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CONTENTS OCTOBER 2016 • VOL. 17 ISSUE 10
ON THE COVER – University of Florida alumna Sophy Mae Mitchell, who turns 85 this month, with the “Pride of the Sunshine” Gator Marching Band last year. She has played in the alumni band for nearly every homecoming game since 1973. PHOTO BY GABRIELLE CALISE
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Tapas Community Page Charity of the Month
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Calendar of Events Theatre Listings Crossword Puzzle
by Donna Bonnell
by Nick Thomas
“I Knew I Was Going to Beat It”
Review by Terri Schlichenmeyer
BY GABRIELLE CALISE
BY PEGGY MACDONALD
Veteran Francis Scholtz Pearl Harbor Survivor Who Later Soothed Soldiers with Music BY MICHAEL STONE
A Place in the Sun Sophy Mae Mitchell, the First Female Fightin’ Gator Marching Band Member
Local Luminaries Discuss Their Battles with Cancer
Spotting False Promises Helping Area Seniors Fight Fraud BY MICHELLE CERULLI MCADAMS
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FROM THE EDITOR œ ALBERT ISAAC
Cancer Awareness Chances are pretty good that you or someone close to you has battled cancer. In my case, this dreaded disease has struck my mom and my sister — proving them both to be strong-willed survivors. This disease has also claimed two of my college roommates, while some of my other friends are still ﬁghting with remarkable tenacity and hope either the disease itself or the aftereffect of therapeutic radiation and other treatments. So with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we bring you a story about two local survivors (you might recognize these names) and their experiences beating the disease and being cancer free. On a much lighter note, we caught up with a University of Florida alumna who just happens to be the ﬁrst female to march in the “Pride of the Sunshine” Gator Marching Band. Meet Sophy Mae Mitchell, a woman who has performed with the alumni band for homecoming every year (except for one) since the event began. And yes, this octogenarian plans to attend the Gator Band Alumni Weekend on October 14-15.
Being a “Gatorbone,” I had once marched in the Gator Alumni Band, some years back. It was a marvelous and surreal experience. At the time I hadn’t played my trombone in about a decade. And it showed. But I marched onto that ﬁeld with my fellow band members, clutching my sheet music against my bell, and gave it my best. It was a gazillion degrees that day, but as luck would have it, a brief but drenching downpour fell upon us after we marched onto the ﬁeld. My music dissolved into a clump of illegible soggy pulp. Luckily, we were nearly ﬁnished by this time. The gazillion degree temperature suddenly dropped to below zero. (I could be exaggerating, but it was cold!) I saw one of the Gatorettes shivering (not an exaggeration). Miraculously, I remembered the ﬁght song well enough to play it without having to read the music as I marched off the ﬁeld. At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Good times! On yet another note, we bring you an article about Seniors and fraud. Don’t be scammed! Read about things to be wary of, from the telephone to the Internet. Lastly, we continue with our series on World War II veterans. If you know of a WWII veteran in North Central Florida who would like to tell his or her story to Senior Times, please email Michael Stone at MichaelStone428@gmail.com. As always, we hope you enjoy this edition of Senior Times! s
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OCTOBER R 4, 1927 From 1927 to 1941 the 400 workers at Mount Rushmore were building a memorial that people from across the nation and around the world would come to see for generations. Ninety percent of the mountain was carved using dynamite. Workers cut and set charges of dynamite of speciﬁc sizes to remove precise amounts of rock. Construction ended on Oct 31, 1941.
Bear with me
OCT 13, 1958 958 Paddington Bear has been featured in more than 20 books. Paddington books have been translated into 30 languages across 70 titles and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.
OCTOBER 23, 1941 The fourth Disney animated feature ﬁlm, “Dumbo” was released.
It is based upon the storyline written by Helen Aberson about a circus elephant deemed Dumbo d bbecause of his bbig ears. In re recent news, The Ringling Bros. T and a nd Barnum & Bailey Circus used Bail B elephants in its elep e perf performances for the ﬁnal time in May. The circus company has used elephants in its shows for the last 145 years but changed its policies after animal rights groups and others campaigned against the practice.
OCTOBER 15, 1951
“I Love Lucy” is often regarded as one of the greatest and most inﬂuential sitcoms in history. The black-and-white series originally ran on CBS from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957.
OCTOBER 27, 1904 The New York City subway began operating, becoming the ﬁrst underground & underwater rail system in the world.
OCTOBER 30, 1938 The radio broadcast, “The War of the Worlds,” panicked millions of Americans. Actor Orson Welles and the Mercury Players rs dramatized the e story by H.G. Wells depicting a Martian artian invasion of New w Jersey. Their script criptt utilized simulated ted radio news bulletins, which h many listeners thought were real.
Susan Sarandon OCTOBER 4, 1946 Activist and Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon is perhaps best known for roles in “Bull Durham,” “Thelma and Louise” and “Dead Man Walking.” Born in New York City, Sarandon began acting after college. In 1975 she landed a role in the cult classic ﬁlm “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” She went on to win an Academy Award for her performance in “Dead Man Walking,” and received Oscar nominations for her roles in “Atlantic City,” “Thelma and Louise,” “Lorenzo's Oil” and Years Old “The Client.” Aside from ﬁlm acting, Sarandon is involved with charity work. In 1999 she rreceived the Amnesty International USA Media Spotlight Award for Leadership and the same year was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
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Hillary Clinton (69) October 26, 1947
Christopher Lloyd was born in Stamford, Connecticut, on October 22, 1938. The awardwinning actor became an apprentice in summer stock productions at age 14 and appeared in more than 200 stage productions before working in ﬁlm. Lloyd made his big-screen debut in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 1975, which won ﬁve Academy Awards. He also starred in the commercially successful Back to the Future ﬁlms as the eccentric Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown. One of Lloyd’s more famous television roles was as “Reverend” Jim Ignatowski on the hit series Taxi.
Sigourney Weaver (67)
Jeff Goldblum (64)
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October 22, 1952
Cliff Richards (76)
Caitlyn Jenner (67)
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Joseph Bauer, Jr., seated, is ﬂanked by the barbershop quartert, Equinox, led by his son, Pat, second from right. Hospice of Marion County volunteer Bob Levenson, far right, conducted the honorary veterans’ pinning ceremony just two weeks before Bauer’s passing.
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or almost 30 years, Robert Whalen — better known by his radio name, Storm Roberts — has kick-started radio listeners’ day with a combination of good tunes, playful banter and outrageous comedy on 98.5 KTK morning radio. Roberts kept his listeners laughing even after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer six years ago. When Roberts’ doctor told him he had cancer, he said he felt a shock go through his body. “Then a second later, I thought, ‘I got this,’” Roberts said. “I’m going to kick this.” The treatment process took time. For two years, Roberts’ testosterone was chemically lowered to what he described as near castration level to prevent the cancer growing. Like breast cancer, prostate cancer can be fueled by hormones. In addition, Roberts had radioactive seeds implanted in his prostate to kill the cancer. The seeds are like little grenades that are directly inserted into a prostate tumor, according to the Johns Hopkins University website. After being diagnosed with prostate cancer, Roberts sought a second opinion from the Mofﬁtt Cancer Center in Tampa, which U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the number six cancer hospital in the nation. Roberts’ doctor conﬁrmed the diagnosis and advised him that his best options were prostate surgery or a combination of hormone therapy and radioactive seeds. Roberts said losing the prostate is “way too much of a price to pay.” When he meets God, he said, he’d like to point out a few problems with human anatomy.
“When I get to heaven, I’m going to tell Her — because God’s a woman — it’s a lousy design,” Roberts said about the prostate. “The prostate — not your best plan.” Roberts’ robust sense of humor helped him remain optimistic throughout the lengthy treatment process. In addition, he had a good role model. Roberts’ mother, Mary Ellen Whalen, was a triple cancer survivor. “She beat it three times and died of a stroke at age 90,” he said. After beating cancer, Roberts pays it forward by doing about 50 to 100 fundraisers a year. He is currently working with Real Men Wear Pink, an organization that raises money for breast cancer research. He can be spotted in a pink tutu on Oct. 22 at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in downtown Gainesville.
