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The State You’re In: Florida Men, Florida Women, and other Wildlife
The Historical Society of Avon Park hosts “The State You’re In: Florida Men, Florida Women, and Other Wildlife” by author Craig Pittman. Over the past thirty years, Craig Pittman has written thousands of stories and columns about “The Most Interesting State”. In this presentation based on 51 of these stories, he shows off the glorious weirdness of his native state. Stories of mermaids, con men, fugitives, gator wrasslers, death row inmates, iguanas, tattooed ladies, python hunters, and more are covered in this illustrated and lively presentation about Florida men, Florida women, and other wildlife. Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him “the most destructive force on campus”. After 31 years at the Tampa Bay Times, he now writes a weekly column on environmental issues for the Florida Phoenix and co-hosts the podcast “Welcome to Florida”. He has written six non-fiction books about Florida and lives in St. Petersburg. Registration is not required. There is no admission fee to attend this event.
This Florida Talks program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Historical Society of Avon Park. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
Date/time: April 23, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Presented By:Craig Pittman, Author