Invited to State Dinner for British Prime Minister, Times’ Paul Tash gets to explain where he’s from

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Among the more than 350 guests invited to the White House on Wednesday night for a state dinner honoring the British Prime Minister David Cameron was Times Publishing Co. CEO Paul Tash and his wife Karyn.

They were officially listed as:

Mr. Paul Tash, Chairman and CEO, Times Publishing Company, St. Petersburg, FL

Mrs. Karyn Tash

I imagine Mr. Tash engaged in a few conversations which went something like this:

British Diplomat (in best Peter O’Toole accent): “Right, old boy, now tell me where this little tabloid of yours is?”

Tash: “Well, the newspaper is for Tampa Bay.”

British Diplomat: “Say that again, chap, your paper is about the water?”

Tash: “No, sir, it covers Tampa Bay, Florida.”

British Diplomat: “I’m so confused, mate, didn’t you say you’re from Saint Petersburg?”

Tash: “Yes I did.”

British Diplomat: “And where is that in Florida?”

Tash: “In Tampa Bay.”

British Diplomat: “Again, with the water. Good sir, I am confused.”

Tash: “I’m from St. Petersburg…I mean Tampa Bay…which is next to Tampa…near it at least. Well, the newspaper is printed in St. Petersburg but it covers Tampa Bay, but it used to be called the St. Petersburg Times. But it’s owned by…”

British Diplomat: “Cheers!”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.