“Early detection is it. It worked with my mom and it worked with me.” Roberts observed the rapid pace of changes in breast cancer treatment when his mother battled the disease. Her ﬁrst breast cancer treatment involved a radical mastectomy with lymph node removal. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer again eight years later, Roberts’ mother had more options to choose from, including less extensive surgery. seniortimesmagazine.com
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Storm Roberts (left) at the 2015 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Pegeen Hanrahan (above) during cold cap therapy and chemotherapy treatment.
Six years after being diagnosed with cancer, Roberts is in the best shape of his life. “I’ve lost a Backstreet Boy,” he joked. Roberts doubled up on his exercise during treatment to give his body the best chance to ﬁght off the cancer. Now he volunteers his time to promote cancer research and early detection. “Early detection is it,” Roberts said. “It worked with my mom and it worked with me.” Former Mayor of Gainesville Pegeen Hanrahan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. A mother of three, Hanrahan reported that she had spent four of the previous eight years either pregnant or nursing. “I hadn’t been in the habit of getting any testing that wasn’t baby-related,” she explained. When she detected a lump the size of a pea, she realized it was time to get a mammogram. At the time, Hanrahan was at the helm of the successful Amendment One campaign to use one-third of revenues from the Florida documentary stamp
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grateful for the devoted friends and family members who helped keep her spirits up. For at least ﬁve years after treatment, Hanrahan must take anticancer medication. Her doctor also prescribed rigorous exercise at least ﬁve days a week. Hanrahan has been active in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. In 2015, she served as the Event Lead in Gainesville. She said she has shared her story in the hope that it will “help someone still wading through theirs.” Storm Roberts and Pegeen Hanrahan are more than cancer survivors. They are an inspiration to all who struggle with cancer, and their stories serve as a reminder of the power of early detection. Now that they have “kicked cancer’s butt,” as Storm Roberts said, they both work to promote cancer awareness and solicit funds for cancer research in the community. “I’m not a glass half full or a glass half empty kind of guy,” Roberts said. “I’m let’s ﬁll up your glass.” Cheers to two of Gainesville’s best-loved cancer survivors. s
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Embracing Life Kevin — A Kind Soul Who Had an Enlarged Heart
ife has a way of teaching valuable lessons from unplanned brief encounters. Sometimes it takes years to receive the intended messages. Such was the case for me with Kevin. The occasion was my son’s wedding. Family from across the country traveled to Newberry. The nearest hotel was miles away, so everyone crashed at our home. Chaotic? Yes! Campers were parked in the back yard and people were everywhere. My brother, Don, invited Kevin to ride with him from Atlanta. Kevin and I met once before, so he came along. Don forgot to mention the wedding. When they arrived, Kevin’s eyes were as big as his enlarged heart. He took one look at the surroundings and glared at my brother in disbelief. Don simply said, “Come on Kev, it will be alright.” Fortunately, Kevin was easy-going and quickly became an integral member of the party. With so many people present, we did not schedule meals. There was plenty to eat and drink. The idea was for everyone to help themselves and feel free to cook whatever they desired. When I explained the plan (or lack thereof ) to Kevin, he smiled and shook his head. The next few days are somewhat of a blur. My son moved and we hosted a rehearsal dinner almost as big as the reception. On the big day somehow everyone bathed and dressed. Wallets
were lost, tuxedos came in the wrong sizes and bathroom time was scarce. This good-natured man laughed at our shenanigans and rejoiced in the spirit. As last minute details were reviewed, Kevin helped load and organize items. However, he had not taken his turn in
My brother swiftly escorted Kevin to sit with the family. The next morning, Kevin woke up early and prepared a feast from all the leftovers. He said, “It’s the least I could do. You are the craziest bunch of white folks I have ever met.” Later that day everyone left. Sadly, it was the last time I saw Kevin. His enlarged heart failed shortly thereafter and he passed. This true tale became signiﬁcant in my understanding of racism many years later. Kevin was African-American. Even though he was at ease with us, he was insecure in attending the wedding wearing inappropriate clothing. He knew we wanted him to be there, but also realized we did not understand his dilemma. An article, sponsored by Mecklenburg Ministries, “We Need to Talk: Com-
This true tale became signiﬁcant in my understanding of racism many years later. the sacred shower. I scooted out those applying hairspray and insisted that our new friend take his turn. It was then we learned that Kevin only brought shorts and t-shirts, as he was unaware of the wedding. We did not care what he wore, but he made it perfectly clear that he was uncomfortable and would not be attending. In a matter of 10 minutes, miraculously (maybe) the men put together an outﬁt for Kevin to wear. My husband had a sports jacket; my brother-in-law an extra pair of dress pants; my nephew a spare belt. Kevin surrendered to our pleas, got a speedy shower and away we went to the church. Everyone took their respective roles, as Kevin sat silently alone in the back pew. I glanced back from the front of the sanctuary to soak up the view and saw this sweet gentleman sitting all alone.
munity Conversations for Healing & Change,” triggered my ‘Aha!’ moment. It stated, “We should try to walk in another person’s shoes; understand that a white person has more liberty to go anywhere, while a black man, even when dressedup, has more restricted access.” My memory ﬂashed back to Kevin. While we never talked about it, I know now he was worried that (white) people in the church would pre-judge him for his casual clothing, based on the color of his skin. Kevin unintentionally illustrated how we all must do better in understanding each other’s paths thus far and work towards embracing unity. s Donna Bonnell is a freelance writer who moved to Newberry in 1983. She enjoys living and working in the town she now calls home. email@example.com
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Veteran Francis Scholtz Pearl Harbor Survivor Who Later Soothed Soldiers with Music on Guadalcanal Recalls the Attack story and photography by Michael Stone In recognition of the upcoming 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Senior Times is devoting its monthly World War II veteran tributes to survivors of the attack living in Florida. Featured this month is Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Francis “Dutch” Scholtz of Jacksonville.
rancis “Dutch” Scholtz played a late gig with his dance band that Saturday at an ofﬁcers club and didn’t get back to his barracks until 1 a.m. This was nothing new for the skilled pianist and private in the U.S. Army Air Forces. Ofﬁcers would often have their wives with them there on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, and the couples’ cocktail parties needed some background music. Volunteering in late 1940 after high school in Iron Mountain, Michigan, Scholtz’s peacetime year on the tropical island carried this vacation-like gaiety: music, tennis, poker, getting off work early daily. “It was a nice place to be,” he remembered. “There’s good weather. It couldn’t be better — played tennis every day. Oh, it was great. … We only worked half days, and so half the day was for fun.” But the merriment came to a devastating end on Dec. 7, 1941 — “a date,” President Franklin D. Roosevelt told Congress and the nation on Dec. 8, “which will live in infamy.” For on the morning of Dec. 7, Japan launched 353 planes — torpedo planes, dive bombers, high-level bombers and ﬁghters — in two waves from a ﬂeet north of Oahu. Their target: the naval and air installations at Pearl Harbor.
“When I woke up, all hell was breaking loose,” Scholtz said of the Japanese bombs that acted as an alarm clock. “I thought, ‘Well, what am I going to do?’” A 19-year-old radio operator for the 46th Fighter Squadron, Scholtz was stationed at Wheeler Field airbase, north of the harbor and relatively central on Oahu. So with Japan’s 183 planes in the ﬁrst wave jetting in from the north and wanting to quickly knock out the parked U.S. planes to maintain air superiority, Wheeler became the attack’s ﬁrst target, taking hits a few minutes before the ﬁrst bomb fell on the harbor at 7:55 a.m. That makes Scholtz’s alarm clock essentially the start of World War II for the U.S.
