Vintage St. Pete: the Golden Age of Tourism - and More

Bill DeYoung

Remember the Aquatarium and the London Wax Museum? Did you see the circus or go to concerts at the Bayfront Center? Stroll the Million Dollar Pier or feed the animals at the Boyd Hill Nature Trail Zoo? Watch Ron Howard film Cocoon? VINTAGE ST. PETE affectionately re-visits the people, places and things that made this Florida Gulf Coast city such a colorful, surprising –
and oh-so-entertaining – place to live in the 20th Century.

“The author takes a prideful romp through some of the quirkiest carefree and fun-loving experiences of our boomer childhood. He gently reminds us that history has occurred, too, in our lifetime. For those new to our city or interested to learn more, it’ll quickly help you discover the tremendous breadth of activities our city had generated to attract people to our peninsula and separate them from their hard-earned vacation pay.”  

From the foreword by Chris Steinocher, CEO of the St. Petersburg, FL Area Chamber of Commerce


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Bill DeYoung

Bill DeYoung is senior writer and editor for the St. Pete Catalyst. A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, he spent three decades at newspapers in the state, and is the author of Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought it Down, Phil Gernhard Record Man, I Need to Know: The Lost Music Interviews and Vintage St. Pete: The Golden Age of Tourism and More. His play Mayday: Captain Lerro and the Skyway Bridge will have its world premiere in Spring 2021.

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