One need only look at Willie Wonka to know the eccentricity of chocolate makers. In this case, a chocolate factory in downtown Vero Beach not only has Ronald McDonald greeting passersby but other marvelous unseen eccentricities as well. It’s nice – or should that be spooky? – to see the burger clown lives on somewhat after his retirement by McDonald’s in 2016.
It will take some access to a deep core memory to remember when there was a “theatre” in Theatre Plaza in downtown Vero Beach. Historic in its role for breaking Indian River County away from St. Lucie County over the rather improbable desire to watch movies on Sunday, something outlawed in the early 20th Century by the St. Lucie potentates. Then came the Florida Theater that lasted for decades until multiplexes and cable TV did it in, turning the building […]
This video by the Florida Historical Society frames Jack Kerouac’s time in Central Florida around the writers-in-residence program now situated in his old Orlando home. One can only commend the people who devoted the time and energy it took to preserve this nondescript cottage as a rare Florida physical representation of the literary Beat Generation. The beginning of the video get a bit unnerving when it appears they are going to conflate the actual Beat Generation with the media-spawned, commercialized […]
“I waited in a dark alley behind Mexican kitchens because her sister wasn’t supposed to see me. Dogs ran by. There were little lamps illuminating the little rat alleys. I could hear Terry and her sister arguing in the soft, warm night. I was ready for anything.” – from On The Road by Jack Kerouac Kerouac’s description of a Los Angeles alley makes the rather clean, well-lit Alligator Alley in downtown Vero Beach look like a movie set.
The SLNC (Schuyler Line Navigation Company) Magothy general cargo ship is seen docked at Port Canaveral during the Starlink 11 Falcon 9 booster recovery. The Magothy was recently chartered by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command and ran cargo to McMurdo Station along the coast of Antarctica as part of Operation Deep Freeze at the beginning of 2020. Its mission for the U.S. Military must not be over since the Magothy’s next port of call after Port Canaveral is Guantanamo […]