“I stood there and watched airplanes come in and bomb and strafe our outﬁt.” Yet Wheeler’s situation appeared hopeless even before then. Planes there, at Hickam Field at the harbor and Bellows Field in eastern Oahu had been lined up in the center of the runways for better guarding against ground sabotage — but this made them easy targets for an air raid. Because of the surprise, Scholtz recalled, Oahu’s military installations had no dugouts or other defenses prepared. seniortimesmagazine.com
Staff Sgt. Francis Scholtz, a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor and a pianist, holds a map in his Jacksonville home showing his war route in the PaciďŹ c. Stationed at the Army Air Forcesâ€™ Wheeler Field airbase, Scholtz played a late gig with a dance band the night before and was awoken the next morning by bombs.
Scholtz managed to carry his Gulbransen piano with him through the Paciﬁc, playing it as a morale booster. This happened mainly on Guadalcanal, and the place he performed there — a tent atop a hill — became known as Harmony Hill. The 94-year-old continues to play today.
But most stunning to Scholtz, Oahu’s 43,000 Army air, coastal and ground personnel had been called off alert the day before the attack despite being on guard leading up to then. This resulted in them handing over their weapons and receiving leave. Scholtz found out the stand-down orders in a Wheeler hangar on Dec. 6 from 1st Lt. Lewis M. Sanders, who commanded the 46th, some hours before his band gig at the ofﬁcers club. “[Sanders] said, ‘I don’t understand this. We know the Japanese ﬂeet is out there, but we’re going off alert. And you’re free to go on pass,’” Scholtz, now 94, remembered in the living
room of his Jacksonville home. “And so naturally, the guys who had been on alert for a month ran off to Honolulu, and I had a dance job that night.” So uncontested, Japanese dive bombers began dropping from 500 feet over Wheeler’s hangars, planes and barracks, and once the lack of opposition became apparent, their ﬁghters joined in for straﬁng runs. Scholtz emerged from his barracks and saw it unfold. “I stood there and watched airplanes come in and bomb and strafe our outﬁt, which is just 30 yards from the hangar line,” he said, calling Wheeler’s planes “sitting ducks.” seniortimesmagazine.com
Defenseless, Scholtz “knew when he motioned for the attack on the this wasn’t the place to be.” Zeros. “God, I almost died.” So he took off for the nearby Sanders and Sterling each got one ofﬁcers quarters, “plastered Zero kill, as did another pilot in the myself up against the wall, four-man attack. (Overall, six U.S. pilots and I just stayed there until had conﬁrmed kills across the island the [ﬁrst wave] was over.” that day — 10 kills altogether — with six There, he also prayed. of the kills coming from famed pilots Lt. “I was just praying to end Kenneth Taylor and Lt. George Welch, up alive,” he said. “I didn’t whose actions were depicted in the 2001 pray any bad things about movie Pearl Harbor.) anybody else. I just hoped we But Sterling didn’t make it through, get it over with.” and Scholtz watched from below as his Once Japan’s ﬁrst run plane was shot down in the close-toat Wheeler let up, Scholtz the-ground dogﬁght. It’d be the only Scholtz and his wife, Barbara, met as music majors at Lawrence University in Wisconsin and have been headed for an emplacement death he saw that day, though he did married for 65 years. nest surrounded by sandbags also lose his friend Don Plant, who was and containing a portable radio. He contacted Fort Shafter, the shot in the head elsewhere at Wheeler in a straﬁng run. Army’s headquarters on Hawaii, and the orders were to get “It was one big mess,” Scholtz said. “It all was horriﬁc. It Wheeler’s ﬁghter planes — P-36s and P-40s — in the air. was a nightmare.” “They thought that we were going to save them, of course, Scholtz said Japan’s planes far exceeded the build of the because we had airplanes,” Scholtz said, “but everybody was U.S.’s and described the P-36s and P-40s as “antiques comattacked at the same time. In fact, I think they hit the airpared to the Japanese.” planes ﬁrst.” “The Japanese had Zeros,” he said. “They were fast, and Though Wheeler took heavy plane losses, it did get a few airborne. The number of U.S. Army planes that did take off — from Wheeler and the other DISCOUNT ﬁelds — isn’t a widely cited number, but a Dec. 7, 1983, Associated Press article puts it at 11, including one ﬂown by Sanders. The main source in the article, • Full Service Photography SITTIING FEE Sanders discusses how he and three • Free Tours & Consultations other U.S. pilots attacked a group of • By Appointment Only eight Japanese Zero ﬁghter planes. As he motioned the other three to launch the attack, Sanders noticed that one of the other pilots was 2nd Lt. Gordon Sterling, who Sanders described as not being “cut out for a ﬁghter pilot.” Sanders had rounded up three pilots — not including Sterling — to take off with him. But while one went to grab a parachute, Sterling had apparently jumped into that pilot’s plane, unbeknownst to Sanders. “When I turned around, there sat Sterling,” Sanders says in the article of
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they were very lightweight. But most of the weight was in gun armory.” Sanders’ dogﬁght likely occurred as planes from Japan’s second wave stormed across Oahu. Not all attack maps show the second wave hitting Wheeler, but several do. And Scholtz remembers follow-up attacks clearly because a Zero went on a straﬁng run on his sandbag emplacement. “In fact,” he said, “a bullet just went right by my ear. I carried it for a long time, but then I lost it.” As the attacked continued, Scholtz could see incredible smoke coming from Japan’s main target: battleship row, where the U.S. Paciﬁc ﬂeet took severe blows from bombs and torpedoes, including to three battleships that were so crippled they’d never return to service: the Arizona, Oklahoma and Utah. The single largest tragedy of the day was an armor-piercing
“In Guadalcanal, we had air raids, and we had one every night for 26 nights straight.” bomb detonating the forward magazine on the Arizona, which lost 1,177 sailors and Marines in the attack. Despite the extreme volume of the explosion, Scholtz said he doesn’t remember that sound speciﬁcally. “It was just one thing after another exploding — didn’t know what was blowing up.” By the time the attack ended, 2,403 Americans were dead, including 33 personnel at Wheeler. When Sanders got out of his plane after landing, “he was just beside himself,” Scholtz recalled. “He didn’t understand how this could have happened.” The rest of the day was spent preparing for the next attack. “We thought they would come back and retry to take the island, and that was our fear because they could have,” he said. “They pretty well wiped out our Navy and our Air Force. … Nobody knew anything, so we just lived in fear.” But in spite of all the tragedy, Scholtz said, the mood on Oahu remained at: “We can always win.” “I think the American psyche is not losing,” he said. “We’re winners, so that’s part of it. But there was a lot of fear and a lot of sleepless nights.” Maybe three or four days after the attack and because of the possibility of another strike, Scholtz said, the Army moved surviving planes to an area with an airstrip on Oahu’s north beach named Mokuleia, also called Dillingham Ranch. After some time there and into 1942, Scholtz’s squadron was deployed to the Paciﬁc, hopping among a few smaller islands and
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“I think everybody in the country of [my] age is upset that World War II is taught in two paragraphs in a school.” eventually setting up on Guadalcanal, the site of the U.S.’s ﬁrst offensive campaign in the Paciﬁc. When the campaign ended by February 1943, the U.S. had lost about 7,100 soldiers, 29 ships and 615 aircraft. The ground threat had been extinguished by the time Scholtz arrived, but the Japanese continued to hammer the island with untargeted bombings. “They’d come over at night and drop bombs and just not knowing what they’re trying to hit,” he said. “In Guadalcanal, we had air raids, and we had one every night for 26 nights straight.” The intensity of the conﬂict hit the soldiers hard mentally, but they received some relief from Scholtz. Before, when he was about to deploy from Hawaii, Scholtz bought a Gulbransen piano for $50 from a chaplain and asked Sanders if he’d be able to bring it along as a morale booster. Sanders said yes, so the piano was crated up and followed Scholtz through the Paciﬁc. Though formally a radio operator, coordinating plane takeoffs, landings and other movements, Scholtz became more
known for his piano playing, on Guadalcanal and the previous islands he stopped on. “They didn’t know what the hell” was in the crate, he recalled. “The sailors who unloaded the ships caught on maybe about the third island, and they said, ‘There’s that damn piano again.’” He performed in a large tent on Guadalcanal, and it sat atop a hill overlooking an airstrip. And because his playing could be heard by nearby soldiers of all branches and ranks, and brought them together under the tent, the hill became known as “harmony hill.” The Japanese “would bomb us, and I would play the piano after the bombing,” Scholtz said. His peaceful presence on Guadalcanal got him the ironic name “Dutch,” a reference to the mobster Dutch Schultz. “And I was just the opposite of a gangster.” Sometime in 1945, before the war came to a close, Scholtz received orders to leave Guadalcanal and head to Australia. But now a staff sergeant, he had enough points to instead be sent back to the States and be discharged. After the war, Scholtz got a music degree from Lawrence seniortimesmagazine.com
