Our guest speaker for the October meeting will be John Romano, who writes the Metro Column for the Tampa Bay Times. As a sample of the treat we will be in for, here is the biography John submitted for us to publish:
Florida was a land of tropical beauty, naive innocence and wide-open spaces when John Romano was born in Mound Park Hospital (now Bayfront Medical) in the early 1960s. Today, Florida is a paved-over, corruption factory of a rat race that has nearly quadrupled in population since his birth. Romano maintains he is partially responsible for only two of those changes.
Reared on the west side of the county where Kenneth City and Pinellas Park meet to form a more imperfect union, Romano began his journalism career as a sports correspondent at the now-defunct Evening Independent while a college student at the University of South Florida. He briefly took his skills and Bob Dylan record collection to the Palm Beach Post before returning to the St. Petersburg Times in 1985. He spent 26 years covering USF, UF, the Buccaneers, the Magic, the Rays and the Lightning before running out of people to annoy in the sports department. He became the metro columnist to virtually no acclaim in 2012.
The meeting is, as usual, at the Acropol Restaurant 1170 Starkey Rd., Largo. starting at 7:15.
We will again have the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Democratic Club Polo Shirts for sale for $15.