Commemorating JFK’s Visit

You go, Lynn Marvin Dingfelder. The former TV reporter is hard at work researching, interviewing, and rallying interest in the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s historic–Nov. 18, 1963–visit to Tampa. When completed, her production work will include a Tampa Bay History Center exhibit and a one-hour (WUSF-TV) documentary planned to premier at Tampa Theatre. A coffee table book will complete the multimedia celebration. And, yes, there will be DVDs with all the outtakes. And, yes, we all owe Lynn a debt of gratitude. This is important.
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An unforgettable encounter with JFK

Lunch with Jack Espinosa is always funny; he is by nature a jokester, a man of endless quips, a real comic. Actually he is a real standup comic. He’s been on stage for decades – at one time he was BIG – so big in pre- Castro Cuba that he was mobbed by fans wherever he went.

In Tampa we know him from the 1970s and 1980s as a former assistant county administrator in Hillsborough County and the former information director for the Sheriff’s Office. Continue reading…

Then-deputy recalls Kennedy’s visit to Tampa

Daryl May, a rookie deputy with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, stood with his back to a swelling and anxious crowd, locking arms with other law enforcement officers to keep the throng at bay.

As people pushed forward against the officers, May had a troubling thought.

“I can’t reach my gun,” he recalled Saturday afternoon, seated at a table on the first floor of the Tampa Bay History Center. “Someone could have grabbed it from me and used it.”
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