was to
ous situations. Ybor City be-
ing an admixture of cultures, immigrants a frightening show
produced some of the most of power, as was the bearded,
side-splitting misuses of the imposing, long "Americano"
king's English. I can afford to in a black robe who never
poke fun at these indignities smiled and spoke in a thunder-
because I have at time been as ous voice. Poor Jose, he tried
guilty as my brethren. As we so hard. It was pathetically
learned from each other, very funny.
interesting things happened to La Gaceta and another
the English our poor instruc- Spanish weekly newspaper of
tors were trying to teach us. the time, Traduccion Prensa,
As long as we remained printed a list of questions and
within our "colony" there was answers in English on the
little problem with language. Constitution likely. to be asked.
Spanish was of course domi- Imagine me, an 8 or 9 year old
nant because the two largest child, reading questions to my
immigrant groups (Spanish grandfather on that great doc-
and Cuban) spoke Castilian. ument. "Who makes the law?"
Sicilians being a minority with- I would read from the news-
in the Latin community, picked paper page glued to a piece of
up Spanish fairly well, at least cardboard. "The leche, leche,"
enough o be understood. We he replied. "Leche-leche" is
often joked that English was a "milk, milk" in Spanish. Close
foreign language in Ybor City. enough. "Who executes the
Back in the 1930s and 40s that laws?" "El presidente." "Who FUNERAL HOME
was not much of an exaggera- interprets the law?" "The susu-
creem court." muc and so on.
tion. In fact, there were some creem court." .. and so on.
stores on Seventh Avenue (La Armed with his knowledge of 4730 N. Armenia Avenue
Septima) that prominently our great contract, Jose Rosas
exhibited signs that read, gallantly attacks the windmill. Tampa, FL 33603
"English Spoken Here" to lure He told me that every Spaniard
American customers. But ifwe had a Quijote in his soul. And 813-877-7676
went downtown, it was a very so, with my father at his side
different story. It was a rare (like Sancho Panza) Jose rose
thing during my early years to from his seat when his name bO
come across a bilingual outside was called. He was waing
West Tampa or Ybor. We got his best clothes, a black suit
along anyway. a bit too large for him loaned
A clerk at the Kress store by his friend Manuel, who
on Franklin Street tried very rented a room at our house and
hard to satisfy my mother's re- seldom paid. A vest that ap-
quest for a colander. I stood by peared to have 1,000 buttons, ,...
a bit embarrassed at mama's white shirt, tie wide enough to
attempts to communicate in cover most of his chest, a pair
pantomime. Nine year olds (Continued on page 19)

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Jose had no answer or even a Christ born twice. Back to generation born in America is
D hint of what the hell the judge the drawing board. burdened with a vocabulary
(Continued from page 18) First question: "Mr. Jose Ro- was talking about. "Regret- His third attempt had been lean English in many cases.
of high-top black work shoes sas, when were you born?" fully," the judge empathized, moved up when the rules al- Be it far from me to be critical
that looked like the ones worn First answer: "Harrru- "your father has not advanced lowed less time between tries. of our misuse of the language
by Dr. Frankenstein's creation, uup (clearing throat) July 4, to an acceptble level yet." He This time, much to our shock, of my forbearer's chosen coun-
a gold chain hanging from his 1776!" advised my father to help him the same judge came off the try, especially being a twig
belt down to the crotch area The judge did not blink. study a little more and return bench, shook Jose's hand, from the same limb and root.
and then up a watch attached My father sighed and looked next year for another try. My patted him on his large, hard, Furthermore, the assassina-
to it and nestled in a small up to the ceiling. Immigrants father grabbed the old man bald head, handed him his citi- tion of the King's English is not
pocket, a black derby adoring awaiting their turn laughed by the arm and led him out. zenship papers and told him, the sole purview of so called
his large, bald head all com- nervously at Jose's answer. A As he passed by Washington's "With two grandsons fighting Latinos. Many Anglo-Saxon,
posed the rest of his morbid calamitous start. After several painting, again he bowed ever for this country, you are just Irish, Welch and Scotch na-
array. On the way to the "ex- other questions, the judge re- slightly and said, "Good eve- as American.as I am." Jose tives of the British Isles are
ecution," as he passed a large turned to the first and asked ning Mr. Way-chin-ton." When Rosas had no idea what the equally guilty ofwhat Professor
painting of our first president him again, "When did you say we got to the hall, Abuelo Jose, judge said, but he grabbed the Higgins (My Fair Lady) called,
hanging high. on the wall, he you were born?" This time the my first pupil, asked meekly, papers and hurriedly walked "The cold blooded murder of
tipped his derby ever slightly old man understood the ques- "No lo hice bien?" ("I didn't do out of the federal building the English tongue."
and said, "Good evening" to tion and gave him the date of well?") Before I could respond, after his usual greeting to his So, those who are palpitat-
George Washington in the vile his birth. It was the only qes- Papa replied in a typical As- old pal, "Good evening, mista ing over this latest attack on
hope of scoring a few brownie tion he answered and only the turian manner, "No animal." presidente." our precious English language
points with the judge. He had second he had even responded We all laughed when my father All my immigrant family, by foreign forces I say, "Relax,
apparently not learned to say two. Twenty more minutes of told Jose that the judge must except my grandmother, who go take a cold shower. Every-
"good morning" yet. questions followed for which have thought he was Jesus was too sick, became Ameri- thing is going to be all right."
can citizens ... and they did When the children of this latest
it with the help of a 9, 10 or wave of immigrants reach the
11 year old kid who learned third grade, their parents are
enough English by the third the ones who won't understand
grade to do it. It was one hell them!
of a start forme. Most people The history of the United
in this country have never read States may be said to be the
the Constitution, much less story of a bunch of people (dif-
understand it. Still, those of ferent from the ones who are
us who learned the language already here) coming here from
of our parents from birth were someplace else and then get-
handicapped for most of our ting pissed off because people
lives. For those who went into different than them are coming
fields that were not demand- hei-.from someplace else!
ing constant use of English, it Our Mongolian forefathers
was even tougher. Vocabulary (mistakenly called Indians
expands throughout the years, becauie Colu mbus was so
but only for those who con- lost he thought he was in the
tinue the learning process. A East Indies off the coast of
person who works in business China only missed it by the
that has little contact with the Pacific Ocean and the Western
English-speaking public and Hemisphere) were the ones
then goes home to his Span- who started the trend. I can
ish- or Italian-speaking family imagine Chief Montezuma say-
Enjoy a relaxing weekend for a relaxed rate. doesn't get the opportunity to ing, "Here come those bastard
improve on his or her English. Spaniards, speaking a furiny
You put a lot of planning into your trips: Belleve it or not, so do we. ThatUs why we provide lois of extras Sound grammar and proper language and taking jobs from
like comrplimentarv high-speed Irternet, a microwave; fridge, plus evenin roomi service, a workout pronunciation is really not our guys."
facility and more for a lot mess monev than you'd think. So feel free tlo obsess o\,er everv detail of needed to be understood if Besides, if English becomes
your trip. And let us obsess over you once you arrive. you worked in a cigar factory, "official," everybody in the
painted houses or worked in United States will have to go
Everything. Ritht where you need it. construction. back to school except for Lee
I still have problems be- DeCesare (Miss Danrlii .Par-
Hilton cause in spite of my years in ticiple of 1960). Leading s al
arden show business as comic and back to English class will b
Garden n r master of ceremonies, teacher, man who ws born to Eng i,
government administrator, took 12 years of it in schoo,
Tarnp Ybor Historic District speech and program writer, then four more at a very ex-
English is so difficult that even pensive college, still can't cut it
reservations: tampaybor.stayhi.com 1-877-STAY-HGI individuals far better educated and he's the president of the
1700 E. 9th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605 813-769-9267 (YBOR) Hilton HHonor than I (r is it "me") are not at United States! Why can't the
all embarrassed to ask, "How English teach their children
do you spell that.." That first how to speak?!!!


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Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

