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Published Oct. 2, 2005

Hi, everyone!

I'm back, and trying to catch up on all my reading before I visit the Times Festival of Reading on Sunday at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, where there will be all kinds of books, authors and tasty refreshments. I try to make it to the festival every year, even though it's hard to keep from getting stepped on by all those people walking around.

Speaking of reading, it's one of my favorite things to do. There's nothing better than kicking back under a warm refrigerator grill with a good story, especially about subjects related to the history of my favorite place, Florida! I'm finishing one right now by one of my fave authors, Orkin Mann.

Believe it or not, storytelling has been around almost as long as roaches have _ and that's a loooooong time. Even before paper was invented, people told stories by drawing on cave walls and also by passing them down by word of mouth from generation to generation.

This month, we're going to look at some people who think storytelling is an important way of passing history along, and at some fun and different ways to tell stories, past and present. Read on!

It's a hot contest

Hey kids! You know I think Florida history is hot, and I'm betting you do, too.

The Times' Newspaper in Education department is offering you a cool opportunity to share your love of Florida history in a really hot contest!

To enter the contest and have a chance at some sensational prizes (trips to Universal Studios, U.S. Savings Bonds and even a 10-day tour of Italy), all you have to do is create your own brochure about Florida's history and historic places.

First, you'll need a copy of the complete rules and official entry form for the "What's So Hot About Florida History?" contest. Without the form, you can't enter! You may write, call, fax or e-mail your request to:

Times NIE

PO Box 1121

St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Telephone: (813) 893-8138

or (800) 333-7505, ext. 8138

Fax: (813) 892-2398


Entries must reach us by Dec. 8

Happy history!

Love, Ponce the Palmetto Bug