It Happened in Florida

It Happened in Florida

by E. Lynne Wright
     
 

From Ponce de Leon's tumultuous discovery of a "Land of Flowers" to the astonishingly slipshod 2000 presidential election, this book provides a quick and unique look at the history of this vibrant state. Within these 30 stories readers will meet a bizarre philanthropist who single-handedly recovered a precious stolen gem, the immigrant who grew the world's greatest

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From Ponce de Leon's tumultuous discovery of a "Land of Flowers" to the astonishingly slipshod 2000 presidential election, this book provides a quick and unique look at the history of this vibrant state. Within these 30 stories readers will meet a bizarre philanthropist who single-handedly recovered a precious stolen gem, the immigrant who grew the world's greatest orange, the brave pilot and passengers of the world's first airline, the clever inventors of the air conditioner and Gatorade, and the steadfast queen of Miami's Art Deco district.

Editorial Reviews

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Readers are invited to take a "behind the scenes tour of some of the characters and episodes from the Sunshine State's vibrant past." Wright employs a conversational writing style, sprinkling little-known facts into her narrative. Stories span a variety of well-known historical figures—Ponce de Leon, Osceola, Henry Flagler, Marjory Stoneman Douglas—and events, such as the opening of Walt Disney World, the Cuban Missile crisis, and the election snafus of 2000, with episodes not so well known, in stories such as "Tampa Nurse Builds A Hospital," "Dr. Gorrie Makes Ice," and "Philanthropist Solves A Mystery." Wright selects anecdotes that enliven Florida's history. She shares stories gleaned from her research such as the invention of Gatorade, how Augustus Busch's ill-advised remark caused Walt Disney World to be built in Orlando, Florida, instead of St. Louis, Missouri, the mystery of Osceola's missing head, and the saga of the missing "barefoot mailman." A section called A Potpourri of Florida Facts includes the location of the world's smallest police station, the revelation that circa 1900 Jacksonville was the place to be for the film colony, and information about the world's longest conga line. A recommended purchase for public and school library collections. Although this resource will not provide enough in-depth information for report writers, it's sure to appeal to readers looking for supplemental information on Florida history or those interested in quirky stories. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Globe Pequot, 151p. bibliog. index.,
— Tricia Finch

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762710546
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2002
Series:
It Happened in Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.49(d)

Read an Excerpt

By any calculation, St. Petersburg, Florida, had one heck of a New Year's Day celebration in 1914-brass band, parade, auction, and a march into the history books. Most of the three thousand people lining the waterfront had probably never so much as seen an airplane before and the clunky contraption of wood, wire and painted cloth bouncing in the water didn't look as though it could possibly get airborne. But the events of that day entitled future city leaders to install a plaque in the St. Petersburg International Airport with the proud proclamation: "The Birthplace of Scheduled Air Transportation."

Meet the Author

Vero Beach resident E. Lynne Wright is the author of More than Petticoats: Remarkable Florida Women. Her short stories, non-fiction articles, essays, and book reviews have appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Hartford Courant, Mature Lifestyles, Woman's Day, and many anthologies and literary magazines.

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