by GaryR. Mormino decade. The children of Cuban Harbor. Those six months
and Spanish immigrants could turned into four years."
Who is Tampa's greatest no longer expect a good job Braulio Alonso brought his
living person? How should one in the local cigar industries. life skills of learning, commu-
determine greatness? Criteria The cigar industry collapsed, nicating, and leading to the
should include acts of heroism, along with the Republic of army and officer's candidatei
dedicated service, acts of self- Spain. Franco's triumph over school in Oklahoma. He par-
lessness, and a sense ofdignity the Spanish Loyalists fore- ticipated in some of the fierc- La Gaceta on your
and gravitas. If nominees are shadowed World War II and est fighting in World War II, a
not well-known public figures, emboldened young Alonso to veteran of the Italian campaign
all the better! fight for democracy. to wrest the Germans from 8 Anirs
My vote for the greatest liv- A valedictorian of Hillsbor- the peninsula. His talent and
ing Tampan goes to Braulio ough High School, an honors love of language also equipped
Alonso. Afigure of overarching student at the University of him with knowledge of Italian,
talent and moral rectitude, he Tampa, Alonso was accepted which he put to use in the Ital-
has lived an honorable and at medical school, but chose ian campaign.
decent life, enriching countless to teach math and physics at Alonso, along with other
others by example and deed. his beloved Hillsborough High Latin servicemen, learned that
As the Book of Ecclesiastes in- School. He was also deeply in the world defined by the cus-
structs us, "Let us now praise love.. toms of the Italians in Ybor City
famous men." Fate intervened, changing did not prepare them for Italy.
Born in Ybor City in 1916, the trajectory of Alonso's life, In Florence, Alonso remembers
the son of Spanish immigrant and millions of other young how surprised he was to be
parents, Alonso grew up in the men. In 1939, Europe was at served pasta without tomato
golden age of Ybor City. It was war. The following year, the sauce. He admits, h.owever, Law Offices of
a self-contained, nurturing United States established the that he hated Spam, the all-
community where ideas mat- Selective Service Act. purpose GI-issued meat. Frank de la Grana P.A.
tered. His world included the Alonso remembers: "The Alonso fondly recalls enter-
magnificent Centro Asturiano Congress had passed a con- ing Rome on June 5i 1944.
clubhouse on Nebraska Ave- scription law providing for the The Germans had retreated
nue, Hillsborough High School, drafting of men for military and Rome was declared an
and a dream of becoming a training for a period of six "open city." Alonso recounts 1710 East Seventh Avenue
doctor. months. All eligible men were the memorable day: Tna FL 813-248-0704
Like his contemporary to register and a lottery was entered Rome on June pa, L33605
George Bailey.. It's a Wondei established to determine the 5, 1944. I was with my jeep
ful Life, Alonsoloand itdfdifficult order in which the men would and driver. We were in .battle
to leave Tampa. Accepted at be conscripted. I was one of the gear. The liberation of Rome
the University of Florida, he early 'winners' of the lottery. I brought a delirious holiday to
instead enrolled at the newly had never won the.lottery be- the people of the city. Never be-
opened University of Tampa. fore that time and I have not fore or since have I seen such
His reasons were not entirely won one since." a demonstration ofjoy, elation,a
altruistic. It seems he held a The self-effacing Alonso and euphoria as exhibited by S
job at a popular newsstand admits that he won the lottery the people of Rome that day. l ertPr
in Ybor City, the Information twice in 1941. Before leaving The people offered us wine and
News Stand. for basic training, he married laughed and danced and sang.
"The Information News Adelfa "Bebe" Diaz, the true Everyone, it seemed, wanted
Stand was a misnomer," laughs love of his life.- to touch us. The happiness
Alonso today. "It was across The young draftee reported seemed without limit.
the street from one of the larg- to Camp Blanding in North "I saw the dome of St. Peter's
estgambling places in Tampa. Florida in October 1941, for a and decided to move toward
In addition to selling maga- six month hitch. "I stayed at the dome and away from the
zines and cigars, he oversaw Camp Blanding for over two streets. When I arrived at St.
illicit card games in the back- weeks and then reported for Peter's Square, there were six
room that attracted prominent basic training to Fort Bragg, other jeeps there. Ten of us,
politicians and bolita dealers. North Carolina. On December in battle garb, steeF helmet,
"The salary of $15 a week," he 7, 1941, I was in the camp 45 caliber revolvers, and the
remembers, "was a good sum library when a first lieutenant enlisted men with carbines,
at that time and helped me get entered the library and an- approached the Swiss guard
through college." nounced to all present that the and asked if we could see the
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for the troops of the 'master education program, vital to ey, and garnered more head- Gary R. Mormino holds the
race, remembers Alonso. many returning veterans. He lines, but Braulio Alonso re- Frank E. Duckwall professor-
In the spring of 1945, at the was also instrumental in later mains the greatest Tampan ship of Florida Studies at USF
(Continued from page 20) crossroads town of Belluno, helping desegregate Hillsbor- have ever known. St. Petersburg.
the Germans decided to lay ough County schools.
Holy Father, After a short wait, down their arms. He dedicated his life to
an Irish priest appeared anbout 30 "The Germans, who had education. From a principal's
minasked utes later, wwereait. About 30 preached and practiced racial position at West Tampa Junior
minutes later, we were ushered superiority, faced a humiliat- High, he ascended to leader-
into a small room and a frail ing and well-deserved experi- ship posts at Jefferson and
looking man dressed in white ence in our sector. The German King High Schools. He was a
approached us-His Holiness custom was to surrender to beloved figure by students and
Pope Pius XII. He spoke to us commanding officers. Instead faculty. In 1966, he- became
in understandable English and of surrendering to high officers the first Hispanic to become
told us he pr.ayed hostilities as they expected, they were president of the National Edu-
would end soon. He blessed us in for a great surprise. Led by cational Association. He also
and gave each of us a medal. I their high ranking officers, the championed the study of His-
still treasure that medal." Germans had to surrender to panics.
Alonso never escaped Tam- our black troops, who ordered The year 1968 shook Ameri-
pa, even when breaching the them where to place their arms ca apart. In the midst of race ri-
Gustav Line in Italy. He ac- and escorted them to the place ots, war protests, and political
knowledged that while his deo of internment. The beautiful assasinations, Florida erupted.
voted Bebe sent tins of boliche Dolomite Alps, where most of Recoiling at the miserable
and garbanzo soup, his most the inhabitants spoke German, conditions of Florida public
anticipated packages bore the had witnessed a severe blow to schools, thousands of teach-
postmark of Garcia & Vega. German racial superiority." ers walked off the job. Alonso's
He recalls fondly: "I received Alonso and his fellow sol- support for his striking teach-
boxes of cigars from friends at diers faced still another battle- ers outraged the school board.
Garcia & Vega. Pancho Gonza- front: Imperial Japan had not In solidarity, Alonso defiantly
les, the owner, sent beautiful surrendered, and many Ameri- resigned from King High.
packages of hand-rolled cigars. cans stationed in Europe pre- When the dust settled and
I never had less than three ci- pared for the inevitable bloody teachers returned to their posi-
gars a day when I was in Africa invasion of Japan. Two atomic tions, the school board chose
and Italy. Occasionally, the bombs dramatically ended the to punish Alonso. Actions bear
regimental colonel would come conflict. "If it ended the war," consequences, but Dr. Alonso :
by and say, 'Captain, do you confessed Alonso, "I was for it." was not bitter. He accepted a
have any extra cigars?'" For his heroic actions in North position as principal of Tampa
In April 1945rnning Alonso re- Africa and Italy, Alonso was Catholic High School.
membered running into Major awarded two Bronze Stars and In retirement, Braulio
Bullard ("who married an Ybor Purple Heart with Cluster. Alonso has become a student ,0
City girl named Valdespino"). Combat and war had helped of history, a counsel to young
From his tank, Bullard asked shape Alonso. "It is sometimes scholars and old teachers, and
Alonso, "Did you hear that necessary to rise and sacrifice a stirring example of moral Braulio and Bebe Alonso at their 5oth wedding
Roosevelt died today?" to combat evil," he believes, courage. A list of his students anniversary celebration. Gary Mormino com-
Racism and injustice fol- cautioning, "War is unpleas- and protgs reads like a Who's pares Braulio, an Ybor City native, to George
lowed Alonso in Europe. He ant, vicious, bloody and sacri- Who of Tampa: Judge Dennis Baily of It's a Wonderful Life because despite
neither supported nor under- ficial and should be used only Alvarez, Dr. Dennis Pupello, oportunitie s to find sucess throughout the
stood Jim Crow injustices in when the security or well being Principal Manuel Duran, Diane oppor iies lo n ever desired to leae his beloved
the South, but he was deter- of the nation is at stake." Ferreira, Sam Rampello, Al world, Braulio never desiredtoleavehisbeloved
ter place. He took a step in the War weary, Alonso returned Fox, ard many more. Today, home of Tampa. A champion of local education,
spring of1945 as a captain in to Tampa, At age 29, he was Braulio Alonso High School, today he has a high school named in his honor.
the 85th Infantry Division. too old to seek his dream of which opened in 2001, stands Braulio was also a dedicated and loving husband
"The surrender of the Ger- medical school; as an idealist, as a monument to his achieve- and once said that despite all of his successes
man troops in our division's he was too young to be cyni- ments.
sector of the Dolomite Alps cal. He became the director of Others may have achieved and adventures, marrying his beloved Bebe was
was a humiliating experience Hillsborough County's adult more fame, earned more mon- the greatest event of his life.















Roland and Patrick throu6h La Gaceta have made America a

better place and thank God lor them and their leadership.
-Bill McBrile

































Friday, June 29, 2007/Page 21 Section C







Chelo Huerta, Storied Son of Tampa
No history of Tampa would tion and as an ambassador of den heart attack.
be complete without a chap- good will for the center and the And what his friends re-
ter or two about the colorful handicapped. membered was the pride and
Marcelino "Chelo" Huerta, Jr. Some of his honors and as- the laughter.
Chelo was born on the ethnic sociations included: University A too-small guard on one
island of Ybor City in 1924 of Florida Hall of Fame, Florida of the worst football teams the
but soon learned of the gFeat Blue Key, Florida Sports Hall of University of Florida ever had,
country and world beyond, Fame, University of Tampa Hall he was a proud gator. The son
distinguishing himself in all of Fame. City of Tampa Hall of immigrants, he was proud
he did. of Fame, and the President's of his Latin heritage. A bomber
Chelo lived the American Council on Employment of pilot in World War II, he was an
Dream. The son of Spanish the Handicapped. In 2002 uncommonly proud patriot.
immigrants, he quickly dis- Coach Huerta was inducted The director of the last
tinguished himself as a school posthumously into the College several years of MacDonald
leader and heralded athlete. Football Hall of Fame. A city Training Center, a facility for
When World War II came, he park in South Tampa, aptly the handicapped, he was proud
enlisted in the Air Force and named "Chelo Huerta Friend- of all those who participated in
became a decorated bomber ship Park" bears his name, as the program.
pilot serving in the European does the football stadium at You would need to know
Theatr.e. Following the war, Hillsborough High School, his him a little to appreciate how
Chelo attended the Univer- alma mater. he leavened the natural aggres-
sity of Florida. He excelled as Chelo Huerta was simply a siveness with the smiles, the
a gutsy guard for the Gator great man. A great humanitar- laughter, the jokes.
football team during the well- ian. He was loved and he is He would talk football with
known "Golden Era." missed. you from now until dawn,
For the next 18 years it was The following article cap- argue with you about it if you
"Head Coach" Chelo Huerta. tures the essence of Coach wanted. Chelo as had-hitting Gaor guard in 1949.
While at Tampa University, Huerta and is reprinted here Huerta had been coach at
Wichita State University and courtesy of the Tallahassee the University of Tampa, at could cry over the game in pa coaching time.
Parsons College, he consis- Democrat. It was written by Wichita State, and at Parsons joy, in pain. And he did. "I was at the blackboard at
tently produced winners. He the late Sport Editor Bill Mc- College (Kan.) when that school His laughter, more often halftime," he once recalled,
was highly regarded as a mo- Grotha, just a few days after had a brief notion of cracking than not, was directed at "with a piece of chalk in one
tivator and teacher of young Chelo's untimely death in the big time. himself. hand, a cigar in the other, and
men and soon was accepting 1985: Many years ago Huerta He would joke about those in uniform."
speaking engagements across There were times when he wrote a kind of analytical col- losing years at Florida they Andy Gustafson, the Miami
the country.' carne across rather aggres- umn for the sports pages of The came to kiddingly call "The coach, apparently caught him
Few people understood'the sively, with a sort of strut, his Democrat, weekly during the Golden Era." as he came out of.that dressing
value of athletics to our youth chest stuck out. football season. He would ex- When he was at Tampa room. Gustafson said he was
and to our country better than But, one thing and another, press his thoughts on previous (1952-61) he inherited a team going Straight to the officials.
Coach Huerta. Marcelino Huerta was most University of Florida games, that had something of an "Aw, heck, coach," Huerta
Chelo returned to Tampa in always a fellow you were glad as well as those ahead, saying outlaw image. Huerta would retorted. "You're up 28-0.
1968 and took the reins at the to see coming. they should better establish a become a bit belligerent if you "And I don't play any better
J. Clifford MacDonald Training Hejoked a whole lot, and al- running game, or punt. made much of the image, but than I coach."
Center. He propelled the center most never did he come around But what I remember most maybe he did not deny that It was difficult to know ifthe
to the top of its field and it is without the smile, though he about the columns was the much. man the world that knew him
now an international leader was a -proud man capable of way he glorified in the scene He confirmed, in later years, called Chelo was telling the
and model in the rehabilitation wearing a stern countenance how he was so touched by the that he himself suited up for pure trnth.
and training of the rrientally for a good five minutes, at bands, the cheers, the color. some games, trying to help the And it little mattered so
handicapped. least. For Marcelino Huerta, as for Spartans win. long after.
Chelo virtually traveled the Marcelino Huerta, football so many, it not get much better One of his best stories was What matiered was the
country and the world as.a coach, died last Wveek in his than that. of a time he played at guard proud man left everybody
tioted lcturer on rehabilita- beloved Tampa following a sud- He was one of those who against Miami during his Tam- smiling.




















