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Alligators in b-flat : improbable tales from the files of real Florida /
Jeff Klinkenberg ; foreword by Raymond Arsenault and Gary R. Mormino.
imprint
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2013.
description
xii, 336 p. : ill., music ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0813044502 (hbk. : alk. paper), 9780813044507 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2013.
isbn
0813044502 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9780813044507 (hbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
An incomplete history of a Florida boyhood -- Snake -- Summer of 1965 -- Bunny Yeager -- Critters -- Alligators in b-flat -- Jarhead -- Sea turtles -- How to photograph a panther -- Save Florida, eat an iguana -- Floridians -- Thunderman -- Oil boy -- Tim Chapman -- Flip-flop man -- Huckleberry's raft -- The man who invented Florida -- Golf ball diver -- The dabbler -- Whitey Markle -- Woo -- The worm grunters -- Some places I like to go -- Mack's Fish Camp -- Hurricane graveyard -- Chiappini's -- Cane grinding -- Honey man -- Joannie's Blue Crab Cafe -- Gatorama -- Orange World -- Indian Pass Raw Bar -- Joan of Ravine Gardens -- African American Museum -- Quilt Museum -- University of Florida Special Collections -- Bradley's Country Store -- The Fort Gates ferry -- Fakahatchee Strand -- Southernmost point -- Gone -- The Gator Hook Lodge -- Wendy Johnson -- A golfer -- Baseball Betty -- Conrad Yankee -- Richard Coleman the Lionhearted -- Wes Skiles -- Bill Haast -- Elmo Boone -- Stetson Kennedy -- Moby Dick -- The last hamburger joint -- Special folks -- Rose man -- Boston Bill -- Airboat hero -- Gator trapper -- Scallop shucker -- Tommy Ward -- A gardener -- Bouzouki man -- The moss weaver -- Mother Hodges -- Chesty Morgan.
catalogue key
8907126
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Florida is a civilized place with eighteen million residents and all of the modern amenities one might expect: fine universities, art museums, world-class restaurants, and luxury accommodations. It is also home to panthers, bears, rattlesnakes, and alligators. In this collection of essays about Florida culture-the things that make Florida "Florida"- Jeff Klinkenberg sets his sights on the contradictions that comprise the Sunshine State. With a keen eye for detail and a lyrical style, Klinkenberg takes us meandering through the swamps and back roads of Florida, stopping to acquaint us with the curious and kooky characters he meets along the way. These sometimes hilarious, sometimes reminiscent stories are as strange and mesmerizing as the people inhabiting this wacky peninsula. Klinkenberg is a journalist who conveys a deep fondness for his state and the curiosity behind his ongoing explorations in each story. Who else would engage a symphony orchestra tuba player to determine if bull gators will thunderously bellow back in a low B-flat during mating season (they do, but they only respond to that pitch). Readers will join Klinkenberg as he roams through the twisted roots of past and present, describing a beautifully swampy place that is becoming increasingly endangered. The traditional ways of the scallop shuckers, moss weavers, and cane grinders in his stories are now threatened by corporate greed, environmental degradation, and mass construction. From fishing camps and country stores to museums and libraries, Klinkenberg is forever unearthing the magic that makes Florida a place worth celebrating. Join him in contemplating Florida, both old and new, a place that is as quirky and enigmatic as it is burgeoning. Jeff Klinkenberg grew up in Miami, began working in newspapers at age sixteen, and has been writing for the Tampa Bay Times since 1977. He is a two-time winner of the Paul Hansell Distinguished Journalism Award, the highest honor given by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. A volume in the Florida History and Culture Series, edited by Raymond Arsenault and Gary R. Mormino
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Travel the back roads of Florida with the state's favorite columnist "Jeff Klinkenberg is the ghost orchid of Florida nonfiction; an observer who prefers swamps and shadows to sunshine banalities; a prose writer of distinction whose roots seek out, then elegantly entwine, that which is fine and funny, outrageous and rare about our beloved state. Alligators in B-Flat is a virtuoso performance , and proves, once again, that Klinkenberg is among our finest writers ."-Randy Wayne White "You read this fine writer and you stare with him into the canals for the dark shape of a manatee, and listen for rumors of alligators, and stand over the grave of a green snake in the yard, in mourning. This is a writer who has never forgotten any of the mystery of this mysterious place, who never allowed his paradise to be paved over in concrete, at least inside his heart, and I could read him all day ."-Rick Bragg "If Jeff Klinkenberg isn't careful, he might give journalism a good name ."-Carl Hiaasen Florida is a civilized place with eighteen million residents, fine universities, art museums, world-class restaurants, and other modern amenities. It is also home to panthers, bears, rattlesnakes, and alligators, just waiting to take a bite out of the unprepared. With a keen eye for detail and a lyrical style, Jeff Klinkenberg sets his sights on the contradictions that make up the Sunshine State. No one else would think to engage a professional symphony orchestra tuba player to find out whether bull gators will thunderously bellow back at a low B-flat during mating season (they do, but only to that pitch). From fishing camps and country stores to museums and libraries, Klinkenberg is forever unearthing the magic that makes Florida a place worth celebrating. Jeff Klinkenberg grew up in Miami, began working in newspapers at age sixteen, and has been writing for the Tampa Bay Times since 1977. He is a two-time winner of the Paul Hansell Distinguished Journalism Award, the highest honor given by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors.
