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Title: James Alward Van Fleet collection
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Copyright Date: 1950
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Florida i

By SANM
"Something Doing in Florida" v
in this paper for many year:. If it
plenty to talk about this week. an
For Florida is alive and mor.mia
ahead faster and with more pur-
pose than ever before.
Those of us who think Jackson-
ville .is the only place that an,
business is done in Florida ar.d that
the rest of the State is reserved
for tourists and fun, should taKe a
trip down the West Coast, The
Tampa-St. Petersburg area is fain..
bursting with energy. There are a-
many traffic jams in Tampa a-
there are in Jacksonville. People
are going places, albeit a bi: sl,:,-
ly on some occasions.
Miami has had a wonderful Sum-
mer. It's been good all dov.n the
East Coast. And if the number of
cars bearing foreign licenses pa; -
Ing through Jacksonville is any crL-,
terion, we're in for a bigger .sea ,n
than ever before. ,

Miami had a big meeting the past
few days to get the momentum roll-
ing for the Inter-American Cultural
and Trade Center it proposes to
build.
We met Supreme -Court Justice
B. K. Roberts on the street here
the other day and found that he
is duly Impressed by what Miami
plans to do in that connection.
"A project worth $25,000,000
that contains $2,000,000 worth
of streets and approaches alone
is something that you could ex-
pect of Miami," the Justice de-
clared. "That's about half what
the Pentagon in Washington
cost. It's a tremendous affair,
and it is a jood bet that Miami
will put it across."
The center has the blessing 'of
President Truman, Congress and a
great number of just plain citizens.
Secretary of Commerce Charles
Sawyer came down the other, day
to pinpoint attention on' the proj-
ect.
Miami quite wisely has enlisted
the support of the rest of the State
of' Florida in the matter and has
appointed a number of leading citi-
zens to committees to further, the
development of the center. '"We
don't want your money, we just
want your backing," is the way the
support is enlisted. Miami got the
Orange Bowl started that way. And
the pattern probably will work
again.

Homecoming at the University of
Florida was another outstanding af-
fair of the week, with the old favor-
ite football coach, Lieut. Gen.'James
A. Van Fleet coming back to make
one of the major addresses.
It was a war and a half ago
when General Van Fleet first
put the Gators on the gridiron
map by taking ,them up to West
Point and almost beating the
Army. That probably was when
the Gators started setting the
reputation for "almost beat-
ing" a lot of rugged foes. The
narrow and hotly contested ver-
dict which was won by Army


In 1214 caused quite a sensa- *
tion and was widely publicized.
Eser since then Gators have
fed on moral victories. such as
the one garnered aL Atlanta last
week.
But %e diCre-s. a!s we find it quite
easy to do now that the infirmities
of age take holo. ,It's so easy to
7ay. "On. I forgot. that My memory
] uh't. what it u:ed to be" And the
odd: are that it neser was.)
An .' Iy. '. It as quite a homecom-
ing. uait a lot of nel, ouiidLigs and
a partially new staidum to show
the old gracis 5ho flocked back in
record number.. Most of them are
.secretly glad they did not have 'to
:,, to scnjol in such a hubbub and
ire cmninri.:,n of 10.003 moving
o.:.l e. But they are proud tnaL we
hase suen a mammoth monument
to education, and are envious of the
younger generation for being able
to take it in stride.

Honors in agriculture came to
Florida during the week in the
form of an award as Star Farmer
of America to Forrest Davis Jr. of
Quincy. Davis, a fine-looking chap
of 21, was recognized by the Fu-
ture Farmers of America Founda-
tion, winning a prize of $1.000.
Davis already had wrested 45
similar prizes from the soil of-,
West Florida. His earnings since
he started farming in earnest
some nine years ago total 545,-
000. Anyone familia- with the
difficulty of digging dollars out
of the dirt will appreciate lully
what the young man has done.
Davis' record and the recogni-
tion he has earned are an in-pira-
tion not only to himself but also
to thousands of other young Floridi-
ans. Florida is noted at a play.
ground State, and that 'part of our
life gets widespread publicity. But
every now and .then something
comes.up 'to remind us 'that lots of
people really work in Florida to
keep the playground' open.

The week also saw the prices
of barbershop necessities climb
in Jacksonville. The cost of a
haircut .was upped to $1.00 and
a shave climbed to 65 cenli. At*
least, as far as we know, these.
excursions Into higher mathle-
matics took place last week. 1%e
hadn't been in for,quite a while
to have our locks shorn. It
*looks as if it might be a little
while longer before we'go back
again. The last time we had a
shave in a barber shop it cost
us 25 cents.

There also was a trend in the
other direction here during the
week. A used car dealer offered any-
one who would buy one of his "new-
ly used cars" a television iet abso-
lutely free. That takes' us back to,
the days when you were awarded
a cap and a belt for buying a suit
of clothes--not used-for $10.


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