University in Appleton, Wisconsin, through the G.I. Bill. There, he met fellow music major Barbara, and the two have been married for 65 years and have two children, six grandchildren and a great-grandchild. “In the beginning, it was just something all the guys did,” Barbara Scholtz said of her husband’s service. “They didn’t talk about it. When I went to Lawrence, the upperclassmen were former G.I.s, and they just got on with their lives. They didn’t talk about it much — ever.” Dutch Scholtz continued with music in Appleton after college, serving as a church organist, dance-band player and school band director. He continued with those gigs until 1968, when he became superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls, and six years later, he headed for Minneapolis-Saint Paul for the same position. Then, in 1986, he left for Jacksonville, where he worked as director of stewardship under John Snyder, the bishop of the Diocese of Saint Augustine, before retiring in 2002 at age 80. When the Scholtzes ﬁrst moved to Florida, they made friends through the state’s northeast chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. Obituaries indicate that maybe only three or four members of the chapter are still living, and it — along with the overall association — disbanded in 2011 because of the dwindling number of Pearl Harbor survivors. The main group now carrying on the legacy is the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors, and member Rick Carrway, the immediate past president, estimated the number of living survivors at perhaps about 2,300. A precise number isn’t possible because even though the ﬁnal president of the survivors association keeps a death roster of past members, not all survivors were association members, said Carraway, whose dad, Navy vet Jay Carraway, a Pensacola resident who was a crewman on the USS Hulbert during the attack, died in August at age 94. A main mission for Sons and Daughters — a non-political organization that takes a stand only on having a strong military — is ensuring today’s Americans have a thorough understanding of the events leading up to, during and after Pearl Harbor, Carraway said. Members will speak to “anybody that’ll have us, really” but especially to schools. “Part of what the Sons and Daughters wants to do is keep these memories alive in the school system,” he said. “And obviously, it’s not going well: I think everybody in the country of [my] age is upset that World War II is taught in two paragraphs in a school.” On being able to continue to tell his personal story of the roughly two-hour attack that changed the course of America, Scholtz said, “I’m very proud of the fact that I contributed something to it.” “It wasn’t much,” he added, “but it was the best I could do.” But what Scholtz leans toward more from his time in the service: comforting his fellow soldiers with music. “I’m proud of the fact that I provided a lot of entertainment for troops, for ofﬁcers, because the piano, like on Guadalcanal, was an attraction,” he said. “I had a great life. I loved everything I did.” s
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A Place in the Sun Sophy Mae Mitchell, the First Female Fightin’ Gator Marching Band Member
story and photography by Gabrielle Calise
n the day of a University of Florida Homecoming football game, everywhere Sophy Mae Mitchell goes, fans come to ﬁnd her. Moms and their daughters are her biggest admirers, especially those who have played in band themselves. They ask for photographs. They call her an inspiration. A rock star. Mitchell, an 85-year-old bell lyre player with a warm, broad smile, doesn’t look like a rock star. But the ﬁrst female member of the Fightin’ Gators Marching Band deﬁnitely has something special about her. Sophy Mae Mitchell was 17 when she enrolled at UF. In 1949, college tuition was $50 a semester and there were no girls in the marching band. Still, Mitchell wanted to play. She had marched with the high school band while she was still a middle school student and reigned as the head drummer while she was a student at Sebring High School. Half of the band were female then, she said. “Where I grew up in Sebring, band was a way of life,” she said. She went to Col. Harold Bachman, the UF band director, right away and asked for a place in the band. “He said, ‘You learn to play the bell lyre and we’ll talk about it,’” Mitchell said. Mitchell had never played the bell lyre before, but she practiced every day until she learned each song. When she had learned the instrument, Bachman wanted to give her the spot, but it had already ﬁlled her place with a male bell lyre player. Mitchell was allowed to sit with the band and play her instrument in the stands as a civilian. She didn’t even have a
uniform until Bachman called her back into his ofﬁce later in the semester with a surprise. While there was still no room for Mitchell on the team, she could wear a uniform and run around the ﬁeld with a banner that said “University of Florida Fightin’ Gator Band.” Mitchell took the opportunity. After some of the boys graduated, she took her place as the ﬁrst female marching band player.
“The boys in the band didn’t mind at all that we were in the band. We were all friends.” A freshman from Lake Worth enrolled the next year and became the second girl in the band, and the following year that girl’s sister also joined. By Mitchell’s senior year of college, a fourth female bell lyre player had been added to the band. Mitchell said that if anyone had a problem with her being a girl in the band, she never heard about it. “The boys in the band didn’t mind at all that we were in the band,” she said. “We were all friends.” Mitchell connected with the other musicians. She said they were special. “Band people are sort of different,” she said. “They love doing what they do.” Everyone was there out of choice, Mitchell said. There was no music college at UF yet, so each member of the band seniortimesmagazine.com
Sophy Mae Mitchell holds a photograph from her second year of college at UF. In 1950, Mitchell was just one of two women in the Fightinâ€™ Gator Marching Band.
was studying something different. They gave their time to the band purely out of joy. “People play for nothing,” she said. “People play because they just love playing.” Mitchell has fond memories of being a member of Tau Beta Sigma, a national band sorority. Mitchell was the ﬁrst president of UF’s chapter of TBΣ. Since the group was new, it mostly just helped the band fraternities hold events. The girls also served hot coffee and donuts to the band at early morning practices. Mitchell enjoyed traveling with the band. It was too expensive to send the full band to each away game, but once a year, the whole Fightin’ Gators Marching Band got to travel to an out-of-state game. During the summer after her freshman year, the band took a 20-hour train ride to a national convention in NYC and played at Madison Square Garden. Not only is Mitchell a pioneer for Gator Band, said old friend and roommate Kathryn “Kitty” Mena Ramos, she is also wonderfully sweet and fun. Ramos has known Mitchell since high school, and the pair lived together in Reid Hall during their sophomore year of college. They were among the ﬁrst girls on campus, Ramos said. She recalled going in rides in Mitchell’s car — an old 1933 Chevy that the girls painted blue with pink polka dots. “Now, the car did run but it didn’t start, so we used to get the boys from next door and they would come over and push us until we could get going,” she said. “And that’s how we got to the football games.” Another time, Mitchell — who was studying agriculture —
ﬁlled the dorm room with African violets. “We just had a lot of fun together,” Ramos said. After graduating from UF, Mitchell hoped to become a ﬂorist but didn’t have enough money to open up her own shop right away. She took a job with the Welcome Wagon. It didn’t pay very well, but the job allowed her to see the working world for the ﬁrst time. After three years she decided that it was time for a change. She submitted her letter of resignation, bought a Vagabond trailer and drove to New Orleans so that she could experience Mardi Gras. Mitchell had always wanted to work at a hotel resort for a summer but had never gone while she was in college because she felt obligated to see her parents. “I was their only daughter and they already were going to lose me to my career,” she said. After the Welcome Wagon, however, she had time to pursue her dream. Mitchell started to work at Lake Placid Hotel and Resort in New York, serving meals three times a day plus high tea in the afternoon. Mitchell fell in love with the hospitality industry, and after ﬁnishing up the summer at Lake Placid she enrolled at Florida State University. Before the schools became co-educational, UF had been reserved for boys and FSU was for girls, Mitchell said. She recalled being just one of a few girls in her courses at UF, which had only been co-educational for two years before she arrived. When she went to FSU, Mitchell once again found herself surprised to be the only female in her classes. After about a year taking the hospitality courses, she realized that women seniortimesmagazine.com
weren’t well received in the hotel industry. Nevertheless, she got her master’s degree in hotel and restaurant administration. “It was a door opener having a master’s degree, but I was still a woman,” she said. With her education and passion for traveling, Mitchell was still able to have a career that she loved. She managed dining facilities around the country, from Alabama to Louisiana to Texas to Missouri. Mitchell took a few years to teach at FSU, and then worked for over 18 years in New York City before retiring. “It was an exciting career,” she said. “I was where I belonged.” Mitchell came back to her hometown of Sebring after retirement. She now rescues animals, taking care of three rescue dogs and 12 rescue cats in addition to three dogs of her own. She has also rescued people; a homeless man and his son have lived with her and helped her take care of the animals for the past ﬁve years. Mitchell has also played orchestra bells in the community band during the past two decades. And every fall, she returns to UF to play with the alumni band during the homecoming game. “She’s just one of those people you love to see every year,” said Gator Alumni Band director Gary Langford. “She’s quite a known celebrity around here on Gator Band Alumni Day.”
