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Fans of the old "Championship Wrestling from Florida" promotion most likely remember two people: announcer Gordon Solie and legendary pro wrestler "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes, whose real name was Virgil Riley Runnels Jr., died Thursday at the age of 69. He made his name, first as a 'bad guy,' wrestling for promoter Eddier Graham at the Ft. Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa before becoming known as a 'good guy,' appearing for various promotions around the country and world.

The second season of a professional sport called “GRID” begins Saturday.

It features 5 men and 5 women performing various fitness moves on a 4 quadrant grid. One of the athletes must be over 40. Last year’s Most Valuable Player was 29 year old Taylar Stallings. WUSF's Lisa Peakes reports:

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Gradual Love

Jun 8, 2015
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In this installment, Ann Roberts asks her mother, Doris Bowen, about her late husband and Ann's father--Jim Elmer Bowen. Bowen talks about her late husband in terms of gradual love, high blood pressure and motorcycle adventures.

Music:

“Radar Love" by Golden Earring from the album, Moontan. 

 StoryCorps Tampa Bay airs every Monday on WUSF 89.7 at 8:44 a.m. during Morning Edition and at 5:44 p.m. during All Things Considered.  

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At Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Thursday mechanical engineers, aerospace engineers and movie stars teamed up, all to improve the life of a  California girl.

Dominique Courbin and Michael Gonzalez are part of the team from the University of Central Florida trying to beat the clock to get their latest project ready for 10-year-old Annika Emmert.

 Courbin is concentrating on getting everything just right.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Fighting for the Underdogs

May 26, 2015
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, friends Cory Adler and Alizza Punzalan-Randle  talk about diversity. Punzalan-Randle is Filipino-American and she shares one particular incident where she had to come to terms with what that meant. 

Alizza Punzalan-Randle fights for "the underdogs" by being a part of various organizations including serving on the local and national boards of directors for the YWCA- Young Women's Christian Association which helps to empower women. 

Music:

“Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson from the album, Bad.

    

Author Chris Farrell wants to change the conversation about aging and how we spend the last third or even half of our lives. He's a senior economics contributor at Marketplace, among other things. 

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Classroom Lessons

May 18, 2015
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Gail Diederich tells us about one of her early lessons in life. Diederich went on to be a school teacher but she learned a lesson about compassion when she was just a student in the first grade. 

The final concert for the Gulf Coast Youth Choirs and the Tampa Bay Children's Chorus is this weekend. They perform at the Straz Center in Tampa this Sunday (May 17) at 4.

Should Panama City Beach’s Spring Break be considered just the month of March or incorporate more months? It was a matter of contention during Tuesday's Council meeting.

Tampa Bay Rays

A Clearwater woman who became an advocate for domestic violence victims after her own horrific attack is now engaged to a man she calls her "Prince Charming" - an EMT who helped save her life.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Brothers & Buddies

May 11, 2015
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In this installment, brothers Joshua and Zachary who were 12 and 15 years old last year, respectfully, stopped by the Storycorps booth last year to talk about their childhoods and each of their plans for when they grow up.

Music: 

“Jungle Gym" by Jack Johnson from the album, Curious George Soundtrack.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay airs every Monday on WUSF 89.7 at 8:44 a.m. during Morning Edition and at 5:44 p.m. during All Things Considered.

Bill DeYoung

Bruce Atkins was 32 years old, an experienced mariner, and an apprentice harbor pilot in Tampa Bay. It was his last training mission, and he was shadowing Captain John Lerro, as Lerro steered the 606 foot cargo ship Summit Venture through  the  twists and turns of the shipping channel in the shallow bay.

May 9th, 1980, was a rainy, misty morning -- but not unusual Florida weather. No one predicted the sudden, freak storm with gale force winds, that seemed to come out of nowhere.

"It became a blinding, driving, rain, wind," Atkins recalls.

M.S Butler

Florida's Department of Children and Families said in 2014  there were at least 5,700 homeless people under the age of 18 in our state. Some of them teenagers living on their own. But there's one group that makes up a disproportionate amount of homeless teens in Florida and throughout the nation.

They've been called street kids, couch surfers or as St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said back in March: “There is a federal bureaucratic term for the young people who will be served here—unaccompanied youth. But they are in reality homeless.”

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Military Life

May 4, 2015
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Sheila Rue talks with her mom Beatrice, about her father when he was in the military.  Roger Rue was in the Vietnam War in the late 60s and they talk about how being a military family at that time affected their lives. 

Sheila Rue is program director here at WUSF.

Music: 

“I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag” by Country Joe and the Fish from the album, I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die."

Alison Miller / WUSF News

In the 1989 movie "Field of Dreams," Kevin Costner built a ballpark in his Iowa cornfield, not knowing why.  It turned out it was to re-connect him with his father.

That movie strikes a chord with former Tampa Bay traffic reporter and radio personality Les McDowell.

McDowell is the creator, producer and one of the stars of the cable TV Western series "Dry Creek". The show is shot on his ranch in Manatee County on a set he built himself out of scrap materials.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Coming Home

Apr 27, 2015
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In this installment, Renet Cole asked her husband, James Cole about some of the happiest moments of his life when they stepped into the Storycorps booth last year in St. Petersburg. One of those happy moments for James Cole was when he returned home after being drafted into the Vietnam War.

James & Renet Cole. James is the owner of Cole’s Airport Barbershop at the Tampa International Airport.

Music Used:

"Soldier Boy," by The Four Fellows from the Glory Record Label.

Ron Garan

Retired Astronaut Ron Garan tells WUSF's Robin Sussingham in this interview, "we need to find the low-hanging fruit" of international cooperation. He is the author of the book The Orbital Perspective.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Lost Son

Apr 20, 2015
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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Deb and Michael Gilbert talk about their son Sean. Sean died eight years ago in 2007 from alcohol and drug addiction. Deb and Michael stepped into the storycorps booth last year in St. Petersburg and remembered Sean, starting with the day he was born. 

Music Used:

"Amazing" by Aerosmith from the album, Get a Grip.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Yoselis Ramos.

A string of insults aimed at a woman who works at a towing company were recorded by a surveillance camera. Now they've come back to sting sports reporter Britt McHenry. After the video emerged of McHenry, 28, dishing out profane verbal abuse, ESPN announced she'll be punished.

"Britt McHenry has been suspended for one week effectively immediately," the media company said.

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