Library of Congress Summary
A collection of essays and stories by Jeff Klinkenberg on the "True Florida," the things that make Florida Florida.
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"Jeff Klinkenberg is the ghost orchid of Florida nonfiction; an observer who prefers swamps and shadows to sunshine banalities; a prose writer of distinction whose roots seek out, then elegantly entwine, that which is fine and funny, outrageous and rare about our beloved state. Alligators in B-Flat is a virtuoso performance, and proves, once again, that Klinkenberg is among our finest writers."-Randy Wayne White "You read this fine writer and you stare with him into the canals for the dark shape of a manatee and listen for rumors of alligators and stand over the grave of a green snake in the yard in mourning. This is a writer who has never forgotten any of the mystery of this mysterious place, who never allowed his paradise to be paved over in concrete, at least inside his heart, and I could read him all day."-Rick Bragg "If Jeff Klinkenberg isn't careful, he might give journalism a good name."-Carl Hiaasen "No one captures the old, secret Florida, the Florida of the swamps and forests where alligators and panthers rule, like Klinkenberg does. He uses his formidable reportorial skills to get fantastic (often hilariously funny) stories which belie the ghastly six-lane, strip-mall, gated-community, golf-course, air-conditioned, theme-parked Nature-wrecking Florida that most of its citizens know. Almost everything Klinkenberg writes is a public service as well as an enriching and educating experience."-Diane Roberts, author of Dream State
Bowker Data Service Summary
Florida is a civilised place with eighteen million residents and all of the modern amenities one might expect: fine universities, art museums, world-class restaurants, and luxury accommodations. It is also home to panthers, bears, rattlesnakes, and alligators. In this collection of essays about Florida culture - the things that make Florida 'Florida' - Jeff Klinkenberg sets his sights on the contradictions that compromise the Sunshine State.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
An Incomplete History of a Florida Boyhood
Snakep. 3
Summer of 1965p. 5
Bunny Yeagerp. 9
Critters
Alligators in B-Flatp. 19
Jarheadp. 26
Sea Turtles?p. 37
How to Photograph a Pantherp. 41
Save Florida, Eat an Iguanap. 49
Floridians
Thundermanp. 57
Oil Boyp. 63
Tim Chapmanp. 67
Flip-Flop Manp. 75
Huckleberry's Raftp. 81
The Man Who Invented Floridap. 86
Golf Ball Diverp. 91
The Dabblerp. 95
Whitey Marklep. 98
Woop. 104
The Worm Gruntersp. 113
Some Places I Like to Go
Mack's Fish Campp. 121
Hurricane Graveyardp. 128
Chiappini'sp. 134
Cane Grindingp. 139
Honey Manp. 143
Joanie's Blue Crab Cafep. 148
Gatoramap. 152
Orange Worldp. 157
Indian Pass Raw Barp. 161
Ravine Gardensp. 166
African American Museump. 170
Quilt Museump. 176
University of Florida Special Collectionsp. 180
Bradley's Country Storep. 187
The Fort Gates Ferryp. 192
Fakahatchee Strandp. 196
Southernmost Pointp. 202
Gone
The Gator Hook Lodgep. 209
Wendy Johnsonp. 219
A Golferp. 223
Baseball Bettyp. 225
Conrad Yankeep. 229
Richard Coleman the Lionhearted P36
Wes Skilesp. 241
Bill Haastp. 245
Elmo Boonep. 249
Stetson Kennedyp. 253
Moby Dickp. 257
The Last Hamburger Jointp. 266
Special Folks
Rose Manp. 271
Boston Billp. 275
Airboat Herop. 283
Alligator Trapperp. 290
Scallop Shuckerp. 297
Tommy Wardp. 301
A Gardenerp. 308
Bouzouki Manp. 311
Moss Weaverp. 317
Mother Hodgesp. 322
Chesty Morganp. 330
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