Floridays

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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Floridays
12:00 am
Sun January 7, 2007

Expert defends DDT for mosquito control

Postwar ad in Tallahassee Democrat
Credit Florida Photo Archives
  • An interview with a mosquito expert

The former director of the Indian River Mosquito Control District says the type of DDT that was used against mosquitoes was not harmful to humans.

Floridays
12:00 am
Sat September 9, 2006

Remembering World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle, beloved by G.I.s everywhere

Ernie Pyle

A Port St. Lucie retiree met Pyle while both were covering fighting in North Africa. 

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Floridays
12:00 am
Wed August 9, 2006

Remembering the Cuban Missile Crisis and the era of racial segregation

Roosevelt "Duke" Nelson of Fort Pierce talks about his role in the crisis, and an experience he had in South Florida. 

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