It wouldn’t be a surprise these days if Bill Jones is humming that popular World War I tune, “How Ya Gonna Keep ’Em down on the Farm? (After They’ve Seen Paree).”
His daughter, Raven, a 21-year-old junior in USF’s fine arts dance program, is in Paris all month to study dance.
“It’s a life-changing event,” said the MSA principal. “For dancers it’s the Holy Grail to study in Paris.”
That it cost a small fortune -- “Dad’s Scholarship,” Jones joked -- is money well spent, he said.
Raven’s ambition is to dance on Broadway.
n Isabella DeMino is 13. Cheers from parents Robert and Vicki, Tim, Spencer, Lexi, Fran, Rene, Fred, Lynn and Lauren.
n Janelle (Harrier) Wilson, a 1995 SEHS alum, and Palmetto’s Laura Munson are headed to the Honeywell Educators @ Advanced Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Wilson is an earth science teacher at Lanier Middle School, Buford, Ga. Munson teaches at Sarasota’s Imagine School at Palmer Ranch.
They’re joined by Bayshore High teacher Aaron Bokelmann.
n City of Bradenton Vice-Mayor Pat Roff got a fitting present for his 54th birthday Monday -- the Wares Creek dredging contract was signed, finally!
His home is on Wares Creek.
n Marcus Francis and Savannah Taylor named their new bundle of love Levi Robert Francis.
Back in the day, Pop was a tough cornerback for the Manatee Hurricanes. But with a cool name like Levi, junior’s meant to carry the ball one day for the Canes.
n Sweethearts for 54 years, Velma and “Brother” Bud Gillett celebrate 51 years of wedded bliss on Sunday.
n Charlie and Connie Hoefling brag on sons Ryan and Airman 1st Class Dakota V. Slentz. Ryan graduated from BCS, turns 19 Sunday and starts classes at SCF.
Dakota is stateside after a deployment to Iraq with the 820th Security Forces Group based at Moody Air Force Base, just outside Valdosta, Ga.
n Donny and Jackie Freeman are celebrating their first anniversary.
n Here’s wishing a speedy recovery to Shane Weaver, who broke both bones in his lower left leg and will be laid up at least three months.
n Singer and pianist Eli Mattson, the runnerup in season three’s America’s Got Talent, performs July 2 at McKechnie Field after the Marauders play the St. Lucie Mets.
n Last but not least, Bob Delaney’s retirement after 25 years as an NBA referee recalls this story.
Before a Knicks playoff game at Madison Square Garden many moons ago, the Lakewood Ranch resident heard someone yell his name.
It was Spike Lee, the iconoclastic film director and huge Knicks fan with courtside seats.
Turns out he was still unhappy with a late call Delaney had made in a previous game, waving off a last-second basket that would’ve been a Knicks’ game-winner.
The veteran referee was indulgent -- at first.
“OK, I wish I had that one back,” Delaney said. “But, y’know, Spike. I’ve seen every one of your movies -- and they ain’t been all hits, either.”
Spike got the message.
“I hear ya, bro,” he said and retreated to his expensive seats.
Vin’s People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 745-7055, or email@example.com.