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    • WTVJ Reports on Rioting in Miami - Duration: 9 minutes, 20 seconds.

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      1980: First Reports of Violence in Miami

      Thirty-five years ago a jury in Tampa acquitted four former City of Miami police officers of all charges in the death of Arthur McDuffie, an African Americ...
    • John Holden Wakes Up to the Coconut Grove Bed Race - Duration: 110 seconds.

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      1985: Coco-Craziness For a Cause

      WTVJ's John Holden covers the Coconut Grove Bed Race in his own signature style -- with an attention-grabbing open and easy-going reporting -- in this clip.

      Thirt...
    • TBT: A 1950s Traffic Buster - Duration: 2 minutes, 5 seconds.

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      1955: Miami Had Park & Ride Before Cars Had Tailfins

      Six decades ago Miami showed a remarkable progressive attitude toward its ever-increasing traffic congestion by setting up a park and ride syst...
    • Rick Shaw: Rocking South Florida Radio For 25 Years - Duration: 83 seconds.

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      1985: The Voice of Rock Radio Still Strong

      Legendary South Florida DJ Rick Shaw celebrated a quarter-century on the air with a reunion of sorts, hosting his former sidekick Roby Yonge – and talkin...
    • Kelley Mitchell - Duration: 59 seconds.

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      Here is Wolfson Archives footage of the late great Kelley Mitchell reporting on flood control measures in Sweetwater, circa 1999.
    • Mother's Day -- With a Markup - Duration: 97 seconds.

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      1985: Chocolate Krugerrands or Diamond-Studded Panty Hose?

      Thirty-something years ago Neiman Marcus, the luxury department store, was all the rage. One could rely upon news outlets to cover the ri...
    • Conni Gordon Paints -- And So Can You! - Duration: 3 minutes, 26 seconds.

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      1975: A Quick And Easy Art Lesson

      World-renowned painter Conni Gordon, master of instant art, is one of TV’s longest-running personalities -- she made her first TV appearances right at the start ...
    • For Florida Foodies of Fifty Years Ago - Duration: 29 seconds.

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      1961: Eugene Scanlan, Executive Chef of the Fontainebleau Hotel, talks about Florida food on the menu for a Shriner's convention at the hotel.

      This video and audio is copyrighted/owned by the Lynn...
    • NOW DIGITAL: A "Giant Voice" of the Cold War - Duration: 99 seconds.

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      1965: In Case of Nuclear Attack, "Giant Voice" Will Tell You What To Do

      This WTVJ news story from April 23, 1965 records a bit of Cold War atmosphere: The test of a "giant voice" alarm at Dade Cou...
    • NOW DIGITAL: Shooting "Thunderball" - Duration: 62 seconds.

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      1965: Bond In the Bahamas

      WTVJ's parent company, Wometco, started out in the movie exhibition business, so the station's interest in the movie biz was obvious. Coverage of a movie shooting today c...
    • Miami Beach's Long, Long Birthday Party - Duration: 94 seconds.

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      1965-1966: Miami Beach Turns 50, Parties For a Year

      This chapter of our continuing exploration of Miami Beach's birthday celebrations leads off with a bit of good old all-American hype: Rosie the ...
    • On Miami Beach, Life Begins at 40 - Duration: 82 seconds.

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      1955: Celebrating With Sullivan at Sak's

      For Miami Beach's fortieth birthday down-home closeness combined with high-end glamor. The main event: A parade down Lincoln Road, still open to vehicular ...
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  • A Bright Pink Turning Point Play

    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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