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    • On This Date In 1956... - Duration: 29 seconds.

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      ...The Gables' Streetcar Tracks Were at a Dead End

      These days Coral Gables' Miracle Mile is a bit torn up. The city is developing expansive new streetscapes and streetscapes can play havoc with th...
    • This Puts the "Suffer" In "Suffrage" - Duration: 43 seconds.

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      1956: Miami Voters Waiting for Hours in Line Is Not a New Thing

      You may remember that the last time we had a presidential election, many Floridians -- and many Miamians -- stood in line until la...
    • On This Date In 1966... - Duration: 43 seconds.

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      ...Color TV Was Coming to Miami!

      WTVJ trumpeted its next big innovation -- color television -- with this behind-the-scenes promotional clip.

      Color TV came soon enough -- fifty years later this c...
    • On This Date In 1966... - Duration: 2 minutes, 30 seconds.

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      ...Miami's Archbishop Had Plans for a Shrine by the Sea

      In this WTVJ news story from September 27, 1966, Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll outlines plans for a shrine to the Lady of Charity, Patroness...
    • South Florida Crime Stoppers Get Their Start - Duration: 5 minutes, 10 seconds.

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      1981: Crowd Sourcing Crime Fighting

      Thirty-five years ago this week South Floridians got a new, high-tech tool in the fight against crime. Crime Stoppers used televised re-enactments of crimes to ...
    • An Everglades Tribute from "Montage" - Duration: 6 minutes, 5 seconds.

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      1990: Happy 100th Birthday to the First Lady of the Everglades

      The April 7, 1990 edition of WTVJ's long-running magazine show "Montage" celebrated the one-hundredth birthday of environmentalist Ma...
    • Presidential Debate - Duration: 7 minutes, 1 second.

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      1976: Carter v. Ford at the "Y"

      Political news was serious in September 1976 (the movie "Network" hadn't even been released yet, much less come true), and WTVJ covered the first televised debate b...
    • On This Date in 1981... - Duration: 82 seconds.

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      WNWS Talk Radio Was Robbed, But Neil Rogers Scared the Robbers Off

      WTVJ's Nick Bogert recounts an odd Miami Radio story -- The Night They Robbed WNWS. Station manager Jerry Williams fills Bogert i...
    • The Titans of Mini Golf Gather In Hialeah - Duration: 106 seconds.

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      1976: It's That #%@* Windmill That Smashes Dreams

      WTVJ reporter Ike Seamans takes a look at the high-stakes world of professional mini-golf, where a national championship fetched two thousand doll...
    • From WC04431: Andy Warhol - Duration: 4 minutes, 47 seconds.

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      In September 1980, pop artist Andy Warhol took a tour of South Beach. He was also interviewed by WTVJ's Critic-at-Large, Sam Hirsch. Warhol didn't always agree with Hirsch's assessment of his art, ...
    • 70s Tech: Solar Power! - Duration: 99 seconds.

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      1976: Power -- From the Sun!

      Solar power was not exactly new in the Sunshine State when C.T. Taylor filed this story forty years ago, but the energy crisis of the early 1970s, rising energy costs ...
    • Happy Birthday, Claude Pepper! - Duration: 92 seconds.

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      1981: It Was a Working Birthday But Pearl Bailey Was There

      #OTD thirty-five years ago Congressman Claude Pepper, Florida's tireless advocate for the elderly, spent his eighty-first birthday excori...
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  • A Bright Pink Turning Point Play all

    In 1983 Miami's image -- and Miamian's morale -- was at a low ebb. The dislocating effects of the Mariel Boatlift were still being felt; crime was skyrocketing and South Florida, labeled "Paradise Lost" by a "Time" cover story, was in a state of crisis.

    Then in May artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, along with hundreds of volunteers and other collaborators, started wrapping some of the little islands in Biscayne Bay with pink fabric, and joining the fabric on the islands to more that spread across the water. Stretching and stitching, they worked for three days realizing Christo's vision: "Surrounded Islands" -- an audacious, astonishing, beautiful artwork that transformed Biscayne Bay and Miami's image.

    For two weeks "Surrounded Islands" remained in place, enthralling locals, stimulating business and changing the way the world looked at Miami. A fading, crime-ridden beach town bloomed again as the world's media flocked to Miami, not to cover drug smuggling and immigration tensions, but to revel in Christo's paradisiacal pink creation.

    If "Surrounded Islands" was a jewel, Miami was its setting. The world -- and Miamians -- admired both.

    These video clips, selected from the collections of the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, record the excitement and skepticism with which South Floridians greeted "Surrounded Islands" and give a glimpse of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's creative process. Enjoy the clips -- and if you have memories of

    Note: Some of these clips show evidence of playback issues. This is a feature of the archival video sources from which the clips are derived.

    This video and audio is copyrighted/owned by the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives.

    Subscribe to the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives' YouTube channel and tune in to the fascination and fun of Miami and Florida's past, captured on film and video and preserved by the Wolfson Archives at Miami Dade College.
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  • General Motors' Motorama in Miami, 1956 Play all

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