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College roommates and longtime friends Ernest Hooper and Mike Sexton.
College Roommates, Forever Friends

Many of us have great memories of our college dorm experiences, and according to two roommates, you couldn’t have found a better place and time then the third floor of Jennings Hall at the University of Florida in 1982.

Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper and Mike Sexton were roommates their freshman year, and have remained friends ever since. It's a remarkable fact, not just because of the years they’ve remained in contact, but also because of the chaos they subjected each other and their dorm mates to. That’s not to say their neighbors didn’t retaliate.

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, we hear about some of those antics, and peer into a now 30-year-long friendship.

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StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews from more than 80,000 participants, and this past January StoryCorps spent a month in St. Petersburg recording the stories from your Tampa Bay friends and neighbors. Please visit: http://storycorps.org/

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay

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StoryCorps® is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. Since 2003, StoryCorps® has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews from more than 80,000 participants, and this past January StoryCorps® spent a month in St.

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