The Titan of
Born in Tampa raised in little Wauchula in
middle of state as a fourth generation Floridian.
Forbearers, two circuit riding preachers, W.P
and W.A McEwen, settled that part of state, in the Wauchula area
on Peace River, once acclaimed as the cucumber capital of the
. Graduate University of Florida, cum laude, in absentia,
was in WWII.. in Pacific when degree declared
WWII tank and platoon commander in Pacific,
retired as Lt. Col after National Guard service
21 became CO of Japanese prison camp of 2000, with Joe Garagiola
as my jeep driver. Still salutes me.
Good looking wife, Linda, of 33 years, four
kids, four grandkids. She had own travel agency for 20 years and
now has franchise rights with investors of Outback Steakhouses
in South Africa, because of extensive travel there. But, when
9-11 came, did in the Rand in SA and now she, Tom Pepin, a partner,
and Jeff Wooley, have percentages in Holding Company with Burley
Moss in South and North Carolina for Bonefish Grill. Nice.
Sports editor of Tampa Tribune (Times before
that) 33 years, staff going from 3 to 63, writing 6 columns a
week all of that time, and managing sports. First job after WWII
Fort Myers News-Press, becoming its first sports editor there
Winner many awards in newspapering
times voted sports writer of year in Florida
Smith Award for contributions to sports journalism by AP sports
editors association, and Dave McCann for professional football
and has sat on NFL Pro Hall of Fame Selection committee
for 30 years, as well as college hall of fame selection committee.
Publix super markets endowed, fully endowed
$50,000 athletic scholarship for football at University of Florida.
Mayor of Tampa and Chamber named street in
front of Raymond James Stadium (Bucs and Super Bowl) for him,
as well as the chambers annual Leadership Award, he winning
being credited for helping to bring Bucs, Lightning, soccer and
Yankees to Tampa, and building of both Tampa Stadium, then Raymond
James, the Ice Palace, and Legends field where the Yankees train.
The Tampa Chamber created and annually awards
the Tom McEwen Leadership Trophy. Naturally, McEwen got the first
In Halls of Fame of Hardee County (Wauchula),
U of Tampa, City of Tampa, State of Florida.
A co-founder with Mr. George Steinbrenner as
the originator and lead man, of Gold Shield Foundation that educates
children of fallen law officers and firefighters, which in NYC
is the Silver Shield.
Active in bring Super Bowls to Tampa and Lightning
last year named its press box in Ice Palace for him.
Retired as sports editor five years ago and
completely from Tribune as columnist after last January Super
McEwen now is:
- Executive Director of the NY Yankee Alumni
Association, a full time job
- Executive Director
of the Art Pepin (Anheuser-Busch) Family Foundation.
- Writes regularly for Lightning web site
and now has his own Web site: www.heytommcewen.com.,
and it is not bad.
Has written books... Gators, a football history
of Florida football. Has had selection of columns printed and
wrote private autobiographies.
Gave up golf for fishing..and caught everything
all over the world. Just back from extended fishing trip in Alaska
and a visit and look at Cuba.
Lives on water in Tampa and loves it. Likes
Martini at sunset, new moon, first phase, half and full moon,
wife, family, the USA, Florida, Tampa, and collard greens.