Vintage St. Pete Volume II: Legends, Locations, Lifestyles

Bill DeYoung

A second deep-dive into the “other” history of St. Petersburg – the winsome, the wonderful and yes, even the weird people, places and things that made the Sunshine City such a unique place to live in the 20th Century. Here are the stories of the pink palaces (the Vinoy and the Don CeSar), the heroes (aviator Tony Jannus, kiddie TV host Captain Mac) and the Big Tourist Dreams that never quite came true (the Florida Wildlife Ranch, the outdoor dance drama Florida Aflame, the Confederate money museum).

Read about Bob Dylan’s hotel TV taping, Tom Petty’s concert on a beach rooftop, the Route 66 series, the making of John Candy’s classic comedy Summer Rental and all the times St. Pete was used for location movie-making – from Bogart to Brad Pitt.

There are 22 all-new stories in Vintage St. Pete Volume II, many of them eye-opening, all of them entertaining. Just like the city itself.

“St. Pete’s early reputation as a resort town and the subsequent marketing campaigns that promoted our region and city’s sunny climate may lead some to overlook just how rich and textured our history is. Bill DeYoung gets it, and he’s captured it time and again.”

From the foreword by Mayor Rick Kriseman


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Bill DeYoung

BILL DeYOUNG is a St. Petersburg native and the author of Vintage St. Pete (Volume I): The Golden Age of Tourism and More. His other books include Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Bought it Down, Phil Gernhard Record Man and I Need to Know: The Lost Music Interviews. He is pictured here with his writing partner Finn.

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