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Odet Pflifippe: Pine[[as 3irst CEuropean Settler
by Dr. J. Allison DeFoor, II
The role of the 19th century by pirate Juan Gomez with the Steele, the "father of Tampa", cites Philippe as operating the Grille and amused the tourists,
pioneer Odet Philippe as Pinel- description of it as the "finest for $100.00. This transaction first cigar making enterprise in and thep became a recluse at
las County's first European harbor in the world, save the was witnessed by Manual Tampa. It was doubtless more Panther Key, near Everglades
settler is remembered in that Bay of Naples". The truth was Olivella, a former confeder- of a buckeye than a factory. City, where he drowned, found
county, and memorialized by somewhat different, no less ate of Philippe's in Key West. Most likely it consisted of one in his own net in 1900 at the
Philippe Park in Safety Harbor. striking, and certainly no less Olivella would go on to become slave, Nelly, who remained with alleged age of 122. Doubtless,
His homestead in the 1840s, significant. postmaster and was elected him until the end, engaged in he and Philippe would have
St. Helena, now a countv park, Philippe, in fact, was a free- Clerk of Court of Hillsborough the hand rolling of cigars. been at least acquaintances in
is one of the most beautiful man from the French colony of County in 1842. Later in 1839, How Philippe divided his the small frontier environment,
places in Florida. Philippe's St. Domingue, (today's Haiti). Philippe bought a lot on the time between his plantation in and it is this writer's specula-
role as a statewide pioneer is It was then the richest colony other side of Hillsborough St. Helena in Pinellas County tion that they were confeder-
memorialized by a seat in the in the world. Displaced by the River, at its mouth. and his commercial enter- ates, along with Cooley and
Citrus Hall of Fame, for the Haitian Revolution, he landed At the new emerging village, prises in Tampa is not known, doubtless Olivella.
introduction of grapefruit into first at Charleston before 1810 Philippe engaged in the buying but substantial attention must Philippe died in 1869 having
our state in the 183s. Less and then in Key West in the and selling of cows, slaves, and have been devoted to his sig- apparently been retired, with
remembered is Philippe's role late 1820's. An attempt to advanced his land acquisitions nificant activities in Tampa his last census reference re-
in the formation of the village homestead at New River ended as the war wound down in during this period. A ledger cording him as an "orchidist".
of Tampa in the 1830s and with the outbreakof the Second 1842. This culminated in his of his accounts remains in He is bured at his St. Helena.
1840s, including his introduc- Seminole War and the Cooley acquisition of St. Helena in Pi- the possession of a family de- His grave remains at the park
tion of the first cigar making to Massacre in January 1836, nellas County under the Armed scendent, Willis Booth, former to this day.
the Cigar City. which destroyed the settle- Occupation Act of 1842, the Police Chief of Clearwater, Philippe left many descen-
The legend of Odet Philippe ment there and drove Philippe trial run for the Homestead Act later head of the Florida Police dants on both sides of Tampa
was spread on both sides of back to Key West along with that would follow in the Ameri- Chief'sAssociation, to this day. Bay, including members of
the Bay by D.B. McKay in his his allies. These would include can West. It provided, to fore- Philippe was in Pinellas when the McMullen and Booth fami-
column in the Tampa Tribune William Cooley, a survivor of stall future Indian uprisings, the hurricane of 1848, the lies in North Pinellas and the
on regional history. He picked the massacre of his family. He that 160 acres ofgovernment worst ever recorded in Tampa Grillon and Newton families
up family legends of Philippe as would later introduce Philippe land would be given to anyone Bay, hit. He and his family in Tampa, and Stephens and
a doctor ofroyal descent, friend to the West Coast of Florida, over the age of 18 who would were saved from death only by Keen families in Polk. One
of Napoleon, marooned on the and much later join him at the "bear arms and live upon the running up to the top of the daughter, Octavia, married,
frontier by circumstances. property next to St. Helena, land in a fit habitation" for five Indian Mound extant in Safety in one of several marriages
The legend has Philippe be- today'sSafety Harbor. years and cultivate five acres. Harbor. The small village of characteristic of the women of
friended by pirates because .Philippe appears in Tampa After the war, while home- Tampa was devastated by this the Florida frontier, Charles
of the treatment of their men in 1839, purchasing a lt on steading St. Helena, Philippe hurricane. Papy. Papy's Bayou in Pinellas
and introduced to Tampa Bay Tampa Street from Augustus remained in commercial activ- Among the other commerial ,Cquntyis named for him. She
ity in Tampa in a wide variety activities of Philippe some have was buied in 1885 at Hopewell
of areas. These included the been suggested of a darker Cemetery, one ofTampa's old-
pickling of oysters, raising nature. Tony Pizzo suggested est, at the comer of Kennedy
-cattle and hogs, and owning that Philippe engaged in the and Dale Mabry.
mnn Cld al 4 four houses, including one at importation of slaves. The Dr. J. Allison DeFoor, II is
Ft. Brooke. Most interestingly legend in the family passed an attoey and enuironmental
he operated a billiard hall, on by D.B. McKay had it that business executive, in Talla-
Wishes La Gaceta a ten-pin alley, and oyster shop, Philippe was captured by one hassee. He is descended from
similar to activities conducted Juan Gomez. There was in Philippe and was raised in
Ha- Anniversar! in Key West. Perhaps most in- fact a Juan Gomez in Tampa Tampa. He is the author ofthree
Happy -nnversar y terestingly, Dr. Glen Westfall, Bay. He engaged in maritime articles in Tampa Bay History
in his book "Key West: Cigar activities up and down the on Philippe and one book, Odet
City USA" cites Philippe as West Coast in the 1800s and Philippe: Peninsular Pioneer,
Sis o -t. es A e having engaged in a second was said to be the model for published by the Safety Harbor.
l 1-7-2cigar operation in Key West, the legendary Gasparilla. He Museum of Regional Histor in
the original Cigar City. He also ultimately settled at Pass-a- 1997.




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TAMPA BAY LEGENDS
by Tedd Webb
Tampa is blessed to have A AL "THE GIANT" at this time about 22 years
many national figures associ- TOMAINI old and taking medication to
ated as native sons, or people retard his growth was fairly
who spent considerable time Giant's Camp has been a new to the game and wasn't
here. Hillsborough County landmark entirely comfortable with being
This is but a short list of for a half century and its name stared at. Jeanie sensed Al's
those famous and infamous, didn'tjust come out of thin air. loneliness and befriended him,
that give Tampa itsflavor. It was started in Gibsonton and a.romance soon began to
From atheltics, to sports, by Al Tomaini and his wife, blossom.
to politics, we have supplied Jeanie in the early 1950s as By 1949, the Tomaini's had
this courtry with some cagey a hangout for the show people largely left life on the road be-
characters. o l who gathered in the town each hind them, though they would
Check it ourfor yourselues. winter. The "giant" stood 8 occasionally make special
Sfeet, 4.5 inches tall in his size guest appearances. They lived
22 shoes and weighed 356 comfortably with their adopted
AL LOPEZ pounds. Jeanie was 2 feet, 6 children in Gibsonton, Florida,
Tampa's legendary Al Lopez inches tall, having been born where Al served as both police
had a long and distinguished with a birth defect. and fire chief for many years.
career as a catcher and man- Al Tomaini and Bernice Al liked the fishing and the
ager and was enshrined in "Jeanie" Smith married in Alafia River so much that he
the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936 and toured for decades converted mud flats and old
1977. as "The World's Strangest shacks into a modern trailer
He was born Alfonso Ramon Married Couple" which is camp, put up a restaurant, and
Lopez on August 20, 1908 and quite a reasonable assertin created "The Giant's Fishing
grew up in Tampa's Ybor City when the groom is a giant and Camp."
in its heyday. Whether play- the bride is "The World's Only People came from all over to
ing baseball or being off for Living Half-Girl". They workedgiant. He also made nu-
the season, Lopez was always circuses and carivas, and for e also made
Tampa's most admired sports- a time owned and managed the bayarea before stunned
man. In a poll taken among theirownshows. audiences who couldn'tbelieve
retired major leaguers in the Jeanie was born in Blufton, aieces wo couldng lieve
mid-198os, Lopez was rated Al Lopez Indiana; on August 23 1916 their eyes. Alongside his wife,
mid-198s, Lopez was rated Al Lopez Indiana, on August 23, 1916 they were a sight to behod.
the seventh-best defensive but without legs. Realizing the He embraced asi the otherhgi.
catcher as well as the seventh- rates. He retired as a player age on 1,547 hits, including money-making potential, her ants, mdgets, pinheads, tat-
best manager of all time. after appearing in 61 games 206 doubles, 43 triples, and parents started Jeanie down nts, midges, pinheads, tatn
Al was an early graduate of for the Cleveland Indians in 51 home runs. He scored 613 the sawdust trail while she was tooed men, bearded ladies and
Tampa's Jesuit High School, 1947. runs and drove in 652. As still an infant women lugging snakes who
class of -1927. In the 1950s, Lopez managed in the minor a manager, he had a 1,410- Duringthe mid 1930s, Jean- capital of America... the arnival
Al Lopez Field was erected in leagues for three years and 1,004 record, a .584- winning ie met her future husband, Al, apita ofAmeaks ca... the place
his honor on the site where took over the Indians in 1951. percentage, He's 18th all-time bornFebruary25, 1912 inLong live when they aren't on the
Raymond James Stadium Cleveland finished second to in victories and third in.per- Branch, New Jersey, on one of live when they aren't on the
now stands. Al Lopez Park to the Yankees, managedby Sten- centage the shows. While Jeanie had ro u e e d
the north remains a tribute gel, three years in a row before Lopez passed awayon Octo- been a trouper almost sinceglandu-
to Tampa's favorite baseball a sensational 111-43 season ber 20, 2005 at the age of 97. birth and enjoyed the work, Al (Continued on page 3)
son. and the pennant in 1954. How-
He began his professional ever, the New York Giants beat -
baseball career as a catcher the Indians four games straight
in 1925 andhad a brief stay i the Wrld Series.n u
the end. of the 1928 season. 1955 and 1956, Lopez resigned
He joined tha Dodgers in 1930 and planned to retire. But the that brought us
as their starting catcher, bat- Chicago White Sox hired him I
ting .309. 1957. They finished second
A solid defensive catcher and twice before winning the 1959
intelligent handler of pitchers, pennant, then lost the World
.Lopez led the NL in fielding Series to the Los Angeles Dodg-
percentage at his position ers in six games.
four times. He remained with Chicago slipped Lo third in
the Dodgers through the 1935 1960, the lirst time a Lopez
season, and then was traded team hadn't finished first or Cuban Bread
by manager Casey Stengel to second, then dropped to fourth
the Boston Braves. In 1938, place in 1961 and fifth place in
Stengel became manager of the 1962 before fi'nishing second
Braves and during the 1940s three more times. .-,
he traded Lopez again, 'to the Lopez retired after the 1965
Pittsburgh- Pirates. Later, Lo- season. He managed the team
pez and Stengel became rival again at the end of the 1968
managers in the American season and the beginning of
League, but they were also very the -1969 season before retiring
close friends. for good.
In 1945, Lopez became a In 1,950 games as aplayer,
backup catcher with the Pi- Lopez had a..261 batting aver- -lac~ Beals,


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work and determination, Ber- -
LEGEN D S nie built the largest vacuum
cleaner store in the country.
(Continued from page 2) He also was inducted into the
lar condition that caused Al's VDTA Hall of Fame in 1994 for
gigantism also doomed him outstanding contributions to
to an early death. Al passed the industry.
away at the age of 50 on Au- Bernie was bestowed man
gust 30, 1962. Jeanie outlived awards, among them were the
her husband by many decades Sertoma "Service to Mankind"
but died on August 10, 1999 award given to the outstanding "
- which was, remarkably, the citizen in Hillsborough County,
53rd anniversary of the day for contributions to the com-
she received her' daughter, munitv. He was also named
Judy, and just two weeks shy "Citizen of the Year" by both
of her own 83 birthday. the Boys and Girls Clubs of
Greater Tampa and Florida A
& M University.
AUSTIN IDOL Austin Idol Bernie was always work-
ing for the betterment of the
Austin Idol is the creation not been heard from in quite City of Tampa, which he loved
of Port Tampa born and bred some time. so much. He served on the
Mike McCord. past Super Bowl Task Force
He graduated from a wres- BERNIE EPSTEIN Committee and was chosen
tling powerhouse high school, to escort Forest Gregg for the
Robinson High in Tampa. That Bernie was a native to Bos- week he was here. He had
school also gave us Hulk Ho- ton, Mass. After serving in the always been involved in the
gan, Mike Graham, and Steve U.S. Navy during WWII, he at- community and especially in
Keirn. tended the University of Miami. the Sports Community, always
McCord was one of the sur- After two weeks of training, helping coach Little League
vivors of the plane crash that Bernie was sent by State Vac- and P.A.L. Football programs.
killed Bobby Shane in 1975. uum of Florida, Inc. to manage Bernie was active in his Syna- f
He was flying with Buddy Colt the branch in Tampa. His pay gogue serving as president of
and Gary Hart. The plane en- was $15 per week plus com- the Mens Club.
countered poor weather and mission. His store was the only One of Bernie's last projects
zero visibility when it went store in the chain of 36 stores was with Kyle Romano. Kyle,,
down in the murky waters of throughout the Southeast and at age 15 months was stricken
Tampa Bay. some in Canada to survive. with a rare virus. To survive
McCord headlined all over He bought the assets to the Kyle had to have his arms and
the USA and Japan. He has store in 1952. Through hard legs amputated. Kyle's parents









