Remembering Andrew

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Remembering Andrew
11:09 am
Thu August 9, 2012

The Jock

Men work on a home damaged by Hurricane Andrew.
Florida State Archives

We’re psyched to be able to share a piece of archival Hurricane Andrew ephemera from a familiar voice for some South Florida radio listeners. Joe Johnson  has been a DJ at Majic 102.7 for the last 25 years. He hosts the nationally syndicated “Beatle Brunch” show.

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Remembering Andrew
1:21 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Kindness Awards

A nomination for a “Kindness Award” received by Homestead councilwoman Judy Waldman.
WLRN

One of the themes that’s emerged as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, is how the storm inspired a lot of good intentions, as well as just pure kindness.

In 2002, Homestead sought to commemorate the tenth year anniversary of the storm. The area had been, by far, the hardest hit during the storm.

Judy Waldman was on the Homestead City Council the year Homestead was planning the commemoration.

She said what struck her most about the time following the hurricane was the way people had banded together and helped their neighbors and strangers.

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Remembering Andrew
11:47 am
Wed August 1, 2012

One Tough Little Girl

Susan Holtzman with a photo of her daughter, Elise.
Luc Cohen

For Susan Holtzman, the really terrifying parts of Hurricane Andrew didn’t begin until the day after the storm.  Susan was nine months pregnant at Baptist Hospital in Kendall.  It was the day before she was due to give birth.

She compares what she saw to a movie:

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Remembering Andrew
1:46 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Lost and Found

Manny Alen's plane after Hurricane Andrew.
Hurricane Andrew: Path of Destruction

When Hurricane Andrew hit, Debbie Wehking from Kendall was relieved that the people in her life were okay, but as the years went by, Wehking started to miss some of the things Andrew took away.

It’s only as time has past that I’ve realized that little things can have an important sentimental value.

We asked you what you lost during Hurricane Andrew that was of sentimental value.    WLRN-Miami Herald News intern, Luc Cohen, produced this story about what listeners lost during the storm.

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Remembering Andrew
12:08 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

The Flamingo Photo

The iconic image of flamingos in the Miami Metrozoo bathroom before Hurricane Andrew.
Ron Magill

One of the most iconic images of Hurricane Andrew is a photograph of flamingos, huddling on their toothpick legs in a tiled bathroom.  Ron Magill, now communications director for Zoo Miami, snapped that picture after he and other staff (of then Miami Metrozoo) rounded up the flamingos and put them in the bathroom for safety.

I remember thinking, gosh, you know, this hurricane better come after all this work because I’m working my butt off and it better not be for nothing.

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Remembering Andrew
10:19 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

The Green Blotch: Hurricane Andrew Through A Six-Year-Old's Eyes

Danny Rivero and his brother, Alexis, at their uncle’s wedding the day before Hurricane Andrew. They were furious about having to wear tuxedoes. Danny was the ring-bearer.
Danny Rivero

Danny Rivero is our social media editor here at WLRN. You don’t hear his voice on the radio, but Danny’s is the voice of WLRN on TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr.

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Remembering Andrew
10:26 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

My Mother's Hands

Geoffrey Philp

Geoffrey Philp shared his story and poem about an old transistor radio with Kenny Malone on WLRN.  Philp inherited that radio from his mother, who carried it with her from home to home, even as they moved in Jamaica and later, around Florida.

It was the radio he listened to during Hurricane Andrew. Even though the radio no longer works, Philp can’t bring himself to get rid of it.

Philp is a poet, novelist, playwright and English professor at Miami-Dade College. Below is an homage he wrote to his mother.

My Mother’s Hands
 by Geoffrey Philp

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