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Mobster dad had a kinder, gentler side!

Posted in People on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Written by Paul Guzzo-Tampa Tribune

Mobster dad had a kinder, gentler side!

Sandra Lansky was 13 when she first learned her father was notorious.

She thought he was a jukebox salesman until she stopped at a newsstand in Central Park in 1951 and saw him on a magazine cover. The story described Meyer Lansky as the accountant for the mob, a man who helped build casino empires in Las Vegas and Cuba–and ordered the murders of his enemies.

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Abispo Verdi- The Green Mosquito

Posted in People on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. Written by Jack Fernandez

Abispo Verdi- The Green Mosquito

During the 1940s, Tampa roiled in political corruption. With the aid of a few close friends Albert Knapp began publishing an underground newspaper. The mimeographed paper featured open letters mysteriously signed “Abispo Verdi” in a squiggly hand. Using a green stamp pad, Knapp certified each letter as “official” with the impression of an anopheles mosquito poised to strike.

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A Treasure in Our Midst

Posted in People on Friday, December 06, 2013. Written by Peter Kayafas

The Great Circus Photographs of Frederick W. Glasier

A Treasure in Our Midst

The cultural treasure left to us by American photographer Frederick W. Glasier (1866-1950) provides a rare and privileged view of what the circus looked liked during its heyday at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Glasier’s photographic oeuvre also provides us with a remarkable example of what it is that truly makes a great photographer, and reveals to us how certain institutions can play an essential role in preserving such important work for future audiences. 

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Marti’s Historic Pistol is Just Out of History’s Reach

Posted in People on Thursday, September 26, 2013. Written by Paul Guzzo-Tampa Tribune

Marti’s Historic Pistol is Just Out of History’s Reach

I have found Jose Marti’s famed Ybor City pistol … well, kind of.

My July 7 history column raised questions about whether a gun once carried by Jose Marti in Tampa made its way back to Cuba and was used in the 1951 suicide of Cuban revolutionary Eduardo Chibas–an event some historians believe inspired Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution.

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Gangster’s Murder Remains One of Tampa’s Unsolved Mysteries

Posted in People on Thursday, September 26, 2013. Written by Paul Guzzo-Tampa Tribune

Gangster’s Murder Remains One of Tampa’s Unsolved Mysteries

I may know the answer to Tampa’s version of “Who shot J.R.?” And I once feared that exposing the secret could bring me harm.

At this time 58 years ago, the question on the mind of everyone in the Tampa area was, “Who killed Charlie Wall?” It had been more than a week since the murder and still no one had been charged. And all these years later, the murder of one of Tampa’s most infamous individuals remains unsolved, still considered an open case by law enforcement.

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Fernando Rodriguez Mesa

Posted in People on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Written by Marilyn Esperante Figueredo

Fernando Rodriguez Mesa

We should never be humbled into thinking that things we love have little value or importance. To say that something has sentimental value diminishes it. Sentimental value is the greatest value of all, but it’s up to us to do our part to keep the links between the past and future strong.

-Fernando Rodriguez Mesa

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