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Segment: New life in Florida
Source: Interview with Sharyn Richardson, Secretary of Friends of the Everglades and personal assistant
to Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Videotaped at the Douglas House in Coconut Grove.
Length of Segment: 00:02:18
Transcript and audio recording are copyright 1983-2009 Florida International University.
Interviewer: "Are you from Florida?"
Richardson: "No, actually, I'm from Georgia. I grew up in Georgia and my husband and I moved down
here, because we always went to Florida, but it was basically Northern and Central Florida that we
visited when we were living up there. I'd never been south of... I think, I don't know, Orlando. I guess I'd
never been south and we [...] really wanted to move here, because we loved it and we used to drive for
hours and hours to go, to come to Florida on vacation. And my husband put in for Florida, and the only
place was Miami, so we said, 'We'll take it.' and here we are. I'm real glad we came because it's changed
my life, for sure, seeing, seeing the Everglades, I mean just seeing the Everglades, going to the
Everglades and seeing it. The place is magic, I mean, it's absolutely a magical place and that was
probably my biggest inspiration just seeing the Everglades, seeing the beauty. I'd never seen anything
like that before. There is nothing like that in the world and I knew then there was something wrong, and
I was going to do whatever I could to right that wrong."
Interviewer: "How long ago was that?"
Richardson: "It was about four years ago."
Interviewer: "Had you ever done anything like this before?"
Richardson: "No, as a matter of fact, my degree is in costume design and I've always worked in the
theater. And it's hard work, and I decided to just play housewife for awhile once we moved down here,
just until we got settled and made some friends, because we were total strangers and it never
happened. It just, I mean, I never found my way into the theater again. I was, sort of found this bypass.
I'm happy to be here. I couldn't go back to the theater again. The theater is too much of a passive
existence. This is where I belong, for sure."
Interviewer: "Thank you."
Richardson: "Thank you."