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    • On This Date in 1956... - Duration: 47 seconds.

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      ...A Miami Photo Studio Was Printing Giant Portraits of Ike

      America liked Ike in 1952 -- enough to elect Dwight David Eisenhower president -- and he was still popular as the election of 1956 appro...
    • Americana '76: Clogging! - Duration: 104 seconds.

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      WTVJ's Darryle Pollack gets into the swing of clogging with the help of Bill Milliken, a Coral Gables firefighter, in this 1976 news story. Milliken also taught his wife Linda and five hundred othe...
    • Bicentennial-Era Firepower in South Florida - Duration: 104 seconds.

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      1976: Echoes of Lexington & Concord in 20th-Century Miami

      WTVJ's Ben Stone drops in on the Palmetto Muzzle Loaders, group of vintage arms enthusiasts, and learns how to load and shoot a Revolution...
    • Miami Beach Police Chief Rocky Pomerance Knew From Conventions - Duration: 119 seconds.

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      1976: Maintaining Order, Avoiding Violence

      Rocky Pomerance got into police work as a foot patrolman on Miami Beach in 1950, but it was the city's remarkable run of political conventions -- Republi...
    • On This Date In 1976... - Duration: 25 seconds.

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      ...It was Rocket Day at Pinewood Acres private school.

      Looks like fun!

      Subscribe to the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives’ YouTube channel and tune in to the fascination an...
    • 70s Tech: Microwave Oven Tips from Before Anyone Had a Microwave Oven - Duration: 65 seconds.

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      1976: "These Ovens May Become the Wave of the Future"

      Lisa Wolfson checks out that new kitchen appliance, the microwave oven, from just about every angle, from radiation leakage (no need to worry)...
    • Colombians vs "Miami Vice" - Duration: 77 seconds.

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      1986: Not Everybody Was a "Vice" Fan

      Call it a "Miami Vice" minority report -- WTVJ's Jon Crane found some South Floridians who were none to happy with the massive mid-1980s hit.

      Not fans of the ...
    • On This Date... - Duration: 26 seconds.

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      ...In 1976, residents of Matecumbe Key hopped into a yellow school bus and rode to Wometco's Dadeland Twin Theater to see "Treasure of Matecumbe," an adventure yarn about buried treasure on the tit...
    • Here's A Hobby That Will Ring Your Chimes - Duration: 2 minutes, 22 seconds.

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      1976: It's a Phamily of Phone Phans!

      WTVJ's Bob Mayer meets up with Paul Engelke, a Southern Bell phone installer, and checks out Engelke's extensive collection of telephones and telephone memorab...
    • 70s Tech: This Watch Will Keep You Un-Time - Duration: 2 minutes, 10 seconds.

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      1976: The Colors of Time

      German architect, designer and hater of alarm clocks Tian Harlan talks about his chronological invention, the Un-Time watch, with WTVJ's C. T. Taylor.

      Harlan's timepiece ...
    • America's Bicentennial: Miami's March King - Duration: 2 minutes, 28 seconds.

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      1976: "Uncle Henry" Kept Miami Marching

      WTVJ's Al Sunshine gets into the patriotic swing of the Bicentennial with this profile of Henry Fillmore, "Miami's March King," aired on July 3rd 1976.

      Fil...
    • America's Bicentennial: A Traditional 4th of July Barbeque - Duration: 25 seconds.

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      Residents of the Towne House Convalescent Home celebrated America's Bicentennial with a traditional barbecue, enlivened by a special appearance by Uncle Sam.

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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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