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Photographs taken between 1975 and 1982 on Florida’s Space Coast.
((( 75-82 )))

photographs b/dave hogerty

PICTURES OF HOME (FLORIDA’S SPACE COAST) 1975-1981

VIDEO #1:

“Sweet Home Alabama”  —  Fishing at the end of SR 50 (Florida’s Road Thought Time & Space), looking across the Indian River Lagoon at Complex 39 and the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Sacred Ground. The last spot on Earth 12 American Astronauts touched, before walking on the Moon.

“Space Truckin'” (September 29, 1988) — Watching (“Just Say Go”) launch of Columbia, (STS-1), with a local (driftwood) artist/sculpton and his family in the front yard of their turn-of-the-century (20th) riverside cottage.

“Mississippi Queen” — Easter Bikini/Surf “contest” at the Canaveral Pier (1978)

“Reelin’ In The Years” — A nice (5-foot) day at the beach. Naked Surf (Cocoa Beach) Professional Surf (5th Ave. Boardwalk, Indialantic Beach)

“Summertime” — Indian River Baptism, off the Humphrey Bridge (between Cocoa and Merritt Island)

“Surfin’ Safari” — Twin-Fin Surfing (Sebastian Inlet)

“Signs” — The Lord’s Bootcamp (Merritt Island)

“Mama Told Me Not To Come” — More bootcamp religion

“Born to Wander” — and more. (Never Enough Religion)

“War” — UAW on strike against Chrysler

“Echos”  — Submerged reflection (Merritt Island)

“Space Station #5”
Montrose

JULY 1975 — After the last mission to the Moon (1972), NASA and the Soviet Union’s space agency began working together to build an International Space Station. Apollo-Soyuz, marked the end of the “Space Race” between the two countries, acknowledging the fact that the United States had won. Six years later, the launch of Columbia, America’s first space shuttle, left Russia more behind in the further exploration of space.
((( 1981 ))) Discovery Inaugural Shuttle

photographs by dave hogerty

A GOOD LOOK (above) — Taking in the sights at a Spring Break surfing competition at the Canaveral Pier, just north of Cocoa Beach.

SEBASTIAN INLET (middle) — As the number of tropical depressions and storms approaching Florida increases, so does the number of surfers flocking to Sebastian Inlet. With a good east or southeast swell, and south or southwest winds, this spot, 30 miles south of Melbourne Beach, and 70 miles north of West Palm probably produces the best peak on Florida’s East Coast. The waves wrap around the jetty that lines the inlet from the Atlantic and into the Indian River. The inlet, crossing under the A1A bridge, separates Brevard and Indian River Counties. Pat Mulhern, Bob Romahn, and John Valentine are three professional surfers who will compete in the Australian Stubbies Trials, September 3-5. Along with a number of other pros, the three will be competing for spots in the Australian competition held later in the yeor. The three Brevard County hopefuls have different styles. Muhern is known for his lightning quick maneuvers, Romahn is known to be fast and smooth, and Valentine is called gracefully fluid.

COLUMBIA (top) — The launch of Columbia, the inaugural space shuttle. (STS-1) left Canaveral, Florida (September 29, 1981) and landed two days later at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Columbia was NASA’s first manned mission to space since the last Apollo (17) flight to the Moon in 1972.

VIDEO #2:

COLUMBIA (April 12, 1981) — The launch of Columbia, the inaugural space shuttle. (STS-1) left Canaveral, Florida and landed two days later at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Columbia was NASA’s first manned mission to space since the last Apollo (17) flight to the Moon in 1972.

“Fortunate Son”  —  Cold and homeless in America, 1982. (Washington D.C.)

“Light My Fire” — Launch of space shuttle Columbia, and the peace-loving life guard at the officers’ club pool, 1981 (Patrick Air Force Base)

“Spill The Wine” — Saturday afternoon  in “The Park, Aerial “Fuck” from an Air Force (PAFB) helicopter flying out to a plane crash west of Melbourne. (1978)

“House of the Rising Sun” — Home movies (Cocoa Beach),  Indian River attack after a drowning off 520, just west of the Humphrey Bridge, Police arrest, with guns drawn, of a 14-year-old car thief (US1 North Cocoa), A young boy reacts to his mother being injured in an automobile accident (Cocoa Village), Hurricane David (1979) on the River Road (Rockledge),  A Poor Girl and her best friend at the front door of her apartment in Cocoa’s “Little Vietnam” neighborhood.

