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Jack Slayton began covering Florida Southern athletics in 1952 while working for The Ledger. He stayed with The Ledger until 1966. After a brief stint with newspapers in the Cocoa Beach area, he returned to Lakeland in 1970 and covered sports for the Tampa Tribune’s Polk County bureau until he retired in 1981. Highly respected by those he covered and worked with, Slayton was recognized in the Moccasins’ 1980 men’s basketball media guide. He also was honored by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association in 1971 and by the Florida High School Activities Association in 1976. An Army veteran of World War II and a recipient of the Purple Heart, Slayton lived in Lakeland for 50 years. In addition to his career as a sports writer, he was very active in the Little Theater in Lakeland, Bartow and Winter Haven. He passed away in December 2002.