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Honeymoon winds up on a tow truck

How’s this for winding up a honeymoon?

Following a blissful stay in Maui last month, newlyweds Lindsay and Steven Hussey landed in Orlando and returned to the hotel where they’d spent their first night and had the valet retrieve her Jeep.

Except it wouldn’t start.

Hmmm.

They called AAA, which couldn’t get it going either.

What now?

It looked like that AAA flatbed tow truck was going to be their ride home.

So after the Jeep with their luggage was hauled up onto the flatbed, Lindsay and Steven jumped in the cab with the driver and rode shotgun all the way back to Bradenton.

Motorists along Interstate 4 and I-75 must’ve been amused.

Still written on the Jeep windows were the words: “Just Married.”

n Speaking of I-4, here’s hoping Joe Kinnan’s Manatee Hurricanes bring back the Class 7A state championship trophy from the Citrus Bowl tonight.

Gooooo, Canes!

n Oh, no! John Chappie has hit the Big 6-0!

The milestone lands on the District 3 county commissioner today.

n Jordan Baker just graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Florida with his bachelor’s in electrical engineering and he’s headed to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., for officer training school.

A salute to the 2007 Palmetto High alum from wife Amber Marie, his dad Phill Baker and his mom Dianna Baker.

n Sarah Martinez is 33 and getting her associate’s degree in fire science at State College of Florida. Cheers from husband Luis, daughter Libby and parents Jay and Debbie Pinkley.

n Went to my wife’s office party with HomeBanc on Monday night.

They had it in a spacious suite at the Forum during the Lightning game against the New Jersey Devils.

Anyway, come door prize time, guess who won a hockey stick autographed by Lightning star Vinny Lecavalier?

Sherri Mannix is who.

Look out.

n Ronda and Joel French want to brag on daughter Becky French-Massella, who just received her bachelor’s in nursing from USF, and son-in-law Marc Massella, a firefighter first class, who was awarded A-Shift Firefighter of the Year with Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue.

n Say it ain’t so! Bucky Dent, Yankee hero and a longtime friend from Boynton Beach, has hit the Big 6-0!

Egad, it doesn’t seem like it was that long ago -- 1978?! -- Bucky hit his historic three-run home run to help beat the Bosox in that epic one-game playoff at Fenway Park and wrote his name forever in baseball lore.

Well, not everybody remembers his name apparently.

It so happens my new colleague, Laura Morel, graduated from Hialeah High School, which is Bucky Dent’s alma mater.

When I mentioned that, Laura was impressed.

“Bucky who?” she said.

Vin’s People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055, or vmannix@bradenton.com.

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