Vin's People: Why wasn't college like this for us?

April 26, 2013 

How does "Professor" John Horne sound to you?

Don't look now but the Anna Maria Oyster Bar owner recently taught a hospitality management class for the University of South Florida Sarasota/Manatee's hospitality school.

Horne had 20 students at his Landside restaurant on U.S. 41.

The topic covered the do's and don'ts of starting up a restaurant and staying in a volatile business.

"We discussed how to run a successful restaurant, which I have, and how to run an unsuccessful restaurant, which I had -- and sold," Horne said. "It's easy to do either, but much easier to have an unsuccessful one."

His secret?

"When you first open, live there and after you're open two-plus years, have someone you trust take care of them and let them run it like you do," hesaid.

Always the gracious host, Horne offered the class a round of margaritas, but the USF prof said no thanks.

"I was just trying to keep them awake during my talk," he joked.

• Oh, no! Say it ain't so! Laurie Fetzer, Big Daddy's bodacious vocalist, hit the Big 4-0! Cheers from Jason, Lyric, Marley and all her fans. May she stay forever young.

• Deborah Thomas was inducted into Delta Kappa Gamma Hall of Fame and Fay Murphy was installed as parliamentarian at the DKG Society International's Mu state convention.

They were among six women educators in Orlando representing Manatee County's Kappa chapter including Diana Buell, Leslye Mann, Phyllis Omilak and Judy Shostrom.

Thomas's mother, Annie Lucy Williams, isthe namesake for theParrish Elementary School.

Murphy, Kappa chapter president, was recently honored as a Woman of Achievement by the American Association of University Women's Manatee chapter.

DKG promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

• Want to rock to Rick Derringer, Alabama's Jeff Cook and some our town's scholastic musicians?

It happens May 4 at Manatee School for the Arts, where impressario Del Couch is relocating his Howling Dog recording studio as a teaching station for students at MSA and other high schools to learn about digital audio production.

The May 4 showcase will include musicians from MSA, Braden River High, Manatee High and King Middle's Jake Castro band.

A pre-show party is 5:30 p.m. The concert's at 7 p.m.

Proceeds go toward the new computer music lab.

Call 941-545-4379 for ticket information.

• That wily ol' storkis due for its first arrival in September for Donny and Jackie Freeman.It's a boy. Grands Dee Freeman and Markand Jody Simpson can't wait.

• Wade Ingram and Skyler Bellows won the Ford/AAA student auto skills state competition and qualified for the 2013 national finals in Dearborn, Mich., Ford's world headquarters.

Ingram, a Palmetto High senior, and Bellows, a Manatee School for the Arts senior, are in dual enrollment at Manatee Technical Institute's automotive services technology program.

Richard Falco is their proud MTI instructor.

• Southeast Seminole baseball coach Dan Durrance is 39. Again.

• Ditto for Manatee County taxman Ken Burton Jr.

• Good luck toManatee County Youth rowing, 70 strong and representing Palmetto, Southeast andManatee Saturday and Sunday at the Florida State Sweep championships at Nathan Benderson Park on University Parkway.

Vin's People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix

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