• Miami Dade College Wolfson Archives: From the Everyday to the Extraordinary.

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    • On This Date In 1970... - Duration: 87 seconds.

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      ...Women's Rights Were Debated At The Tiger Bay Club

      Women's rights was a prominent feature of the political ferment of the 1960s and 1970s, as this short WTVJ news clip vividly records. Four spea...
    • Christo 1935 - 2020 - Duration: 8 minutes, 25 seconds.

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      He wrapped the Reichstag and miles and miles of California mountains, draped the Pont Neuf in Paris and more than 7,500 gates in Central Park, but in Miami, the artist Christo is remembered as the ...
    • On This Date In 1970... - Duration: 2 minutes, 4 seconds.

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      ...New Storm-Tracking Technology Was Ready To Go

      On the first day of Hurricane Season fifty years ago today, WTVJ's Tom Lague was at the National Hurricane Center, where he checked out technical i...
    • On This Date In 1955, Miami Female Fliers Flexed their Wings - Duration: 49 seconds.

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      On May 30, 1955, South Florida's flying women were checking out their planes and taking practice runs for 1955's Powder Puff Derby, about ten days away.

      These women encountered bad weather on race...
    • Scenes from Miami's Drug War, 1972-1986 - Duration: 27 minutes.

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      Pot busts. Heroin busts. Cocaine busts. Crack house busts. This explosive selection of TV news stories traces Miami's Drug Wars from the early 1970s to the crack cocaine epidemic of the mid-1980s.
    • "Behind the Scenes: Requesting Footage" - Duration: 2 minutes, 39 seconds.

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      Ever wondered how an archive works?

      How unique, historic moving image materials and institutional documents are preserved?

      How media makers -- from national networks to students -- access archi...
    • On This Date In 1985... - Duration: 61 seconds.

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      ...It Was Just Like "Miami Vice," If "Miami Vice" Was a Sitcom

      Thirty-five years ago one of the oddest chapters of South Florida's Drug War played out at an unspecified port of entry.

      Two travele...
    • On This Date In 1955... - Duration: 36 seconds.

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      ...Al "Scarface" Capone's House in Miami Beach Was On the Market

      In 1955, less than ten years after the the most famous mobster ever died there, the mansion at 93 Palm Avenue was up for sale. WTVJ...
    • On This Date In 1970... - Duration: 31 seconds.

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      ...This Cute Cape Florida Cottage Was Ready To Open

      Fifty years ago the restoration of the Cape Florida light passed a milestone with the opening of a replica of the lighthouse keeper's cottage ad...
    • Skipper Chuck Explains Memorial Day - Duration: 14 minutes, 8 seconds.

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      In this segment taped for "Popeye Playhouse" (or for "The Skipper Chuck Show") the Skipper, dressed in his Popeye Playhouse uniform, explains Memorial Day to "the little ones" in his audience.

    • 1970: "The Unisex Concept" - Duration: 88 seconds.

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      WTVJ's Ike Seamans journeys to Boca Raton to explore South Florida's first unisex clothing shop, the Here & Now Boutique," and talk to the boutique's owner, Al Gordon.

      Gordon thinks unisex clothes...
    • On This Date In 1970... - Duration: 32 seconds.

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      ...Why Is Everybody Standing Downwind?

      On May 20, 1970, local law enforcement authorities lit up seven hundred pounds of marijuana seized in drug raids. WTVJ News was there to capture the well-con...
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  • MDC Archives' Vlog: "Behind the Scenes" Play all

    Catch a glimpse as what goes on "Behind the Scenes" at Miami Dade College's Archives.
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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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