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Those Who Best Describe The Sunshine State.

Florida’s Holy Trilogy

Florida. Home to the World’s most famous, infamous, insightful, and entertaining story tellers.



1865 Jules Verne  “From The Earth to The Moon”
1985 Carl Sagan  “Contact”
Cosmic Message In A Bottle.

Frank Zappa

“Earthrise” b/ Bill Anders (Apollo 8)

Land Of Exploration & Discovery

1492Conquest of Paradise


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1514Peter Martyr writes of a land near the Bahamas with fresh water Springs of eternal youth.

1564Jacques LeMoyne
St. Johns River
Northeast Coast
Timucua Indians


1773William Bartram 
St. Johns River
Seminole (celebratory feast)

Alachua Tribe Chief Ahaya The Cowkeeper
Boston Tea Party
“Amazing Grace”

1831John James Audubon
First Expedition
St. Augustine
Halifax River
St. Johns River
Second Expedition
Charleston to Indian Key
Florida Bay
Cape Sabal
Sandy Key / Rookery
Nesting Tropical Birds
Dry Tortugas
Indian Key

— Harold Newton (Florida Highwaymen)

1955A.E.(“Beanie”) Backus
The Florida Highwaymen
African American Landscape Painters
Fort Pierce, Florida
Harold Newton was convinced by A. E. Backus, a prominent Florida landscape artist, to create paintings of landscapes rather than religious scenes. Newton sold his landscapes from the trunk of his car because art galleries in South Florida refused to represent African Americans.

Out Of The Grove, Onto Masonite

The following year, Alfred Hair began taking formal art lessons from Backus and, after three years, also began selling landscape paintings.

Newton and Hair inspired a loose-knit group of African American artists to follow their leads. Newton is recognized by fellow artists for his technical inspiration while Hair is the considered the leader and catalyst “who set the tone for the group through the 1960s.” They attracted a group of a “young, energetic” artists who painted large quantities of brilliantly colorful impressionistic landscapes that they each sold from their cars.


In 1970, the group lost its charismatic leader when Hair was killed in a barroom brawl at age 29 and the prodigious output of the movement’s artists began to wane. By the 1980s, a shift in public tastes and the growth of corporate entities like Disney World further reduced the demand for the movement’s art.

1995Jeff Cardenas
“Marquesa: A Time & Place With Fish”
[Guy Harvey / Wyland]

Clyde Butcher Big Cypress Gallery
Tamiami Trail (/ˈtæmiˌæmi/) The southernmost 284 miles (457 km) of U.S. Highway 41 (US 41) from State Road 60 (SR 60) in Tampa to US 1 in Miami. A portion of the road also has the hidden designation of State Road 90 (SR90). The 163-mile, north–south (hidden) section (SR45) extends to Naples, whereupon it becomes an east–west road (hidden SR 90) crossing the Everglades, and forming part of the northern border of Everglades National Park). It becomes Southwest 8th Street in Miami-Dade County, famous as Calle Ocho in the Little Havana section of Miami, and site of the annual Calle Ocho Festival, before ending east of Miami Avenue as Southeast 8th Street at Brickell Avenue in BrickellDowntown Miami.

1851 — Harriett Beecher Stowe

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Harriett Beecher Stowe (stereoscope) in front of her small house near her tangerine grove on the St Johns River, just south of Jacksonville.

“Uncle Tom’s Cabin”
1851Harriett Beecher Stowe 
1917James Weldon Johnson
NAACP Leader 
“Cross Creek”
1928Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Orange Grove between Orange Lake and Lochloosa MOFRO — J.J. Grey (anti Florida development)

“Their Eyes Were Watching God”
1937 Zora Neale Hurston


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1937Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston (1901–60), born in poverty in the all-Negro town of Eatonville and a graduate of Barnard College, spent four years collecting folklore, which she published in Mules and Men (1935), and Tell My Horse (1938).


“The Yearling” 
1938Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

1939 — The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind.

“Everglades: River Of Grass”
1947 Marjory Stoneman Douglas

[Ernest Hemmingway / Tennessee Williams]

1967John McVee (Gemini)
Summer of Love (San Francisco)

1968 — Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland
1969 — Vietnam Apollo 11 Woodstock 

1970Frank G. Slaughter (Cape Canaveral)

1971 — Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Blue Oyster Cult … 
1972 — Reellin’ In The Years

A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation

1973 — Jimmy Buffett
1974Living & Dying in 3/4 Time
1974 A1A

“Tourist Season”
1986Carl Hiaasen (Miami Vice)
“Double Whammy”
1987Carl Hiaasen
1988 —
1989 — Steel Wheels, Living Colour, Bill Hicks, Jethro Tull v. Metallica …

“HOOT” (2006) A film based on Carl Hiaasen’s book for young readers is the story of a group of children in the Florida Keys trying to save a burrowing owl habitat from destruction. The Owls live on the intended construction site of a big-chain pancake house, and the developer of the project intends to proceed regardless of the environmental damage it would cause. Hoot features live burrowing owls and music by co-producer Jimmy Buffett. Buffett also plays the role of Mr. Ryan, the science teacher.
“Tales From Margaritaville” 
1989Jimmy Buffett

Palm Beach Babylon”­
1992Murray Weiss

“Life On Mars”
1996Alexander Stuart

Harry Crews
Jerry Uelsmann
Edna Buchanan
Dave Barry
Joel Achenbach
Laura Kelly
John GroganMarley & Me
Jim Morin
Michael O’Brien
Red Morgan
Tory Boyd (Torin) Day In The Life Of America, Tokyo
Maurice Rivenbark
Tom Kennedy
John Moran
Bill Wax
AC Harper
Al Diaz
Sandy Felsenthal — Flag Drapped Woman Washington D.C.
Kevin Kolczynski
CJ Walker
Allen Eyestone
Mark Mirko
Mark Busek
Pat Clark
Philip Brooker
Steve Crowley
Alan Zlotky
Dana Smith
Tim Rivers
Jim Virga
Clyde Butcher



Steve Crowley

John D. McDonald (Travis McGee)
Tim Dorsey
Randy Wayne White

Harriett Beecher Stowe “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”
Orange/ Tangerine grove/ St. Johns River/ Palatka
James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938), perhaps best known for his 1912 novel Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man. He was also the first black to be admitted to the Florida bar (1897) and was a founder and secretary of the NAACP.


1852Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Marjory Stoneman Douglas (b.Minnesota, 1890–1998), who came to Miami in 1915, was the author of several works reflecting her concern for the environment, including The Everglades: River of Grass (first published in 1947), Hurricane (1958), and Florida: The Long Frontier (1967).
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (b.Washington, D.C., 1895–1953) came to Florida in 1928 to do creative writing. After her first novel, South Moon Under (1933), came the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Yearling (1938), the poignant story of a 12-year-old boy on the Florida frontier in the 1870s.


Elmore Leonard
Michael Connelly (“California Soul”)
James Hall
Johnny Knowles
Things to do in The Everglades
1920s — Prohibition
1930s — Radio Days (Europe)
1940s — Radio Days (Pacific)
1990s — Post Cold War

2007 — Living Colour Wimbash

2008 — Little Axe Wimbash

2009 — NYC HOMECOMING / Bernard Fowler, Living Colour (Chair In The Doorway Tour 2009)
Summer Camp in Hartford to Halloween in New York. 

Lenny White was 18 years old when he played on Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, one of the most important “jazz” recordings ever made.

“Drum Boogie”
Lenny White
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