LETTERS  PCR #418      (March 24--30, 2008)

  • Member of classic Tampa band, The Strait Jackets, makes contact
  • Reader remembers Falges restaurant in Tampa (and William Moriaty's reply)
  • Reader looking for Harry Wise (and William Moriaty's reply)

    Letters to the EditorWe welcome your feedback.


    I stumbled upon your site today, cool stuff. I was once in a Tampa band called The Strait Jackets, we were, I guess you could say, town rivals with Zenith Nadir. We played many shows with them. A friend has started a Strait Jacket web site. Not much on it at the moment, we will be adding more in the near future.


    Just wanted to say hi.

    Lester Esser
    Boston Ma.

    YES, I DO remember you, how cool of you to write, Lester! I remember the "farewell" concert Zenith Nadir played at Tampa Theater somewhere around 1980, and, if memory serves, you went on stage before them. They were moving to Atlanta to make it big, or record an album, or something like that.

    I'm glad you like our website and I sincerely appreciate your making contact with us. Thanks for including your website address as well, we'll be keeping an eye it!

    Yours in fandom,
    Nolan B. Canova
    Tampa, FL


    Hello, my name is Glenn Molina-Coats. I noticed your website which made reference to a restaurant called Falges. My best friend's parents were the owners of that restaurant. I am currently in the process of writing a book online and I would like you to stop by the site and read a few chapters and give me your feedback. There are references made to Falges restaurant. Please feel free to forward the site information on to anyone who you think might be interested in reading my novel.

    Best wishes to you.

    The site is : http://twinconnections.webs.com/

    Glenn Molina-Coats


    Dear Mr. Molina-Coats:
    Thank you for reading our on-line publication.

    To the best of my recollection, Falges closed its doors sometime between 1979 and 1980. The building was originally a one story cinder block structure replaced with a one story wood frame structure that originally housed a Pizza Hut on S. Dale Mabry Hwy. next to the CSX (then the Seaboard Coast Line) railroad tracks. After serving as Falges the building was relocated yet again to become the Home Base Lounge (which exists to this day) further south on S. Dale Mabry Hwy., earning it the nickname of the "Pizza Hut on Wheels".

    A condominium that still exists replaced the Falges restaurant that was formerly located east of Gandy Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard. I remember walking over to Falges from my aunt's house at 3016 Villa Rosa Park and eating just about the best mustard dogs anywhere (although the former Der Weinerschnitzel on S. Dale Mabry Highway north of Euclid Avenue came close). I also remember seeing a C-5A Galaxy on approach to MacDill come in so low over Falges when I was having lunch there one day that I thought it would hit the roof! What great memories!

    I read through the first 9 chapters of the book and found it to be thoroughly enjoyable, at times touching, and at other times mysterious. Thank you for sharing your website address so I can provide our readers with your on-line book's location.

    Best of luck in this great endeavor and stay in touch.

    William Moriaty
    La Floridiana


    Hello William:
    I'm trying to locate my old friend Harry Wise from Sanford . . . haven't seen him in years (since I moved from Florida to Tennessee) and would like to get his email address.

    Just tell him Harvey Turner is trying to reach him. We've know each other since our teens.

    Harvey Turner


    Hello Mr. Turner:
    Florida's Mister Magic does not own a computer, but I will reach him the old fashioned way via Ma Bell and e-mail that number to you.

    Thanks for your e-mail and for reading our on-line publication!

    William Moriaty
    La Floridiana

    To send an email to Letters to the Editor write to: Crazedfanboy1@aol.com.  Any emails sent to this address will be assumed intended for publication unless you specifically instruct me not to. I can and do respond privately, if that is your preference. Frequently, it's both ways.---Nolan

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