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Broadcast Tape 52.  (Originally John Matthews #5)

Date:  ca. 1985

Duration:  00:22:16

Reporter:  John Matthews

There are eight news and public affairs announcements and commentaries regarding the economic forecast in Florida, shark research, and other items of interest.

Originally produced on ¾” u-matic.  Reformatted to Betacam SP in 2003 and MPEG2in 2005.

Tape contents

Segment 1

Title:  [Economic Forecast:  Central Florida]

Date:  ca. 1985

Reported by:  John Matthews

Duration:  00:04:10

File name:  NPA5201

John Matthews interviews a woman who presents introductory remarks about the overall economic picture in the state of Florida.  She then speaks about the central Florida area which includes the cities of Orlando, Melbourne, and Daytona Beach.  All show a strong projected growth pattern.

Segment 2

Title:  [Economic Forecast:  North Florida]

Date:  ca. 1985

Reported by:  John Matthews

Duration:  00:05:47

File name:  NPA5202

The interview continues with a repeat of the introductory remarks seen in Segment 1.  The woman then discusses the economic forecast for the north Florida area, which includes Gainesville, Ocala, and Jacksonville.  Ocala will have the fastest growth while Jacksonville will begin to show some growth especially with increased military spending.   Gainesville will not show much growth because of its heavy base in government jobs.

Segment 3

Title:  [Economic Forecast:  Northwest Florida]

Date:  ca. 1985

Reported by:  John Matthews

Duration:  00:05:52

File name:  NPA5203

The segment again begins with the introductory section as in Segment 1.  The same woman discusses the economic forecasts for the northwest Florida area, which includes Tallahassee, Panama City, Fort Walton Beach, and Pensacola.  Of the four Fort Walton Beach is showing the strongest growth.

Segment 4

Title:  [Promotion for the University of Florida]

Date:  ca. 1985

Duration:  00:01:49

File name:  NPA5204

This is a promotional segment for the University of Florida.  The tape begins with some very early photos of the UF campus about 1906 with it being described as a swamp and desolate.  Later images show an aerial view of buildings and lush green areas.  As various scenes are shown (classrooms, labs, exterior areas of campus) verbal information is given regarding statistics on the students, faculty, the growth, the awards, and the size of the university.  The new UF president, Marshall Criser, is introduced and he speaks briefly.

Segment 5

Title:  [Shark Research]

Date:  ca. 1985

Reported by:  John Matthews

Duration:  00:01:38

File name:  NPA5205

The vision of sharks is being investigated at the Whitney Marine Lab by a UF graduate student.  He is mapping the parts of the shark’s brain linked to vision. 

Segment 6

Title:  [Public Utilities Research Center – PURC]

Date:  ca. 1985

Reported by:  John Matthews

Duration:  00:01:37

File name:  NPA5206

As the population expands more utilities are needed and this expansion costs money.  At a conference sponsored by the Public Utilities Research Center (PURC) the opinion was that growth should pay for itself and that impact fees should be levied on new construction.  Barney Capehard, an industrial and systems engineering professor at UF, mentions the number of people settling in Florida each day.

Segment 7

Title:  [Bridge Construction]

Date:  ca. 1985

Reported by:  John Matthews

Duration:  00:01:12

File name:  NPA5207

The students in a civil engineering class built model bridges to test the load capacity of different types of structures.  A competitive element was a part of the class project.

Segment 8

Title:  [Computers for students with learning disabilities]

Date:  ca. 1985

Reported by:  John Matthews

Duration:  00:01:31

File name:  NPA5208

The computer lab shown has different aspects than the usual computer lab.  Don Grossman, a PhD. graduate student in education, has designed computers around the needs of disabled University of Florida students.  The computers have large print and also are linked to a Kerswell Reading machine.  The computer is designed to both read and speak to the student.  Grossman became interested in such computer design as he himself had to cut short his career in architectural engineering when he discovered that he was losing his eyesight.


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