Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Key West Cabby is Gone

If you've been reading here for a while, you may remember me mentioning Michael Suib, Miami Herald columnist who wrote Dateline: Paradise for the last 4-1/2 years, who wrote a similar column for local papers prior to his Herald gig, and whose book, Confessions of a Key West Cabby is currently #349,658 on Amazon's list of best selling books. His Herald columns have mostly disappeared behind the Herald's subscription wall ($2.95 per article). For as long as it remains, this is his final column for the Herald.

As is happening more and more often, Michael pulled up his roots, sold his houseboat, and moved to the mainland, somewhere up near Ocala. His writing always evoked the feel of the Real Key West for me, from the vantage of a poet/cabdriver. What better way to gather stories than to drive a cab here. I mean, even if he told tales some of his fares would rather not have had written, what could anybody do. He didn't name names, after all.

What I'll most remember is the interviews I did with him and Tom Forsythe at the Coffee Plantation last March. Here's a link to the podcast that includes that interview. My segment begins at about 7 minutes into the podcast.

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