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totally remodeled his home.
They expanded the home and
remodeled the inside to make it
handicapped friendly for Kyle.
One year later and estimates
of over $100,000 to redo the
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home to go home to, at No
Charge. Bernie also had the
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it has for his beloved Tampa.
Bernie Epstein Bernie passed away in
grew up on Bernie's street. 2003.
Kyles parents were hardwork-
ing people but were having a BILLY GRAHAM
hard time financially. The door Billy Graham, who made
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narrow to get Kyles wheelchair Ten Most Admired Men in the
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TAMPA BAY LEGENDS
(Continued from page 3) business icon, was the main him holed up at the Humane
While attending Florida Bi- guy for catching stray dogs Society Building on Armenia.
ble College on the Hillsborough for Tampa's Humane Society Parker was very loyal to the
River in Temple Terrace, 1937- on North Armenia Avenue in people in Tampa who had been
1940, he made frequent guest the 1940s and early 50s until good to him. He gave reporter
appearances on local religious he got the bug for show busi- Wilder the first exclusive in-
radio programming ... then re- ness. terview with Elvis in 1956, i
quired by the Federal Commu- Parker was very creative a payback for all the times
nications Commission. There as a dogcatcher. He would Wilder fell for his Humane So-
ciety publicity scams. Album
cover and Elvis souvenir poster
printing was given to Tampa's t
Renaldi Printing Company to '
the day he died ... in return for
credit extended to Parker early
on when times were lean.
During his Tampa years, he
lived on the Northeast corner
of Lois Avenue and Obispo
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his commitment to evangelism had 21 pups. Wilder, a very home to La Gaceta newspaper archives from 1922-1946,rchies from 1922-
on the 18th hole of the Temple respected journalist, always Congratulates La Gaceta on 85 SuccessfulYears
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velop the style that made him -
famous and personal religious His first entry into the show
advisor to 10 U.S. Presidents. business arena was as man-
Often called "Pope of Prot- ager of singer Eddie Arnold.
estant America," he preached After a few years, he caught
often at DeSoto Trailer Park wind ofa Memphis rocker who C F o id
in Palmetto Beach, south of had some promise but who was 1# e ad ~
Ybor City, and along the skid unhappy with the direction
row section of North Franklin of his career. He met up with
Street near downtown Tampa Elvis and struck a deal he
and just south of the current would take Elvis straight to the
expressway overpass. A his- top in return for 50 percent of
torical marker commemorating all income. History shows both Athoed by USF Librarian Paul Camp,
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TAMPA BAY LEGENDS
prison by a Federal judge. He J. Fred Muggs was the first owners, Buddy Mennella & Roy
served about three years before animal star (as a feature spot) Waldron (former NBC Pages)
returning to Tampa and then on "live" television. Beginning were visiting a friend at NBC
J rapidly built and closed three February 2, 1953, this chim- Studios in New York City. They
new restaurants. panzee in diapers shared the had procured Mr. Muggs from
Sometimes truth can be morning news spotlight with the Henry Trefflich's Chimp
stranger than fiction. reporter/commentator Dave Room in New York City for the
Garroway. The simian was cost of $600. At the time the
J. FRED MUGGS socko for the ratings, attracting chimp was 13 weeks old and
the much needed advertisers to weighed 3.5 pounds but even-
The world's most famous make the morning program a tually over the years weighed
chimpanzee (even more famous success. His talents included out at 175 pounds.
than Tarzan's sidekick "Chi- doing a mean Popeye impres- The strategy behind us-
tah"), a long time resident of sion and playing piano with ing the chimp was to attract
the Citrus Park area in north- Steve Allen. younger viewers who in turn
west Hillsborough County, was would alert their parents (the
featured on the NBC network J. Fred Muggs was onginally real target of the advertisers)
morning program, The Today discovered by a staff member
Show, from 1953-57. ofTHE TODAY SHOW while his (Continued on page 8)





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(Continued from page 4) He got even more attention
and was a frequent customer less than a year later after he
at Bay Hardware and other took out $16 million in life
stores in the immediate area. insurance and not long after
His stepson, Bobby Ross, had a faked his own death by drown-
successful advertising agency ing, having four friends call the
in Tampa until his death some
20 years ago.
Parkcr brought Elvis to
Tampa f'or concertls many
times. In the early years, Elvis
stayed at Lhe old International
Inn at Westshore and Ken-
nedy Blvds. Once the Colonel
forged a close relationship with
the Hilton chain, which had
exclusive rights to Elvis' ser-
vices in Las Vegas and where -.
Parker had an entire floor for
offices and living q uarters,
the performer was seccluded at l
the down-town Hilton on the
Hillsborough River prior to his
gigs at the now razed Curtis
Hixon Hall.
Parker wasn't a real Colo-
nel... it was an honorary title Gene Holloway
bestowed upon him in the 50's coast guard to report he fell
by the governor of Louisiana. from a boat near Key West. Af-
Tom Parker died in 1997 ter nearly a year, police discov-
from a stroke. But beflore his cred him in Toronto, Canada
death, he was successfully tossing around hundred dollar
sued by the estate of Elvis Pre- bills like they were going out
sley to have bis 50 percent of style... part of the $750,000
stake in Elvis' posthumous he had raised in Tampa prior
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nished restaurant in the area,
the SeaWolf Restaurant after ale congaratulates La aceta fr 85
helping found the Red Lobster
chain. His wife was the beauli- years of su ort to he Tampa Bay
ful foirnmer Debbie Ponton, an y a s ,
bis side and took care of the W
large number of exotic horses
and cats thev kept at their 200-
acre Thonotosassa Ranch.
Every Bay Arca television
station sought to tape com-
mercials and do live broadcasts
from the plush SeaWolf. Busch ":7 O)
Garden's visitors paraded to
the restaurant in the evening,
creating \vhat sometimes xwas a
two-hour wait for a table. -aoji.O-siu
In 1980, Hollowav ran for toK i7t ?47I
president and even formally
registered with thie Federal
Elecuions Commission. Despite :_
thle $50.000 of his own money
he-poured imto the effort he
didn't get many votes but ie wvw.yale orida.com
got a lot of attention.
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when he went under invest-

ranch home. His car was in the
garage and destroved in the tire -,
but hbis personalized State of -. ..
Florida "HOLLOWAY" tag had
been removed. H-le was lateri
acquitted of 0 r-s lon in FcclderaI
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TAMPA BAY LEGENDS
(Continued from page 6) most of his 71 years. lots of sports pictures and he from people asking for high pads and other goodies he col-
to the new celebrity. Also seen Though Jerome was in- better use them...and McEwen school football and basketball lected throughout the year to
on the program was Phoebe B. volved in every aspect of local did. It was the start of a long scores on Tuesday and Friday give at Christmas time. They
Beebee, J. Fred Mugg's female youth sports, his legacy is that and colorful career in the me- nights, he created another always came in the mail or
chimpanzee companion. After ofpossessing a kind and gener- dia for the young Zappone...all job for himself, the popular were personally delivered by
biting comedian/actress Mar- ous heart. His loud pronounce- because Jerome took the time Tribune Scoreboard. The first Jerome when you least ex-
tha Raye on the elbow.during ments belied the soft, gentle to care. He helped many young day the paper armounced the pected them.
an April 1954 program, Mr. and generous man he was until people get similar breaks early new service, the phones rang He died in 1999 at age 71of
Muggs was sent on a worldwide the day he died. on. nonstop for five hours as an natural causes. Baseball Hall
promotional tour. Jerome had class beyond unprepared Jerome attempted of Famer Al Lopez came to his
During his travels he at- his years. He was the only to answer each call by himself. wake early so he could be the
tracted the attention of the person on the planet who Helpers were hired for the next first to sign the family's book.
Russian newspaper Izvestia could walk into Channel 13's big sports night the following There will never be another
which described J. Fred Muggs studios and hand "Salty" Sol week and the service continued Jerome Sierra. If you didn't
as "A symbol of the American Fleishman a sports news item a span of almost 40 years. know him, you missed knowing
way of life... Muggs is neces- while he was on the air. Each The love of Jerome's life was a very special man and a very
sary in order that the average year, Jerome walked onto the Mary Lodato, whom he mar- giving spirit.
American should not look into live set without notice with a ried in 1972. It was the first
rcports on rising taxes, and cake glowing with candles to marriage for Tampa's premier JIM FAIR
decreasing pay, but rather celebrate Sol's birthday. As a sportsand mediaentrepreneur
laugh at the funny mug of a young man, he was practically and her first as well. After Every town has at least one
chimpanzee." Sol's shadow at WDAE Radio she died some 20 years later, ... Jim Fair counted for 10. This
His tour had bypassed Eng- and often took over his sports Jerome became morose and decorated World War II hero re-
land because the British gov- program. gradually lost the drive he turned to Tampa after the war
crnment didn't want America's You couldn't get argry at once had. to start Tampa's.premier dis-
most likable chimp in their Jerome, no matter what he did. The number of friends Je- count "Get It For You Whole-
empire. Their sensibilities had Jerome Sierra He wouldn't give you a word in rome has was incalculable, sale" Center on South Franklin
been hurt when live shots of edgewise. Each one could count on at Street, just north of where the
Frd's antcswere seen during At one time, Jerome had as Jerome was a visionary. least one cryptic handwrit- Crosstown Expressway would
Queen Elizabeth's coronation many as six jobs he used to When Tampa Tribune sports ten postcard each year and eventually pass by. That was
in 1 i53.z support his mother and grand- staffers started complain- special gifts of pens, candies, long before skyscrapers made
J. Fred Muggs retured mother with whom he lived on ing about the volume of calls erasers, paper clips, -scratch: (Continued on page 9)
J. Frec Moggs reoturned North Morgan Street in Tampa
to America and eventually Heights.
was removed from The Today He was an usher at the old
Show and rcplaced by a more Ybor City Ritz Theater (in the
docile, Kokomo, Jr. J. Fred 50s and 60s) when it played
Muggs later starred in bis own 50s Mn Hs w Men p yc
Mggs lter strred i is own first run movies; a little league,
short-lived show- called T e it eheo
short-lived show called The high school football and bas- .
J. Fred Muggs Show, which ketball official; a full time
aired of Nw Jerse. In deliveryman at his uncle's leaf
tobacco warehouse; a.freelance 1
ABC's Good Morning America photographer for the Tamp
program for a 23rd birthday Tribune; Tribune Scoreboard
celebration., nl 1
lebr im w ow operator; and Channel 13
The chimp worked a show sports film correspondent.
for livc years it Busch Gardens Jcrome founded the West
in the late 1960s and early os Umpres Assocatio
70s and settled in Tampa for and was active in every as-
retirement when the gig was pcct of youth sports. He shied
over. Mennella and J Fred away from recognition but was
Muggs were about as close as nevertheless the recipient of

