Reels of Film Film Industry
State officials are hoping more car chases and boy-meets-girl stories are filmed in Florida. The hope is big screen exposure can diversify the economy and boost the state's image with national and international audiences. But does Florida have the workers? And is the state typecast on the silver screen? Join us this week as we look at the film industry.

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Robert Bell was 11 years old in August 1942. At that time he was returning to the United States from Africa’s Gold Coast (now Ghana) on a freighter ship after serving with his mother, sister and others on a mission trip on the continent. On August 30th, the freighter was sunk by a German submarine in open water. Numerous casualties were sustained, but many passengers and crew members survived 20 days on a raft prior to their rescue. Robert Bell recently talked with his son-in-law Michael Harvey about the sinking, their subsequent days at sea, and his perception of the event many years later.

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