Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The 1982 Miami News Restaurant Poll



Thirty years ago, the Miami News published the results of their 2nd annual restaurant poll that asked readers to name their favorite Miami restaurants by category.

Some of the places to grab first place honors in 1982 Miami were....


  • Barbecue: Tony Roma's.



  • Steak: Daphne's at the Sheraton River House at 3900 NW 21st Street.



  • Seafood: Joe's Stone Crab.



  • Health food: Unicorn Natural Food Restaurant.
  • Here's the full list:

    Click to enlarge.

    Click here to read the complete story at Google News Archives.




    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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    Thursday, August 20, 2015

    1960s TV series, Surfside 6




    Via IMDb: "Ken, Dave and Sandy are three hip private detectives living on and working out of a houseboat in Miami Beach, Florida. A yacht, belonging to socialite Daphne, is anchored next to their houseboat. While not pursuing criminals, they spend time at the Fontainebleau Hotel chasing Cha Cha who works as an entertainer in the Boom Boom Room."

    Left to right: Lee Patterson (Dave), Diane McBain (Daphne), 
    Van Williams (Ken), Margarita Sierra (Cha-Cha), 
    Troy Donahue (Sandy).





    Icemaking in 1920's Miami - a $7 million business

    88 years ago in Miami....

    Before Miami Vice, there was Miami Ice, a $7 million industry.

    "Without ICE," the ad says, "Miami could not maintain modern standards of living - could not invite the world to its doors."

    From the Miami Daily News, Oct. 10, 1927.



    Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    South Seas Hotel 'On the Ocean near Lincoln Rd.'


    Ad for the South Seas Hotel in the Miami Daily News, May 18, 1946.

    Vintage postcard, circa 1940s.

    Present day.


    Monday, August 17, 2015

    Miss Miami 1963 on a Nike missile


    Flora Jo Chandonnet, right, Miss Miami 1963, sits atop a 
    U.S. Army Nike missile. 


    Miami News, March 30, 1963: A Beauty's Charming Spell Brings Her Magic City Title


    Sunday, August 16, 2015

    In Florida, there's no such word as 'winter'


    This 1968 British travelogue will show you Miami Beach, the Florida Keys and the Everglades, and then back to swinging Miami Beach again....all in about 8 minutes.

    "Miami Beach's Collins Avenue is part of a seven-mile-long strip of hotels...enough of them to stay in a room with a different view of the ocean every night of the year."






    Castro closes last Havana casino - Sept. 29, 1961


    Fifty years ago..... From the Miami News, Sept. 29, 1961:
    HAVANA (AP) - The last of Havana's gambling casinos closed down quietly within minutes after Fidel Castro had announced his government is cleaning up the city, once wide open.

    Addressing a huge rally at Havana's Square of the Revolution, the prime minister promised measures to rehabilitate Havana's prostitutes and drive out white slave racketeers.

    He warned dealers in the vice they face stiff penalties and told them to "go to Miami if they want. We will even pay their plane tickets." This was greeted with cheers.

    Also on page one of the paper that day: How to survive a hydrogen bomb attack.