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Some months later, a newspaper writer began periodically asking John for some of his historic Tampa photos.
Then one day, John saw a book of old Tampa photos. He had an epiphany and knew what he wanted to do. He organized the photos and at considerable cost, had them cleaned and restored.
photos were the genesis for his book,
Vintage Tampa Signs and Scenes.
"It really wasn't about him or writing a book per se" said the editor of
Arcadia Publishing. "He was more interested in the memories he was
going to re-create for the people who'd read the book."