Tampa Bay Skeptics


Newspaper Articles and Letters

Through the years, there have been many news articles either about TBS or in which our representatives have been quoted for "balance." Additionally, we have corresponded with numerous members of the press and public on a variety of topics. The following list, in chronological order, contains a representative sampling of articles and letters that you may find of interest.

  • Letters by Smiljanich and Posner to newspaper, and Smiljanich to Posner, four years before TBS founding (1984) [Read]

  • First newspaper article about TBS (1988) [Read]

  • Second newspaper article about TBS, and our reply/complaint (1988) [Read]

  • First major feature article about TBS (1988) [Read partial (full available upon request)]

  • Newspaper article about TBS's first guest speaker (1988) [Read]

  • Newspaper article about "psychic" archaeological readings at Safety Harbor Museum (and our photos) (1989) [Read]

  • Newspaper article (and our letter of response) about the above two people backing out of TBS "$1,000 Challenge" (1989) [Read]

  • Newspaper article about the healing powers of prayer (1989) [Read]

  • Letter to Sarasota newspaper about misleading article on faith-healing (1989) [Read]

  • Newspaper coverage of TBS's first "$1,000 Challenge" (including a reporter's awful blunders) (1989) [Read]

  • Newspaper article about Tarpon Springs "Weeping Icon" claims (1989) [Read]

  • Letter to local publisher about its "Psychic Children" questionnaire (followed by letter of reply) (1989) [Read]

  • Letter to local newspaper re: credulous article on tips for picking winning lottery numbers (and the article) (1990) [Read]

  • Letter to local newspaper about MUFON's antiscientific approach (1990) [Read]

  • Skeptical local newspaper column about MUFON and UFOs, and our response (1990) [Read]

  • Typical TBS response to a schizophrenic's letter (followed by that letter) (1990) [Read]

  • Letter to local newspaper about its reviews of UFO-related books (1990) [Read]

  • Letter from Japan re: creating a skeptics group, and our reply (1991) [Read]

  • Letter from South Africa requesting information on UFOs, and our reply (1991) [Read]

  • Newspaper article about "Spontaneous Human Combustion" (1991) [Read]

  • Local newspaper article about life after death (1991) [Read]

  • Referral from Skeptical Inquirer to TBS re: a Floridian's "psychic" claim, and our offer to test (unanswered) (1991) [Read]

  • Letter to local newspaper re: futile three-year search for missing Tiffany Sessions (1992) [Read]

  • Letter from Spain about alleged parapsychology lab at University of Miami, and our reply (1992) [Read]

  • Letter to local newspaper challenging Christian Science and faith-healing, followed by unanswered letter to a reader (1993) [Read]

  • Response to a possibly schizophrenic Christian Science fanatic who also read my published letter, followed by part of his letter (entirety available upon request) (1993) [Read]

  • Major feature article about TBS (1993) [Read]

  • Letter to CBS-TV re: credulous programming (following related newspaper article) (1993) [Read]

  • Newspaper article about the "Barney the Dinosaur" media hoax (1994) [Read]

  • Local newspaper op-ed by Terry Smiljanich about America's sad state of science literacy (1994) [Read]

  • Local newspaper article about radio "psychic" Gary Spivey (1994) [Read]

  • Letter of thanks to a local TV reporter (1994) [Read]

  • Local newspaper TV critic's article about TBS (1995) [Read]

  • Typical TBS response to a student's letter (followed by that letter) (1995) [Read]

  • Newspaper article about the healing powers of prayer (1996) [Read]

  • Newspaper article about politician's claim that a UFO cured her cancer (1996) [Read]

  • Letter to local TV station criticizing its airing of Peter Popoff's faith-healing programs (1997) [Read]

  • Canada's national newspaper article about the healing power of prayer (1997) [Read]

  • Sarasota newspaper article about police psychics (1997) [Read]

  • ABC News article about healing power of prayer (1997) [Read]

  • Local newspaper article about talking to the dead (1998) [Read]

  • North Carolina newspaper article about healing power of prayer (1998) [Read]

  • Local newspaper coverage of TBS's second "$1,000 Challenge" (1998) [Read]

  • Gainesville newspaper article about Noreen Renier (and our corrective letter) (1999) [Read]

  • Local newspaper article about UFOs (1999) [Read]

  • Letter to Paula Zahn re: her credulous TV treatment of "psychic" John Edward, and her reply (2000) [Read]

  • New Jersey newspaper article about talking to the dead (2002) [Read]

  • Local newspaper TV critic's article about talking to the dead (and TBS) (2002) [Read]

  • Local newspaper newspaper article about astrologer Janet Sciales (2002) [Read]

  • Local newspaper reporter takes TBS on tour of haunted houses (2002) [Read]

  • Local newspaper article about fire walking (2003) [Read]

  • New Jersey newspaper article about faith healing (2004) [Read partial (full available upon request)]

  • Virginia newspaper article about Noreen Renier (and our corrective letter) (2004) [Read]

  • Virginia newspaper article about Noreen Renier's memoir (2005) [Read]

  • Sarasota newspaper article about dowsing (2006) [Read]

  • Local newspaper article about Friday the 13th and TBS (2006) [Read]

  • Local lie-filled newspaper article on TBS (2008) [Read here, and our letter to the editor here]

  • Sarasota newspaper article about ghosts (2010) [Read]

  • Letter to local newspaper re: Dr. Oz endorsing quackery (2011) [Read]

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