While the marching band doesn’t have bell lyre players anymore, Langford writes Mitchell a special part each year so that she can perform at the homecoming game. “We would cancel the game if she wasn’t here!” Langford said. Mitchell joined the alumni band as soon as it started in 1973. She performed with the alumni band every single year during the homecoming game halftime show, except for in 1999 when she was overseas with the military for work. Last year she came back again, but the arthritis in her knee made it hard for her to keep up with the pace of the band. While the alumni band came onto the ﬁeld, Mitchell had to focus on marching and couldn’t start playing her bell lyre until the group stopped moving. “Last year it was hard to go fast enough,” she said with a laugh. Mitchell will be back this year, but she isn’t sure if she will march. Unless her arthritis gets better, she may wait on the sideline and join the band on the ﬁeld for the halftime show after it has marched into position. No matter what she has to do, Mitchell will keep coming to the games as long as she can. “All my life I’ve said it was my place in the sun,” she said, “that it was where I was meant to be.” s October 2016
Tinseltown Talks Caped Crusader Burt Ward now Canine Crusader by Nick Thomas
Burt and Tracy Ward in their bedroom surrounded by just a few of their rescue dogs.
here was a time when Burt Ward would leap dramatically across our TV screens in green shorts, beige tights, and a gold cape masquerading weekly as ‘Robin, the Boy Wonder,’ one-half of the crime ﬁghting Dynamic Duo in the popular television show “Batman,” which ﬁrst aired 50 years ago this year. Today, you’ll ﬁnd Burt more comfortable at home in jeans, rescuing dogs, although he hasn’t abandoned the citizens of Gotham City entirely. “I was the Caped Crusader, but now I’m the Canine Crusader,” Ward said with a laugh from his ﬁve-acre property in Norco, California. “Since my wife Tracy and I began running Gentle Giants 22 years ago, we have rescued over 15,500 dogs and found safe, loving
homes for them” (see www.gentlegiantsrescue.com). The Wards actually share their home — inside and out — with up to 50 dogs, mostly large breeds like Great Danes, Greyhounds and St. Bernards. The pack of pooches consumes 600 lbs. of food each day, costing around $14,000 a month, while veterinary expenses run a staggering $50,000 per year. Adoption fees and donations make little dent in the bills, and the money received from selling their own brand of dog food, also called Gentle Giants, goes directly to support the animals. “We pay for everything and take no salary,” Ward explained. “This is our charity.” In addition to saving the lives of
‘Man’s Best Friend,’ the Wards claim to have also extended those lives by creating a unique, healthy dog food. “Right now, we have 24 dogs between 15 to 26 years old!” Ward said. “But there’s nothing magical, it’s all based on quality and science.” With a team of nutritionists, Ward said they developed a special formula which contains much less fat than many commercial dog foods. They tested it on their dogs for two years before making it commercially available in 2008. “It’s now sold in 1,200 stores in California, Arizona and Florida, and available nationally online from walmart. com and amazon.com,” Ward said proudly, and with a level of enthusiasm reminiscent of the youthful exuberance he brought to his Robin role. The original Batman series lasted for three seasons in the ‘60s and led to a 1966 feature ﬁlm and animated series in the ‘70s, all starring Ward and Adam West as Batman. Fans of the franchise will be delighted to learn that Ward hasn’t entirely retired from crime ﬁghting. Together with West and the original Catwoman, Julie Newmar, the trio have reunited to provide voices for a new animated feature called “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders” due for release in October on Digital HD. “This is a Warner Bros. project that I’ve been aware of for about 18 months,” Ward said. “It incorporates all of the seniortimesmagazine.com
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great things that made Batman wonderful then — including the humor — and combines that with some of the style in the recent, edgier Batman features.” While the reunion was enjoyable, Ward recalls the original series as being especially fun with all the gadgets and tonguein-cheek humor, “except for the explosions, third-degree burns, and broken bones!” that occurred during ﬁlming. But despite the injuries, he said the cast was a joy to work with. “Adam and I have been great friends for 50 years,” he said. “And Alan Napier (‘Alfred’) was the sweetest man in the world, and so cultured. He carried around this tiny dog which would ﬁt in the palm of his hand and only put it down while doing his scenes.” Today, the Wards have no such luxury in dog transportation with their giant breeds that can weigh up to 300 pounds. Now 71, Ward said they do hire helpers to assist with the dog feeding and other heavy duties. But every other aspect of the rescue is essentially a two-person operation between Burt and Tracy, “but mainly Tracy” he added. “In our hearts, we know it’s really important what we’re doing,” Ward said. “We’re involved in other charitable work, but this is our daily hands-on cause.” s
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Spotting False Promises Helping Area Seniors Fight Fraud
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rime Prevention Deputy Cary Gallop, of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce, is in the business of protecting people from fraud. The types of crime run the gamut — from Internet and inperson scams to phone fraud. There was a father-and-son duo that was duped into purchasing a new car that they had no intention of buying and an elderly couple that spent thousands of dollars to help someone posing as their grandchild. Gallop tries to keep the public from becoming victims of these crimes and others by offering presentations and training in the community. He’s presented to local interest groups, social clubs, ﬁnancial institutions and others at churches, recreation centers and municipal buildings across the county. “I try to cover as much of the topic as possible,” said Gallop, who has worked in law enforcement in Florida for nearly 30 years. “It all sort of relates to each other.” The foundation of Gallop’s presentations are current local, state and national fraud trends, and he draws most of his facts from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). He names crimes such as “skimming, sucker lists, phishing, the 407 Nigerian letter scam, foreign lotteries, travel scams and fake charities, which use the same tactics that legal telemarketers use to scam money from people,” he said. The victims who share their stories with Gallop vary in age and location, but many of those interested in his presentations are Seniors. “Florida is number one for frauds and identity scams in the nation even though we have a smaller population than
California,” Gallop said. “What these scammers are ﬁnding out is that it’s easier to scam our senior population, which is growing faster than any population in Florida. They’re not naïve; they’re just not informed about some of the things that are going on.” Gallop encourages Seniors and others to sign up for the FTC’s scam alert emails (www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts). He also directs people to programs and resources from Elder Options, which is part of the Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging, as well as AARP for resources on detecting and beating fraud. (Note: The writer is a contributor to the AARP Bulletin.)
