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Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

Steve Otto

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Otto, Steve

The courage to seek the truth


The last time I saw Marty Baron he was one of our interns here at Mother Trib, and to be honest I can’t quite picture him.

Ho, ho, ho from our jam-packed attic


The idea last spring was to spread out some plywood in the attic to create more space for the ever-increasing collection of “stuff” that was jamming closets, drawers and space beneath beds. We already had stu...

A Social Security time warp


The woman on the phone insisted she could not correct the same mistake they had made a few months earlier, and that I had to come down to the Social Security office to straighten things out.

The truth about the first Thanksgiving

- Black beans and rice for Thanksgiving? As we sit down to our traditional fare, columnist Steve Otto reminds that the first holiday likely had a much more Spanish flair.

Some of us do remember the ’60s


Although I’d been thinking about it for a few weeks, the ’60s didn’t really come back to me until I found myself standing in Mrs. Short’s classroom the other day at George Steinbrenner High Sc...

Berlin Wall an offensive memory


One thing we apparently don’t do well in this country is build walls that keep people out.

Fleeting few remain with WWII tales


It has been 32 years since the several hundred men of the 483rd Bombardment Group and their wives came to town for a reunion. I was fortunate to spend a few days with them at their hotel on the causeway, where we shared ...

It’s good to be back in the Big Guava


Amtrak No. 91 coming north from Miami slows to a crawl somewhere around Mango, then backs slowly through Ybor City into Tampa’s Union Station. It is about a 30-minute process and it is not a pretty picture.

The City of Lights seems to be dimming


“We’ll always have Paris” Bogey told Lauren Bacall. But he was talking about the Paris of pre-World War II when it must have been the place to be for writers, wanderers and anyone looking for a good ...