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February 25th, 2014 – Book: The Life and Legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune’ by Nancy Ann Long.

by on Feb.26, 2014, under Books, Florida History!

The Life and Legacy of Mary McLeod BethuneThe Life and Legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune by Nancy Ann Zrinyi Long

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a relatively short biography of Mary McLeod Bethune and very good. I debated giving it a 5 star rating. But, at the end are a set of individual memories of Bethune by various family and friends, which adds a so much to better define the biography.

The book is very thorough and well covers her life, along with the building of Bethune-Cookman College. It is also well written.

I’m trying to think of something to write bad about the book and it’s a bit tough. Maybe more about her personal life, but it appears her life was one of an endless engine for the college.

Bottom line: i recommend the book.

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May 15th, 2013: Orlando Remembered

by on May.15, 2013, under Buddies, Florida History!


Got together with my friends during our Orlando Remembered meeting at the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando this morning. Here’s a few of the attendees. First row: Ann Bennett, Shirley Cannon, Joy Wallace Dickinson and Tana Porter. it’s me and Grace Chewning in the back.

Had a great meeting with lots of plans to preseve Orlando history!

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May 8th, 2013 – Orange County History Makers Celebration

by on May.09, 2013, under Florida History!, Swampy's Florida


Attended the 8th Annual John Young History Maker Celebration put on by the Orange County Regional History Center. Grace Chewning, Peggy Jo van den Berg, Charlie Gray, Shirley Cannon, Bob & Texann Ivy Buck were there from our Orlando Remembered group.

Curtis Stanton was honored as a past History Maker for his extensive work as leading the Orlando Utilities Commission to what it is today. As Present History Maker, Rita Bornstein was recognized for her being president of Rollins College from 1990 until 2004 and her philanthropy.

As usual, I took no photos of myself but of Swampy. Above is a photo of Swampy with History Center volunteers with stacks of mini cupcakes handed out to attendees as they left.

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Coming this Saturday in Orlando, Florida: Funny Folks Behind the Serious Business of Cartoons

by on Sep.24, 2012, under Cartooning, Florida History!

Rob’s Swampy at the Orange County Regional History Center.

‘Funny Folks Behind the Serious Business of Cartoons’ is the name of a fun panel of Florida cartoonists and author Tim Hollis this Saturday at the Orange County Regional History Center.

Tim Hollis starts off the event at 12:30 with a talk about the history of cartooning and tourism. He will also be introducing his new book, ‘Part of a Good Breakfast’ about cereal premiums for the Baby Boomer set. Tim will be available to sign books after his talk.

The cartoonist panel starts at 1pm with cartoonists Bruce Beattie, Allen Bellman, Mike Osbun, Jeff Parker, Mark Simon, and me. Each will talk about the cartoon work they do.  Then the floor will open to questions from the audience.

Afterward be sure to take a stroll trough the Peanuts exhibit of comic strips reflecting outdoor issues.

I organized the cartoonist panel and dove tailed it with our annual Florida Chapter meeting of the National Cartoonists Society, which I am also Florida Chapter Chairman of. I’m also involved with the History Center.

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August 9th, 2012 – Florida History debut in Melbourne!

by on Aug.08, 2012, under Florida History!, Swampy's Florida

On July 28th I introduced the new Florida History text book at The Knowledge Exchange. I conducted to talks. One about cartooning and the other about Florida history. Above are some from the Florida history class.

During the cartooning class I got the attendees to contribute various ideas and we all came up with this scene.

Here’s a close up of the artwork.

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May 18th, 2012 – Sketches from the Pasco Co. Historical meeting!

by on Jun.01, 2012, under Florida History!, Sketchbook

Professor and author, Susan McManus was the guest speaker at the Pasco County Historical Society Meeting. As she spoke about her new book and showed slides, I sketched various buildings shown as fast as I could. A page of sketches is above with McManus in the center. Her new book, ‘Going, Going…Almost Gone’  is a continued history of southern Pasco County around Land O’Lakes and Lutz.

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March 21st, 2012 – Orlando Remembered and sketches.

by on Mar.25, 2012, under Florida History!, Friends, Sketchbook


Was at our Orlando Remembered meeting on Wednesday. Here are sketches I made during the meeting. Below is a photo of some of the gang during our meeting. From right to left: Chariman Bill Milligan, Bob Buck, Betty Bandy, Hillis Bandy, Robert Serros, Claude Hunter, Claude H. Wolfe and Steve Rajtar.

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January 25th, 2012: Working on Swampy’s Florida – Sarasota!

by on Jan.27, 2012, under Cartooning, Florida History!, Swampy's Florida, What\'s New?

Hard at work on the next Swampy’s Florida Coloring Book and Guide.


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October 10th, 2011 – Step-by-Step Pioneer Days painting.

by on Oct.10, 2011, under Florida History!, Illusration, What's New?

Above is the prepped version of the illustration for watercolor. This is an illustration for the Pine Castle Pioneer Days. It’ll be used for the poster, sign and other collateral materials.

This is the watercolored version.

Here is the finished version.

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