A look back: The toll Jacksonville’s toll system had on the city’s history
If you live in Jacksonville long enough, you’re sure to complain about the traffic. It’s basically a River City right of passage. But those who lived and drove in the area from the 1950s to the 1980s remember a different source of traffic complaints: Tolls.
Jacksonville’s historic role in the founding of Southern rock
Their names are world-famous: Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band, 38 Special, Molly Hatchet. Not as well known, however, is that those bands are among several who together pioneered a new kind of music nearly 60 years ago in Jacksonville. As the city celebrates its bicentennial, Southern rock endures and still thrives today.
Meet one of the first Black students to attend Ribault High School in Jacksonville
Many are surprised today to learn that Ribault High School in Northwest Jacksonville was a white-only school in the 1960s. Patricia Pearson, whose father was iconic civil rights leader Rutledge Pearson, helped change that.
Remembering Capt. Chuck Hiett: The Blue Angels’ first Marine Corps pilot
Every year, millions of people take in the world-famous Blue Angels spectacle. The air shows have become a thrilling American pastime. But when Jacksonville resident Lynne Kelly sees the Blue Angels, she sees her beloved grandfather.
Legendary meteorologist describes Jacksonville during his childhood in the 1940s
As we mark the 200th anniversary of Jacksonville, we turn to a longtime resident to take us back in time to the Jacksonville he remembers. George Winterling moved to our area in 1941. He was just a boy; his father moved the family from New Jersey when Winterling was about 10 years old.
Legendary WJXT meteorologist George Winterling reflects on Hurricane Dora
As we continue to mark the 200th anniversary of the city of Jacksonville, we are looking back at another significant event in our city's history: Hurricane Dora. It is the only recorded storm to ever directly hit Northeast Florida. Jennifer Waugh sat down with legendary WJXT meteorologist George Winterling, who was the only local meteorologist to forecast that Dora would hit our area.
Lights, Camera, Action! Jacksonville was America’s first Hollywood
Back in the day, silent film stars could be seen strolling down Main Street. All of a sudden crowds would gather to watch. They would encounter stars like Babe Hardy. You know him better as Oliver Hardy, part of the film duo Laurel and Hardy.