WTSP Channel 10 gets sneak peek of The Tampa Bay History Center exhibit

Tampa, FL — The documentary “JFK in Tampa: the 50th Anniversary” is a unique compilation of rare film footage, speeches from President John F. Kennedy’s visit, photos, home movies and personal memories. “It was a joyous day. Everyone got a chance to see him that wanted to,” said Lynn Marvin Dingfelder, the film’s producer. Dingfelder says she got …

JFK in Tampa Documentary Debuts

By Joe O’Neill The historic venue is entirely fitting. Tampa Theatre will host the debut of the much anticipated documentary, “JFK in Tampa: The 50th Anniversary,” in the coming week. Specifically, Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. It’s an hour-long retrospective of Nov. 18, 1963, the day a sitting president made history by visiting Tampa …

JFK Documentary: Instant Classic

How special it was on Sunday to be privy to a preview of “JFK in Tampa: The 50th Anniversary.” I can’t wait for the finished product this fall.

The historic, Nov. 18, 1963, presidential visit by John F. Kennedy–the first such by a sitting president to Tampa–is chronicled and produced by former TV reporter Lynn Marvin Dingfelder in collaboration with WUSF-TV. The one-hour (WUSF-TV) documentary, a time-capsule mix of rare video, evocative images and special memories, will debut Nov. 14th at Tampa Theatre.
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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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