Greetings Y’all, welcome to Florida’s MAGA Country We’re on the Trump Train with a proven leader to make America Great one more time! This is Doc’s latest online presence 52FLC.org. I’m a former TV Tech and used car dealer and ASE-certified mechanic born in the early 50s, In St. Petersburg, the home of Webb’s City and the Million Dollar Pier. I’m now in my 70s and have chronic veinous deficiency in my legs and am in a wheelchair for now but hope to be able to walk out of this facility soon. But my mind is still working pretty well. So I’m hanging out in cyberspace keeping up with tech, developing new webmaster-specific skill sets, and watching the Democrat’s ongoing political witch hunt against Donald Trump! 😡
Webb’s City was a one-stop department store that was located in St. Petersburg, Florida. Founded in 1926, it claimed to be “the World’s Most Unusual Drug Store;” founder James Earl “Doc” Webb has been described as “the P. T. Barnum of specialty store retailing” Sideshows included animal tricks, acrobats, and talking mermaids. At its peak, Webb’s City had 77 departments and 1,700 employees and covered about ten city blocks. it was considered a forerunner to the shopping center. The jingle in its radio ad was: “There’ll be no more hoppin’ around the town a-shoppin’, Webb’s City is your one-stop shopping store.” As shopping centers became popular, business dwindled at Webb’s City, which closed in 1979. Read More Here .
the city of St. Petersburg, Florida popularized green benches (typical metal benches, painted green) in the early 1900s. They quickly grew in popularity to become a hospitality trademark of the city and drew tourists from around the United States. The green benches were removed from the streets of St. Petersburg in the 1960s during the era when youth culture became a national obsession. This then led to the city growing vulnerable to feelings of marginality and insecurity, and to such a great extent that city officials required the removal of the green benches. The city decided to remove them because they believed it gave St. Petersburg an elderly, more dated image, instead of the newer, younger one they were striving for in order to keep the tourism industry afloat. Read More Here.
Opened in 1926, the Million Dollar Pier and its Casino were a major attraction for the city and a popular gathering space. In addition to Spa Beach, a solarium, and bait houses, the Pier accommodated a two-lane roadway, a streetcar line, an observation deck, and a WSUN radio station. Designed in the most popular architectural style in St. Petersburg in the 1920s, the Pier incorporated Spanish, Italian, and Moorish elements, rounding out the City’s Mediterranean Revival style heritage. pier. Read and see photos of the many piers has had over the years.
At age 13, I was fascinated with electronics and hung around a local TV shop after school learning everything possible. We were poor folks living in St Petersburg FL. Dad drove a taxi cab and I also hung out at the cab garage learning how to fix cars. When the Internet was opened to the general public in the mid-’90s it took me back to my TV days and I started learning all there was to know about this new digital marketing frontier!
This website and video archive is a good-sized collection of Doc’s adventures in cyberspace dating back to the dial-up computer BBS days. Fidonet is a global communications network operated by hobbyists on personal PCs computers transferring early ‘echomail and netmail‘ around the world on dial-up modems. Doc’s Place BBS was started in 1991 on an old IBM clone 286/12 with a 1200 baud modem. It was updated as new software was available. Its last update was in 1998 to Wildcat 5 with the internet connect pack. It has since been retired after 24 years online! 😥
When most dial-up BBSes had folded after the Internet’s public release, Doc spammed the Fidonet backbone in 1998 with a single bbs advertisement. That ad and a dual-channel ISDN net connection breathed new life into Doc’s Place BBS, which received hundreds of calls from all over the world in 1998.