Lecture: David Futch Tells Stories of Old (and Not So Old) Boca Grande
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Free Zoom event and open to all. Donations appreciated.
David Futch will offer a sneak preview of the book he is writing sharing some never before told stories about several known residents and visitors from the Island’s past.
The history of Boca Grande is full of stories. Some of them are charming, some funny, some outrageous. David Futch has included many of them in his upcoming memoir/history about Boca Grande to be published soon. On January 19, he’ll be giving the Historical Society a preview reading of the book’s introduction and a few tidbits of stories and island recipes virtually. Florida author Randy Wayne White will be introducing David.
David is a Florida native descended from families who have been in the United States since 1688 and in Florida since the early 1800’s. His great-grandfather, Frank Futch, set foot on Gasparilla Island in 1880 working at Peacon’s Fish Rancho on the north end. The Futch family have been fishermen and women, boatmen, privateers and rum runners, although David’s father was a Florida Highway Patrolman and later a banker.
David is a graduate of Clearwater High School, St. Petersburg Junior College and the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.
In Boca Grande he was a writer/editor for both the Boca Beacon and the Gasparilla Gazette and had many articles in the Pirate Coast magazine – all while also working as a fishing guide. In the early 1990’s, he lived in Alaska and covered the legislature and the governor for the Anchorage Times. Since 2009 he has lived in Los Angeles, working at LA Weekly. He retired in 2015 and has been writing his memoir which he expects to launch with a Historical Society event in 2022.
Put January 19 on your calendar now and register to receive the Zoom link to listen to David’s stories of Island history. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.
Registration Deadline: January 19, 9 am
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