This is the actual Mayday call pilot John Lerro made to the Coast Guard on May 9, 1980 when the Summit Venture hit the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
On May 9, 1980, tragedy struck Tampa Bay when a 600-ft cargo ship struck the Sunshine Skyway Bridge causing a segment of the bridge to collapse. Seven cars and a Greyhound bus fell over the edge and 35 people died. We speak with writer Bill DeYoung about his new book, “Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay's Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down,” covering the state of the bridge prior, details about the tragedy, its aftermath, and the man who was piloting the ship when it struck the bridge.
This month PBS stations across the country are in the midsts of airing The Vietnam War, a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The series strives to offer a comprehensive view of the war and the social and political environment of the 1960s. On Gulf Coast Live, we're also offering a unique perspective on the war from a one-time Army combat correspondent.
First Generation Asian Americans, Nina Chen Langenmayr of Bryn Maur FL, and her sister, Stacey Cannington of Fort Myers, talk in this week’s StoryCorps of southwest Florida about their parents immigrating to the United States from China in the 1940s, assimilating to American culture, and moving to Kissimmee before Disney.
36-year-old James Pickett of Labelle interviews his friend, 30-year-old Stephanie Serrano of Fort Myers in this week’s StoryCorps of Fort Myers. They share their faith in God, their friendship, and their experiences with cerebral palsy.
In this week’s StoryCorps of southwest Florida, 70-year-old Anne McCrary Sullivan talks to her domestic partner, 64-year-old Lynn Webster, about the profound sense of emotions she experiences when visiting certain places. Sullivan was an artist-in-residence at Everglades National Park.