FOX 13 memories from the Cape

For all the deafening rocket launches, the technological wizardry, and the glorious images of Earth from orbit, the story of the exploration of space is, at its core, a human story. And no one knows that better than the reporters whose job it is to cover the Cape.

1980 Sunshine Skyway Bridge tragedy

It was on May 9, 1980 when the unthinkable happened: The freighter M/V Summit Venture collided with a support column during a blinding thunderstorm, knocking a 1,200-foot section of the roadway into the water below.

From 1984: Serial killer Bobby Joe Long arrested

The rapes and murders had terrorized the Tampa area for weeks. Finally, just days after a task force was formed, Bobby Joe Long was arrested for the murders of several women. Here's how the coverage unfolded on WTVT. Originally aired November 17, 1984.

From 1984: Bobby Joe Long's first court appearance

A series of rapes and murders terrorized the Tampa area back in 1984. After Bobby Joe Long was arrested, the region breathed a sigh of relief. Here's his first appearance in court, as covered by Pulse 13's Marianne Pasha. Originally aired November 18, 1984.

From 1985: First St. Petersburg Grand Prix

Pulse 13's Larry Elliston covered the first-ever race through the streets of downtown St. Pete, the SCCA Trans-Am Series St. Petersburg Grand Prix. Originally aired November 3, 1985.

Remembering the USCGC Blackthorn tragedy

Memorial services are held annually for what the Coast Guard calls the “worst peacetime disaster” in the service’s history: The sinking of the USCGC Blackthorn in 1980.

From 1990: 'Edward Scissorhands' castle

Many people know that the movie 'Edward Scissorhands' was filmed at locations in Lutz and Lakeland, Florida. But the castle itself was in Dade City. Here's Deanna Lawrence's report from April 24, 1990.

From the FOX 13 archives: Devil Rays' 1998 debut

The Tampa Bay Rays turn 20 years old on Saturday.  The franchise – then known as the Devil Rays, of course – took the field for their first regular season game back on March 31, 1998.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1998 debut

Play ball! The Tampa Bay Rays take the field for the first time. They ended up losing their regular-season debut to the Detroit Tigers, but that hardly put a damper on St. Petersburg's big day. Originally reported March 31, 1998 by FOX 13's John Wilson.

Devil Rays' 1998 debut: The Fans

After years of waiting, baseball fans in the Tampa Bay area have a team of their own. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays took the field for the first time, delighting fans of all ages. Originally reported March 31, 1998 by FOX 13's Kelly Ring.

Devil Rays' 1998 debut: Full wrapup

A look back at the first Opening Day in the history of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Originally reported in the 10pm newscast on March 31, 1998 by FOX 13's Jennifer Jones.