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    • Have Yourself a Creepy Little Christmas... - Duration: 82 seconds.

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      ..."Mommy, This Doll Looks Just Like ME!"

      Joan Hall takes a look at an exciting new trend in toys: Just Like Me, a rag doll doppelganger. Thanks to a photo slipped into a plastic sleeve where the ...
    • For Christmas, Conceptual Contraptions and Mind-Building Legos - Duration: 98 seconds.

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      1981: Hot Toys for Bright Young Minds

      WTVJ consumer reporter Alan Mendelson geeks out with educational toy experts Eugene and Asterie Provenzo and shares a few buying tips for parents in the marke...
    • Surf's Up on South Beach! - Duration: 63 seconds.

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      1976: Catching a Wintertime Wave

      Ben Stone makes the scene at South Pointe's fishing pier, a haven for South Florida surfers when winter winds whip up the surf and scare off he fishers.

      Subscrib...
    • Coming Soon: A Big New Zoo - Duration: 99 seconds.

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      1981: Putting the Finishing Touches on MetroZoo's Wide Open Spaces

      WTVJ's Bob Mayer reports on the soon-to-open MetroZoo, which replaced the old Crandon Park Zoo, where any animal too feisty for a...
    • On This Date in 1956... - Duration: 116 seconds.

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      ...Miami Loved Lucy

      The cast of America's most popular TV show, "I Love Lucy," got the full celebrity treatment when they toured Miami and Miami Beach in 1956.

      Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian V...
    • From North Miami, It's the Winternational Thanksgiving Parade! - Duration: 79 seconds.

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      1981: North Miami Salutes Turkey and Talkies




      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 Florid...
    • Black Friday at Burdines, Gold Triangle and J Byrons - Duration: 3 minutes, 24 seconds.

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      1981: Holiday Shoppers Flock to Stores Where You Can't Shop Anymore

      These two WTVJ reports capture a bit of South Florida's vanished retail landscape, reporting on Black Friday shopping at Burdine...
    • Solid Surf Skateboard Park - Duration: 2 minutes, 11 seconds.

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      1976: Is This the Birthplace of the "Ollie?"

      Local skateboarders hit the concrete waves of the Solid Surf Skate Park on Oakland Park Boulevard in this 1976 news film.

      In 1970s South Florida ther...
    • Roadside Florida: Parrot Jungle - Duration: 54 seconds.

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      With this souvenir film from the 1970s “Roadside Florida: A Castle, Three Jungles and Snakes!”, the Wolfson Archives’ time-traveling tour of South Florida’s Pre-Disney tourist attractions, stops at...
    • Roadside Florida: Tropical Hobbyland - Duration: 48 seconds.

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      With this rare home movie footage from the 1950s “Roadside Florida: A Castle, Three Jungles and Snakes!”, the Wolfson Archives’ time-traveling tour of South Florida’s Pre-Disney tourist attractions...
    • Roadside Florida: The Orchid Jungle - Duration: 41 seconds.

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      “Roadside Florida: A Castle, Three Jungles and Snakes!”, the Wolfson Archives’ time-traveling tour of South Florida’s Pre-Disney tourist attractions, stops at the Orchid Jungle to take a look at th...
    • 1958: Voting in a Segregated City - Duration: 43 seconds.

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      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 preserve...
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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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