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    • Marcella Makes Her "Lava Hors D'oeuvre" Just For You - Duration: 73 seconds.

      • 7 hours ago
      1976: Miami's Favorite Italian Chef Tries TV

      In the mid-1970s a WTVJ reporter named Lisa Wolfson covered the foodie beat, although "foodie" wasn't a word yet. Wolfson reported on new kitchen innov...
    • 70s Tech: Savor the Flavor of Square...Eggs - Duration: 91 seconds.

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      1976: Eight Corners, Six Sides of Eggy Goodness

      Because there hadn't been enough social upheaval in the 1960s and 1970s, along comes a MIami plastics manufacturer with another innovation for the A...
    • 70s Tech: The Hydrofoil! - Duration: 78 seconds.

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      1976: A Seagoing Solution to Troubling Traffic

      What happened when people "thought outside of the box" in the 1970s? Joan Hall reports on one breakout solution for the commuter's problems: Hydrofoi...
    • Music News from the Age of Cassette Tape - Duration: 94 seconds.

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      1986: Don Johnson's First Single Hits Air

      Thirty years ago America's top TV cop wore white linen jackets and loafers without socks and didn't shave terribly regularly and it turned out, as WTVJ's ...
    • "It SOUNDS Like Miami!" - Duration: 2 minutes, 10 seconds.

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      1983: Miami Radio Discovers An Unlikely Hit

      "Only In Miami" was the fourth track on Side One (Records had sides then. Google it.) of Bette Midler's 1983 album "No Frills." It's a sad song with a w...
    • On This Date In 1986... - Duration: 30 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      PAAAAAARRRRRTTTTYYYYYY! It's Y-100's Birthday!

      On August 16, 1986 Miami rock radio station Y-100 threw itself a birthday party at Miami Marine Stadium. The station was just thirteen years old, so ...
    • On This Date in 1976... - Duration: 93 seconds.

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      ...Gas Prices Hit Seventy Cents and Self Service Was Just Down the Road

      WTVJ's Joan Hall reports on a gas price hike -- to seventy cents, or more accurately, 69.9 cents -- on the consolidation of ...
    • Big (Sculpture) News from Boca Raton - Duration: 103 seconds.

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      1986: A Boca Behemoth Gets Put In Its Place

      Thirty years ago a swervy, curvy office building called One Boca Place was under construction on Glades Road.

      The new building boasted 283,000 square...
    • On This Date in 1976... - Duration: 2 minutes, 10 seconds.

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      ...John "Handsome Johnny" Roselli Swims With the Fishes

      Johnny Roselli's career in organized crime was a spectacular journey from Chicago to Hollywood to Vegas. But it all came to a gruesome end o...
    • On This Date in 1986... - Duration: 102 seconds.

      • 3 weeks ago
      ...The Miami Arena Got Off to a Star-Studded Start

      NBA star Billy Cunningham, impresario Zev Bufman, Latin pop star Julio Iglesias and Xavier Suarez, then the Mayor of Miami, hastened to a barren ...
    • Burger King's New Taste Sensation for 1986 - Duration: 93 seconds.

      • 4 weeks ago
      It's French Toast Sticks!

      The doors of Burger King's restricted-access test kitchen swing open for WTVJ consumer reporter Alan Mendelson, who gets a taste of french toast sticks about a month befo...
    • Opening Night at the Coconut Grove Playhouse - Duration: 47 seconds.

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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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