Production number 1
Production title: Miracle on 13th Street
Production date: 1965
Color / Sound
Total running time: 00:29:10
Story and script by John Paul Jones
Producer: Harold Dillinger
Director: Dwight Godwin
Narrator: Steven C. O'Connell
Derived from 16 mm film.
Available in VHS, DVD, DVCAM, Mini-DV and online here .
Produced by the University of Florida Alumni Association, Motion Picture Services of the University of Florida, and WUFT-TV.
Miracle on 13th Street is a promotional film aimed at a general audience. Narrator Steven C. O'Connell was Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court at the time.
The opening sequence of the film was damaged.
The film begins with a history of the University of Florida and proceeds to describe the physical plant, curriculum, faculty, student life and recreation, the university's service to the people and the state, and the university's plan for the future. Some faculty are depicted and identified.
History of the university. Narrator O'Connell depicted followed by still footage from the archives and student yearbook.
6:00 The campus
Bryan Hall (College of Law)
Dauer Hall (Student Union)
J. Hillis Miller Health Center
7:40 The students
Images of students in second floor reading room of Smathers and cafeteria.
Broadcast students at WUFT-TV
Journalism students at Gainesville Sun
10:00 The faculty
Lester Dragstedt, Dept. of Surgery. Operating room.
John C. Slater, theoretical physicist
Oscar Svarlien, Political Science
Charles Morris, Philosophy
Myron Wheat, Surgery. Depiction of heart surgery.
13:40 How the University ranks
Library stacks (1 million volumes)
Education (African-American student depicted)
University Placement Service
Sponsored Research. Lab shots.
Professional consultants. Water treatment plant.
18:10 Student life
Tennis and handball courts
Lake Wauberg. Water skiing, swimsuit competition.
Art exhibit in Florida Union
Record listening room
22:30 Service to the people and state
Water treatment lab
24:30 Plans for the future
Reitz Union (drawing and ground breaking ceremonies)
Architecture and Fine Arts complex
Drawing of Library West
Cobalt-60 irradiator (food irradiation)
Alex G. Smith / radio astronomy
29:10 Ends with shot of graduation line and credits.
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