Floridays

Floridays
12:00 am
Thu August 9, 2007

Six decades later, Smathers-Pepper senate race remains controversial in Florida

Claude Pepper
  • An interview with a lawyer

The bitter contest in the early 1950s saw incumbent Claude Pepper ousted by challenger George Smathers. Fort Pierce lawyer Brad Culverhouse, who much later worked for Pepper, gives his take on the campaign.

Floridays
12:00 am
Thu August 9, 2007

Crayola Crayon inventor became philanthropist in Fort Pierce

Edwin Binney's great-granddaughter, Sally Chapman, tells the story.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sat August 4, 2007

'Barbecue Charlie' case scared generations of youngsters in Indian River County

Charlie was a fisherman accused of  a killing in which the body was burned in an oil drum. 

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Floridays
12:00 am
Mon June 4, 2007

Fort Pierce's Coca-Cola plant produced the famous soft drink in iconic green bottles

  • An interview with manager's daughter.

That was decades before 2-liter plastic containers hit the market. Business at the local plant started booming during World War II, when thousands of military personnel were stationed nearby.

Floridays
12:00 am
Thu April 12, 2007

No one's sure how Vero got its name

But it might have been derived from the pen name of a letter writer to an early newspaper. The  person signed letters as Veritas, which is the Latin word for truth. Pam Cooper of the Indian River County Library is investigating that and other possibilities, some of which she has debunked.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sun April 8, 2007

Remembering Backus Boats in Fort Pierce

Tommy Taylor says the company made landing craft during World War II. Some of the boats were shipped to Washington and then sent back to Fort Pierce where they were used in military training on the beaches.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Sat April 7, 2007

Miami Dolphins fan started buying game tickets when they cost $7.50

  • An interview with a Dolfan

Now, the St. Lucie County retiree pays $98 each for her 50-yard line seats. She has remained loyal to her team since it was started in the 1960s.

Floridays
12:00 am
Thu April 5, 2007

Sisters in Moore Haven caught and sold snakes to make spending money

Allen milks a rattlesnake

Ross Allen bought snakes from them for his famed reptile attraction at Silver Springs in Ocala.

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Floridays
12:00 am
Fri March 9, 2007

Seminole's former chairman remembers gator wrestling, casino building

  • An interview with a legendary Seminole

James Billie has been dubbed Big Chief Moneybags for his role in establishing casino gambling on the tribe's reservations. 

Floridays
12:00 am
Sat February 3, 2007

Harbor Branch site 'looked like Sahara' at first

That's what the old mining site north of Fort Pierce looked like the first time Marilyn Link flew over it.  

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