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VIN MANNIX column | Father, son taking off on real road trip

Now this is a road trip.

Bob Scott and son Rob are off on a two-week journey to Alaska starting Monday.

An Air Force captain, Academy grad and MHS alum, Rob is being transferred from Moody AFB, Valdosta, Ga., to Elemendorf AFB in Anchorage.

They’ll drive Rob’s truck and among the places they’ll see are Mount Rushmore, as well as the U.S. national parks at the Badlands, Yellowstone and Glacier, as well as Banff and Jasper national parks in Canada.

That’s 5,800 miles in 15 days.

“Alaska or bust,” Pop said.

n Malcolm Muro is Manatee County’s Ambassador to the World Leadership Forum in Washington on July 4th weekend.

The Stewart Elementary fifth-grader was chosen for his leadership and oratory skills. He’s good at hoops and the violin, too.

Besides the capitol, Malcolm will see Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery and visit Philadelphia.

n Tres Maddox is 6.

Cheers from parents Rick and Annette, sisters Crystal and Cassie, brother Chris Mulholland, grandma Sue and Oma Hilde and Opa Bernfried in Oberhausen, Germany.

n Nick Sabella, who’s fought benign brain tumors for seven years, was scheduled for his final neurosurgery Wednesday.

It’s been reset for July 1 at Tampa General.

n METV’s “Through The Tunnel,” the winning documentary at April’s DocMiami International Film Festival, was selected for Atlanta’s Peachtree Village International Film Festival, Aug. 19-22.

It chronicles Lincoln Memorial High’s storied football program under coach Eddie Shannon at the onset of integration in Manatee County.

Copies can be obtained by calling METV at 751-6550, ext. 2191.

n A salute to retired Army 1st Sgt. James Ringland III.

The 1952 Manatee High alum was a Silver Order of Saint Philip Neri Award recipient at the Special Forces Association Banquet in Fayetteville, N.C.

Saint Philip Neri is the patron saint of the special forces, and the award recognizes a lifetime of service. Ringland has been in the SFA 40 years.

He’s the older brother of Bradenton’s Don and Tommy Ringland and Dea Brown, and lives in Holts Summit, Mo., with his wife, Marilyn.

Vin’s People is by local columnist Vin Mannix. Please call Vin at 745-7055, write him at Bradenton Herald, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206 or e-mail him at Please include a phone number for verification.