Recent Florida Stories episodes

Leo Porebski (July 31, 2009)
Leo Porebski with his son Peter
Leo Porebski

As a young man Leo Porebski (Pour-eb-ski) had aspirations of someday becoming an aircraft mechanic. As US involvement in World War II became inevitable, Leo was convinced he would be drafted sooner or later and proactively enlisted in the U.S....

Harold Johnson (July 24, 2009)
Harold Johnson with his son Jack and daughter Sharon

In the early 1940's, as the world's attention was focused on World War II, Harold Johnson was drafted into the military and he quickly volunteered to serve in the Army infantry. Harold held a particularly unique set of skills and was tasked with...

Jonathan Berry and Aaron Varn Sr. (July 17, 2009)
Aaron Varn Sr. and Jonathan Berry

This week on Florida Stories we meet Aaron Varn Senior. Aaron was on a training ship off the coast of the Carolinas when WWII began. After he finished his training, he travelled down the coast and began work as a merchant mariner delivering...

Eugene Hairston and Sandy Dupasquier (July 10, 2009)
Sandy Dupasquier, Eugene Hairston and Susan Adger

Former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara died on July 6, 2009. McNamara was highly criticized for his role in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and was often identified as the architect of the Vietnam War, one that affected the lives of...

Donna Niekamp and Barbara Inman (July 3, 2009)
Barbara Inman and Donna Niekamp

Some people can spend years searching, hoping to find the person they'll spend the rest of their lives with. That was not the case for Donna Niekamp. Donna recently had a conversation with her daughter Barbara Inman, where she discussed meeting...

Pat Spencer (June 26, 2009)
Pat Spencer and Carolyn Lighty
Pat Spencer

When taking into account the sum of her life experiences, Pat Spencer is a woman whose character can be described with many words, among them 'volunteer', 'advocate', and 'survivor'. Born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1936, Pat was a member of the...

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