An exhibit is now open at the Florida Gulf Coast University ArtLab featuring the only known Jewish partisan to document their wartime experiences on film.
“Pictures of Resistance: The Wartime Photos of Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman” is a rare collection of images that captures the camaraderie, horror and loss, bravery and triumph of the partisans who fought the Nazis. READ MORE
Olympic gold medalist and record-breaking track and field star, Bob Beamon, is the new chief executive officer for the Art of the Olympians Museum and Gallery in Fort Myers.
Beamon is best known for his world record in the long jump at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, which remained unchallenged for 23 years. He has since been elected into the USA Track & Field and U.S. Olympic hall of fames. Beamon made Olympic history jumping 29 feet 2 1/2 inches, beating the previous record by nearly 2 feet and becoming the first man to jump more than 28 feet in the long jump. In a BBC interview at WGCU he said he felt like he was flying, “I don’t even want to come down. As a matter of fact I’m still up there right now as we speak. I just feel so wonderful about the accomplishments but I take my accomplishments very seriously in promoting the great vision that one needs to have in order to have an accomplishment of that magnitude.”
In 1999, he co-authored a book about his life titled “The Man Who Could Fly.” Beamon previously served as director of athletic development at Florida Atlantic University and most recently was associate athletic director at Chicago State University.
The Night Before Christmas, 2010
Tis the night before Christmas in Florida’s Southwest,
Not a bank that survived will lend or invest.
The stores are all open till the stroke of midnight —
In hopes a late shopper will come into sight.
Portfolios still hang with their stocks stripped bare
While Republicans dream of repealing health care.
The home equity we tapped has completely run dry,
But the rich keep getting a bigger slice of the pie.
Like rats returning to a sinking ship,
They’ve auctioned the condos we once planned to flip.
Tis the night before Christmas in our “underwater” house,
Not a crumb left over for even a mouse,
We’re dining on food stamps this Christmas night
In our remodeled kitchen, our Euro delight ---
The extension we added to help entertain
Still cluttered with posters from Obama’s campaign.
I’ve cut down on Viagra as has Mom on Botox
We’ve sent back to Comcast our new cable box.
That cruise round the world seems far off tonight
As we lie down in darkness to save on the light,
Waiting like children for the clatter and click
Of someone downstairs who might be Saint Nick.