ONLINE DATING DISASTER About two years ago, Patricia Clayton sought help from Seniors vs. Crime, a nonproﬁt sponsored by the Ofﬁce of the Attorney General that provides support and advice to Seniors who are targets of fraud. Comprised of more than 40 ofﬁces across the state of Florida, Seniors vs. Crime is committed “to reduc[ing] the victimization of senior citizens who are often targeted for speciﬁc crimes or scams based on their age,” according to its website. Similar to the work Gallop is doing, Seniors vs. Crime offers educational and crime prevention presentations to Seniors. Organization volunteers, or “senior sleuths,” also investigate victims’ complaints and connect them to additional resources to help with their cases. According to Seniors vs. Crime’s 2015 annual report to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, program volunteers asseniortimesmagazine.com
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sisted 13,861 Florida Seniors in 2015, from “directing Seniors to proper help organizations” to the “actual recovery of property or money that was fraudulently taken from them.” Recoveries totaled nearly $1.3 million in 2015, with about “31 percent of workable complaints result[ing] in a recovery of funds for Seniors.” Additionally, in 2015, 133 cases were deemed criminal in nature and referred to law enforcement. “Law enforcement reported that nine criminal arrests had been made based on the Seniors vs. Crime case ﬁles,” according to the annual report. As for Clayton, the fraud began when she met someone on a dating website geared toward Seniors. She says he was a handsome man who “looked like an upstanding person” from his proﬁle photos. They spoke on the phone a few times and communicated by email. “He said he had to go to Egypt, and once he was over there, his luggage got stolen,” Clayton said. So she decided to help him, wiring money as requested and continuing to do so when he told her of other disasters that kept cropping up overseas. She put the pieces together when she realized how much money she had sent him over time. “My life was upside down” at the time, Clayton said. “I ﬁnally woke up one day and realized this was a scam.” When she asked her online companion when he was going to repay her the $40,000 she sent to him, he cut off all communication. “They prey on innocent people,” she said. “It’s scary out there.” Clayton contacted Seniors vs. Crime, which tried to better identify the suspect and narrow down his location. After that, the organization suggested she contact law enforcement with the proper jurisdiction. Clayton had saved all of her online communications with the scammer and brought them to the FBI. “I’m sure I’m not the only one it’s happened to,” she said. Clayton has not recovered the money she is owed, and she recommends that other Seniors stay away from dating sites geared toward older people. She had been looking for companionship and instead got “traumatized for life.” There are other ways to meet people, she said. “He caught me at a time in my life when I was not thinking properly,” Clayton said. “I don’t turn over money to people I don’t know.”
A MYRIAD OF MISDEEDS Gallop said that one of the most popular scams targeted at Seniors occurs over the phone. “Baby Boomers were raised to believe that they are supposed to be polite with people on the phone, even if it’s a wrong number or they don’t know [the caller],” Gallop said. “I encourage our Seniors that if you don’t recognize the phone number, don’t answer it. It’s a similar type of thought when we have people ring our doorbells or knock on our doors; it’s just not safe to answer our door to a stranger anymore.” Recent fraud that Gallop heard about involved an elderly couple that put a second mortgage on their home to assist their grandchild, or so they thought. Someone had called the couple’s home pretending to be one of their grandchildren, saying he or she was in trouble in a foreign country — the hallmark of what’s known as the “grandparent scam.” “They literally lost their house and risked everything they had to save the grandchild, and there’s no way to prosecute the scammers,” Gallop said. “Eighty to 90 percent of scammers are not from a country seniortimesmagazine.com
where we have law enforcement sanctions.” Though Gallop recommends people avoid answering phone calls from unrecognized numbers, if you do pick up such a call, he suggests asking the person who he or she is and then hanging up and calling the person back on the number you have for them — to conﬁrm the call is not a hoax. “A lot of these people are getting personal information through sucker lists that everyone and anyone gets on during their life by entering drawings, lotteries and information online — all legal forms of gathering information,” Gallop said. “Later, scammers can buy those lists and scam people.”
he said. “Scam artists continue to ﬁnd things that are brought to us to make our lives easier and to use them against us, so I try to ﬁgure out how to use social media and public information to provide ways to broadcast this information to people.” Social and civic groups, including support groups for veterans, have invited him to come speak with them, and then word spreads from there. Two detectives dedicated to fraud and identity theft help Gallop give presentations, too. “Anytime I’m invited — it doesn’t matter the number of people,” he said. “If I can ﬁnd one interested person, to me, that’s worth my time.” s
FIGHTING FRAUD WITH AWARENESS
If you’d like to make a request for a presentation by Deputy Gallop,
Gallop believes that people learn from stories, which is part of why he enjoys meeting and teaching Seniors and others in the community through his in-person presentations. “Scams are a problem that I don’t think will ever go away,”
call 352-374-1800. You can reach the Elder Options Elder Helpline at 800-963-5337. To request assistance, learn more or volunteer with Seniors vs. Crime, call 1-800-203-3099. The organization says it is always in need of new volunteers.
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CALENDAR UPCOMING EVENTS IN ALACHUA & MARION
visual art, live performance, and events with many local galleries, eateries and businesses participating. www.artwalkgainesville.com.
ZUMBA First Saturday 5:00pm – 6:00pm GAINESVILLE - Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. Free Zumba class with Cristiane Machado.
ARTS MARKET Third Saturday
MEDICAL MILESTONES EXHIBITION
Through December 23
8:30am - 11:30am GAINESVILLE - Sweetwater Wetlands Park, 325 SW Williston Rd. Birding field trips will be led by volunteers from Alachua Audubon Society. Walks are free, but park admission is $5 per car.
11:00am – 4:00pm Matheson History Museum, 513 E. University Ave. The new exhibition examines Alachua County’s rich healthcare history. The exhibition and all related programs are free and open to the public. Matheson is open Tuesday – Saturday.
Mondays 6:45pm – 9:00pm GAINESVILLE - United Church of Gainesville, 1624 NW 5th Ave. Come dance to jigs, reels and waltzes. No partner, experience or special dress required. Live music by Hoggetowne Fancy starts at 7:00pm.
PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB Third Monday 7:00pm – 9:00pm GAINESVILLE - LifeSouth Community Blood Center, 4039 Newberry Rd. Meet, share photographs and improve your skills. Located in the rear conference room. gainesvillephotoclub.com.
12:00pm – 4:00pm HIGH SPRINGS - Downtown Farmers Market, 115 NE Railroad Ave. Find fresh peaches, blueberries, carrots, and other produce all picked fresh from the garden.
Tuesday & Friday 9:30am GAINESVILLE - Alachua County Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW 34th St. A fun and effective exercise class to help those living with Parkinson’s Disease and other balance-related health issues. Free. facebook. com/gainesvilleflparkinsonsnetwork.
JOYFUL MOTION FOR HEALTH Every Tuesday 5:30pm - 6:15pm GAINESVILLE - Criser Cancer Resource Center, 1515 SW Archer Rd. Replace stress with dance moves, warm ups and dance phrases.
SQUARE DANCE CLASS Tuesdays 6:15pm – 7:15pm GAINESVILLE - Westside Park Recreation Building, 1001 NW 34th St. The non-profit community organization teaches square dancing classes for singles, couples and families with children age 10 and up. September 6th and 13th are free, after that $5 per class. Contact Susie: 352-283-1296; firstname.lastname@example.org.
1:00pm – 2:00pm GAINESVILLE - First Magnitude Brewery, 1220 SE Veitch St. Brewery Yoga in the warehouse. All experience levels welcome; suggested donation of $5. Visit fmbrewing.com/calendar.
STRESS MANAGEMENT ENCORE DANCE WORKSHOP
Thursday, October 6
2:30pm – 4:00pm GAINESVILLE - Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW 34th Blvd. Learning about Stress and Stress Management: New Knowledge from an Ancient Tradition, Transcendental Meditation. Martha Peters, Ph.D., will describe how it works and discuss new research on PTSD, heart health, anxiety and mental clarity. Presented by PrimeTime Institute. www. primetimeinstitute.org or 352-367-8169.
4:00pm – 5:00pm GAINESVILLE - Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW 34th St. This dance workshop provides mature dancers with an opportunity to continue their practice in an adultfriendly environment. 352-733-0880.
