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More Than One Way To Skin A Cat

More Than One Way To Skin A Cat

Most schools, including those in what is today Indian River County, were one-room shacks built of palmetto logs where a pitcher pump in the yard provided the drinking water, and all subjects, except arithmetic and penmanship, were taught through oral recitation.

February 2011
What Really Happened To Flight 19?

What Really Happened To Flight 19?

Vero Beach has been the scene of several of the most intriguing mysteries discovered in Florida: the bone fragment found by James Kennedy that seems to feature the earliest artwork known in North America; the skeletal remains of an Ice Age man that were unearthed, then lost; the ancient fossilized bones of a gigantic sloth that also roamed the area.

December 2010
See You Later, El Lagarto

See You Later, El Lagarto

I grew up in Miami feeling sorry for people up north who had to wear earmuffs and who weren’t famous for Al Capone, Seminoles and alligators. No one I knew had ever actually seen Al Capone, although my father once claimed that he smoked the same cognac-dipped, bahia-wrapped cigarillos that Scarface smoked.

December 2010
Florida’s Most Beloved Storyteller

Florida’s Most Beloved Storyteller

“My favorite book is A Land Remembered. My name is Saige Osceola and I am a Miccosukee Indian. I am 11 years old and my favorite author is Patrick D. Smith.

November 2010
Crazy About Crackers

Crazy About Crackers

My husband Don and I used to go to an ancient saloon in Sweetwater with a sawdust-covered, beer-washed floor, where a live band played country western music while we nibbled on frog legs – deep fried in sizzling peanut oil – and in between sets, listened to recordings of Eddie Arnold.

November 2010
September Remember... Who Can Forget?

September Remember... Who Can Forget?

Autumn doesn’t announce itself in Florida with flannel shirts and frosted pumpkins.

September 2010
Goodbye, Grand Dame

Goodbye, Grand Dame

More than 80 years after opening its doors, the elegant Mediterranean Revival-style building at 2225 Club Drive is awaiting the demolition squad, unless a preservationist steps in to relocate it.

September 2010
Four Thousand Miles From D-Day

Four Thousand Miles From D-Day

D-Day (J-Jour to the French) began in the early morning of June 6, 1944 on a spring low tide when 150,000 Allied soldiers in a 5,000-vessel armada crossed the English Channel to disembark on a rocky, seaweed-strewn stretch of the beaches of Normandy.

June 2010
Little Island of Memories

Little Island of Memories

On Sept. 29, 2007, a small group of former prisoners of war gathered on a tiny island in the Indian River just south of the Merrill Barber Bridge.

May 2010
Bridge: A Matter of Life and Death

Bridge: A Matter of Life and Death

While Vandal hordes hammered at the gates, St. Augustine, the fifth-century patron saint of theologians and sore eyes, put his fingers in his ears and theorized that time did not exist before the beginning of the world.

May 2010