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Every Monday, WUSF 89.7 presents Story Corps Tampa Bay, and this week’s story comes from a recording at the John F. Germany Public Library in Tampa as part of the “StoryCorps @ your library” series.

Today we meet two professional baseball players who played in the Negro Leagues in the 1940's, Clifford "Quack" Brown and Walter "Dirk" Gibbons. Both men grew up in Tampa and they sat down with their friend, Neil J. Armstrong, who asked about those colorful nicknames.

This week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay was produced by Marc Haze.

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: A Dream Realized

Sep 29, 2014
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Jose Manuel Godinez-Samperio came to the United States with his parents when he was 9 years old.

His parents overstayed their visas, and he lived the majority of his life in Tampa, where he would eventually become known as “a dreamer,” after the Obama administration enacted DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

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Christina Hoskin and Robert "Bob" Rogan are best friends and life partners - but it hasn’t always been that way. The two met in New Jersey while both were in previous marriages.

On this week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay, she says everything started to change on September 11th, 2001. Christina picks up the story that morning in the car with her husband, Dick.

Music:
“It Never Changes To Stop” by The Books from Lost and Safe

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Performers are often tasked with walking a thin line: how does someone express oneself while also embodying another character?

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, playwright, director, and co-founder of St. Petersburg’s Studio@620, Bob Devin Jones, talks with one of his many mentees, Sharon Scott, about how they, as artists, can recognize each other at a deeper level, beyond the performance.

Music:
“This Little Light of Mine (live)” by Sam Cooke, Sam Cooke at the Copa

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In 1980, the Cuban government opened its doors, allowing people to leave the country in a mass exodus that would come to be known as the Mariel Boatlift. The country's economy had suffered a serious downturn, and political unrest and mass incarceration was making aspects of governance untenable.

The first wave of emigrants came when the Peruvian embassy allowed Cubans to exit under its banner.

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Lou and Lolita Brown are brother and sister, born about eight years apart - just a big enough separation to give them very different life experiences.

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Ronald Gregg has drummed nearly his entire life, playing with musicians all over the world and for the U.S. Army Band.

But it all had to start somewhere.

In this installment of Storycorps Tampa Bay, Ronald tells his wife Bette about how he first came to love percussion, and what he hopes his drumming legacy will be.

Music:
“El Capitan,” by US Navy Band & Lt. Comm. A. Mitchell, from Sweatin’ with Sousa
“The Duke,” by Dave Brubeck, from Dave Brubeck’s Greatest Hits

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Susan and Ed Bilbao grew up in the Philippines, in an environment very heavily influenced by Catholicism. Susan worked for religious organizations, and Ed had every intention of becoming a priest.

And while their faith united them, it also presented complications when they wanted to be together.

In this edition of Storycorps Tampa Bay, Susan and Ed discuss his decision to end their relationship to take on an oath of celibacy, and how, over time, they found each other again.

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Christopher Warren had been in love with Kimberly Williams since the 6th grade.

He even managed to dance with her once in middle school, but never had the guts to ask for her number. That is until 14 years later, when he bumped into her at an Applebee's.

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, we’ll hear what happens when you have half your life to work up the courage to tell someone how you really feel.

Music:
“Flots Du Danube”  by Tchan-Tchou Vidal, from La Gitane
“(Baby) Hold Me Tight” by Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

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Mozelle Davis of St. Petersburg is a spiritual woman who believes very much in miracles.

In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Mozelle talks with her daughter, Celeste, about some of her most intense spiritual experiences and what she thinks about the presence of God in her life.

Music:
“Don’t Let Me Fall In Love With You,” by Teitur, The Singer

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In this installment of StoryCorps  Tampa Bay, Al Campbell tells the story of a high school tragedy that helped pull a city together.

Al was head coach of the Gibbs High School football team in 1970. The district had attempted to close the school down, but opposition from the African American community led to an about-face. Some saw the attempted closing as a slight against the black population in downtown St. Pete.

The day before school was to start, Al Campbell was holding a football practice when several players in a huddle were struck by lightning. Two died.

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Tawny Swain Castle was a social worker in St. Pete, working with the homeless population, when an undiagnosable disability which resembled Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) left her homeless, too.

Returning to a life of normalcy for Tawny meant more than learning to function physically, it meant learning how to relate to people in her new state of mind.

On this week's installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Tawny speaks to her friend Marilyn Shultz about her recovery.

Music:
“Ghost Crabs,” by Rob Simonsen, from The Way Way Back (Original Soundtrack)

 

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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.

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Growing up in the 60s and 70s, Peter and Susan Betzer knew about homosexuality, but it wasn’t openly discussed. It wasn’t until both of their daughters came out as lesbians that they were confronted with how to feel about issues of gay rights on a very personal level. In this interview for StoryCorps Tampa Bay, their daughter, Katherine, now a gay activist, talks with them about what parenting two gay women has been like.

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When 83-year-old Peter A. Torino was a young child, he had an accident in his father’s workshop. The son of two immigrants was standing near the old Chevy his father was repairing when some gasoline spilled on to his legs and he went up in flames. The severity of the burns made it seem like he would never walk again. He talked with his son, Peter W. Torino of Seminole, about how Olympic runner Glenn Cunningham inspired his recovery.

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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.

Lottie Watts / WUSF

In January, StoryCorps is recording the oral history of people in its MobileBooth, parked in front of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. 

In this episode of Florida Matters, we will hear excerpts of some of the conversations that have been recorded so far.

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StoryCorps is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a new book out next week - and a visit to St. Petersburg early next year.

David Isay, creator of the oral history project, spoke to WUSF about Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps. It's the fourth collection of tales collected by the independent nonprofit organization, which lets people record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives.

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