History in CynemaScope

The narratives in “History in CynemaScope” are not chronological histories; they are random time travel to different periods and places in, or linked to, the history of the U.S.A. Like a good historical novel or period film, these stories allow you to imaginatively relive the past, but unlike novels and films, your experiences of past events and eras in American history will be as accurate in detail and fact as the scholarly histories, diaries and memoirs upon which they are based.

History, however, even based upon the facts as we believe them to be, is open to interpretation, so you are welcome to comment on any experience you have here.

I believe that the only people who are not interested in history are the people who don’t know any. The history of the human race is our story, and in that ongoing tragicomedy, there’s never been a dull moment.

The Voice of Fort Myers (7/16/2017) - When WINK-TV went on air for the first time in 1954, the face that appeared on the small screens of …

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A Lovely Enigma (6/18/2017) - The entrance to the Edison Park subdivision on McGregor Boulevard is a lovely anomaly. A 7.5-foot statue of a woman …

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Weavers of History (5/14/2017) - Throughout our history, pioneering women have followed their husbands, willingly or not, into the wildernesses of the continent and made …

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Growing Glads (4/23/2017) -   Fort Myers, Florida, was once known as the gladiolus capital of the world. Gladiolus farms, especially in the Iona …

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LA FLORÍDA, ISLAND IN THE OCEAN SEA (4/16/2017) - In the mid-morning of Thursday, March 3, Don Juan was rowed out to his ship in the port of San …

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Mound Key, Silent Monarch (2/12/2017) - Dr. Ryan Wheeler, former Florida state archaeologist and current director of the R. S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology at the …

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A Lost Page in Fort Myers History (1/8/2017) - One hundred years ago today, on January 8, 1917, the weather forecast in the Fort Myers Press was for a …

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The Atlantic Coastline Railway Terminal-Her Flaming Youth, Her Failed Marriage, Her Fate (11/27/2016) - In 1982, the old Atlantic Coast Line railway station at 2031 Jackson Street in Fort Myers, closed since 1971, was …

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Fort Myers Celebrates the Election of 1885 (10/30/2016) - Fort Myers generally celebrated holidays and milestone events, like the coming of the railway, as if they were the 4th …

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Out of Determination and Scrap Lumber (10/16/2016) - On January 2, 1912, a group of Fort Myers’ leading citizens met to form the Lee County Hospital Association. Among …

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Andrew D. Gwynne Institute (10/2/2016) - Standing on the corner of Second and Jackson Streets in Fort Myers, in a weedy yard enclosed by a low …

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Surviving Mosquitoes (9/4/2016) - The Little Fly “Mosquito” is the Spanish word for “little fly.” Indeed, mosquitoes belong to the order of fly called …

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The Birth of the Great Caloosahatchee (7/31/2016) - Fourteen thousand years ago, as the ice blanketing North America slowly receded, exposing a peninsula that Spanish explorers a thousand years later would name "Florida" (flowered), a river began its slow rise from a shallow valley in the southwestern portion of the peninsula. It would be named "the river of the Caloosa," or "Caloosahatchee." This 877-word lyric description of a river rising is a slow-motion, time-lapse rendering of continental emersion and human history...portending the inevitable---continental submersion.

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Flushing Lake Okeechobee (7/17/2016) - WHOSE IDEA WAS IT, ANYWAY? To paraphrase an old joke, when you’re up to your whatever in sewage, it’s difficult …

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The Florida Colonies in 1776 (7/3/2016) - Any reference to Florida’s role in the American revolution must be parenthetical, like, (Meanwhile, down in Florida) … Our story …

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The Father of Fort Myers (6/26/2016) - Early this year, the governor of Florida issued a proclamation in commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the founding of Fort …

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The Mother of Fort Myers (5/29/2016) - In May, we honor and celebrate our mothers. For those of us who call Fort Myers our home, May is …

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Going to the Movies in Fort Myers (5/8/2016) - On a September evening in 1908, the lantern lights in a wood-frame storage building behind a saloon on First Street …

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Falling in Love with Fort Myers…in 1897 (4/24/2016) - New England hotelier, Karl Abbott, came to Fort Myers for the first time in December, 1897, with his father, Frank …

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Excavating Cuba (4/10/2016) - “Havana lies 250 miles straight south of Pine Island Sound. It’s a 2-day sail, if the wind is just right.” …

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Beverley (3/20/2016) - From any angle you look at it, her life makes a good story. The headline could read Fort Myers Native …

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THE MARRIAGE OF TRUE MINDS (2/21/2016) - Their love was forbidden; their survival as an interracial couple in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War and through …

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Fort Valentine (2/14/2016) - On Valentine’s Day in 1850, a U.S. Army fort was established on the south bank of the Caloosahatchee River in …

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The Fabled Royal Palm Hotel (1/31/2016) - Crossing the Edison Bridge into Fort Myers, one glimpses to the left the garden setting of the historic Burroughs Home …

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The Flick of a Mullet’s Tail (1/17/2016) - In February, 1866, 150 years ago next month, the first settlers on the site of present-day Fort Myers, Florida, arrived …

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Christmas on Microfilm (12/28/2015) - On November 22, 1884, newspaper editor Stafford Cleveland published the first issue of the Fort Myers Press (predecessor of the …

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Miss Ella (12/13/2015) - On December 25, 1915, a lady of noble heart opened her home to the children of her community and gave …

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Bulldog Towles Gets His Courthouse (11/29/2015) - In 1915, the citizens of Fort Myers must have taken a large measure of pride in the modernization of Fort …

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Thanksgiving (11/22/2015) - 1621, PLYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS On a russet November day in 1621, in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, just across the bay from Cape …

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The Little That I Have Done (11/8/2015) - McGregor Boulevard is 100 years old this year. When it was completed in 1915, it was the only hard-surfaced road …

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Landfall (10/11/2015) - At about 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, 1492, a native of an island over four thousand miles west, south-west …

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The Burroughs Home – If You Build It, They Will Come (10/4/2015) - Sometime in the 1920s, the Fort Myers Press ran this story: “The beautiful Burroughs home on First Street was the …

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The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center-Culture on the Wings of Commerce (9/13/2015) - Barbara Hill, Executive Director of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates Foundation, leaned slightly to Berne Davis, a member of …

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View from a Barber’s Chair (8/23/2015) - Photo of Blake Landrum in one of his barber chairs Throughout the past 84 years in the history of downtown …

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THE GHOST OF MCCOLLUM HALL (8/2/2015) - April, 1938 It is dusk in Safety Hill, a community just east of the Atlantic Coast Line railroad tracks in …

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FATHER (6/21/2015) - Almira (Allie) Russell Hancock If it didn’t hurt so much, Allie would laugh. Here she was, a well-bred St. Louis …

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The Most Romantic Town in Florida (6/7/2015) - THE MOST ROMANTIC TOWN IN FLORIDA As June is traditionally the month for weddings, it seems an appropriate time to …

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The Delighful Ironies of History (6/2/2015) - THE DELIGHTFUL IRONIES OF HISTORY Ft. Myers, Florida, was not always a paradise of palms. In 1850, when US Army …

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THE CHINA CUP (3/29/2015) - The history of Fort Myers, Florida, has been woven into the narrative thread of many a novel. The story of …

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