'2002is bu[ J. Fred still
a man and an animal could gel. dozens of trophies and plaques
Mugg's traincr dicd in Tampa honoring him for his work with
in'2002 but J. Fred still lives he youth of Tampa. Baseball
comfortably with guardians in greats Lou Pinella and Steve a
his Citrus Park home of more Garvey were among the many GC I g -
than 30 years and often sees Jerome lent guidance to as
famous friends such as Liza teenagers.
Minelli and Today Show per- There was nothing he 5 ,
sonalities. wouldn't do for any young 1
person who needed him. In
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Tampa had never before Tony Zappone by the hand and
seen nor will it ever see another introduced him to The Tampa
man likc Jerome Sierra, Jr. He Tribune's new sports editor,
was an inslituLion in broadcast Tom McEwen. He told McEwen
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LEg ENS directed at the Florida Public
Service Commission and local
The Church of Scientology of Tampa (Continued from page 8) utilities alleging corruption
and lack of public nterest.
their appearance downtown. In the mid- 170s, Hills-
warmly expresses its gratitude to La im was Tampa's beloved borough County took Fair's
Gaceta Newspaper for its continuing ccentri and olal Salvation Navy property by
condemnation to make way
contribution to our community on this tion Navy at the three story for entrances to the soon-to-be
brick building on the east side built Crosstown Expressway'.
85th Anniversary. of Franklin Street. There, Fair He sued to keep his property
but lost. In protest, he never
picked up the check for nearly
$300.000 in payment that re-
Sincerely, mained for him with the Clerk
The Executives and Staff of the- of the Circuit Cout. He once
directed WFLA-TV reporter
Church of Scientology of Tampa. Tony Zappone to go pick up the
check and then called the clerk
"A g as e a not to release it to him.
In 1976, as part of an agree-
L. Ron Hubbard ment with a local court who
had held him in contempt
S2(07 CSTPA. AI Riighs Reserved. SCIlc;NTOI.OCGY.TheScienlolog) cros (poimned) ainl he Scieitogy. SYnil are irademarksand sei ce mirks for numeeroLs violations of
,wnd by Religious Tecnology Cener aind are used with its p.rnissito. conduct, he left Hillsborough
County for the state capitol.
He wasn't in Tallahassee
five minutes when he became
the same center of media at-
tention he had been in Tampa.
Jim Fair He made speeches everywhere
.s.u ie people would listen and some-
Ssold novelties and useful items times he even made sense. In
to people who didn't have 1980, he ran unsuccessfully
much money ... and. he gave against State Senator Dempsey
street people a place to hang Barron (D-Panama City), again
Oe a out for the night. He was protesting the qualifying fee.
"-friendly, always had a smile Fair remairned in Tallahas-
Sfile lawsuits about almost any- nies and big business in local
thing. He often said he "never and state courts. He lived mod-
met a lawsuit he didn't like." estly in an apartment until his
k Fair was often jailed for death in the early 1990s.
.*y 1 contempt of court for mouthing He seldom made sense, he
off at judges and witnesses in was wird but he was loved
open court. If he had some- and his passing left a big gap
thing to say, he'd say it no in the collective souls ofTampa
matter what the rules were and Tallahassee when he was
or who was present ... and he around no more.
was always willing to accept
the consequences and sue to JIM MORRISON
Steven A. Anderson have them changed.
He ran dozens of advertise- Jim Morrison, lead singer
ATTORNEY ments in every issue of The of The Doors and whose hit
Tampa Tribune with his fa- "Light My Fire" was the anthem
Direct Line: 813-314-6701 mous phone number, 2-2222 for the late 60s psychedelic
Direct Fax: 813-314-6801 which later changed to 229- era, was born in Melbourne,
401 E.J n Street 2222. He had to sue the phone Florida on December 8, 1943
steven.anderson@ruden.com company to get that particular and spent the first three years
number. He tried to get the
401 E. Jackson Street courts to give him 1-1111 but
Suite 2700 didn't get a favorable ruling.
Each advertisement he placed
Tampa, Florida 33602 boasted that FAIR could "Get
www.ruden.com It 4 U Wholesale," whatever it
was you wanted.
Ironically,- he filed many
|- i |lawsuits against the newspaper
.-.- |. for not getting its facts straight
I rand his love-hate relationship
Swith reporters was legend. If
there.was a slow news day, and
there often was in the 1950s
and 60s, Fair could always be Jim Morrison
Scounted on for a weird turn
or two that would entertain of his life with his parents in
readers. Clearwater.
SJim Fair was part of the After several moves that
Slocal and well-respected Far- sent him up and down the east
Srior family of lawyers and doc- coast, he once again landed
tors but changed his name in in Clearwater. Morrison suf-
the 1950s as a symbol of his fered bouts of depression and
disowning the establishment expressed himself in absurd
he felt they were a part of. He forms of art. At age 18, he
Sdespised anything "govern- entered St. Petersburg Junior
ment" yet ran dozens of times College, where he studied
for everything from mayor to philosophy and psychology.
county commissioner to state During that time he lived with
senator. his grandparents and, having
One year, he ran for Tampa no car, took the bus back and
mayor and as a publicity stunt forth to SPJC from his home
rode his bicycle off the Platt off Druid Road.
Ci o Street bridge before a crowd After his first Pear at SPJC,
ngratulatons n of hundreds who came to heleftfoi Californiatolivewith
see if he would drown. "Not a fricad during the summer
5 Aa chance of that happening," but was forced by relatives to
your 85th A nniversary Fair declared. return to Clearwater to finish
When he ran for each of- his second year. He was an avid
fice, he always sued to have reader and poured over every
fro m the filing fees declared uncon- book he could get his hands on
stitutional. Failing at that, he in the area of psychology to try
found other loopholes to get to gross out his grandparents
bJ W bhis name on the ballot. After but they were unmoved. At that
milltiple failures at office seek- time he began drinking and
m ing, a tired electorate finally experimenting with drugs.
voted him into the Supervisor Morrison was a frequent
of Election's Office in 1964. visitor to Tampa, catching
Your neighbor on 7th Avenue By 1966, he had screwed the Trailways Bus over the
UPrt,,II I ori 1the operations of the rather causeway, getting off at the
obscure office up so bad that downtown terminal and then
for ore tha 70 ys then Governor Claude Kirk had walking west along Lafayette
or m ore h aU 70 years! to remove him and appoint a Street (now Kennedy Blvd.) to
successor. But he did put it the House of Seven Sorrows
on the map. Caf, just west of the Hillsbor-
Fair spent nearly a decade ough River at Parker St. Long
I__ I of his post political years in since razed, the beatnik coffee
S Tampa filing lawsuits, many (Continued on page 10)
jday, Je 9, J 29,.2007/Page 9 Section *D










TAMPA BAY LEGENDS
(Continued from page 9) to honor him for his service to June 15, 1938. He became lyn for the first night game ever
housc was a gathering for bud- the community. the only major-league pitcher on the East Coast. The Dodg-
ding writers and Jack Kerouac Joe attended Hillsborough to throw back-to-back no-hit, ers sold more tickets than the
was a frequent visitor. High School and graduated no-run games. capacity of Ebbets Field, and
He was also a regular at cof- from the University of Florida Vander Meer was born on fire department officials had
feehouse and beatnik mecca with a degree in Architec- November 2, 1914, and began to help clear the aisles and
Beaux Arts.in Clearwater. ture. He has been married his Major League baseball control the overflow crowd.
Thomas Bruce, then owner for 40 years to Mary Helen, a career on April 22, 1937, with The game was delayed, forc-
of the establishment, recalls teacher at Berkeley Prepara- the Cincinnati Reds. Start- ing Vander Meer to warm up
Morrison reading his poetry to tory School. He and his wife ing at age 22, he played for three times.
visitors on occasion. have five children: Tina, Joe, 13 seasons on three different Among nearly 39,000 fans
The future folk icon was a Conna, Paul, and Vincent and teams and ended his big league that night were more than 500
loncr, often hitching ridcs to six grandchildren (so far). playing career in 1951. from Vander Meer's hometown
Clcai-water Bcach and walk- Even with all the above, As for the no hitters: First, of Midland Park, N.J. They
ing along the shore all night, Joe's service to his friends the 23-year-old Vander Meer came by the busload from the
stopping at times to rcad and and people of our community no-hit the Boston Bees 3-0 town of 5,000 and presented
othc times lo jot dovwn notes continues to this day as a con- at Cincinnati's Crosley Field. Vander Meer with a gold watch
lo himsclf and lines for futuro sulting architect and private Nobody reached second base in a pregame ceremony.
poetry. Joe Chillura citizen. as Vander Meer struck out four Vander Meer lived out his
After graduating from SPJC Joe's 35-year career as an and allowed three walks, while retirement years in a modest
with slightly above a "C" aver- architect has been highlighted JOHNNY facing just one batter over the home off South Dale Mabry
age, he attended Florida State with a specialty in public proj- VANDER MEER minimum. Catcher Ernie Lom- near Bay to Bay. He could often
University before once again ects consisting of schools, hos- bardi, a future Hall of Famer, be seen lunching with friends
taking off for California where pitals and other instittional Cincinnati Red's Johnny doubled a man offfirston a foul at Palio's Seafood Restaurant.
almost immediately he formed buildings. His most notable Vander Meer, longtime Tampa pop and hit a two-run homer He was quiet and somewhat
"The Doors." As its lcad singer achievements in architecture resident in his retirement, to back Vander Meer's fifth reclusive at the end but al-
and lyricist, he paved the way include being on the design, made instant history for pitch- consecutive victory in a win- ways had time to talk to fans,
for a powcrful gig in music team for Tampa International ing two back-to-back no hit- ning streak that would reach who remembered his amazing
history that madc his brieflife Airport and the United States ters against the Dodgers in a nine games. It was the Reds' baseball feat more than 60
legendary. Postal Service. packed Eblets Field in Brook- first no-hitter in 18 years, but years after the fact. He had
Morrison got heavily in- Chillura was recently hon- lyn. It was the first night game their wait for another would be many friends in the Tampa
volved with drugs and alcohol ored by the Planning Commis- ever played on the East coast. just four days. Bay area.
as did many of his contem- sion with the "Person of Vision Long before pitch counts, The Bees once owned the He died at his Tampa home
poraries. On March 1, 1969, Award." The Hillsborough closers and call-in shows, a rights to Vander Meer, as did October 6, 1997.
he was so drunk after having County Commission named a hard-throwing Cincinnati Reds the Dodgers, his next oppo- LN HUT
misscd flights at three different downtown Tampa park directly lefty, in his first full season, nent. It would be a wild night, LAUREN HUTTON
airports to get to a concert at across from the County Center achieved what could be base- and not just because Vander Born in South Carolina and
Dinncr Key Auditorium in Mi- on Kennedy Boulevard the"Joe ball's most enduring pitching Meer had trouble finding the raised in the Forest Hills sec-
ami he exposed himselfduring Chillura Courthouse Square" feat more than 65 years ago, plate. The Reds were in Brook- (Continued on page 11)
the performance. The entire
band left but months later,
Morrison rcturned lo face trial
for the infraction.
Before his legal problems
coald be resolved; he died ol
a hcroin ovcrdose in Pars,
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France. July 3, 1971. He is TAlPA STEEL ERECTING CO*
buried at Pere-LachaiseCem-
etery in Paris with such other Cn ..
luminaries as Oscar Wilde, nce 194
Chopin, Rossini, Max Ernst
and Maria Callas.
JOE CHILLURA
Architect Joe Chillura's ,
career in public service be- s
gan more than 30 years ago
when he was elected Lo a four-
year term on the Tampa City
Council. Since that time, he
has served a 12-year stint on
the Hillsborough City-County
Planning Commission and on
the Hillsborough County Com-
mission from 1990-1998&
Chillura's most celebrated
accomplishment was crafting
a solution to keep the Tampa
Bay Buccaneers from leaving
Tampa after the team was pur-
chased bv Malcolm Glazer in
the mid-90s. Almost every local
government and civic leader
made unworkable proposals
to help build a new stadium
to keep the team in Tampa. It
was Joe Chillura who proposed
the Community Investment Loaydown for 9A and James T Batler
Tax (CIT), a halfpenny sales Blvd_ -Duval County for Superior
tax that not only paid for a
new stadium but provided for Construction Jacksonville, FL
sorely nceded iew schools,
sidewalks, fire and law en-
foricement vehicles and equip-
ment, repair and replacement
of aging infrastructure and so
much more.
Chillura saw to it thal the
Board of County Commission-
ers voted to place the CIT on
the ballot so citizens could
decide for themselves on te S
tax. which passed by a margin Tompa Steel Erecting Co.
of 53 to 47 percent in 1996. Jeff Ames Vice President-Operations
The new ultramodern stadium John Cark Vice Presiden
was built and Tampa kep a John Clak -Vice President
team tlhat has shown itself to Laura Klosferman Miss Tampa 2007
be a real winner under its new j ki Bo0b Clark President
ownership. .
Joe has been involved in so
many decisions that affect the
Oives of every person in Tampa
and Hillsborough County that
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LE EN D spokesperson. attractive for the guys, she
She attended Chamberlain went for a makeover at the
High School where she was downtown Tampa Maas Broth-
(Contued from page 10) so homely looking her English ers cosmetics counter, where
tion of Tampa, Lauren Hutton teacher had to help her get a others were amazed at the
embarked on a modeling ca- date for the senior prom. Upon look she could achieve. The
reer in roundabout fashion by graduating in 1962, she spent a rest is history. She had some
becoming a Playboy bunny at vear at the University of South pictures made and boarded a
age 20. It wasn't long thereafter Florida, meandering through plane for New York where she
that the statuesque Hutton basic courses and searching spent vears, first as a Playbov
became a top fashion model, out an area of interest. Club waitress and then as a
cover girl and commercial Seeking to become more top model.
Though advised early on to
correct the slight gap in her
teeth, Hutton wisely retained
this "imperfection," which
gave her on-camera persona
a down-home sensibility that
other, more ethereal models
lacked. She appeared on more j
magazine covers than any
other model of her time, made
hundreds of talk show ap-
pearances, and was featured
Son CBS' Sixty Minutes news
Smagazine a number of times.
She began appearing in
films in 1968, hitting her stride
with. such movies as Gator
(1976) with Burt Reynolds,
American Gigolo (1978), and
Zorro, the Gay Blade (1981).
0p Unlike other actress-
es-turned-models, Hutton
achieved critical acceptance
fairly rapidly, earning respect-
able reviews for such projects
as the 1977 TV miniseries The
Rheinman Exchange and the
1984 adventure film Lassiter
(in which.she played a literally Lauren Hutton
bloodthirsty villainess).
lFollowing the lead of Far- Hillsborough County, attend- for him. He spent brief periods
rah Fawcett, Hutton.made her ing Plant City High School in Pahokee, Florida as well.
S stage debut in the harrowing where he played on the football Speech therapists at his
revenge-for-a-rape stage play team and beat drums in the schools administered various
Extremities in 1983. In recent band. treatments but failed to cure
year-s, Hutton has cut down Born Lonnie Melvin Tillis the speech problem which at
on her acting appearances to at Tampa General Hospital on one time embarrassed him but
return successfully to model- August 8, 1932, he spent the later became his trademark in
ing; she has also become a first eight .months of his life show business.
staunch and powerful activist in a neighborhood near Lowry He learned to play guitar
for several political causes. Park. His family soon relo- (and later the fiddle) during
cated to Dover, 18 miles east his early teens while remaining
MEL TILLIS of Tampa. When he was 3, he active in the high school band.
Muh muh muh muh m m contracted malaria, which re- In the early 1950s, devoid of
Johnny Vander Meer Mel Tillis was raised in east sulted in permanent stuttering (Continued on page 12)




