Researching this time period has been both exciting and fascinating. Here are a few newsy items I discovered:
- The Gandy Bridge once had a toll and a draw bridge.
- A B-17 crashed into a house in Abdella Street in May. Only one casualty came of this incident because the neighbors rushed in to rescue the airmen. They didn't know the term "first responder" back then.
- A ham sandwich at Newberry's lunch counter cost 10 cents.
- Clark Gable and John Garfield both came to Tampa to film wartime movies and documentaries.
- A hurricane crossed the bottom portion of the state in October.
- Tampa had a network of streetcars.
- The Tampa Theatre had air conditioning!
- Kennedy Boulevard was Grand Central. Interesting note: had they not changed the name I would be known as a SOGCS instead of a SOKS (South Of Kennedy Snob). But in those days, not much was north of Grand Central.
- Tampa U was a two-year junior college.
If you have any tidbits of newsy items from 1944 - 1948 in Tampa, FL, feel free to post a comment.