“Summertime” — Indian River Baptism, off the Humphrey Bridge (between Cocoa and Merritt Island)

“Surfin’ Safari” — Twin-Fin Surfing (Sebastian Inlet)

“Signs” — The Lord’s Bootcamp (Merritt Island)

“Mama Told Me Not To Come” — More bootcamp religion

“Born to Wander” — and more. (Never Enough Religion)

“War” — UAW on strike against Chrysler

“Echos”  — Submerged reflection (Merritt Island)

VIDEO #3:
Space Coast Evolution (1960-1980)

AMERICA — Watching a launch, State Road 50, Hall of Presidents, Weeki Wachee Springs, Fashion, Citrus Tower, Roadside Guns, Sacred Ground (VAB)

“CONTACT” —Coquina Gate (Rockledge), Earthrise, Inaugural Falcon Heavy launch, Contact (Voyager’s Return) Introduction, Soarin’

“If You Want To Get To Heaven”  —  Airboat on large lake near Orlando.

“Run Run Run”  —  Esther Williams, water skiing, Cypress Gardens (1950s)

“Surfing Hollow Days”  —  Surf Trip to Florida, Everglades, Alexander Springs, Satellite Beach, Daytona Beach, Hawaii. Filmmaker Bruce Brown’s movie before his most popular “Endless Summer” (1964)

“School’s Out”  —  Sebastian Inlet Surf, Spectrum Surf Shop, US192 (Eau Gallie Causeway) to the Mainland.

“Space Truckin'”  —  I-95 and Orange Ave. groves, north to Cocoa.

 

“Mainline Florida”  —  Return drive on the River Road to Cocoa Village. SpaceX landing (the most amazing aspect of the new space vehicles, even for those natives who have seen the evolution of space flight, since its beginning in the late 1950s.

VIDEO #4:
Space Coast Evolution (2016), not necessarily for the better.

 

SPACEX (2016) — Inaugural Falcon Heavy, State Road 50 to the Indian River Lagoon, SpaceX launch, with Idona Jelen and husband Tom Eberhardt, from a pontoon boat in the lagoon, just beyond the Titusville causeway, that leads out to Playalinda Beach and Complex 39.

“Hold Your Head Up”  —  Drive north on the Cocoa side of the River Road, on the way to the inaugural Falcon Heavy lauch. 

Waiting at the 1880 church across from the VAB. Including: Encounter with a family who demanded I delete picture I shot of them walking down a path to see the launch. When I refused to delete the pictures, the called the police, who suggested I find another place to shoot the launch. Of course I said “no,” the twin palms were part of the composition. Then, FED-X, WASTE MANAGEMENT, and being threatened by a friend of the photographed family. Also an Osprey hunting in the river in front of the Church. After a two-hour hold, finally the launch.

“Mainline Florida”  —  Return drive on the River Road to Cocoa Village. SpaceX landing (the most amazing aspect of the new space vehicles, even for those natives who have seen the evolution of space flight, since its beginning in the late 1950s.

“Tush”  —  Tropical Trail (Merritt Island) to Mather’s Bridge and Dragon Point, then on to Indialantic.

“School’s Out”  —  Sebastian Inlet Surf, Spectrum Surf Shop, US192 (Eau Gallie Causeway) to the Mainland.

“Space Truckin'”  —  I-95 and Orange Ave. groves, north to Cocoa.

“Green Grass and High Tides'”  —  Airboat ride on the St. Johns River (West Cocoa) The Lone Cabbage fish camp, Birds of many kinds, including a Bald Eagle nesting in a lone cypress tree, in the background of lazing gators on the river’s bank in the foreground.

“Do You Know What I Mean”  —  Rural West Cocoa, 520 to Cocoa/Rockledge.

“Phoenix”  —  Official replay of the inaugural Falcon Heavy, shot from the launch pad on the Cape, and then an animation depicting the SpaceX launch and landing.

“Stardust”  —  Looking to a commercialized future of space travel, exploration, and the social network spreading of misinformation.

“Contact”  —  The return to Earth of Voyager, Carl Sagan’s Cosmic Message in a Bottle, launched to explore our solar system, and hopefully make “contact” with extraterrestrial beings.

“Soarin'”  —  The aerial (global) opening of Epcot’s Spaceship Earth.

“If You Want To Get To Heaven”  —  Aerial view of an Airboat riding on a lake near Orlando.

“Falcon Heavy”  —  Still photograph reprise.

 

 

Drive north on the Cocoa side of the River Road, on the way

“Light My Fire” — Launch of space shuttle Columbia, and the peace-loving life guard at the officers’ club pool, 1981 (Patrick Air Force Base)