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TAMPA BAY LEGENDS
(Continued from page 11) missioner." Those were the wanted something from the his head.
any real career ideas, he en- days when you could get away mayor, if you lived in Tampa at Nuccio built his share of
listed in the Air Force. He was .with that. the time you knew those were civic monuments: the old Cur-
disharged in 195 when r f. H w Nuccio was born in Ybor good places to be to get it. tis Hixon Convention Center,
a short time he atthended thf City in 1901. Starting in 1928, Some lucky Tampans got the old police headquarters
aUiversity of Florida. Bored, he he served eight years on the to join him for lunch, always building on Tampa Street and
dropped out and moved back City Council and then 20 as a at home, where his wife of 65 the downtown library. Closest
to Plant City where he worked countycommissioner. In 1956, years, Concetta, cooked for to his heartwere his creations
at various tasks including he became the first Latin to be him and however many guests at Lowry Park: Fantasyland,
strawberry picking and truck elected mayor of Tampa. he brought along. This writer, which was torn down for con-
driving. In 1956 he wrote a He'd start his day about 5 Tony Zappone, was invited on struction of the zoo and Safety
sog called "I'm Tired" which a.m. over a cup of coffee at the numerous occasions and the Village.
'vas recorded by and became Fourth of July Caf in West menu always consisted of filet He gave out autographed
a g hit or Wbb Pierce. Thi Tampa. Then he would shift mignon, rice, exotically pre- photos ofhimselfto everychild
:, Jbicd Tillis. as he said later to Ybor City, where he lived, to pared vegetables, and a fruit who came to see him, along
gned Tm hll, out of he straw- hold court at the old Cuervo's parfait for desert. No matter with pen knives or rabbit's feet
berr, patch in a hu rry". Restaurant, which stood at where he went, his omnipres- for the boys and paper fans or
He found that the stutter Mel Tillis the Northwest corner Seventh ent cigar was in hand or mouth maracas for the girs.
never appeared when he sang Avenue and 18th St. If you and his favorite hat was atop (Continued on page 13)
p made famous by Kenny Rog-
and gradually his confidence ers
rexw and he moved to Nash- r.
villc. During 1956 and 1957 Mel has appeared in more
he bgan perorm and made than adozen feature films in- th ersa
his liras recording, only Lo be cluding "Every Which Way but
told he needed original mate- Loose" with Clint Eastwood,
rial which prompted him to "W.W. & the Dixie Dancek-
concentrate more on writing ings', "Cannonball Run" I and
He signed with Columbia Re- II, and "Smokey and the Bandit
cords and had his first US II" with Burt Reynolds, and the
-countrychart success withhis lead with Roy Clark in "Uphill
co-written song "The Violet And All the Way".
The Rose" in 1958. The rest s Tillis still appears often in
history. the area and can usually be
During Tillis early years, seen at the Plant City Straw-
he took the initiative to seek berry Festival and the Florida
out one of his television idols, State Fair.
Ernie Lee, who listened to hin NICK NUCCIO a
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days o just say one sentence" and animated politician in the
but when he sang his speech history ofTampa and Hillsbor- parki g enterprise
was flawless. He has written ough County. In the950s and
dozens of well-know songs for 60s, almost evcry park bench
othersingers, including "Ruby, in the area bore the words J a A a di
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tives. friends and coworkers as a fuil-time occupation. He
LEC EN D S described him as a ve'r kind, stopped playing baseball in
lont ed r mi s ge 1 gentle and deeplyreligious 1947 and put together his Va-
(Continued from page 12) man in real life, and he was riety Rhythm Boys, who-were
As mayor, he was in a con- happily married. sponsored by B & B Grocers,
stant battle with The Tampa He died of a heart attack on a local supermarket on East
Tribune. The were against him February 2, 1946, at the age of Seventh.Avenue. His group of-
purchasing the vast riverfront 5 51. He was buried with honors ten performed for Tampa area
property downtown owned by at the American Legion Cem- charity fundraisers.
Atlantic Coastline Railroad, eterv on Kennedy Boulevard He was heard byTampa Hu-
which extended from the now just waest of Dale Mabry. mane Societv Director Colonel
Kennedy Bridge southward to Tom Parker, then managin
Cass Street. He even named SLIM W1HITMAN Eddy Arnold, who arranged for
the publisher of The Tribune, Slim Whitma, cou a aditior ith RCA Rcords.
J. C. Counci to a board advis- n tt paid off.
J. C. Council, to a board advis- music legend, was born Ottis Beginning with "I'm Casting
muhrng on the purchase but the ..p c. w eDewey Whitman Jr. in Tampa My Lasso Towards The Sky",
paper's managing editor, Virgil tyon Jaiuary 014. Slim'ss S
M. Newton hammered him n anury Sls he released several singles that
even harder. In retrospect, it arly inte rest was in s port
was the best purchase the city a star pitcher at Hillsborough
Hever made. in High School and hoped to
He wn asecn ters in make a career in baseball.
1963. In 1967, Dick Greco's wHowever, while still in high
term on city council expired school, he met ad married lf-
and he made his first run school, he met and married Cif-
for mayor, and beat Nuccio. a pr-yeacher's daugheraldin. Crist
He retired from politics and a preacher's daughter.
spent his remaining y.ars The newlyweds moved to a
spnt his remaining 5 years 40-acre farm south of Jack-
visiting friends and tending sonville, Florida, where Slim
to his home gardening. Over worked as a reat packer. Just
the years, a road, a park and prior to the Japanese attack
a bridge have been named for on Pearl Harbour he became
Nuccio.n a shipyard fitter at the Tampa
The legendary political fig- shipyard, working alongside
ure died in 1989, with almost Robert Byrd, a native of West
a thousand people standing for Virgia wh would later be-
blocks to attend his funeral. Rondo Hatton come theDean ofUS Senator.
RONDO HAITON for military duty during WWI assigned to cover a day with In 1943, he enlisted in the failed to make any impact. In
as a member of the American the movie crew at which time Navy and it was then that he early 1950 h e a mcm-
early 1950 he became a mer-
Rondo Hatton began his Legion. the film's director noticed his learned guitar and entertained ber of Shreveport's Louisiana
career as ajournalist in Tampa After the war, he returned to unusual appearance and per- at shipboard events. Upon .Hayride. It was not a .highly
and ended up being one of the Tampa to become a general as- suaded him to leave the news- return to civilian life he split paid gig, but it helped raise
most famous faces in fright signment reporter for the now paper for Hollywood. Upon his time between baseball and
his profile. To supplement his
films in the forties. defunct Tampa Times. While at arriving on the West coast, entertaining when not working meager earnings he became a
He was born on April 22, the newspaper,. he developed his frightening appearance at the shipyard, west of down- postman. It was at this time
1894 in Hagerstown, Mary- acromegaly, a disease that inspired the movie studios to town Tampa. his trademark "singing guitar"
land. His family moved to deforms the face and body in cast him as a monstrous killer In 1946 he gained a contract sound was developed. Slim's
Tampa when he was a teen various ways. Some have sug- in a number of mystery/horror with the Plant City Berries of steel guitar player. Hoot Rains,
and he attended Hillsborough gested it was triggered by his thrillers. the Orange Belt League, but his overshot a note and Slim de-
High School where he was exposure to poison gas during His most memorable screen musical career also prospered cided that it enhanced, rather
much soughtafter by admiring the war. appearances were in "The Pearl via radio spots on Tampa radio than detracted from his overall
ladies. Upon his graduation, During the filming of "Hells of Death" (1944) and "House of station WDAE and several local sound.
he attended college briefly and Harbor" at Rocky Point in Horrors" (1946), both released club bookings. It was at this
then got his orders to report the late 1930s, Hatton was by Universal Pictures. Rela- point that he opted for music (Continued on page 14)






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America's only tri-lingual weekly
newspaper, on their 85 years
in print.

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TAMPA BAY LEGENDS
(Continued from page 13) production of a weekly pro- eral George Jessel, Vicki Carr, publicity, preferring to "fly
He became a member of gram, Radio Ranch, and in the Kirby Grant (Sky King), The below radar" in doing his good
the beand e Opa m er 1955 1960s helped run the Desert Three Stooges, Spanky Mac- work for people. There are lots
therand Ole Oprye in 1955 aB j Ranch Hotel on St. Petersburg Farland (of Little Rascals) and of"Tonys" around but only one
here he plad with allthe Beach. He was later a partner many others. Tony Garcia and everybody
reats includierg Tom Hallnn Cash with Florio in other successful In 1983, Shirley Temple knows when Tony Garcia takes
Wandr ackson, MitchellTork real estate ventures. used her telephone to search on a project it gets done right
Wa nda Jackson, Mitch Tork He affiliated with the United him out at all his Tampa hang- and right away.
Martog Robbins ang on various Service O.rganization (USO) in outs to thank him for a gift he Tony retired from the USO
Rogcrs. He sang on varous the 50's and in 1967 opened a had sent her. It wasn't unusual in the mid-1980s and concen-
record label s and became more lounge for servicemen in down- for legends like Jimmy Stewart trated on producing variety
ell known in Europe than in town Tampa's old Hillsborough and Bob Hope to give him a shows for various area chari-
Bhe US. At one point in the Hotel. call to chat. ties and taking care of his fam-
60's his rccordings surpassed During his career, he He encouraged new enter- ily. He lived in West Tampa
The Beatles on British music brought big name entertain- tainers and gave them lots of with his wife, Blanche, and
chars is populariy grw wih ers to Tampa to perform for work. During most of his USO was often seen sipping cafe con
As his popularaitydgrew n ih servicemen and for the Latin career, he used the talents of leche at any one of his favorite
dithe midd i-aged audiewnce, so American Fiesta, for which the Arena Twins, Jack Espino- coffee shops near his home of
did the opposite view grow Tony Garcia he served as executive direc- sa, the Frank Rey Dancers, and almost a half century.
wiAah the younger audicnce tor. Among those he arranged hundreds of area newcomers Tony passed away Sun-
lm Whitman's music hhow desory the years obtain jobs in the lo- to visit our city on behalf of who went on to make it big in day October 12th, 2003 at St
bcolim Ws thats muic has f cal business community. both the USO ard the Latin the business. His USO Christ- Joseph's Hospital after a long
Mars Attack reveals that Slim A native of Tampa, Garcia Fiesta were: Bob Hope, Desi mas Shows were always sold illness. His passing marked
Whitman's music is the only grew up during tough times Arnaz, Jimmy Stewart, Ricardo out and often broadcast live on the end of an era, an era that
dadly fors music is rthe onthe in West Tampa. He served in Montalban, Cesar Romero, local television stations. will never be matched in West
idadly orce on eareh tat toe the military during World War America's Toastmaster Gen- Garcia has always shunned Tampa.
invacg Martians are power- II and attended the University
css againsl. of Tampa, where he discovered

