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La Floridiana by Will Moriaty
   Now in our fifth calendar year
    PCR #234  (Vol. 5, No. 38)  This edition is for the week of September 13--19, 2004.

LA FLORIDIANA
What’s In A Name? A Look at the Origin of Names of Florida’s Towns and Counties J to K....Happy 20th Anniversary, Miami Vice
 by Will Moriaty
THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW
"Sky Captain and The World Of Tomorrow"
 by Mike Smith
ODDSERVATIONS
Open Letter from "The Association of Ex-Headbangers Turned Republicans"
 by Andy Lalino
COUCH POTATO
First Look: Rio Carbon MP3 Player....Fanzine Memoirs....Couch Potato Notes
  by Vinnie Blesi
SPLASH PAGE
Teachers Aren't In It Alone....Centrist? No For Nader!....Nothing Is Better Than Football Season
 by Brandon Jones
MATT'S RAIL
Trib Article Misses The Mark....OOOO, What A Lucky Man--He Was....Bush Speak
 by Matt Drinnenberg
MIKE'S RANT
It's Just Emotion Taking Me Over....Love That Bill....Please be Our Friends....The Nominees Are....Just Good Old Boys....Union Rules....Hey, Rowengardner--You Suck!....Happy Birthday To Me....Meet The Beatles, Part 34
 by Mike Smith
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What’s In A Name? A Look at the Origin of Names of Florida’s Towns and Counties J to K

"La Floridiana" continues its tireless mission to provide to you, our valued reader, just what those Florida town and county names mean...

JACKSON (County of): Named in honor of Andrew Jackson who was the territorial Governor of Florida and later became President of the United States, this is Florida’s third county, established on August 12, 1822.

JACKSONVILLE (Town of): Also named in honor of Andrew Jackson, originally the Timucuan Indians called this area “Wacca Pilatka” which means “place where cows cross’, in reference to the Spaniards herding of cattle in that region. The Spaniards called their settlement here on the shores of the St. John’s River the “Ferry of St. Nicholas”. After the Americans took over, they referred back to the Indian translation and renamed the area “Cowford”. In 1822 Isaiah D. Hart, Daniel Hart and Zachariah Hogan platted the area on the north bank of the St. John’s and renamed it to Jacksonville, which also serves as the seat for Duval County.

JEFFERSON (County of): The thirteenth county was established on January 30, 1827 and named in honor of Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States who had died on July 4th of the year preceding the county’s foundation. Monticello is the county seat.

JUPITER (Town of): The Indians called the place “Jobe” or “Jove” from the Indian names Xega, Jaga and Jeaga. Pronounced “Hoe Bay’, the name stuck to nearby Hobe Sound. When English map makers saw Jobe and Jove, they wrote “Jupiter”. The name then inspired the names of “Juno”, “Mars” and “Venus” for nearby towns, which were served between 1889 and 1895 by “the Celestial Railroad”, which was run by the Jupiter and Lake Worth Railway. Jupiter is located in Palm Beach County.

KENNETH CITY (Town of): Located in Pinellas County, this small town, which was incorporated in 1957 and named after developer Sidney Colen’s son Kenneth Colen.

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS (Town of): Located in Clay County, this town was originally called Brooklyn. In 1922 J.J. Lawrence of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was responsible for the adoption of this present name in honor of his home state, which is called the “Keystone State”.

KEY WEST (Town of): Southernmost city of the lower 48 States, Key West is an Anglicized version of the Spanish words “Cayo Hueso” or “Bone Island”, so named due to the large amount of human bones found by the Spaniards upon their arrival there. The bones were thought to be those of native Indians that were there either due to battles, or as a burial area. The word “Hueso” (pronounced “Wesso”) was translated into “west”, which seemed appropriate, as it is one of the westernmost of the Florida Keys. It had also been known as Allentown, Thompson’s Island and Port Rogers. John Simonton settled it in 1822. The City of Key West is the county seat of Monroe County.

KISSIMMEE (Town of): Located in Osceola County, this is an Indian name that no authority has been able to find a definitive origin from. Also the Bass, Johnson and Overstreet families founded the county seat, Kissimmee before the Civil War.

Happy Twentieth Anniversary "Miami Vice"
Thursday September 16, 2004 will mark the twentieth anniversary date of the debut episode of "Miami Vice".

The NBC series which ran from 1984 to 1989 featured Don Johnson as Miami Vice detective James "Sonny" Crockett and Phillip Michael Thomas as Bronx Armed Robbery Division detective Ricardo Tubbs, who join forces and eventually become partners in their efforts to track down a Colombian drug lord known as "Calderon".

Filmed almost exclusively in the sultry and palm lined streets of Miami, Florida, "Miami Vice" was a groundbreaking series produced by filmmaker Michael Mann that featured fast paced action interspersed with popular songs of that era. It was, in a sense, "MTV Cops", as one of its creators had aptly described it.

Originally slated to be known as "Gold Coast", the name was changed to "Miami Vice" prior to its September 16, 1984 debut airing which was a two-part episode known as "Brother's Keeper", the premise of the episodes being that Tubbs, after having had his NYPD brother Rafael Tubbs killed by Calderon, headed south to Miami where Rafael's assailant was rumored to be. As a result, he unknowingly runs into Miami Vice detective Crockett in a set-up drug deal gone bad. To Crockett's chagrin, he finds out that Tubbs is not a dealer for Calderon but with the NYPD under cover - - or so at first he's lead to believe! Regardless, Tubbs earns himself a job as a Miami Vice detective and the series went on to becoming one of NBC's most successful series.

Recording artists as diverse as Devo, Tina Turner, Autograph, Dire Straits, the Damned, the Tubes, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Animals, Gladys Knight, the Who, Ted Nugent, Russ Ballard, Gato Barbieri, the Blasters, Chaka Khan, George Benson and the Wailing Souls complimented the mood and powerful imagery of this highly creative production. In addition, producer Mann limited fashion and filming to reflect and enhance the tropical colors of Miami and the South beach Deco District, hence the use of pastels and white in the actors wardrobes, and the reinforcement of the tropical deco look utilizing glass block, neon and chrome, always with a backdrop of aqua color waterways with speedboats and fluffy white clouds against brilliant Caribbean skies.

By 1985 many high profile personalities outside of the usual Hollywood roster wanted a piece of Vice, so it was not unusual to see people such as former Chrysler honcho Lee Iacocca, Watergate burglar G.Gordon Liddy and rock star Ted Nugent make guest appearances. The show also featured actors such as Ed O'Neill, Bruce Willis and

For the most comprehensive compilation on this show, link to the Miami Vice Chronicles website at http://www.wildhorse.com/MiamiVice/ . Also check out this column's summary of the show as it appeared in PCR #99.

The legacy of Miami Vice is presumably not quite dead yet. Michael Mann plans on bringing the series back to the big screen sometime in the future as noted in PCR #112. Also a Miami Vice Convention is slated to be held in Miami Beach between September 29th and October 3rd of this year. For more information on that, consult with the Miami Vice Chronicles we site listed above.


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