George Sheldon, a former Florida official now facing an ethics inquiry as director of Illinois’ Department
Daniel Ruth has worked as a reporter, radio show host, film & television critic and opinion columnist for 36 years, including stints with the Chicago Tribune and Tampa Tribune. Once given a “vigilance in media” award by the Pinellas ACLU, his columns were either loved or hated, but rarely uncontroversial. Yet last November, the Tribune decided it could not afford its “old lion” and fired Ruth after 17 years. Perhaps sensing an opportunity to again point out its relative strength in the market, about a month later the St. Petersburg Times began running his column. So what did the man who once characterized the Tampa Bay area as “Mayberry with a skyline” do to get das boot? Was it calling Governor Bush “the Royal Me” or suggesting that if a Hillsborough Commissioner really wanted to do something to make the community better he should sleep in. Does he find fertile ground in Pinellas for column material? In an era of blogs and unplugged youth, is there a future for columns and indeed newspapers? Get the scoop from the guy who’s got the poop with your favorite tiger group!