TONYis love for promoing show lampa S Legendary Salty Radio Personality
Tony Garcia was Tampa's While at Tampa U., he intro-
"Mr. USO" for some 40 years, duced a couple that would be- by Sol Fleischman Jr.
serving personnel from Tam-- come a entertainment legend No history of Tampa could
pa's MacDill Air Force Base, in the Tampa Bay area, sing- be written without the inclu-
Naval Reserve tuni and military ers Jack and Sally Jenkins. sion of "Salty Sol" Fleischman,
visitors with all the comforts of Eventually, they performed on one of Tapa's great charac-
home prior to iaving that post te Ed Sullivan Show. He also ters and a pioneer in radio,
in th mid-1980s. pulled strings at UT for lots of newspaper reporting, and tele-
Nobody in Tampa knew friends to get them admitted vsion broadcasting. Although
more people or had more con- and to make sure they got their not quite a native ofhis beloved
nections around the country degree. Tampa, Salty Sol was born in
than Tony, always willing to Mr. USO mastered the art Hawkinsville, Georgia, and he
call in a favor to help a friend in of doing the impossible -in all moved here in 1911 with his
need. Throughout his lifetime things he took upon himsell parents, brothers, and sisters,
he was a walking employment to execute. Tony originated parent brother of 1, andto kick whoop-
agency, often called upon by positive thinking and no matter ing cough.
people, many of whom he had what people have asked him tuo .
never met, seeking assistance do, he's always responded with Growing up in Hyde Park,
with getting jobs. Remember- "No Problem." boating and fishing on Bay-
ing his own experiences early In the 1950s, he assisted shore Boulevard, becoming an "Salty" Sol Fleischman Tampa legend and a
on, he helped thousands over his good friend Bob Florio with (Continued on page 151 radio, newspaper and television pioneer.

















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Tampa's Leendcaryj "SaltIy Radio Personality
(Continued from page 14) Fame, Hillsborough County's nationalities. His stories about
Eagle Scout, and being a cheer- Favorite Son in recognition of the great hurricane of 1921,
leader at Hillsborough High his contributions to local radio the corrupt Tampa elections,
School first, then at Plant High and television broadcasting, bolita, and speakeasies, the
School when it opened in 1928, and two gold rmedals from the celebrities who visited Tampa,
filled young Salty's early days. University of Tampa for sports and on and on are legendary,
While at Plant High, he started reporting. The former Gandy and he lived and reported it
a band that played background Boat Ramp was renamed the' all.
music at WDAE radio for col- Salty Sol Fleischman Boat
lege football games, which, at Ramp by Hillsborough County No current sportscaster
that time were announced as in honor of his contribution to even comes close to Salty
the plays came in by postal area fishing. Sol's engaging personality,
telegraph. As the legend goes, He loved Tampa and its southern drawl, warmth, and
the announcer had a bottle un- storied history and was a walk- his unscripted ad libs, and
der the desk and, by half time, ing encyclopedia of people and broadcasting "by the seat of
was too inebriated to continue. events that gave Tampa its rich his pants." It has been 33 years
Since Sol was the only member history. His fans and friends since his nightly sports show,
of the band who knew anything were mayors and mafia dons, but no one who was around in
about sports, he was appointed the captains of industry, and those days has forgotten one
to finish the announcing of the the workers in the trenches, of Tampa's great characters,
game and stayed at WDAE, as people of all races, creeds, and Salty Sol Fleischman.
Chief Annauncer, and Sports
Director for over 28 years. He
hosted a nightly sports show
aptly named "Sol's Sports
Slants," as well as writing a
daily fishing column for the old
Tampa Daily Times. To add to
his busy schedule, he emceed
virtually every event in Tampa
from high school graduations,
to the Gasparilla Parade, and
Coronation Ball. Indeed, he is
recognized by all in the profes-
sion as the "Dean of Florida
Sportscasters."
Upon arrival of television in
the Tampa Bay area, he joined
WTVT, Channel 13, in 1957,
and expanded his popularity
with a nightly sports show that
included live interviews with
virtually every sports celebrity
who visited Tampa. After 54
years of broadcasting sports,
Salty Sol Fleischman, finally
retired to Anna Maria and Sun
City Center where he enjoyed
many more years of fishing and
z in quality golf until his death at 89-1/2
years old in. 2000.
vitage and new Among Salty Sol's numer-
d thing, hats ous awards are the Interna-
tional Fishing Hall of Fame,
nd jewey for both Tampa's Outstanding Citizen
and men (1959), Governor's Gold Metal
as the state's leading conser-
vationist, National Football "Salty" Sol spent 54 years in sports broadcast-
Foundation, and Hall of Fame ing. He then retired to Anna Maria and Sun City
Special Award, University of
Florida Athletic Hall of Fame, Center and enjoyed years of fishing and golfing
Tampa Sports Club Hall of until he died in 2ooo at the age of 89.






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Bobby Rodriguez ushered in the age of Tampa's
adult entertainment, first through Tampa's first
GoGo bar The Deep South Lounge and then
the Mafia-themed Godfather Lounge. Later he
opened one ofTampa's first all nude bars, the Tan-
ga Lounge. But, despite being such an innovative
entrepeneur, the name Bobby Rodriguez is still
unknown in many corners of Tampa.

lisher of La Gaceta newspaper, les, rendering the back of his
SRoland Manteiga. To this day, hand almost smooth.
SRodriguez can't speak of his "No, I'm no gangster, but
late-friend without breaking if a man crossed me I'd kick
down into tears. his ass," boasted Rodriguez,
"I loved him so much," ad- who never talks, but rather
Smitted Rodriguez, who may screams every word. Even
O- have made a living on the when he whispers he does so
fringe of the law, but always in a screaming whisper, spit
has been a nice guy at heart. flying from his mouth as often
rhat might be why so many of as curse words. His brash,
Shis good friends are commu- ballsy, tough guy voice and
Snity leaders. lingo provide the perfect tone
"For some reason people for his stories rehashing his
think I'm a gangster," lughed life as a one time prince of
Rodriguez, pointing to the Tampa's nightlife who stood
many Ferdie Pacheco paintings side-by-side with some of
hanging around his house. Tampa's most notorious indi-
Pacheco, another of his best viduals Pat Matassini,Jimmy
friends, has given around six Donofrio, Frank Diecidue and
original paintings to Rodguez, the Trafficarites.
Rhonda dances at the each painting depicts gangsters "I may have never broken
By Paul Guzzo Tanga Lounge in 1977. and half naked women. "I have the law, but I had n'o prob-
honestly only b'een arrested lem pushing the boundaries
Coolly hiding in the Pal- ffom this pending war zone as of a different and easier bar to once in my entire life. My bars of the law, though," laughed
metto bushes next to the Tanga possible. break up. were always legal. I never got Rodriguez.
Lounge on the Courtney Camp- Led by a white van, the Today, despite time wilting involved in any illegal activity. And it was this pushing that
bell Causeway, his hands motorcycle gang- pulled into away his once powerful body, No one ever gambled in my ushered in the age of Tampa's
wrapped tightly around his the parking lot next door to the 71-year-old retired Tampa bars and my girls only danced, adult entertainment through
riot shotgun. He was waiting the Tanga Lounge. Rodriguez strip club pioneer hasn't lost they were never prostitutes. 1 the famous (or infamous, de-
for them to come. knew what was insidd that that 1970s-style bad ass bra- made too much money legally pending on whom you are) bars
Them ... The day before, white van a cache of.weap- vado that enabled him to in- to risk losing my bars due to he owned The Deep South
Bobby Rodriguez, owner of ons. If they got to the van, the troduce first GoGo bars and illegal activities. Lounge, Tampa's first GoGo
the Tanga Lounge, refused a Tanga Lounge would be theirs. later full nude bars to Tampa, Taking a sip ofhis Heinek- bar anda rough country bar
handful of bikers patronage to As the bikers dismounted and and allowed him to. stay atop en, Rodriguez ispected his that was as likelyto serve up
his strip club. These bikers had the rumble of their bies went Tampa's adult entrtainment knuckles, or rather the part a fight as it was a drink; The
of his hand where knuckles Godfather Lounge,'a mafia-~
a reputation for breaking up silent, the echoing of the cock industry for so many years. of hls and where knucles Godfther Lo ngth a mafifat
bars. Rodriguez heard it start- of a shotgun froze them in With .slicked back hair, he should be present Years of styled GoGo bar that briefl
ed with a handful of the gang their tracks. From his hiding struts around his waterside fights have crushed his knuck- (Continued on page 18)
visiting the strip-club. Slowly, spot, Rodriguez warned them, home hidden among the trees
week by week, more and more "Get back on your f---ing bikes of Sulphur Springs, leaning his
became regular patrons until and leave or I will blow all your body on his clear glass cane
they had an army piresent. bikes up right now!" One of whenever he feels the need.
Once they established their the bikers took a step forward, He may be aging and he moay
dominant presence, they'd testing Rodriguez. In the dead need a little assistance, but he
ruin the bar. They'd verbally silence that now permeated the still has style and a reputation
abuse customers, steal money area, the bikers could hear one to uphold,
from the dancers, and turn o Rodriguez' rings tapping the He proudly shows off his
some of the dancers into their trigger of the riot shotgun. The back office to anyone who visits
own personal prostitutes. Ro- bikers couldn't see him, but his home. It's a shrine to the
driguez wasn't jueat sanother they could feel Rodriguez' pres- type of man he is. The wall
bar owner, though. He'd dealt ence. They knew he couldn't outside for the front door of
with men like this before. And shoot all of them, but he'd at the office showcases a shoot-
he'd deal with this biker gang least shoot a few of them before ing range target full of well-
in the same manner, the o ly they found hiarr. While these placed shots along the head
manner in which men like this bikers had a reputatin. for and chest.
understand. breaking up bars, Rodriguez "I've never shot at a man
As the bikers left the bar had a reputation for placing further than 15 feet from me,"
the day before, they warned bullets where they counted if boasts Rodriguez, who has
Rodriguez that they'd be back you pressed him. Were any of been legally carrying a gun
with more men. An arrogant them willing to chance that since the 1960s when he was
Rodriguez replied, "Just make they'd be one of the men who then-Senator Tom Whittaker's
sure you can all handle the didn't tayke a bullet? personal bodyguard and drink-
cover charge." "Get the f--- away from ing buddy. "If they are further
As a soft rumbling could be my bar right now!" screamed than 15 feet and they don't Bobby Rodriguez and Roland Manteiga became
heard in the distance, Rodri- Rodriguez, not a quiver in his have a gun, then they ain't a acqainted at Democratic meetings in the late-
guez checked his shotgun Lo voice He screamed it sternly, threat to you." 60s and uickly became close friends. In the
make sure he had the cover reminding the bikers that Inside the office, though, the 9
charge they'd need to handle. he did not toss around idle walls are adorned with photos 1970s La Gaceta was as well known for its pages
Yep, it was loaded. threats. f true Tampa icons standing filled with advertisements for Rodriguez' risque
The rumble grew louder With that, the bikers back side-by-side with Rodriguez bars as it was for its political views. To this day,
and more violent. Birds hiding peddled, climbed on their bikes governors, senators and Rodriguez has a hard time talking about the late-
alongside Rodriguez launched and sped down the Courtney political king makers. Many of Roland Manteiga without breaking into sobs.
into the air, flying as far away Campbell Causeway in search the ph otos are of the late-pub- aa d atem co e ng int

