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    • TBT: People & Pets & Paintings - Duration: 2 minutes, 14 seconds.

      • 6 days ago
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      1955: Pets For the Young, Art for Their Elders

      "Moderns Snubbed By Elderly Artists," read the headline in Sunday edition of The Miami News.

      "Greater Miami's elderly amateur painters aren't havin...
    • Summer Of '85: A New Place to Get Your Book On - Duration: 2 minutes, 18 seconds.

      • 1 week ago
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      Miami-Dade's new Main Public Library opened with a splash on July 19, 1985, with a long line of library employees and patrons, some dressed as literary characters, passing books hand to hand down F...
    • Fort Lauderdale Scenes from the Days When TV Was Black & White - Duration: 37 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
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      These scenes of Fort Lauderdale were shot for WTVJ News in the early 1960s -- "b-roll" for a story about Fort Lauderdale's being named the fifth largest city in Florida.

      See more of Broward Count...
    • Summer Of '85: The Very Model of a Modern Major Shopping Mall - Duration: 37 seconds.

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      Bayside Marketplace was a fairly thoroughly worked out gleam in the Rouse Company's eye in 1985, as this footage of the developer's model for the complex demonstrates.

      Rouse, developer of Harborp...
    • Summer Of '85: Keeping Pride Alive in Tough Times - Duration: 99 seconds.

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      Miami's LGBT community turned out in big numbers for Gay Pride Week in 1985. In addition to a parade, the event featured a gathering at the Coconut Grove Exhibition Center.

      WTVJ sent a fresh-faced...
    • Summer Of '85: "I'll Take Fries with That, Mr. Governor" - Duration: 46 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
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      Bob Graham, who represented Florida in the U.S. Senate from 1987 to 2005, was famous for his "Workdays" -- working full eight-hour shifts at a variety of jobs, from police officer to garbageman to ...
    • Summer Of '85: Of Yogurt...And Yuppies - Duration: 2 minutes, 31 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
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      Yuppie: A young college-educated adult who has a job that pays a lot of money and who lives and works in or near a large city; short for "young urban professional" or "young upwardly-mobile profess...
    • Summer Of '85: Showing The Colors - Duration: 109 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
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      With best wishes for a Glorious Fourth, here's a quick trip around South Florida on July Fourth thirty years ago.

      First up, an unconventional holiday salute in an undisclosed location; next, a cla...
    • Summer Of '85: The "Wings of the Americas" Head for Europe - Duration: 89 seconds.

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      Business reporter Alan Mendelson barely contains his excitement while reporting on Eastern Airlines' new service to London, which took to the skies on July 15, 1985.

      Mendelson lounges (briefly) in...
    • Summer Of '85: An Unusually Sandy Olympics - Duration: 77 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
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      From the look of this news clip 1985's Lifeguard Olympics didn't have sunny weather on its side. But in those pre-"Baywatch" days fans of life saving took their fun where they could find it.

      This ...
    • Summer Of '85: Banking at Your Fingertips! - Duration: 2 minutes, 15 seconds.

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      1985: And It's Only $3 A Month!

      WTVJ Consumer affairs and technology reporter Alan Mendelson gets a look at banking-by-phone, a time-and-money-saving innovation of the gas-short 1970s coming back ...
    • Summer Of '85: Pull Up to the Bumper, Baby...And Jot Down My Highway Singles Club Number - Duration: 76 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
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      1985: Fueling Passion on the Road

      Back in the 1980s, consumer issues and technology were WTVJ reporter Alan Mendelson's beat. He covered a lot of stories that only got bigger as time wore on, such...
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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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