THE WAY WE WERE

The Way We Were : Bob & Barbara Swindell

The Way We Were : Bob & Barbara Swindell

Bob Swindell says that his and Barbara’s love story is the “greatest one ever told.”  “We’ve been married 57 years, 5 months, 26 days and 2½ hours,” he announced, glancing at his watch during an interview at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 13, 2018.  With a steel-trap memory, tempered and honed by deep affection for his […]

The Way We Were : Sarah Towers Van Cleve & Dr. Robert Van Cleve

The Way We Were : Sarah Towers Van Cleve & Dr. Robert Van Cleve

“Growing up in Avondale was the most perfect childhood,” remarked Sarah Towers Van Cleve.  “I had cousins close by, a neighborhood full of kids; we walked to Fishweir Elementary School, waded in the creek and played everywhere. I had everything a child could want. I had loving parents, a nursemaid, Emma Gould, who was also […]

The Way We Were: Bill and Dottie McLear

The Way We Were: Bill and Dottie McLear

Retired now, and living quietly in the Lakewood high-rise where they have resided for 27 years, Bill and Dottie McLear have many memories of shared adventures over their 41 years of marriage.  “I was working as the office manager for Bill’s private practice of orthopedic surgery on the Southside when we fell in love,” recalled […]

The Way We Were: Dr. Maria Acosta-Rua

The Way We Were: Dr. Maria Acosta-Rua

Dr. Maria Acosta-Rua and her late husband, Dr. Gaston Acosta-Rua, have never forgotten their past even as they contributed so much to their Jacksonville community. Theirs is truly an international tale, in which they have intertwined their Spanish and American lives to the benefit of both. Gaston Acosta-Rua and Maria Victoria Pol Gimenez met in […]

The Way We Were: Bryan Hickox

The Way We Were: Bryan Hickox

When he was in seventh grade in Manhasset, Long Island, his teacher patiently informed Bryan Hickox that there were only a few avenues for inexhaustible blowhards.  Choosing one of those avenues, Hickox became a national debater and, later, after graduating from Occidental College, he ran radio and television stations in California and Arizona. In the […]

The Way We Were: Philip Stockton May

The Way We Were: Philip Stockton May

In the late afternoon of January 1944, 19-year-old Philip Stockton May was close to the Rhine River in Germany as part of the 87th Infantry Division of the US Army. He described what happened next.  “Our commander decided that we were too close to the road and could be too easily spotted by the Germans. […]

The Way We Were: Marjorie Broward

The Way We Were: Marjorie Broward

She’s prayed in a Sikh temple in India and walked through treetops in a rainforest on an island formerly known as Borneo. She’s had drinks at Raffles Bar in Singapore and dined at the Four Seasons in New York. She’s watched the waters of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans come together at the Cape of […]

The Way We Were: George Sedding Trotter & Ann Allulis Trotter

The Way We Were: George Sedding Trotter & Ann Allulis Trotter

It would not be difficult to imagine George Sedding Trotter, M.D., dressed in a frock coat, his antique medical bag in tow, riding with horse and buggy to care for Jacksonville’s ailing residents. Since beginning his residency and internship in 1959 at St. Vincent’s Hospital, the same hospital where he was born Oc. 27, 1932, […]

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