My Lost Florida

A Memoir (1943-2011) by Howard R. Wolf I AM, by NASA’s and National Geographic’s standard, to say nothing of Marco Polo’s, Somerset Maugham’s, and Orwell’s, an ordinary traveler, but life compelled me nonetheless to make a demanding journey over time and space: to visit South Florida innumerable times between 1943 and 2012, with the most poignant […]

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November 25: Architect of Collins Avenue

Morris Lapidus, an architect who designed more than 1,200 buildings, including 250 hotels worldwide and much of the skyline of Miami Beach, was born in Odessa on this date in 1902. Lapidus studied architecture at Columbia University and was doing mostly interior design for twenty years until Miami beckoned: In 1952, he designed the largest […]

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March 3: Jews in Florida

Florida was admitted to the United States as its 27th state on this date in 1845. Fewer than a hundred Jews lived in Florida at the time (out of a white population of some 66,000) — including David Levy Yulee, one of the new state’s first two senators and the first Jew in the U.S. […]

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