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    • "Miss Tall America" Beauties Visit Clyde Beatty's Jungleland - Duration: 25 seconds.

      • 2 days ago
      The Wolfson Archive’s Florida road trip continues as “Roadside Florida: Pirate Ships and Wax Works" comes to the Northeast / Aventura Branch Library on January 26!
      Go to town in Miami and points no...
    • On This Day in 1977... - Duration: 2 minutes, 19 seconds.

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      ...Gay Rights Got a "Yes" Vote in Miami

      A political wrangle over human rights began in earnest on January 18, 1977, when the Dade County Commission passed an ordinance banning discrimination of th...
    • Celebrating a Legacy, Unveiling a Landmark - Duration: 2 minutes, 22 seconds.

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      1977: A "Highly Festive" Dr. Martin Luther King Day

      WTVJ's C.T. Taylor covers King Day celebrations in a Live Eye report from Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park in Miami.

      The day's celebratio...
    • 70s Tech: Winnebago's Heli-Home! - Duration: 30 seconds.

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      1977: Let's Slap an 8-Track in the Player and Fly, Fly Away

      It's hard to imagine a crazier mismatch than the energy-challenged 1970s and a gas-guzzling, flying camper, but Winnebago's Heli-Home (a...
    • Roadside Florida: The Wacky Wonders of Pirates World - Duration: 28 seconds.

      • 1 week ago
      The Wolfson Archive’s Florida road trip continues as “Roadside Florida: Pirate Ships and Wax Works" comes to the Northeast / Aventura Branch Library on January 26!
      Go to town in Miami and points no...
    • On This Date in 1972... - Duration: 2 minutes, 47 seconds.

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      ...Julie Nixon Eisenhower Toured Big Cypress

      President Richard M. Nixon was thinking of purchasing the Big Cypress Swamp in 1972 and sent his younger daughter Julie and the Secretary of the Interi...
    • This Will Become a Trend... - Duration: 114 seconds.

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      1972: In Miami, A Record-Breaking Heroin Bust

      What looks at first like a used luggage sale turns out to be a record-setting Miami drug seizure: $47 million in heroin, processed in France and smugg...
    • Unbought and Unbossed, Shirley Chisolm Campaigns in Miami - Duration: 79 seconds.

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      1972: "Let Shirley Chisolm Rant, Let Shirley Chisolm Rave..."

      Forty-five years ago Shirley Chisolm, who represented the 12th Congressional District of New York, ran for president. She was the firs...
    • Bringing an RCA Selectavision Videodisc Player back to life - Duration: 3 minutes, 27 seconds.

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      "Digital" David Frassetto, Wolfson Archives Digitization Director, demonstrates the operation of an RCA Selectavision Videodisc Player. This is an analog technology which, unlike the later (and mo...
    • Mango-Flavored Malcontents Strut in the Grove - Duration: 108 seconds.

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      1986: It Just Gets Weirder and Weirder

      Thirty years ago the King Mango Strut had the Precision Briefcase Drill Team, the Marching Media Gangbang, Imelda marcos and her Shoe Slaves, and a pig. And ...
    • "Wonders of the World" Float Down Biscayne Boulevard - Duration: 3 minutes, 56 seconds.

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      1981: Gaze in Wonder at the King Orange Jamboree!

      Pam Saulsby reports live on 1981's King Orange Jamboree. Her reportage is thorough in the old-time WTVJ tradition but also fun -- it's a parade, a...
    • Van Dercar Performs His Magic on the Arch Creek Bridge - Duration: 105 seconds.

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      Miami artist, warlock and inveterate wearer of short shorts Van Dercar had a mystical connection with the Arch Creek Bridge in North Miami-Dade -- or, in any case, the bridge figured in his childho...
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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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