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(Continued trom page 16) allowing his other partners to mentioned to the average Joe ers at the table games could Grable!"
earned the ire of the Traf- enjoy the fame and fortune on the street, most will ask, distract Rodriguez. All he could Rodriguez looked in the di-
ficantes because they thought that carne with being a Tampa "Who is Bobby Rodriguez?" focus on were those legs. They rection the woman had walked.
the bar's name and dcor was outlaw. So who is Bobby Rodriguez? were perfect, thought Rodri- There she was, Betty Grable,
a dig on their family (it was "And the police harass- He's a true Tampa legend and guez, long, sleek and with the now at a table with Harry
actually designed and named ment," clarified Rodriguez. "If relative unknown. He's famous right amount of muscle tone. James, the Dorsey Brothers
for the Godfather movie); the you wanted to be the face of a and infamous. He's a bully and The dress the owner of the legs and a group of four or five other
Dream Bar, a popular watering full nude bar, you'd get a lot of a hero. He's the man in black wore was cut all the way.to her musicians.
hDream ongTampa's organized attention from men and espe- and the man in white. He's butt, enabling Rodriguez to "I never made it past her
hole among Tampa e0sorga cially woen, but also a lot of a protective father of daugh- study every last inch of them. legs to look at her face," gushed
and 60s before Rodriguez took attention from the police, who ters and the former boss of Finally, legs' owner rose from Rodriguez to his friend before
and 60s befre Rodrguez into a would continue to arrest you young women who stripped her chair and sashayed into breaking up into laughter.
"everday man" type of bar; just to arrest you, never with a for money. He's living breath- the casino. Rodriguez wiped. At that point, though, Rodri-
and e Tanga Lounge, one of real reason. I didn't want that ing irony. a drop of drool from his chin guez knew the nightclub busi-
the. granddaddies of Tampa's life. Some men enjoy the atten- But in the beginning, he was and frantically turned to his ness was for him. He decided
he g randdaddes. tion. Not me." just a simple boy from West friend, "Did you see that broad when he returned to Tampa,
Tampa. sitting next to me? Did you see somehow, someway, he'd open
He's a businessman second- Bobby Rodriguez' impor- *** her legs?" his own bar. And he knew he'd
ly and a father first, though. tance in the annals of Tampa's His friend stared incredu- be successful. After all, he ran
Not wanting to be the face of history cannot be denied, but Las Vegas the kingdom lously at him for a few mo- a successful business when he
strip clubs, fearing it would because he spent his career as of nightlife. Sitting at a ca- ments, waiting for Rodriguez was just a little boy..
have a negative impact on his the man behind the curtain, sino bar, not the lights of the to finish his thought, but that Born in West Tampa on
children when they were young little is known about this pio- strip, the blinging of the slot was all Rodriguez had to say. August 5, 1935, his father,
kids, he was the silent partner neer of Tampa nude clubs. If machines, nor the roar of the "You stupid son of a bitch," Fernando, was a cigar roller
of many ofhis establishments, the name Bobby Rodriguez is winners and whines of the los- said his friend. "That was Betty (Continued on page 19)
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who owned that corner. When he turned 17 he enlisted in the
a large Italian.boy showed up Air Force and was stationed in
one day thinking his size and California working for Strategic
(Continued from page 18) ethnicity would intimidate Air Command as an electrician.
Rodriguez away from that pros- Shortly after returning from his
at Corral Wodiska and later perous corner, Rodriguez took fateful trip in Las Vegas, he ;
an electrician and his mother, him into an alley and told him took ajobas manager of a USO
Amelia, was a homemaker. other wise. club near his Air Force base
Money was always tight in "I beat him bad, so bad I and began to learn the trade
the household and Rodriguez never saw him in town.again," of bar management. When he
sought to contribute in any remembered Rodriguez. finally returned to Tampa in
way he could. When he turned By the time he was 10 years 1956 he was ready to earn his
8 years old, Rodriguez put old, Rodriguez saved enough fortune.
away the .22 single shot rifle money to buy his mom her first *****
he hunted swamp rabbits with washing machine. As a drunken Bobby Ro-
along the Hillsborough River, "One of the best moments driguez stumbled around his
deciding fun time was over, of my life," he said. "I enjoyed house and looked out the
and went to work. earning my own money and window, he couldn't get over
Tampa at the time was helping my family." how many police cars were in
reminiscent of the old west. He enjoyed it so much that his driveway. But he wasn't
Gangsters roamed the streets, at 13 years old he dropped out worried. No, the police cars
.shootouts occurred in broad of Jefferson High School and weren't there to arrest him for
daylight, and the illegal lot- moved to Key West in search his drunkenness; they were at
tery called bolita flourished in of fulltime employment. While his house drinking with him,
the backrooms of bars, res- working at a tire shop just a as was a Florida senator.
taurants and grocery stores. few weeks after arriving in Key One of the Vice Squad mem-
There were plenty of easy ways West, ajuvenile officer stopped bers stumbled to the door,
for Rodriguez to earn money. by the shop for a tire repair. murmuring he was going to
Some of his friends ran bolita Upon meeting Rodriguez he drive home. When he attempt-
numbers, but even as a child immediately asked'his age, ed to shift his police car into
Rodriguez chose the high road. to which Rodriguez honestly drive and drive towards the
He purchased a shoe shining responded. A few days later, a road, in a drunken haze he
kit and set up camp outside truant officer visited Rodriguez accidentally shifted the car -
the West Tampa Centro Es- at the tire shop and sent him in reverse. and drove it into a
paol. Within weeks he built to school. ditch. The.car was totaled, but
a steady clientele and claimed His return to school didn't the officei was ok, so Rodriguez
that corner as his own. Other last long, though. Less than brought him back inside and
boys would shine shoes on one year later, still in Key West, 1promised they'd get the car out
the corner on occasion and Rodriguez dropped out again in the morning.
Rodriguez was fine with them, and worked first at a cola fac- Suddenly, Rodriguez house
as long as they understood tory and lateras a.roofer. When lit up with a window reflec-
tion of a police siren flashing
in his yard. A young officer The advent of adult entertain ent began in the
had driven by the house and
Co gr at on s t spotted the police car in the 196OS when Rodriguez had women dance at the
COn ratuattO S t ditch. Confused as to what Deep South wearing bathing suits. This young
was going on and why so many woman, Rocky, even decorated hers with a tail.
ZUCK ne SpapeT tneighborhood, he began writ- .
ee ne spaper tat police cars were parked in this
ek wng down all the license pate Pretty much every night ate. Not only did Rodriguez
numbers to report to his supe- had been wild for the past few vow to support Whitaker's
Ofte eat tie d y rior. Rodriguez tried to coax the months, though. campaign, but the two be-
Vice Squad's hief to go outside Upon returning from Cali- came drinking buddies. When
ViceSqads ftogootsie upon returning from Cali- Whitaker became Senat'or
and talk to the mn, but he fornia, Rodriguez took a few Whitaker, he hired Rodriguez
refused. After he had written odd jobs arourid town as an as his personal bodyguar d ld
down the license plate num- electrician while looking for the two men spent nigh -t.
bers, the officer pounded on employment in the bar busi- night together, traveling fr
Rodriguez' front door demand- ness. He'd heard a good place bar to.bar.
ing answers. Finally, the chief. o-network with local business "He was a real wild man; ire-
L a a c eit l answered the door and spoke professionals was at a Hills- membered Rodriguez. "He was
to the officer. A few minutes borough County Young Demo- a big man and when he started
Slater the officer left. cratic Club, so off he went. At drinking he'd get out of hand.
The Nation's only "The chief promoted the the first meeting he met State I wasn't his bodyguard to pro-
man," laughed Rodriguez. "It Representative Tom Whitaker,
Tri-ling al Newspaper was a wild night." who was running for U.S .Sen- (Continued on page 20)

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(Continued from page 19) Wilson, saying he was going to pants!'Yep, I knocked the piss employees and tired of be- driguez tired of working with
tect him from other people. 1 kill him," said Rodriguez. "He out of him. ing robbed, Rodriguez finally Donafrio.
was his bodyguard to protect walked right up to Tommy and On another occasion, a closed the kitchen less than a Rodriguez had grown close
him from himself." pulled a gun. Well, he wasn't young Italian man nicknamed year after purchasing the Deep with another local bar owner,
It was through Whitaker paying attention to me, so I Sampson for his tremendous South. Pat Mattasini, a notorous in-
that Rodriguez met members snuck behind him, put my gun strength had too much to Perhaps Rodriguez' highest dividual about town for ques-
of the Vice Squad, and later to his temple, grabbed his gun drink and began slapping hurdle in cleaningup the Deep tionable affiliations. Mattasini
Jimmy Donafrio, that man and slid it to my bartender. around an old man at the Deep South's image, though, was agreed to buyDonafrio's share
who would give Rodriguez I then put my gun away and South. Rodriguez and his staff himself. Still good friends with of the Deep Southtounburden
his first job in the Tampa bar struggled, but threw the strong Senator Whitaker and Tampa's Rodriguez of his unpleasant
industr. man out. A few weeks later Vice Squad, the party moved business partner. Despite
Besides being a well known Rodriguez arrived at work to from Rodriguez' house to his Mattasini's shady past, Rodri-
gambler and loan shark, find his kitchen on fire. The bar. On occasion, Rodriguez guez was not worried he would
Donafrio also owned a string fire department extinguished would ask the band to continue bring unlawful activities to the
of liquor stores, Rio Liquor the fire before it spread to the to perform long after the bar Deep South.
Stores, throughout Tampa Bay. rest of the bar and deemed the had closed so the senator and "Pat Matassini respected my
Managing all five or six of the cause of the fire to be arson. Vice Squad could continue to wishes," said Rodriguez. "One
stores, Rodriguez quickly made A few hours later, Rodriguez party. On these evenings, the time someone brought by some.
a name for himself not only as received a call at the bar. night would usually end with .counterfeit 20s into the Deep
a hard worker, but an honest "The man asked me, 'How everyone pulling their guns South and threw them right
man. Rodriguez said Donaf- do you like that fire I set?' I and shooting up every mir- out. I said, 'Get off my proper-
rio, who was used to dealing recognized the man's voice ror, ight and empty bottle in ty," showed them my gun and
with petty thieves who would right away," said Rodriguez. the bar. they never came back. When
steal candy from a baby, was "It-was Sampson. I didn't say "In the morning I'd have a Pat heard aboutit he didn't say
impressed that his registers a thing, though. I instead let headache and a real mess to a word. He understood how I
were never short a dollar under him believe I didn't know who clean up and curse myself," felt about that stuff.
Rodriguez' watch. In return for it was." smiled Rodriguez. The Deep South's nighttime
Rodriguez' loyalty, Donafrio When Rodriguez bumped About a year after opening business was flourshing. With
paid him well and taught him into Sampson again, though, the Deep South Lounge, Ro- (Continued on page 21)
everything there was to know he made it very clear that he
about owning a bar. knew he'd set the fir.e.
By the mid-1960s Rodriguez "He set my kitchen on fire so
was ready to'set out on his I set his ass on fire," laughed Cj
own. With a $10,0Q0loan fromr Rodriguez. "A Colt .45 auto-
his father, which Rodriguez inatic did the trick. I put a
paid back within theyear, he hole. right in his f---ing leg.
purchased The Deep South He wanted to press charges,
Lounge, a popular but rough but he was a small time crook -
country bar located at 1705 who sold his goods out of a bar J ZtC PP
W. Hillsborough Ave. that often located on a pieceof property yCpp
welcomed nationally-known owned by a few of my friends. .t2illl
country singers one night and My friends used to come to the In the Heart of Ybor Cit-y'J
a wild bar fight and shoot out In time, the bathing Deep South because they loved cigar community and Hitoric District
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the precedent that the Deep he could throw a punch, I hit ing the kitchen. Despite the
.Sou thhad. room for only one. him as hard as'I could and business the Deep .South's
Iroub!emaker, and he owned then threw him right out the barbeque brought the estab- H PP
the bar. door into the street. When he lishment, Rodriguez said the
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