LETTERS  PCR #233     (September 6--12, 2004)

 Will Moriaty on Pat Potter's Comic World (Re: Oddservations)
 Brandon Jones on Nicholas Rex
 Reader joins Will Moriaty in remembering special airplanes (and Will's response)

Letters to the EditorWe welcome your feedback.


(Re: "Oddservations", this issue --N) When I am in the Largo area on Department of Transportation business, I stop a wonderful Greek restaurant in the Keene Plaza named Stavros. Stavros has what I consider to be the tastiest Greek salad anywhere.

Two weeks ago I looked north of Stavros when I was done with lunch and noticed a storefront window featuring comics and sci-fi memorabilia. A wonderful feeling of Deja Vu crept in as I harkened back over two decades ago when I used to visit a comic book store in that very same plaza called Geppi's Comic World.

Since I still had about fifteen minutes on my lunch break I decided to check the place out and was delighted that I did!

I felt just as excited and happy to enter this store as I was twenty years earlier. I struck up a conversation with the current owner about this and it dawned on me who I was talking to - - "Pat, is that you?"

Yes! It was the very same man who sold me "Flaming Carrot", "Reid Fleming, the World's Toughest Milkman", "Lloyd Llewellyn", "Zot", "Dad Man and Son Boy", "Mr. Monster", Gene Colan "Batman" and "Detective" and "Dr. Who" books and magazines, while "Antarctica" by Men Without Hats, "Life is so Strange" by Missing Persons and "When Two Tribes Go To War" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood was blaring over the radio.

I can vouch for Pat's Comic World and tell you that it is one the few genuine comic shops left anywhere. The prices are reasonable and Pat is always great to talk with. I can not believe the timing of your EXCELLENT interview with him so soon after my rediscovery of a world that I thought had passed me by. Now, every time I go by, I stop and bring home comics truly worth reading.

Now we need to start making movies worth watching, songs worth listening to, and fright show hosts to make our passage through this world allot more fun and enjoyable.

Great work Andy and one of these we'll do some DPB data-basing together!

Will Moriaty


It's great to see someone who's trying to evaluate the issues with facts and not what only the nightly news (Re: "Nicholas Rex", this issue --N). I recently heard the quote that politics today is the media versus the truth. I couldn't agree more.

Kerry or Bush, Swift boats or the National Guards -- pick a topic and you'll find half of the truth.

Anyway, I'd love to see you input on the message boards as I've discussed many of the similar topics as in your letter. Counterpoints and sources would be appreciated.

I know some just don't want to do the leg work or even read it for themselves, but it sounds like you've been doing that. I disagree with many of your comments, but like I said, maybe you've found sources of info I have not.

Hope hear some of your comments and we'll be sure to start some new areas for discussion

Brandon [Jones]


Hi Will,
I just found your online history of Florida commuter airlines last week and really enjoyed reading through them. My dad is a retired Delta pilot and I grew up as an airliner buff. My grandparents lived in south Florida and my family would fly to Miami from Atlanta several times a year to see them. I was always amazed by how many airlines in Miami were still flying DC-3s, Convairs and Martin 404s in the late 70s and early 80s. When my grandparents moved to the Keys I went out of my way to catch a ride on an Air Sunshine Convair 440 and in the 80s I managed to hop a few rides on PBA DC-3s to Marathon. To this day I still collect timetables, photos, and postcards of most of the airlines you wrote about. I should mention that I was still in elementary school in the late seventies and at that age the sight of a Naples DC-3 or Marco Island 404 seemed truly magical. Your articles brought back great memories.

David Henderson

It was great to hear from you Mr. Hamilton!

You are blessed to be possibly the last generation to have witnessed pre and post World War Two commercial piston aircraft still grace the skies of Florida on a revenue basis. Just three weeks ago I was fortunate enough to see six Convair 580's turboprops parked side by side at the Raytheon general aviation complex at Tampa International Airport. I suspect they may have been associated with a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game earlier that week.

I am exceptionally happy for you that you got to fly on Air Sunshine and PBA down to the Florida Keys... that is indeed magical! My owen personal favorite aircraft as I was growing up were Delta's DC-8-71's, of which I have a model of N822E above my computer as I type this! In 1972 I flew a Delta Boeing 747 down to Miami from Tampa, (to see my brother who was a Boeing 727-200 pilot for National Airlines,) and was the only passenger on board! The flight did a Detroit to Tampa to Miami run, terminating at Miami, which at that time had a maintenance base at MIA (now it is located at Tampa).

In addition to flying numerous Delta DC-8-61 and 71 flights between Tampa and Atlanta from 1970 to 1987, one of my fondest memories was seeing that remarkable looking aircraft on finals over Key Biscayne lining up to land on Runway 27L at MIA, and also seeing them barely clearing the Ford plant on finals to ATL. Many older fliers that I know have told me that their personal favorite was the Delta Convair 880 - - smokey, noisy, but as smooth a ride as one could hope to find!

I'm glad to have stirred some fond memories for you, and appreciate your interest in our on-line publication!

William Moriaty

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