Street names

Another reader with good taste has turned to Sticks of Fire and Ask A Tampan for the answers to their most burning questions. And once again, we have an answer. Reader Kassie writes in:

I'm thinking of researching my house (built in 1926) - I'd like to know who the original and previous owners were. I thought it'd be nice to also research my neighborhood within a two-three mile radius.

I live just off MacDill. Given the age of my home and surrounding homes, this area is most likely chuck full of interesting history. It'd be cool to see if there were any major contributors raised/or resided in my area. Any ideas on how to figure that out without having to research each house individually?

I found info on a man named Jose Marti (I'm guessing that is who Marti St. is named after) but was unsure of the info I found on MacDill. I found a David MacDill born in S. Carolina but the info was sketchy.

Thanks!

Kassie Hicks

RBH Financial, Inc

Hey there Kassie! Thanks for writing in! To learn more about any influential folks who may have lived in your house or neighborhood, you may want to check with the Tampa Bay History Center. They have a bunch of information just like that. In fact, I've been told that people moving into older houses such as yours make up most of the TBHC's research requests.

For your street names, here's the limited information I know right off the top of my head (keep in mind, I am no historian, just a fan):

We recently learned that around 1940, Lisbon Av. was renamed MacDill. Just about the same time, Southeast Air Base was renamed MacDill Field, now known as MacDill Air Force Base. I'm fairly certain that both the base and the street are named after Colonel Leslie MacDill. I have never heard of David MacDill.

Another important moment - I was born at the MacDill AFB hospital (ok, so that's only important to me).

Anyway, I would also assume (this means I'm not 100% sure) that you are correct about Marti St. being named after Jose Marti. In the 1890's, from Tampa (and Key West), Marti led a Cuban revolution to win independence from Spain. He has been called "Cuba's Greatest Hero" and the "George Washington of Cuba." There is a statue of Marti by the Cuban Club in Ybor City (Palm @ 15th, I think). While you are there, take a walk by Jose Marti Park. Marti has a rich history in Tampa - more than I could ever cover in a short post, but you can find out a lot more about Jose Marti online.

Hope this helps you, Kassie, and thanks for contacting us! Let us know if you find more interesting tidbits about your jasminlive neighborhood!

Sporting women with power

90 years ago.

April 2, 1916 - Evangelist Henry Stough, preaching to an all-male audience, states that "immoral" women held too much power. During his speech, he asked the audience "Why is it some men wouldn't run for mayor?" He then answered, "It's because Hilda Raymond and Genie Gilbert won't let them." Raymond and Gilbert, Stough claimed, were "sporting women," a euphemism for prostitutes, and that they held enough secrets about Tampa's power structure to cause "murder and riot, and divorces and bankruptcies on Franklin Street."

Job on daytime

So as usual my DVR is set to record Daytime on Channel 8. So I just happened to see the Johnny G Lyon Band on tv for the very first time (I don't stay up late enough to actually go see them play). I admit that I fast forwarded through all the rest so this is a written live jasmin representation of what it looked like to me.

JGLB intro to the show, blur, fast forward, blond lady talking, tom cruise, blond lady talking (not to Tom Cruise), blur, Planet of the Apes, blur, JGLB! First Johnny talking to blond lady and completely throwing her off her game. Good song, solid rock-n-roll and then cut to commercial in the middle of the song. Thank the producers for that. Maybe it is the same guy that produced the Oscars this year. More blond lady looking at tile floors with brown haired lady and then . more JGLB!! Tommy sounds like Joe Cocker at the top of his game. And then the producer cut them off again. Roll credits.

There, just like you watched it with me right?

It really was great although I half expected Tommy to be in a Sticks of Fire t-shirt but I can live without the plug.

Good job Tommy! (I am such a kiss ass)

Editor's note: Wow! Thanks for the kind words! The "blond lady" is actually gracious host Cyndi Edwards. Tennis fans will note that Jim Courier was actually on the set yesterday. Tom Cruise was not. Finally, if you happen to show up at the Friday Extra Concert series on Friday, you may see that shirt you are looking for! That concert will be broadcast live on CTTV (go ahead, set the dvr again!), and then played throughout the week on cable channel 15.

