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Sol Schnapp was the self-appointed king of nursing homes, bringing song, laughter and joy to the hearts of seniors.
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Hank Cohen, Miami Herald photographer
Hank Cohen was a Miami Herald photographer in South Palm Beach County for 12 years in the 1950s and '60s. He went on to become photo editor at the Boynton Beach News. He and wife Miriam Brown Cohen, a former Herald correspondent in Delray Beach, also built up The Florida Horse Journal. Here is an album of some of Hank Cohen's photos for The Miami Herald.
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Frank Sinatra, singer, actor, celebrity, let some of his cool style rub off on Miami and Miami Beach.
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President John F. Kennedy visited South Florida
President John F. Kennedy's visits to Miami often seemed to come at crucial moments. Not yet inaugurated as president he visited Key Biscayne to meet with defeated challenger Richard M. Nixon. Kennedy was back in 1962 to console the defeated invaders of the Bay of Pigs. He came again in 1963, just days before his assassination.
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Ben Novack, creator of the Fontainebleau
Ben Novack was a Brooklyn native who moved to Miami Beach in 1940 with $1,800. He started by operating hotels, the Monroe Towers, the Cornell, the Atlantis and the Sans Souci. In 1954 he opened the crescent-shaped Fontainebleau, and dubbed it the eighth wonder of the world. He toughest moment came in 1977, when he lost the Fontainebleau in bankruptcy. He died in April, 1985.
Jacque Fresco doesn't dwell on the past. He works single-mindedly on the future - his version of the future, that is. In Fresco's world, all countries share their resources; all manual labor is done by machine; there is no poverty, hunger or war; there is no government or need for money; adults work only three days a week; everyone gets to pursue their personal interests. Fresco, by turns futurist, author, inventor, philosopher and dreamer, has been working toward that place he calls "The Venus Project" for all of his storied life
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Elian Gonzalez, the rescued boy who turned all eyes on Miami
On Thanksgiving day 1999 a little Cuban refugee was found drifting alone in an inner tube by two fishermen off Fort Lauderdale. His mother had died at sea, as the boat they were in sank. The rescued boy, Elian Gonzalez, went to live with relatives in Miami. But Elian's father in Cuba (and Fidel Castro) demanded that the boy be returned to Cuba. The struggle for the little shipwreck survivor eventually caused a major rift between the U.S. government, which wanted him to go back to his father, and most Cuban exiles who hoped he would be spared communist indoctrination. Elian's stay ended abruptly on Easter weekend with a raid by armed federal agents. He was then reunited with his father in Cuba.
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Winston Churchill visits Miami, 1946
After Winston Churchill led a battle-scarred Great Britain through the ravages of World War II, he sought sun and tranquility -- and found them in Miami. On doctor's orders to escape England's winter, he vacationed here on New Year's Day 1946, about eight months after the war in Europe ended. While here, he painted scenes of the beach and visited Hialeah Park. In February 1946, Churchill received an honorary degree from the University of Miami. He accepted it before an audience of 17,500 at the then-Burdine Bowl, later renamed the Orange Bowl.
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Charles Whited, Miami Herald columnist, 1966-1991
Staff writer Carl Hiaasen began the obituary this way: "Miami Herald columnist Charles Whited, one of South Florida's warmest and wisest voices, died early Wednesday at age 62." Hiaasen went on to quote veteran reporter and editor Gene Miller this way: "In the history of The Miami Herald, Charlie is the finest chapter." Whited's column about Miami appeared, usually five days a week, from January, 1966 to July 4, 1991, just days before his death.
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Luis Posada Carriles, anti-Castro figure
A jury acquitted anti-Castro figure Luis Posada Carriles in 2011 of charges of lying to immigration officials about how he entered the U.S. in 2005 and his alleged role in bombings in Cuba in 1997. Posada was not charged with placing the bombs or organizing the bombing campaign at Cuban tourist sites or with sneaking into the country illegally.
Posada told U.S. immigration officials that he did not arrange for anyone to plant the bombs at Cuban tourist sites and insisted that he entered the Unites States across the Mexican border, assisted by a migrant smuggler.
A paid CIA agent for at least 12 years in the 1960s and 1970s, Posada participated indirectly in the Bay of Pigs invasion and later moved to Venezuela, where he served as head of that country's intelligence service. He was arrested on charges of planning the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed 73 people. A Venezuelan military court dismissed the charges, but Posada escaped from prison before a civilian trial against him was completed.