Happy Hour with Terry Tomalin


Rivers of Florida and the Great Outdoors: A Life on the Wild Side

Join us for an evening of adventure and hi-jinks as Terry Tomalin shares his stories of Florida’s great outdoors.


March 7, 2013 at 6pm


Terry is the Outdoors & Fitness editor for the Tampa Bay Times. He began his journalism career in 1983 as an investigative reporter for several small Florida newspapers where he covered everything from law enforcement to the Ku Klux Klan.

Terry received his Master’s degree in Florida Studies in 2010. One class project led to an investigative series that won a national journalism award and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting by the St. Petersburg Times.

A dedicated waterman, Terry became interested in primitive open ocean travel during a year long trip to New Zealand and Australia. He has since paddled an outrigger canoe from Florida to the Bahamas to prove that Florida’s first inhabitants could have crossed the Gulf Stream in human powered watercraft. His interest in the Pre-Columbian maritime tradition also prompted him to explore 100 miles of the Gulf Coast in a handmade dugout sailing canoe. Tomalin hopes to someday paddle from Florida to Cuba.

When Tomalin isn’t pursuing Florida history, he can usually be found camping with his boy scout troop. An avid open-water swimmer, Tomalin helped start the Annual Frogman Swim across Tampa Bay held each January to raise money for the families of wounded Navy SEALs.

Tomalin is currently teaching a course called Rivers of Florida at the USF St. Petersburg. He hopes to soon complete his quest of exploring all of the state’s major waterways. His talk, A Life on the Wild Side, details his 30 years of adventures in Florida.

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