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    • Summer Of '85: Banking at Your Fingertips! - Duration: 2 minutes, 15 seconds.

      • 6 days ago
      1985: And It's Only $3 A Month!

      WTVJ Consumer affairs and technology reporter Alan Mendelson gets a look at banking-by-phone, a time-and-money-saving innovation of the gas-short 1970s coming back ...
    • Summer Of '85: Pull Up to the Bumper, Baby...And Jot Down My Highway Singles Club Number - Duration: 76 seconds.

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      1985: Fueling Passion on the Road

      Back in the 1980s, consumer issues and technology were WTVJ reporter Alan Mendelson's beat. He covered a lot of stories that only got bigger as time wore on, such...
    • Happy Father's Day! - Duration: 88 seconds.

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      1968: Goren's Gadgets Galore

      WTVJ's Ed Goren does a bit of Father's Day shopping at an unidentified Miami emporium and finds some "great" gifts for Dad, among them a desktop weather station and a ...
    • Summer Of '85: What's That Funny Smell? - Duration: 87 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      The Drug War Comes Home, And It Stinks

      WTVJ's David Goldstein reports a real "news you can use" story from mid-1980s Miami: What are the telltale signs that somebody's running a cocaine processing...
    • Summer Of '85: Beach Cops Bust "Cocaine Castle" - Duration: 116 seconds.

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      Bang Goes the Acetone

      Thirty years ago, when a massive plume of flame exploded on the sands of Miami Beach, it wasn't part of an art project or a sign that Cirque de Soleil was coming to town.

    • Summer Of '85: Diving with O'Dell - Duration: 97 seconds.

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      Here's One Way to Beat the Summer Heat

      WTVJ Reporter Ed O'Dell takes a dive in this story and ends up inside a snug but fully equipped underwater habitat at Key Largo. There he meets Ian Koblich, ...
    • Riding Metrorail - Duration: 30 seconds.

      • 3 weeks ago
      1985: Miami's New Transit Train At Work

      In May of 1985 Metro Dade County's Metrorail system had been running for a year, attracting riders and controversy. President Reagan didn't care for the ide...
    • Summer of '85: Not the Kind of Jam You Want, On Toast or Radio - Duration: 93 seconds.

      • 3 weeks ago
      1985: Cuba Lets Miami Radio Speak

      This is something you don't hear about these days: The Castro regime jamming Miami radio stations as retribution for Radio Marti, the federally-funded radio stati...
    • Summer Of '85: A VERY Big Orange - Duration: 90 seconds.

      • 3 weeks ago
      1985: A First Look at Oldenburg's Orange

      Thirty years ago Miamians got their first look at "Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels," the new artwork commissioned by Metro-Dade Art in Public ...
    • Summer Of '85: Vizcaya Gets Tented - Duration: 101 seconds.

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      1985: Christo It Ain't

      Early in 1985 termites were discovered in the attic at Vizcaya, everybody's favorite bayfront palazzo, and by summertime James Deering's mansion was getting tented and the t...
    • Summer Of '85: UM Takes the Pennant - Duration: 2 minutes, 23 seconds.

      • 3 weeks ago
      On June 11 1985 the University of Miami Hurricanes clinched the NCAA College Baseball Championship at the College World Series, beating the Texas Longhorns 10-6.

      The thirty-ninth College World Ser...
    • 70s Tech: Calculators! - Duration: 98 seconds.

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      1975: Just Don't Try to Make a Call with One

      Pocket calculators, with their stiff plastic buttons and glowing LED displays, were (along with cassette recorders) a schoolyard sensation in the mid-1...
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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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