I worked for newspapers in St. Petersburg for 37 years, and this was the most rewarding aspect of my career. It is a pretty high honor, the highest award the mayor can give to a citizen. And I’m very proud of it.
I still don’t know that I was all that special. I’m just thankful that somebody else was able to benefit from the things I did.
It was the greatest feeling in the world. My mom is extremely proud of that degree.
I found the St. Petersburg campus pretty. It was right on the water; it wasn't just a land-based school. The thing I loved about it is that it had a smaller number of students, so I felt like I was more one-on-one with my professors, rather than going to a class that had 300 kids in it.
USF was the defining experience of my life. Most people don’t understand how absolutely critical USF was, especially for us in Ybor City. There were six or seven guys who grew up together in the old neighborhood, all children of immigrants, who became members of the charter class. We were so proud, so gratified to be accepted. It made an enormous difference in our lives.