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Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

Steve Otto

Tribune staff
Otto, Steve

The courage to seek the truth

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Fleeting few remain with WWII tales

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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

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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

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“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 ...