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Hooper: Local students meet Memphis Soul singers at White House

Their energy amped up with the thought of meeting Justin Timberlake, but when 10 Tampa Bay students returned last week from a White House concert devoted to "Memphis Soul," the behind-the-scenes encounters with Sam Moore, Mavis Staples and Booker T. Jones stood out as much as meeting JT.

The opportunity, which philanthropist Lisa Yob called life-altering for the students, arose as a precursor to a new program the Grammy Museum will bring to Tampa Bay this summer. With support from the Yob Family Foundation, the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the University of South Florida, Ruth Eckerd Hall and St. Petersburg College, the Grammy Music Revolution Project will select 25 students for a free, monthlong summer program with the goal of nurturing future Grammy winners.

Go to and search under education for information and applications.

Seen on a bumper sticker: If You Knew My Family, You'd Understand. …

Kudos to Bill and Martha Minahan, who again stage their annual celebrity luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. The event benefits the LifeLink Legacy Fund. Contact Heidi Grogan at (813) 253-2640, ext. 1216, to reserve a spot. …

I'm one of the models for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay's Tuxes and Tails event Saturday at the Marriott Waterside. Learn more about the fundraiser at …

My 11-year-old has taken to making stuff out of patterned duct tape, like flowers, purses and even cardboard-based sandals. Online sites show her how to do it, and she's giddy about it.

I don't get it, either.

That's all I'm saying.

Hooper: Local students meet Memphis Soul singers at White House 04/14/13 [Last modified: Sunday, April 14, 2013 10:38pm]
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