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    • Let's Look In On MIA, Running Smoothly in 1952 - Duration: 2 minutes, 24 seconds.

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      Hey! What did MIA look like six and a half decades ago? Like this.

      WTVJ aired these two news stories (we've put them together in one clip) in February 1952. Why? We're not sure -- maybe just to gi...
    • Backstage At the Opera! - Duration: 43 seconds.

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      1957: Greasepaint and Glamor at Dade County Auditorium

      Sixty years ago WTVJ's cameras were backstage at Dade County Auditorium as the Opera Guild's "Met Star Cast" primped and prepped for the even...
    • Gas War! - Duration: 2 minutes, 32 seconds.

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      1957: "Our Price Is Now 24.9!"

      North Miami-Dade gas station owners have a war of words over fuel prices in these two clips. First, the unidentified dealer at a station on the North Bay Causeway ex...
    • Happy Valentine'$ Day! - Duration: 3 minutes, 7 seconds.

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      1982: The Price of Love

      In two reports, WTVJ reporters Robyn Carter and Bob Jackson look into the cost of Valentine's Day cards, flowers and presents.

      Golden heart-shaped bijoux must have bee the...
    • On This Date In 1977... - Duration: 87 seconds.

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      ...South Florida Broadcasters Handed Out Emmys, Not Valentines

      WTVJ's Ike Seamans previews the 1977 South Florida Emmy Awards in this Live Eye report.

      The ceremony, hosted by Desi Arnaz and Phil...
    • 70s Tech: Computer Tomography! - Duration: 112 seconds.

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      1977: Or, As You Call It, A CAT Scan

      WTVJ's Bob Mayer scans a new medical technology, the computer tomograph, which-- get this -- creates three-dimensional images of the inside of the body without...
    • Sixty Years Ago This Month... - Duration: 2 minutes, 47 seconds.

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      ...MIA's New Terminal Was Taking Shape

      WTVJ's Keith Leslie interviews Miami's Port Director, Leonard Thompson, about Miami's new "port terminal for air travel" at the city's airfield.

      Thompson us...
    • "No Smoking, Please" - Duration: 3 minutes, 2 seconds.

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      1977: Good News For Diners Who Yearn to Breathe Free

      WTVJ's Bob Kaplitz checks into a new trend in dining -- no-smoking sections -- in this report from forty years ago.

      Kaplitz's thoroughly repor...
    • A Cool Spot to Kick Back and Watch the Planes - Duration: 90 seconds.

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      1982: You Don't See This Much Anymore

      WTVJ's Pam Saulsby reports on MIA's observation deck, open to aviation buffs and other plane spotters.

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    • On This Date in 1982... - Duration: 43 seconds.

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      ...Henry Moore Checks Into Miami's Glitziest New Hotel

      Thirty-five years ago Miamians watched as a new hotel, as luxurious as any of the city's mid-century heyday, took shape on Biscayne Bay.

      Th...
    • 70s Tech: "Personal Computers" at the Radio Hamboree - Duration: 95 seconds.

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      Forty years ago this week, as amateur radio broadcasters, also known as "hams," held their annual meetup, the "Hamboree," at Miami's Bayfront Auditorium and geeked out over frequencies and antennas...
    • "Miss Tall America" Beauties Visit Clyde Beatty's Jungleland - Duration: 25 seconds.

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      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...
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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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