It’s Florida Heritage Month, and Florida Matters invited two prominent historians to discuss the perils and pleasure of life in the Tampa area. On this week's program, we touch on the city’s founding, prominent historical figures and events that shaped Tampa with our guests.
Willow Wright’s voice soars with pride and admiration when talking about her late mother, Dorris, with friend JoAnn Briggs. Willow happily recalls “cloud flying" with her mother at the controls, skimming the tops of the Rockies with her parents in their tiny Cessna and finally landing safely in California with her "heart in my mouth." The New York family’s trips across America are among Willow’s fondest memories. Life gives as much as it takes away, but in the end, Willow learns from her mother, “there’s nothing left but love."
Music credits: Where I Go by Natalie Merchant, Tigerlily, Elektra Records
The number of college students seeking mental health counseling has risen considerably in recent years. About 2,500 students sought help at the USF Counseling Center last year. That represents a 50 percent increase since 2001. And, a recent Stetson University study indicates all of Florida's universities are having a hard time keeping up with the demand for mental health services.
Law partners Delano Stewart and Arthenia Joyner relate the good times (successes in the courtroom) and the bad (racism inside and outside the judiciary) as their persistent pioneering spirits earned them many “firsts" in Tampa’s struggle to become an integrated community at home and at work. Arthenia now represents Tampa in the Florida Legislature.
Music credits: Why Can’t We Live Together by Joan Osborne, How Sweet It Is,
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University Beat speaks with the President of the University of South Florida about the growing economic impact of USF on the Tampa Bay area, and the state of Florida. Genshaft describes how work and research being done at the university has an impact on the country and the world.
“It takes about 13 facial muscles to smile and about 87 to frown’’ says 83-year-old John Clement. Laughter and good humor connect the generations of the Clement family. Daughter Lawrason Clement brings out her father’s best stories as they chuckle through decades of family lore, including the time his infant great grandmother “disappeared," only to be returned safely by a baboon, the trip that persuaded his father to buy him a Shetland pony and the honor of rubbing elbows with famous politicians and important leaders.
Music credits: Magnolia by Jon Brion, Magnolia: original motion picture soundtrack,