(from TampaBay.com) – John Wilson has skydived with men who stormed Normandy, rubbed shoulders with Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf in Saudi Arabia, looked a dying Ted Bundy in the eye. He does not cry at movies.
On this crisp Virginia evening, he is sitting, dry-eyed, in the center of the Paramount Theater, Row L, Seat 11, for the world premiere of the latest film featuring his youngest son, Patrick, the Broadway and Hollywood star. Patrick is the film’s male lead, the dreamy coal miner who woos an unlucky-in-love Ashley Judd. He’s up there on stage, waving to a sold-out house alongside his wife, sons and brother Paul.
John understands this kind of attention. He will retire Wednesday as the lead evening anchor at WTVT-Ch. 13, capping 33 years as one of Tampa Bay’s best-known newsmen, and he’s the patriarch of one of its most famous families — father not only to Patrick and Paul, but fellow news anchor Mark, who will fill his chair at WTVT. At these premieres, he blends into the scenery with his wife, Mary K….Cont….