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    • "Sonic Oddities" Gets Weird This Weekend at O Cinema Wynwood - Duration: 50 seconds.

      • 1 week ago
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      Filmmaker and Curator Stephen Parr In Person!

      SEE beauty queen Anita Bryant sing the praises of the “Florida Sunshine Tree.”

      SEE Gumby, America’s favorite TV rubberman, go on a musical adventure....
    • Summer Of '85: Climbing "Greynolds Mountain" - Duration: 116 seconds.

      • 1 week ago
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      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 ...
    • Summer Of' 85: First "Miami Vice," Now This - Duration: 2 minutes, 36 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
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      In the 1980s Miami was VERY sensitive about its image.

      And why not? In the early 1980s the news from Miami was not great. Crime was rampant. Downtown Miami hosted a tent city full of refugees. Tim...
    • Summer Of '85: Before There Were Cronuts... - Duration: 2 minutes, 6 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
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      ...There was Mark Landsman, King of Gourmet Doughnuts, a former newscaster profiled in this story by WTVJ's Robyn Carter.

      Carter caught up with Landsman in Hollywood at his Sheridan Street doughnu...
    • Summer Of '85: The Place Where Props Never Stop - Duration: 106 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
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      "I try to buy the bizarre thing," says Gary Stone, owner of Stone Age Antiques in this Summer Of '85 story reported by WTVJ's John Holden.

      Stone's seemingly chaotic emporium did a booming busines...
    • Summer Of '85: A New Look for Bayfront Park - Duration: 80 seconds.

      • 3 weeks ago
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      In this clip Miamians flock to troubled Bayfront Park for an evening of festivities and look ahead to a new park redesigned by renowned sculptor Isamu Noguchi.

      This Ileana Bravo story features sou...
    • Summer Of '85: Public Art Before Brito - Duration: 60 seconds.

      • 4 weeks ago
      • 19 views
      WTVJ's Ed O'Dell hits Miami's summer streets in the summer heat and checks out artworks made for public consumption, aka "legal graffiti."

      O'Dell finds work ranging from pipes to Purvis. Purvis Yo...
    • Summer Of '85: Let's Go Sailin' and...Metro-railin'? - Duration: 85 seconds.

      • 4 weeks ago
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      TV newsrooms are busy places and brevity is highly valued. So the terse words "Metro Video" scrawled on the label of WTVJ archive tape X274 were perfectly adequate at the time.

      We'd like a little ...
    • Summer Of '85: "Something Went Wrong" - Duration: 4 minutes, 6 seconds.

      • 4 weeks ago
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      Gunfire erupted at Miami Beach's flashy Doral Hotel thirty years ago as a police sting went down twisted. Four police officers and two dealers were wounded in the exchange.

      WTVJ's David Goldstein ...
    • Summer Of '85: The Atocha's Other Treasure - Duration: 101 seconds.

      • 4 weeks ago
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      Mel Fisher's discovery of the Spanish galleon Atocha -- and his recovery of her treasures -- yielded a second bonanza for Key West in the form of tourist dollars.

      WTVJ's Ed O'Dell reports on the i...
    • Summer Of '85: Today We'd Call Her an "Assistant..." - Duration: 98 seconds.

      • 4 weeks ago
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      In this Summer Of '85 news story WTVJ's intrepid spotter of social trends, John Holden, reports on a new phenomenon -- the "Rent-A-Wife."

      That's "Grove Rent-A-Wife" to you, in the person of Carol ...
    • Summer Of '85: The Atocha Yields Her Riches - Duration: 54 seconds.

      • 4 weeks ago
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      Thirty years ago a fifteen-year quest came to an end for South Florida treasure hunter Mel Fisher with the discovery of the wreck of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha off Key West. Fisher's search for t...
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    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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