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1960's - Miami Beach Convention Center

Miami Beach, Florida

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Larry W 23-Oct-2012 19:52
mY dad and I would go to the annual auto show there every year also saw some good wrestling matches and the Ringling Brothers circus.
Jeffrey Alman29-May-2009 21:55
I have a Trimline telephone with a rotory dial in my bedroom
Ray17-Jul-2008 22:36
Thanks for the correction on the convention year. You're right of course. Technology wise, that convention did a lot of cool things. There's still coax cable under Collins Ave from the very early Cable TV technology that brought live coverage into many of the Beach hotels. It still remember the phone system they installed for the convention was called SCOPE. I think they used Trimline telephones with rotary dials.
Don Boyd01-Apr-2008 17:56
Correct on the 1972 year. I didn't see the earlier 1968 comment or it didn't register at the time if I did see it.

Flamingo Park was a sight to see with all the hippies camped out there and I've got to scan some of the numerous photos that I took there. The police did a good job overall but on one of the final nights of the second convention they went nuts and starting bashing heads and beating up people. My buddy and I, along with a throng of others, were chased down sidewalks south of Lincoln Road by cops on motorcycles and a lot of heads got hit with batons that night, among other things. It was like an order was given to kick some ass and they were doing it. We hid under a big bush in the backyard of a residence while a police helicopter with searchlight kept flying over and hovering around the block we were on. After an hour of hiding we managed to get out of there and didn't go back again.

Dan Kolber 01-Apr-2008 15:14
Both conventions were in 1972 not 1968. Rocky Pomerance was the Police Chief who was brought in to prevent a repeat of 1968 Chicago fiasco. His strategy was to ring the convention hall bumper to bumper with the old black and white buses. He also negotiated with the Yippies and allowed them to camp out at Flamingo Park (unlike Mayor Daly in Chicago who closed the parks at midnight and ordered the cops to beat the kids who remained).
Gino 11-Nov-2007 19:10
Hey Charlis
Did you know a girl named Lucy Laufer at MB High? Of course, you didn't say what year you would have been around 1963-64.
Gino 11-Nov-2007 19:08
Hey Ware
If you sae Rick Barry at The Convention Center, you may have gone to U of M when I was there (63 to 68). On the other hand, you may have lived in the area and loved U of M basketball. Anyway, I loved those games and had some great times on Miami Beach.
Ray 11-Oct-2007 01:46
I remember Boy Scout Jamborees there. I got to set up radio antennas on the roof in the mid 1970s. Hours spent running around in the catwalks above everyone.

The convention center held both 1968 political conventions.
Guest 07-Oct-2007 12:44
I first went to the Opera here, which was not as enjoyable as the University of Miami basketball games featuring Rick Barry. Jackie Gleason did his show from here also.
Guest 12-Jul-2007 02:48
I still love the beach...I would probably like it more now than it was many different cultures and crazy nuts and bums accosting you....I love Epicure. I love the Orthodox jewish district on 41st helps me realize the bright side of Miami now...Miami Beach before...well my across the street neighbor was a PR woman in the 60's and 70' of her clients was the owner of Wolfie's. But to me it seems to have resembled mid-Ft Lauderdale on the beach (where Shooter's and Bootlegger's is)'s pretty but don't care much for the folks round that way....
charlis30-Jun-2007 20:42
So many happy memories of this place. Went to Beach High and we held all our big events there. Met many famous people, saw the Beach Boys, Peter Nero, etc. This is a great site for good memories.
Guest 22-May-2007 02:27
Many, Many a concerts did we go....whew! a long time ago.