Miami Stories http://blog.wlrn.org en For 89 Years, A Charmed Life In Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/89-years-charmed-life-miami <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Miami Stories is a project by&nbsp;WLRN, the Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald and&nbsp;HistoryMiami.&nbsp;To share your story,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.historymiami.org/research-miami/miamistories/miami-stories/submit/" style="color: rgb(62, 72, 122); margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">click here</a>.</em></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 19:45:24 +0000 Lisann Ramos 31364 at http://blog.wlrn.org For 89 Years, A Charmed Life In Miami The Many Different Smiles That Make Up Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/many-different-smiles-make-miami <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This story, as told by Marcos Oliveira, is part of an oral history series.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">My experience here in Miami has shown me that here you have the opportunity to make relationships with many kinds of people. This gives you ample possibility to be flexible with people and at the same time with yourself.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:05:46 +0000 Lisann Ramos 29181 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Many Different Smiles That Make Up Miami Tooling Around Miami As A Teen In The ’60s http://blog.wlrn.org/post/tooling-around-miami-teen-60s <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">This is the story of Joe Arango as told by him.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">My Miami story began the day my KLM flight touched down from Cuba at Miami International Airport.</span></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 00:05:37 +0000 Lisann Ramos 25683 at http://blog.wlrn.org Tooling Around Miami As A Teen In The ’60s Plunging In: How Miami's Beaches Were Integrated http://blog.wlrn.org/post/plunging-how-miamis-beaches-were-integrated <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Garth Reeves was a young World War II veteran when he came home to Miami and went to work at his father’s newspaper, the </span><em style="line-height: 1.5; ">Miami Times</em><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">He bought property, paid taxes and voted in elections. But the beach at Virginia Key was the only one where black residents could go without trouble.</span></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:55:02 +0000 Laura Coburn & Lisann Ramos 18037 at http://blog.wlrn.org Plunging In: How Miami's Beaches Were Integrated After No Goodbyes In Cuba, Exile Makes Miami Home http://blog.wlrn.org/post/after-no-goodbyes-cuba-exile-makes-miami-home <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I arrived in Miami in the early </span>1970s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, I never could imagine that I would end up calling this city home.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We came to Miami after a short stay in Spain. I came with my parents, Isabel and Ramon Santos, and my younger sister, Ana. Like many young children, we were excited about moving into a new place, learning a new language and making new friends.</span></p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:41:31 +0000 Gemma Santos 17087 at http://blog.wlrn.org After No Goodbyes In Cuba, Exile Makes Miami Home Superintendent Learns Lesson: Where You Are From Doesn't Dictate Where You Can Go http://blog.wlrn.org/post/superintendent-learns-lesson-where-you-are-doesnt-dictate-where-you-can-go <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every day I wake up with a spirit of excitement and anticipation of what the day may bring, in large part because of the incredible community that has become my adopted home, Miami.</span><br>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 10:38:00 +0000 Alberto Carvalho 16415 at http://blog.wlrn.org Superintendent Learns Lesson: Where You Are From Doesn't Dictate Where You Can Go Veteran Takes A Chance On 1950s Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/veteran-takes-chance-1950s-miami <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Somewhere in the middle of 1951, my father, </span>Cpl<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Norman </span>Segermeister<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, emerged from his commitment to the U.S. Army.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><br><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:04:00 +0000 Mitchell Segermeister 16037 at http://blog.wlrn.org Veteran Takes A Chance On 1950s Miami Early Settler Recalls Miami's Bustling Black Neighborhood Called "Colored Town" http://blog.wlrn.org/post/early-settler-recalls-miamis-bustling-black-neighborhood-called-colored-town <p>My maternal grandparents, Sam D. and Ida Ellen Roberts Johnson, were born in Harbour<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Island, Bahamas. It is believed that their </span>foreparents<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> were among the millions of black slaves forced from West Africa and sold in the West Indies.</span><br>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:35:00 +0000 Dorothy Ellen Jenkins Fields 15604 at http://blog.wlrn.org Early Settler Recalls Miami's Bustling Black Neighborhood Called "Colored Town" Former City Commissioner Recalls Uncharted Waters From Cuba To Coral Gables http://blog.wlrn.org/post/former-city-commissioner-recalls-uncharted-waters-cuba-coral-gables <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For me, the most important journeys have led to South Florida.</span><br>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:11:00 +0000 Maria Anderson 15208 at http://blog.wlrn.org Former City Commissioner Recalls Uncharted Waters From Cuba To Coral Gables Former Franklin Roosevelt Campaign Manager Settled In Pioneer-Era Coral Gables http://blog.wlrn.org/post/former-franklin-roosevelt-campaign-manager-settled-pioneer-era-coral-gables <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">My father, Ernest Peyton Jones, worked for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was his campaign manager for the southeastern United States and became the associate commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration. &nbsp;&nbsp;My mother, Betty Schwab Jones, was the secretary for Sen. George Norris of Nebraska.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">They married in 1936 and lived in Washington.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 14:22:00 +0000 Louan Jones Zagarino 14195 at http://blog.wlrn.org Former Franklin Roosevelt Campaign Manager Settled In Pioneer-Era Coral Gables Big Milt's Story Has Its Share Of Pathos, Just Like Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/big-milts-story-has-its-share-pathos-just-miami <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I can imagine my dad's excitement leaving gritty Newark behind him and hitting the highway in his old Studebaker bound for paradise . . . Miami Beach. I can see the bathing suit postcards guiding his way and hear the ocean calling his name: M-I-L-T-O-N B-R-A-N-D, come on down!</span></p> Mon, 27 May 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Natalie Altman 14345 at http://blog.wlrn.org Big Milt's Story Has Its Share Of Pathos, Just Like Miami After Bay Of Pigs And Pedro Pan Campground, Cuban Exiles Build Family In Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/after-bay-pigs-and-pedro-pan-campground-cuban-exiles-build-family-miami <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our family came from Havana, a beautiful city that some have called a tropical paradise.</span><br><br>My brothers and I came to Miami on a Pan American flight and were taken to a campground that the Pedro Pan organizers had set up in Kendall, near where Town &amp; Country Mall now stands. We were there for about two weeks before being sent to Albuquerque, N.M., where we were taken in by the family of Dr. Eugene Purtell.<br>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 12:10:00 +0000 Rene Ruiz 13638 at http://blog.wlrn.org After Bay Of Pigs And Pedro Pan Campground, Cuban Exiles Build Family In Miami Early Miami Pioneer Recalls Early Days Of South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/early-miami-pioneer-recalls-early-days-south-florida <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I was born Martha Anne Peters in Victoria Hospital on Dec. 20, 1937, a second generation native-born </span>Miamian<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Mon, 06 May 2013 18:21:00 +0000 Martha Anne Collins 13331 at http://blog.wlrn.org Early Miami Pioneer Recalls Early Days Of South Florida Desegregation Pioneer Recalls School Integration In Miami http://blog.wlrn.org/post/desegregation-pioneer-recalls-school-integration-miami <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I was born in Nashville and spent the first four years of my life in Tuskegee, Ala.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">My father, Dr. John O. Brown Sr., moved to Miami in 1955 to begin his practice in ophthalmology. To this day, I'm glad he did.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We had neighbors who were white and black. Our next-door neighbor was an older white lady who inspired my mother's love for growing orchids and my brother's passion for collecting butterflies.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:27:00 +0000 Gala Brown Munnings 12222 at http://blog.wlrn.org Desegregation Pioneer Recalls School Integration In Miami