Photo of the Week: Ted Williams in Panama City,Florida, 1943

Ted Williams stole the spotlight last Saturday with his good-natured attitude toward hundreds of GI’s who shoved baseballs, notebooks and newspapers in front of the Boston Red Sox slugging star for his autograph all afternoon long, even following him into…

Florida Frontiers: Deep roots spur state’s cattle industry

By Ben Brotemarkle Even where urban sprawl has enveloped large portions of the Florida landscape, cattle are never too far from view. Traveling the major interstates, highways and particularly rural roads throughout the state, herds of cattle can be seen…

U.S. History: What Do You Know About James Madison? (Part 1)

This is the question JMI Vice President of Advancement Francisco Gonzalez asked of himself. As a result, he decided to undertake a more intensive study of the man behind the namesake of The James Madison Institute and Father of the…

Florida Verve: Links of Note

Photo: Beautiful Sewannee River, Florida Memory/State Archives of Florida Stephen Foster never saw Florida. As for Ray Charles, Florida is all that he ever saw. Raised in the town of Greenville in Madison County, Charles lost his eyesight at the…

Book Review: “The Tropic of Cracker,” by Al Burt

Image: Palmetto trees along the St. Johns River. (Boston Public Library) Reviewed by Zachary Poole For me, growing up along the banks of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, as Al Burt did, was surreal. In one sense, it was…