Robert Francis Buckhorn Jr. became the 58th mayor of Tampa on April 1. Before taking the post, he served as special assistant to former Mayor Sandy Freedman from 1987 to 1995 and as a member of the Tampa City Council from 1995 to 2003. Buckhorn lives in Tampa with his wife, Dr. Cathy Lynch Buckhorn, associate vice president for women's health at USF Health, and their daughters Grace, 9, and Colleen, 5.
What's on your nightstand?
Former mayor of St. Petersburg Rick Baker's The Seamless City. Rick gave me one of his first copies, and I'm enjoying it immensely.
Is there something you are able to take away from it for your mayorship?
It's a lesson in how Rick was able to recast and reshape St. Pete into what it is today. It's about how you've got to have a plan and you can't quit.
I'm also reading Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell. It's a book about a Navy SEAL team in Afghanistan. They were blown off a mountain and there was one who survived. He crawled into a village terribly wounded. By Afghan tradition, if someone comes to you and needs help like that, you have to help them, and that's what the villagers did. The Taliban threatened the villagers, but the villagers defended the Navy SEAL until rescuers were able to come in. It's amazing.
What book do you recommend?
The one book that I always go back to is Trinity by Leon Uris. It's got a universal theme. It's certainly about perseverance and about believing in a cause. I've read that book about 10 times.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer