It was a Tuesday night, June 2 to be exact, and Jeff Klinkenberg was speaking at the Rose History Auditorium. Who is Jeff Klinkenberg? Better yet, why should you know Jeff Klinkenberg?
Jeff Klinkenberg is a local author and recently retired columnist from the Tampa Bay Times. Jeff’s beat was Florida culture and he writes from a very personal perspective that really captures the essence of the Florida way of life.
If you have a good sense of humor and love the spinning of a good yarn, then you should know Jeff Klinkenberg. Jeff already had three books to his credit and was at the Rose Auditorium to talk about his fourth, “Alligators in B Flat: Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida.”
Program Director BJ Henning, after reading his latest tome, was excited to beable to bring him to the auditorium for an evening of entertainment. “He made me laugh,” she says. “I really felt people would enjoy his sense of humor and great stories. I was so glad he could be here.”
Jeff spoke of growing up in southern Florida and the people that make up the off-the-beaten-trail history of these parts. I was reminded of listening to Garrison Keillor during my younger days growing up in Minnesota. (If you don’t know who Garrison Keillor is, please consult your local internet search engine).
The tales Jeff has written, and the lore he shares, are to be treasured. They provide a real window to the people and places of southern Florida. To know where you are going, it is important to know where you have been. Jeff shares the lives of so many that have helped to shape this areaand our culture. The Loop Road was a fun subject this night and I, with deliberation, will not elaborate further. I leave you to explore his stories in your own way, dear reader.
Jeff’s latest book can be found in the Historical Museum shop, and of course online. Jeff’s website is jeffklinkenberg.com where you can find a trove of information and links to purchase his stories. You can also find the video he shared with the audience at his website under “Favorite Stories.” It’s a lot of fun.
Mark your calendars for July 7 for the next Tuesday Night event. Bill Hughes will be presenting a couple video productions. The first is called “Marco Island: A Look at the First 50 Years.” The other is “Jane Hittler: A Look at the Recovery and Development of the Modern Marco Island Cemetery.” See you there!