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Paul Guzzo - Tampa Bay LIfe Reporter

Tampa Bay LIfe Reporter

I am the reporter who found the lost segregation-era all-black Zion Cemetery. My unique beat also includes the local film industry, Tampa history, professional wrestling and the odd and unique people who make up this area. I have been a journalist in Tampa since 1999. In my younger years, I was also an independent filmmaker best known for an award-winning documentary on Charlie Wall, Tampa’s first crime lord. At home, I am married to a woman who is way out of my league and father of four kids who have diverse career goals – engineer, veterinarian, ballerina, and a “fighting ninja,” as opposed to a pacifist ninja.

  1. Producer Elayne Schneiderman Schmidt on the Dunedin set of the romance film 'A Taste of Love.'
  2. A photograph from a 1976 Tampa Bay Times story detailing how a St. Petersburg Pier laser art installation did not go as planned.
  3. Fidel Castro, with an unidentified onlooker, addresses a group in Ybor City during a visit to Tampa in November 1955 to solicit support and cash for his planned overthrow of the Cuban government.
  4. A camera crew films a manatee rescue at ZooTampa for season one of the "Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa" series.
  5. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in downtown Tampa celebrates its 150th anniversary this month.
  6. Actor Martin Kove of 'Cobra Kai' fame is starring ina movie that is being made in Pinellas County.
  7. Actress Emeraude Toubia acts in a scene for the movie "Love in the Sun" shot at Fort De Soto State Park.
  8. Angela Alderman poses in the Italian Club Cemetery's parking lot, which is the possible site of the erased College Hill Cemetery. She is holding a copy of the death certificate for her great uncle, Frank Martinez, who died in 1917 and was buried in College Hill Cemetery. Pictured rear is the Italian Club Cemetery mausoleum.
  9. The Seminole Heights Baptist Church is being demolished. Its steeple will be gone by end of the month.
  10. Cephas Gilbert poses for a portrait on his farm in Tampa.
  11. Riley Keough and Taylour Paige star in the movie 'Zola' that was shot in the Tampa Bay area.
  12. Director Dan Myrick, left, and Sabrina Miller, scripts supervisor, both look on a monitor during the filming of "Black Veil" in downtown Plant City in January 2020.
  13. Cardno Archaeologist KC Allen uses a trowel as she explores a possible grave shaft at the erased Zion Cemetery in Tampa.
  14. This portrait of Robert Meacham was taken around 1870. Meacham was an enslaved man who was later elected Florida senator.
  15. Justin Long, left, and, Christian Long, the actor and directors of “Lady in the Manor,” pose for a portrait at the Gasparilla International Film Festiva at Tampa Theatre on Thursday.
  16. Brothers Justin and Christian Long made "Lady of the Manor" in Tampa.
  17. St. Petersburg's Eugenie Bondurant stars in "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It."
  18. La familia Wittmaak, de izquierda a derecha, Selby, 2, Steve, Sebastian, 8 y Stefanie posan para un retrato en Maximo Park en St. Pete. Steve transformó el Kia Soul de la familia en un Ecto- 1 de la película "Los cazafantasmas".
  19. Eric Newman, president of J.C. Newman Cigar Company, with a bail of Cuban tobacco that was purchased before the embargo.
  20. The Wittmaak family - from left, Selby, 2; Steve; Sebastian, 8; and Stefanie - pose for a portrait at Maximo Park in St. Petersburg. Steve transformed the family's Kia Soul into an Ecto-1 from the movie "Ghostbusters."
  21. Realtor Jeanne Coyle Sargent poses for a portrait in front of Coyle Realty.
  22. Cardno Archaeologist KC Allen uses a trowel as she explores a grave shaft at Zion Cemetery in Tampa in June  2020.
  23. Tampa's Black neighborhood known as the Scrub as it looked in the 1930s. The downtown neighborhood was later razed.