Such a long time ago

March 30, 1951 - "Lash" LaRue, star of Western films, brings an 18-foot bullwhip and his Great Western Show for a performance at the Florida State Barn Dance in Drew Park.

Courtesy of the Tampa Bay History Center.

In his intro, Smitty made reference to Sandra Thompson's recent column about the inconsistency and (lack of) planning in the downtown core. Reader Joe suggested we reprint the entire Livesexchat article. I don't think we'll do that, but we here in the sticks could not agree more with Sandra. Some highlights:

.two dime stores don't make an Art Deco district.

What is more iconic to Tampa? A cigar factory or a dime store?

.buildings have been rejected downtown because they're too tall. on mostly residential Harbour Island, apparently no building is too big.

.the game goes on. I'm not sure who's going to win, but I think I can tell you who's going to lose - the same people who've been losing this game all along.

If you give a damn about the direction of this city, please go read the entire article yourself: Rules keep shifting for our own Boardwalk, Park Place.

And if you have anything to do with city planning, read it again.

And if you know someone on city council, print it out and mail it to them.

On two fronts, no less

Samm Simpson's got one heck of an uphill climb if she wants to be elected to Congress.

Simpson is running as a Democrat for Florida's 10th congressional district, which is made up predominantly of St. Petersburg, Dunedin and the beach communities. Her first challenge is to get on the ballot.

Simpson does not plan to pony up the $9,726 entry fee, so she has until April 10th to collect the 4,088 necessary petition signatures. As of yesterday, she has only 1500 of those signatures. She has less than two weeks to gather up another 2500 or so.

But let's assume she gets the necessary John Hancocks. Her next challenge is to knock off a veritable institution in the US House of Representatives - C.W. "Bill" Young. Young has been in congress for 18 straight terms - 36 years! His unwavering support of military initiatives and backing from the National Republican party makes him an indominable obstacle in the path of Samm's campaign.

It's not quite Apollo versus Rocky, but the two candidates are at the opposite ends of the political spectrum. What are the odds Pinellas County will cease their ardent support for Young, and place it on a newcomer who is the opposite of what Young has stood for?

In addition to Dave Rothacker, another writer began his contributions to the Sticks of Fire empire while I was away. Without any further delay, Straight from Smitty's World, heeeeeeere's Smitty!

Howdy, Sticks readers. Smitty here, representing downtown and all the wonderful things herein. As one of downtown's handful of condominium residents NOT living on Harbour Island, I take a keen interest in the development of my neighborhood-everything from transportation and new building projects to recreation and public events. I may not have a backyard for barbecues or a lawn to mow, but I have fruit trees on my porch, a terrific view of the city lights, and a nice short commute. I'm looking forward to meeting new neighbors in this ever-changing 'hood and telling you fine folks about them.

For some insight into how I feel about all this new construction downtown, there's a great column in Saturday's Times about the rules for building downtown, and Sandra Thompson's hit the nail square on the head.

If this tidbit isn't enough for you, I suggest you visit Smitty's World. Once again, Sticks of Fire is happy to add another great writer to the fold. Welcome aboard, Smitty!

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In his intro, Smitty made reference to Sandra Thompson's recent column about the inconsistency and (lack of) planning in the downtown core. Reader Joe suggested we reprint the entire article. I don't think we'll do that, but we here in the sticks could not agree more with Sandra. Some highlights:

.two dime stores don't make an Art Deco district.

What is more iconic to Tampa? A cigar factory or a dime store?

.buildings have been rejected downtown because they're too tall. on mostly residential Harbour Island, apparently no building is too big.

.the game goes on. I'm not sure who's going to win, but I think I can tell you who's going to lose - the same people who've been losing this game all along.

If you give a damn about the direction of this city, please go read the entire article yourself: Rules keep shifting for our own Boardwalk, Park Place.

And if you have anything to do with city planning, read it again.

And if you know someone on city council, print it out and mail it to them.