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 NAACP's Youth Council as early as her elementary school years. Throughout her life, Pat has worked with the NAACP in various parts of the country, eventually settling down in Tampa where she has contributed her service as the area's director. Pat recently sat down with her friend Carolyn Lighty to discuss her involvement with the NAACP as well as some of her personal challenges and successes.
This week, we take a journey through Florida’s relationship with innovation, from past well-known inventions all the way to cutting-edge research and developments going on today. Host Irene Maher introduces us to Peter Lefferson, an inventor who embodies the saying: “Necessity is the mother of invention”.
We travel to Florida’s High-Tech Corridor to discover what makes Florida such a prime location to do research, and contributing reporter Larry Elliston heads to a well-known area hospital that soon may find a cure for cancer Also: A bill waiting for the governor's signature would give water-permit approval authority to water management district directors instead of appointed boards. It's part of an unrelated bill allowing more Florida-friendly landscaping and was added at the last minute. This week on Florida Matters, we'll explore why some people say the change is a bad idea while others say it's not really a change at all.
Henry "Mac" McCarthy and Dorsay Fischer
Henry McCarthy was born in 1927 in Mt. Vernon, New York. After graduating from high school at the end of WWII, Henry moved from one job to another - a stint in the Coast Guard, commercial shrimp fishing, and time spent working as a carpenter - which eventually brought him to Florida where he discovered his love for boat-building. Henry recently talked with one of his canoe-building students, friend Dorsay Fischer, at his home in Sarasota. Henry detailed some of the events that led to his passion for hand-built canoes, and how the hobby-turned-occupation has helped him overcome some of his darker days.