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Former resident inducted into Hall of Fame


© St. Petersburg Times, published July 6, 2001

When CBS sportscaster Dick Enberg called Lynn Norenberg Barry a few months back to tell her she'd been named to Verizon's Academic All-America Hall of Fame, she thought the call was meant for her husband, basketball great Rick Barry.

When CBS sportscaster Dick Enberg called Lynn Norenberg Barry a few months back to tell her she'd been named to Verizon's Academic All-America Hall of Fame, she thought the call was meant for her husband, basketball great Rick Barry.

Enberg assured her the honor was meant for her. Lynn, who grew up in St. Petersburg and is a 1977 graduate of Lakewood High School, was a basketball star at the College of William and Mary. She also racked up high academic marks, including a Phi Beta Kappa key.

Lynn has been instrumental in the development and growth of women's basketball domestically and internationally. As assistant executive director of USA Basketball from 1985-1996, she organized women's basketball teams for participation in the Olympics, World Championships and Pan Am Games. Following the 1996 Olympics, Barry left USA basketball to become an adviser to the Women's National Basketball Association.

Lynn was in stellar company at the induction ceremonies, held June 26 at Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Her fellow honorees were not only standouts in college, they have been leaders in their professions. They included former University of Florida and Cincinnati Begals wide-receiver and now Fox sportscaster Cris Collinsworth, and Jennifer Harris Trosper, who was a volleyball standout at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is now one of the country's leading space engineers. Trosper is currently the project systems engineer for the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission. MER is working on sending two rovers to Mars in 2003, which are expected to land in 2004.

Another inductee, John Hall, was the first Academic All-American at Vanderbilt University. He graduated magna cum laude in 1955 in chemical engineering. For 40 years he worked for Ashland Inc., retiring in 1997 as chairman and CEO.

Another Hall -- no relation to John -- in this year's group is Gary Hall Sr. A 1973 graduate of Indiana University, Gary is now an ophthalmologist in Phoenix. A record-setting swimmer, Gary was the second American male swimmer to compete in three Olympiads -- 1968, 1972 and 1976. He served as team captain in the last two and carried the flag for the United States at the opening ceremonies in Montreal in 1976. Son Gary Jr. swam for the United States in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

The last inductee was Alan Page, an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Page was an All-America defensive end at Notre Dame who went on to play for the Minnesota Vikings. He played in the NFL for 15 years.

About 750 people turned out for the popular event, which benefits literacy. Attending for Lynn were husband Rick and their son, Canyon; her parents, St. Petersburg surgeon Dr. Dick and Lynn Norenberg, and her three brothers, who flew in to surprise her, Dr. Kris Norenberg, a professor of biology at New Orleans' Xavier University; Dr. Eric Norenberg of Ponte Vedra; and Dr. Leif Norenberg of Cape Cod.

Tampa Bay's Lee Roy Selmon and former University of Florida All-American and current Tallahassee lawyer Carlos Alvarez, both former Hall of Fame inductees, were also in New York for the ceremony.

Tampa's new Little Italy

Tampa's rich Italian heritage is even more evident with the opening of Maggiano's Little Italy in WestShore Plaza.

At the pre-opening party on June 26, which benefitted the Tampa Museum of Art, guests were dazzled by the restaurant's opulent interior, which includes rich wood paneling, polished hardwood floors and Oriental rugs. The restaurant also is decorated with hundreds of historic black and white photographs of individuals, wedding parties and groups who made Tampa their home some from the late 1920s and early 1930s.

The pictures were acquired by the restaurant's manager George Ogorek and his wife, Debbie. The couple, who have moved to Tampa from Oak Brook, Ill., with their two young sons, shopped Tampa antique and secondhand shops and then had them framed for the restaurant. Ogorek, who played football for the Boilermakers at Purdue, also got his degree in restaurant hospitality there.

At the opening night gala, Irene Few, president-elect of the museum's Friends of the Arts, and her husband, Raymond James senior sales trader John C. Few, sampled the restaurant's specialties with Tampa lawyer Dan Whitaker, his wife, Dina, and Cheryl Kilcoyne.

Maggiano's may turn out to be a good halfway point for power lunching. Seen breaking bread at Thursday's opening day lunch were Tampa Mayor Dick Greco and St. Petersburg-based shopping center czar Mel Sembler, developer of Ybor Square and BayWalk.

Update on Ralph Kiner

New York Mets sportscaster and former baseball great Ralph Kiner, who lived in the Tampa Bay area a few years back, is a new member of the legendary New York Friars Club. His mentor in getting the highly desirable membership slot was Burton Rocks, who co-wrote Bob Feller's Little Black Book of Baseball Wisdom.

When Rocks was in college, it was Kiner who helped him with his thesis on weight-training. Kiner claimed that if David had been trained by modern coaches, he would have never beaten Goliath.

When the Society for Baseball Research, which has more than 6,700 members worldwide, conducted a vote among its members on the 100 greatest players of the century, Kiner made the list.

Rocks, by the way, is the youngest member of the Friars Club.

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