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    • What's Special About October? - Duration: 94 seconds.

      • 1 day ago
      1989: Oktoberfest, That's What!

      What's really great about October in Florida? Well, the heat backs off a bit and it's one month closer to the end of hurricane season than September and there's tha...
    • Thirty Years Ago This Week... - Duration: 117 seconds.

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      ...Miami City Ballet Hit the Stage

      On October 17 1986 the Miami City Ballet danced its debut performance in Miami.

      A few months earlier -- in August -- the company came together, rehearsing in p...
    • On This Date In 1951... - Duration: 67 seconds.

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      ...Shepard Broad Dedicated the Broad Causeway in Bay Harbor Islands

      Bay Harbor Islands, like its larger neighbor to the south, Miami Beach, started as the vision of one man.

      Shepard Broad came t...
    • "What're You Fellas Up To?" - Duration: 3 minutes, 35 seconds.

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      1956: That Time When Miamians Loved A Local Landmark So Much They Just Had To Blow It Up

      "This is the rambling wreck of Miami, the ancient FEC railroad station right in the heart of downtown."

    • Ballots and Breakdowns - Duration: 40 seconds.

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      1956: For Some Voters Registering to Vote Was A Long, Strange Trip

      Our historic survey of Miami-Dade voters waiting in long lines continues with this October 1956 with the story of some Homestead ...
    • 70s Tech: Skateboards! - Duration: 101 seconds.

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      1976: A Gnarly Technology Gets a 1970s Update

      OK, OK, skateboards weren't new in the 1970s -- they developed after World War II in where else, California -- but after a slump in the Sixties new-st...
    • On This Date in 1976... - Duration: 2 minutes, 31 seconds.

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      The Hollywood Sportatorium Re-opens...And ROCKS!

      WTVJ Broward reporter Kerry Millerick checks out the re-opening of the Hollywood Sportatorium, reborn as a music venue after a long, unsuccessful r...
    • 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 ...
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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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