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    • Thanksgiving 1985 - Duration: 2 minutes, 37 seconds.

      • 22 hours ago
      WTVJ's Michael Putney presents unusually thorough coverage of Thanksgiving Day South Florida style in this 1985 report. From windsurfing to helping others to carving up the turkey, it's all here.

    • Thanksgiving Goes Global at the U - Duration: 2 minutes, 29 seconds.

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      1985: Turkey Day With International Trimmings

      Thirty years ago the day before Thanksgiving Day was the date of an international festival on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus. UM studen...
    • Attention 1970s Shoppers -- It's Turkey Time! - Duration: 70 seconds.

      • 2 days ago
      1976: Thanksgiving Shopping on Florida's West Coast

      The Thanksgiving shopping crush is captured by this clip from the Wolfson Archives' WINK-TV Collection -- although "crush" seems a bit of an exa...
    • "Scarface" Arrives in Miami -- And Then Leaves - Duration: 2 minutes, 47 seconds.

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      Producers of the 1980s version of "Scarface" starring Al Pacino planned to shoot a substantial part of the film on location in Miami. Many people in Miami were uneasy about this -- the city's image...
    • TBT: Light Up Your Home the Push-Button Way - Duration: 50 seconds.

      • 1 week ago
      1955: A House of Lights On Wheels

      Sixty years ago WTVJ showed off this bit of Populuxe agitprop ahead of the Home Builder's Show at Dinner Key Auditorium. It's the Luxtrol Home On Wheels (!), a s...
    • Miami Sound Machine's Breakthrough Moment - Duration: 2 minutes, 41 seconds.

      • 1 week ago
      1985: A Miami Band Poised to Become a Miami Brand

      Miami Sound Machine was already famous enough to rate a Miami street renamed in their honor when WTVJ's Robyn Carter caught up with the and its le...
    • Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss Joan Crawford! - Duration: 3 minutes, 1 second.

      • 1 week ago
      1955: "Joan Spreads Sunshine At"...Oh, Come On!

      Screen star Joan Crawford showed up in Miami sixty years ago this week and, oh, what a thrill it was! Joan was traveling with her soda magnate husba...
    • This Furniture Is Just "Wright" For Your Living Room - Duration: 56 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      1955: Let Frank Lloyd Wright Furnish Your Home

      Just days after Frank Lloyd Wright excoriated Miami architecture and design in a lunchtime speech at Balmoral Hotel, the Dean of American Architectur...
    • America's Prairie Architect Among the Palms - Duration: 2 minutes, 20 seconds.

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      1955: Well, He Liked the Palm Trees Anyway

      Sixty years ago this week Miami's design and architectural elite was sent into fits by America's Greatest Architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.

      Speaking at a ...
    • 1975: Pretty Scary Kids! - Duration: 2 minutes, 36 seconds.

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      WTVJ Broward Bureau reporter Kerry Millerick pays a Halloween season visit to Paul's Magic and Fun Shop, located in Fort Lauderdale's Sears Town shopping center, to check out their stock of creepy ...
    • 1955: Have Fun Kids, But WATCH IT - Duration: 2 minutes, 22 seconds.

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      Sixty years ago Sgt. Adam Klimkowski had some helpful Halloween safety advice -- assisted by young Cathy Cardell and her Mom. Sgt. Klimkowski covers how masks can restrict vision and how bright col...
    • Who Is That Masked Man?!?! Oh, It's the Pizza Guy. - Duration: 64 seconds.

      • 4 weeks ago
      Ya gotta have a gimmick, as the song goes, and thirty years ago a Miami-area pizzeria came up with a great one for its delivery drivers: Wear capes!

      It's a little unclear as to what inspired this ...
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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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