HARMONY SHOW CHORUS Thursdays
PARKINSON’S EXERCISE CLASS
HIGH SPRINGS FARMERS MARKET Thursdays
ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCING
10:00am— 4:00pm GAINESVILLE - Soma Art Media Hub LLC, 601 S. Main St. Visit the arts market in Gainesville and support innovative minds of all ages. Join them in connecting with local creatives during this monthly community event.
7:00pm – 9:30pm GAINESVILLE - Grace Presbyterian Church, 3146 NW 13th St. For all who are interested in learning and singing women’s Acapella barbershop harmony music. 352-318-1281.
WIC FARMERS MARKET Fridays 10:00am – 2:00pm GAINESVILLE - Alachua County Health Department, 224 SE 24th St. Through October, stop by and support local farmers and choose from a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables. 800-494-2543.
FEMINISTS, PHYSICIANS AND CHILDBIRTH: FLORIDA & BEYOND Thursday, October 6 6:00pm GAINESVILLE - Matheson Museum, 513 E. University Ave. Dr. Caton, author of “What a Blessing She Had Chloroform: The Medical and Social Response to the Pain of Childbirth from 1800 to the Present” will discuss the impact of first-wave and second-wave feminism upon medical and social responses to childbirth. A book signing will follow the presentation.
UF SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA LADY GAMERS
Thursday, October 6
7:30pm GAINESVILLE - University Auditorium, 333 Newell Dr. Free concert in memory of Dr. Arthur Jennings. Featured songs include Bach C.P.E. Symphony in D, and Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor.”
1:00pm HIGH SPRINGS - New Century Woman’s Club, 40 NW 1st Ave. The Lady Gamers meet for fun, friendship and food. Everyone is invited. Meet old friends and make some new ones.
FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK ARTWALK GAINESVILLE
Friday, October 7
6:00pm – 9:00pm OCALA - Downtown Square, SE 1st Ave. First Friday of the month. Live entertainment. www.ocalafl.org/recpark.
7:00pm - 10:00pm GAINESVILLE - Downtown. Artwalk is a free monthly self-guided tour that combines exciting
ERIC CLAPTON & JJ CALE TRIBUTE Friday, October 7 8:00pm – 10:00pm GAINESVILLE - Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. Gainesville’s “Free Fridays” Concert Series presents: Mark Miale, Tony McMahon & Friends. Visit gvlculturalaffairs.org.
COMMUNITY YARD SALE Saturday, October 8 8:00am – 2:00pm OCALA - Silver Springs Shores Community Center, 590 Silver Rd. Wide and generous spacing is available for $5 and with oversized tables to use for an additional $5 per table. First Saturday of every month.
JEAN DORNEY MEMORIAL WILDFLOWER WALK Saturday, October 8 9:00am - 10:30am GAINESVILLE - Morningside Nature Center, 3450 E. University Ave. Enjoy the spectacular fall wildflower bloom in the piney woods. 352-334-3326.
OCALA CULTURAL FESTIVAL Saturday, October 8 10:00am – 4:00pm OCALA - Tuscawilla Park. 828 NE 8th Ave. Highlighting diversity in the community. There will be food, live music and dance.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK AND RENAISSANCE FAIRE
Saturday, October 8
Friday, October 14
12:00pm – 9:00pm OCALA - Tuscawilla Park, 829 NE Sanchez Ave. The main performances will take place on the outdoor stage next to the Reilly Arts Center. 352-362-8548.
GAINESVILLE - Thomas Center, 302 NE 6 Ave. The Nick DeCarlis Quartet concert will feature jazz standards that came from movies, and movie themes by jazz composers. $15 general admission, $10 students.
TWO HAWK COUNTRY CIRCUS Saturday, October 8 1:00pm and 3:30pm WILLISTON - Two Hawk Hammock, 17950 NE 53rd Lane. The event features AscenDance acrobats, live music, door prizes, arts & crafts and more. $12 for advance tickets and $15 at the door. www.sconnection.org.
NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH
NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY
Sunday, October 9
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm GAINESVILLE - Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Rd. Celebrate National Fossil Day and Earth Science Week and enjoy docentled tours of the “Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land” exhibit. 352-846-2000.
3:00pm - 7:00pm OCALA - Reilly Arts Center, 500 NE 9th St. An evening of live music, brew and authentic German cuisine. Stay late to watch the UF vs. LSU game.
2:30pm - 4:00pm GAINESVILLE - Millhopper Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. NaNoWriMo organizes events to inspire, encourage and coach children and adults to achieve their creative potential in a fun approach to creative writing. Wendy Thornton will share her experience of participating in NaNoWriMo, the challenges, procedure, format, discipline, frustrations, joys, and benefits. Hear the pros and cons and then plan to join the friendly challenge in November as you write with 300,000+ people. The meeting is open and free to all interested in the written word.
LITERARY JOURNALISM WORKSHOP
DUSTY’S RAGTIME & SILENT MOVIES
OKTOBERFEST Saturday, October 8
Sunday, October 9 2:00pm – 3:00pm GAINESVILLE - Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave. Fiona Lama will discuss how to write a literary journalism article and present the elements and examples of this type of writing. Free.
Sunday, October 9 6:00pm - 9:00pm GAINESVILLE - Market Street, 112 SW 1st Ave. Enjoy classic and original ragtime pieces to a backdrop of silent films with participation by local acrobat artists, AscenDance and more. Cover is $5.
Wednesday, October 12
FIELD TRIP Thursday, October 13 9:45am GAINESVILLE - Leveda Brown Environmental Park, 5115 NE 63 Ave. Presented by PrimeTime Institute. Tour on a trolley and hear a brief history of solid waste management in Alachua County, learn how various waste components are recycled, and more. Space is limited; sign up at a PTI meeting or call Jean Outler at 367-8169 by Oct. 6th. Meet at the Park (off Waldo Rd.) by 9:45 am. A flyer with more details and directions is available at PTI meetings. www.primetimeinstitute.org.
HORMONE TREATMENT PANEL Tuesday, October 18 3:30pm – 4:30pm GAINESVILLE - The Village Tower Club Ballroom, 8000 NW 27th Blvd. Learn about hormone replacement therapy at this free session. 1-800-611-6913.
CANCER CONNECTIONS Wednesday, October 19 12:00pm – 1:00pm GAINESVILLE - HealthStreet, 2401 SW Archer Rd. Dr. Tina Lam (surgeon), will be speaking on breast cancer. Monthly meeting and networking opportunities for anyone involved in the care or treatment of cancer patients, or provides a service to them. Lunch provided for those who RSVP; $4 donation is requested. Barb Thomas: email@example.com or www.myhealthstreet.org.
MEDICAL HISTORY TALK Thursday, October 20 6:00pm GAINESVILLE - Matheson Museum, 513 E. University Ave. Local historian and author Murray D. Laurie and medical historian Dr. Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig will examine the history of the University of Florida College of Medicine, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.
STAYING SHARP Thursday, October 20
Downtown Festival & Art Show
2:30pm – 4:00pm GAINESVILLE - Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW 34th Blvd. Innovative Mindfulness and ‘Brain Health’ Strategies for Optimal Cognitive Aging by Jackie Maye, MS, from the UF Clinical and Health Psychology Department. Presented by PrimeTime Institute. www. primetimeinstitute.org or 352-367-8169.
November 5 - 6
UF WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLES
GAINESVILLE - Downtown. Watch the art scene swing into high gear on Saturday, from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and on Sunday from 10:00am – 4:00pm. The streets of historic downtown Gainesville, from City Hall to the Hippodrome State Theatre will be transformed into a celebration of art and creativity complete with live music, performing arts and an array of food.
Friday, October 21 8:00pm – 10:00pm GAINESVILLE - Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. Gainesville’s “Free Fridays” Concert Series presents: Jacaré Brazil, Agbedidi Africa & Others. Visit gvlculturalaffairs.org.
