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Mandell ‘Hinks’ Shimberg gave Tampa Bay so much | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Friday’s letters to the editor.
Hinks and Elaine Shimberg at the Ye Olde Broadway Ball Patrons Party on Jan. 29, 2007, at the then-Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's Carol Morsani Hall in Tampa.
Hinks and Elaine Shimberg at the Ye Olde Broadway Ball Patrons Party on Jan. 29, 2007, at the then-Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's Carol Morsani Hall in Tampa. [ Times (2007) ]
Published Nov. 19

A true philanthropist

Mandell “Hinks” Shimberg, 1929-2021

All of us here at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts are mourning the passing of Mandell “Hinks” Shimberg. Hinks was instrumental in the founding of our facility and a longtime benefactor. Hinks and his wife Elaine, who passed away in April, were generous supporters of many local institutions, and their shared passion for the performing arts made The Straz particularly special for Hinks. He played a significant role in the 1987 founding of the then-Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and it was one of the civic accomplishments of which he was most proud.

He chaired our original technical design committee and became our second chairman of the board. He also was founding chairman of the performing art center’s foundation. In 2005, Hinks and Elaine donated $1 million to establish the Shimberg Playhouse and an endowment supporting new plays, artist-in-residence programs and emerging artists. Hinks’ love of theater also took him to Broadway as an investor and producer of seven Broadway shows, his first being The Kingfisher in 1978 starring Claudette Colbert and Rex Harrison. He also produced two shows that originated here, Teddy & Alice in 1987, about President Teddy Roosevelt and his daughter Alice, and Wonderland in 2011, a contemporary take on Alice in Wonderland.

Hinks was generosity personified. I am so grateful for his advice, guidance, wisdom and friendship over these many years. The Shimbergs’ philanthropy lifted lives and spirits at The Straz and in the community. The legacy of Hinks and Elaine Shimberg has a permanent home at the Straz Center.

Judy Lisi, Tampa

The writer is the CEO and president of The Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

Not plugged in

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Once again the Biden administration seems to be out of touch. On a recent trip to a General Motors electric vehicle plant, President Joe Biden remarked in referring to the EV market that “China got way ahead of us.” Apparently the president doesn’t know that in the past year the top three EVs selling in China were made by American companies. (The top seller is a car produced by General Motors’ joint venture with Wuling Motors and state-owned SAIC Motor. And second and third are both Tesla models.) He should be touting what American companies have contributed to this technology.

Thomas Klein, Tampa

Not funny

Andy Marlette cartoon | Nov. 18

The whole “Let’s go Brandon” thing is infantile and pointless and rude. What purpose is being served by code-cursing the president? This cartoon does nothing positive.

Jeff Cutting, Brandon