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Kristen Hare - Times Staff Writer

Times Staff Writer

I’ve been a journalist since I was a junior in high school in Springfield, Mo. I took a two-year break after college for the Peace Corps, where I served in Guyana. Since, I’ve covered features, race, immigration, the census, aging and now local news for the Poynter Institute.

  1. Sean Musselman is pictured here in a performance with the Dance Theatre of Florida, which he co-founded with his wife and ran for 15 years.
  2. Leanza Cornett was Walt Disney World's first on-stage Ariel, Miss Florida and then Miss America. She graduated from Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville.
  3. Robert Betzold served with the Navy during World War II. He's pictured with his wife, Ann Betzold, after an Honor Flight in 2016.
  4. Viengpasong Luangsouphom making noodles from scratch with her son, Phillip. "She believed if there’s not enough spice, it’s not good enough."
  5. Rosario Urso was a math professor at Hillsborough Community College from 1970 until 2003. He then taught for seven years at the University of Tampa before returning to HCC for three more years. His students loved him, said Emilio Toro, a neighbor and UT math professor. "You could not say he was an easy teacher. That’s certainly not the case."
  6. Mary Falkenstein and her husband, Domonick Falkenstein, on Pass-A-Grille’s 8th Avenue. Mrs. Falkenstein’s husband died in 1961, and she raised her three children by herself.
  7. A memorial lunch was held for Gary Alligood at Madonna Ptak Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center, where he'd lived since 2017. It featured his favorite meal.
  8. In this Dec. 18 1972 photo, Ann Hodges plays Irma and Larry Ellis plays Nestor proprietor Rudy Tronto in this scene from 'Irma La Douce' playing at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre in Sarasota.
  9. After visiting clothing stores in downtown St. Petersburg, Dorothy Brown was asked to begin modeling. Mrs. Brown, also a nurse, maintained her license for 25 years after she stopped practicing.
  10. Camera crews sent by the Federal Aviation Administration visited St. Petersburg in 1989 to film segments for a documentary on airport action groups, including spokesperson Ruth Varn.
  11. Dr. Albert Tawil, left, helps a patient onto an exam table in the summer of 2005. The doctor never wore scrubs and believed in dressing up for his patients. He owned 150 neckties.
  12. John Chitwood, pictured in Italy, gave family and friends anything they asked for, from a Crockpot to a car loan. “He would really do anything for you,” said his brother, David Chitwood.
  13. Garlynn Boyd spent her career coaching athletes in St. Petersburg. Britt Taylor, the track coach at East Lake High School, remembers watching Ms. Boyd coach and the kids who followed her. "She definitely had an impact on not just the kids she coached but the whole community as well."
  14. Mike Konrad worked at the Tampa Bay Times for nearly 30 years. He also was an avid baseball fan, played clarinet for the Hernando Symphony Orchestra and was a devoted friend to many. “Once you were Mike’s friend, you were his friend forever, said former Times’ journalist Barbara Fredricksen.
  15. Pictured in back row, left to right: Amar Jairam, Annette Persaud-Jairam, Prem Persaud, Janet Persaud, Gregory Persaud and Ryan Jairam.
Front row: Deo Persaud, Kevin Jairam and Sylvia Persaud.
  16. Georgia "Rita" Mosely loved the color blue. She lived most of her life in Dade City.
  17. Bob Rans served in World War II. He lived to 98.
  18. Dr. Peter Dawson at a seminar. (Image courtesy The Dawson Academy)
  19. Derby Lane opened about a month after Mary Margaret Winning was born. She’s pictured here in 1933 giving a trophy filled with nuts to the monkey jockey who won the race. (Photo courtesy Alexis Winning)
  20. Dolores Castaldo at Benedict Haven, the home in St. Petersburg that provided care for up to eight people with mental illness. Times (2010)
  21. Bob Macar conducted church choirs, led bands, taught music and, in the early ’80s, put out a popular jazz album with one of his brothers. (Image courtesy Robin Macar)
  22. In 2009, Raymond Castro, right, marched in the Pride Parade on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York City. (Photo courtesy Frank Sturniolo.)
  23. Willie Robinson Jr., pictured here at 63, was born in the Jackson House and grew up there. Behind Robinson is the living room that once held the piano where musicians who stayed at the house would gather. [Times (2011)]