Mitch Traphagen

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Photo Gallery: Multi-Chamber After Hours

Multi-chamber event at the Club Renaissance
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The theater of dreams

If I won the lottery, South Hillsborough would have a marquee......
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Observations: The right place

I used to travel a lot, but now I just end up in a lot of places....
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The dawn of the final mission

STS-135 Atlantis is the final manned U.S. space mission currently on the calendar. ...
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Observations: Buzz cutting the future

I don’t want to live in the mangroves with an imaginary pet dog named Ernie that looks a lot like a feral pig....
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STS-135 Atlantis

Standing on the launchpad in front of Atlantis was awe-inspiring....
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Lifting the weight from his shoulders

At 455 pounds, he dreaded a lot of things that most people take for granted. ...
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Observations: Compromising Principles

Principles can be malleable, but I’m still surprised when I toss mine out the window....
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A sense of honor, a sense of urgency

Honor flights are a small measure towards recognizing the debt of a grateful nation....
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Observations: Someone to lean on

From philosophers to poets to the Rolling Stones, that message has been true for as long as people have walked this earth....
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Trains, Planes and Automobiles

It was more fun than a busload of strippers on a broken-up Ohio freeway... ...
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For Wimauma teacher, a $10,000 surprise

“I thought I was coming through the door to see my principal,” Bolender said. “I was very surprised.” Video report below....
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East Bay dedicates gymnasium to Coach Tom Lota

Observer News video of dedication ceremony....
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In SCC, Honoring Veterans on Memorial Day

SCC Memorial Data photo gallery...
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Questions remain in gruesome Kings Point discovery

HCSO believes body in freezer for 10 years....
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Observations: Trouble on the horizon?

Is there anyone among us who joyously skips through life without care or concern?...
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Author info
image Mitch Traphagen Mitch Traphagen is a photojournalist, columnist and online editor for the Observer News Publications. He is the recipient of 55 awards of excellence from the Community Papers of Florida for his photography and writing. He has worked for some of the nation’s largest corporations, as Press Secretary for a U.S. Congressman, owned and published a weekly newspaper, and produced a commercial documentary video on sailing. He is a Commodore in the Seven Seas Cruising Association (ssca.org). Mitch is a writer, photographer, sailor and traveler with a bit of a geek thing going on. You can visit his personal website at mitchtraphagen.com
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