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Retired Times columnist dies of cancer at 69

September 16, 2013
Associated Press

DADE CITY, Fla. (AP) — Jan Glidewell, a colorful and prolific journalist for several decades on Florida's Gulf Coast, has died.

According to the Tampa Bay Times (, Jan Glidewell died Monday of cancer. He was 69.

Times editors say that during his 30 years with the then-named St. Petersburg Times, Glidewell reported on serial killers and hookers, dirty politicians and kidnapped children. When he became a columnist, readers on the North Suncoast — Pasco, Hernando and Citrus Counties — found an unlikely breakfast table companion, a nudist hippie airing liberal political commentary and tales of his five marriages.

Glidewell was born in 1944 in Miami. He served five years in the Marine Corps, including 10 months in Vietnam in the mid-1960s.

Glidewell retired from the Times in 2003 but still wrote occasional columns.


Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.),



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