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Saturday, October 22
Thursday, October 13
Saturday, October 15
6:00pm - 8:00pm GAINESVILLE - Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Ave., Education Bldg. #232. This monthly meeting, held the second Thursday of each month, is open to the public and features guest speakers. 352-378-3726, www. cwrnf.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
4:00pm - 10:00pm OCALA - Downtown Square. Food, live bands and contests. The event is free and there will be annual attempt to break the Largest Simultaneous Dance with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Participation fee for the dance is $5 per person in advance and $7 at the night of the event.
5:30pm OCALA - Jumbolair Ballroom. Featuring a fullcourse meal prepared by Mojo’s Grill, and live music, this event will raise awareness about the challenges faced by those who are blind and visually impaired and will raise funds for the local not-for-profit Florida Center for the Blind. 352-873-4700; www.flblind.org.
GRAM FEST Friday, October 14 8:00pm – 10:00pm GAINESVILLE - Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. Gainesville’s “Free Fridays” Concert Series presents: Gram Parson’s Tribute. Visit Gvlculturalaffairs.org.
AUDUBON TOUR Sunday, October 16 8:00am GAINESVILLE - Kanapaha Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Dr. Join a special tour by the Audubon Society and learn about the birds of Kanapaha. Bring binoculars and arrive promptly at 8am. $4 per person. Members are admitted free of charge.
ORCHIDS IN THE GARDEN October 22 – 23 9:00am – 5:00pm GAINESVILLE - Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Dr. About 50 booths will be set up selling a wide variety of plants. The American Orchid Society will have its annual American Orchid Society’s judged show. Admission is free. Bring cash for most vendors.
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FLORIDA BAT FESTIVAL Saturday, October 22 10:00am - 4:00pm GAINESVILLE - Lubee Bat Conservancy, 1309 NW 192nd Ave. There will be games, music, environmental organizations, food and bats. Adults $8.
ELECTRO AERIAL SHOW Saturday, October 22 8:00pm – 11:00pm GAINESVILLE - Market Street, 112 SW 1st Ave. Acrobats will perform aerial bartending. AscenDance is the professional cirque performance ensemble of Gainesville’s own circus school. The event also features live music. Cover is $5.
CYCLING FESTIVAL October 22 - 23 Times Vary GAINESVILLE - 2700 NW 51st St. Join the Orthopaedic Institute Santa Fe Century, benefitting the Boys & Girls Club on Saturday. The Horse Farm Hundred on Sunday, as they cycle through town. Sign up at gccfla.org.
FALL BOOK SALE October 22 - 26 Times Vary GAINESVILLE - Friends of the Library Bookhouse, 430 N. Main St. Sale to benefit Alachua County Library System and Literacy programs. Browse thousands of books,
artwork, comics, manga, software, CDs, DVDs, videos, records and more. Cash or check only. Visit folacld.org or call 352-375-1676.
SUNNY’S HOWL-A-PALOOZA CARNIVAL Sunday, October 23 3:00pm – 6:00pm NEWBERRY - Sun Country Sports Center, 333 SW 140th Terr. Activities include costume contests, haunted houses, train rides, bounce houses, raffle, carnival games and hay rides. All proceeds from the carnival directly benefit the March of Dimes. 352331-8773; suncountrysports.com/howlapalooza.
GAINESVILLE GONE AUSTIN Thursday, October 27 6:00pm – 10:00pm ALACHUA - Santa Fe River Ranch, 29220 NW 122nd St. A silent and live auction, live music and dinner catered by an Austin-based restaurant institution. All proceeds will benefit the Child Advocacy Center’s mission to end the cycle of child abuse. gainesvillegoneaustin.org.
PAINT SIP CREATE Thursday, October 27 5:30pm – 7:30pm HIGH SPRINGS - Lanza Gallery, 23645 US Hwy 27. Painting class for adults. Bring a bottle of wine, bring a friend, and be ready for a night of creativity and laughs. All supplies will be provided. Local artists Robin Popp or Tina Corbett will show
you step by step how to create a beautiful piece of artwork and you will go home with a finished canvas painting. $35 per person. Sign up by the Tuesday before each class. 352-474-9922.
EXERCISE IS FOR EVERYONE Thursday, October 27 2:30pm – 4:00pm GAINESVILLE - Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW 34th Blvd. Come get ideas about how Seniors who have experienced illness or injury, or just need to be more active, can increase their fitness levels safely. Presented by PrimeTime Institute. 352-367-8169; www.primetimeinstitute.org.
PARTY ON THE PATIO Thursday, October 27 6:00pm – 9:00pm HIGH SPRINGS - Great Outdoors Restaurant, 65 N. Main St. This event is a “Survivors for Research” fundraiser with a portion of all money taken in going to treatment-resistant breast cancer research at the UF Health cancer center.
ALL SAINTS DAY CEMETERY TOUR Sunday, October 30 1:00pm – 4:00pm GAINESVILLE - Historic Kanapaha Cemetery, 4101 SW 63rd Blvd. Meet some of Alachua County’s pioneers and prominent citizens who were laid to rest in this historic cemetery, founded in the late 1850s. Have the name of your loved one, who passed during the year, read and the bell rung in memory. Headstone cleaning and preservation demonstrations. Exhibits, refreshments. All proceeds benefit the preservation and maintenance of the cemetery. Admission: Donation. 352-378-9080.
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Best. State. Ever. DAVE BARRY c.2016, Putnam $27.00 / $36.00 Canada, 230 pages
h, how you need a vacation. Sure, you’ve already had one but aren’t they always too short? Plus, your list of Things To Do was so long that you never really felt like you vacated any part of normal life. So next year, get serious about fun with the new book “Best. State. Ever.” Author Dave Barry has some great ideas for you. As someone who’s lived there for years and years, Dave Barry gets calls all the time from people who want to know about Florida. Mostly, he says,
they want to know “What the… is wrong with Florida?” Nothing, says Barry. And other states shouldn’t be pointing ﬁngers, either. Look at Illinois, for example. California. Or New Jersey. But noooo, he says, even “Mississippi is laughing” though there’s a scientiﬁc reason for why there are “stupid people” in Florida. It’s because “people come down here all the time” and “the stupid ones can’t ﬁgure out how to” leave. Furthermore, “The Stupid Factor” and the random “Weirdness Factor” both, um, factor in. And yet, “people keep coming here,” maybe because, says Barry, the weather is appealing, taxes aren’t too high, “the women are amazing,” and “it’s not boring.” Really, it never was. Barry says “The ﬁrst humans arrived in Florida twenty thousand years ago … in search of Spring Break,” a restless quest that sometimes led to war — for about 15 minutes, “because of the humidity.” Today, Florida is “a modern and dynamic state… except during presidential elections.” It’s home to the Skunk Ape, for which Barry went in search. He didn’t see the creature but he bought his wife a Skunk Ape t-shirt because “The ladies love a romantic gesture.” It’s home to mermaids and a charming place where “the ﬁfties never ended…” It features pink dinosaurs, a sponge museum, a town ﬁlled with psychics, a dancing senior village, a machine gun shop, Key West, and
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alligators. Lots of alligators. “I love this crazy state,” says Barry, and “now, having traveled around … I love it even more.” Here’s a little something to remember for your next vacation: travel guides don’t have to contain maps or websites, and they don’t have to be serious. Take a look at “Best. State. Ever.” and you’ll see that a good travel guide can actually be funny. And yet, this book isn’t really a travel guide. It’s true that author Dave Barry darts from here to there to report on Florida sites you can visit, but you won’t ﬁnd stuffy museums or anyone famous in this book. Instead, you’ll read about the kind of places and people you’d encounter on a whim, or on a beer-fueled
Friends-Only Weekend (which, not-socoincidentally, is what one of Barry’s chapters is about). You’ll also ﬁnd a love letter to a state full of “weird” people. Did I mention that you’ll laugh? Yeah, you’ll do that, too, because it’s Dave Barry, for heaven’s sake — and like his other books, once you start “Best. State. Ever” you’ll have a hard time vacating your seat. s Terri Schlichenmeyer has been reading since she was 3 years old and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives with her two dogs and 11,000 books.
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