Martin County, Florida
Martin County is a county located in the Treasure Coast region of the state of Florida, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 146,318, its county seat is Stuart. Martin County is in FL Metropolitan Statistical Area. Martin County was created in 1925 with the northern portion coming from St. Lucie County and southern portion coming from Palm Beach County, it was named for John W. Martin, Governor of Florida from 1925 to 1929; when the county was created, the western contour followed the shore of Lake Okeechobee, as did the borders of Glades and Hendry counties. Palm Beach County had claimed all of the surface of the lake as part of its area, to its benefit for the distribution of state and federal highway funds; the state representative of Martin County, William Ralph Scott of Stuart, initiated a bill to divide the lake among its adjacent counties, creating a more equitable distribution of state funds for road creation and maintenance. All bordering counties confirmed the justice of this change and supported its ratification, with the exception of Palm Beach County.
Representatives from Palm Beach County presented Representative William Scott with a jug of water, signifying "all the water Bill Scott left Palm Beach County." The jug is in the possession of Stuart Heritage. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 753 square miles, of which 543 square miles is land and is water, it is the fifth-largest county in Florida by land area, fifty-third largest by total area. St. Lucie County – north Palm Beach County – south Hendry County – southwest Glades County – southwest Okeechobee County – northwest Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge According to the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Martin County Shore Protection Project includes nourishment of 3.75 miles of beach extending from the St. Lucie County line south to the Stuart Public Beach Park in Martin County. Included in the project is restoration of the primary dune and a 35-foot-wide protective berm; the renourishment interval for this project is every 7 years. The last renourishment of the Martin County Shore Protection Project was completed in May 2013 and included a Flood Control and Coastal Emergency component due impacts incurred with the passage of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
The next renourishment event is scheduled for 2019. The estimated total cost of this project is $69.9 million, $32.5 million of, to be paid for by the U. S. Federal Government. In Fiscal Year 2015, no funding was appropriated to the project by the U. S. Congress. In the Fiscal Year 2016 U. S. President's Budget Request to the U. S. Congress, no funding dollars was requested for the project; as of the census of 2000, there were 126,731 people, 55,288 households, 36,213 families residing in the county. The population density was 228 per square mile. There were 65,471 housing units at an average density of 118 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 89.88% White, 5.27% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 2.72% from other races, 1.14% from two or more races. 7.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. In 2000 there were 55,288 households out of which 21.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.00% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.50% were non-families.
29.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.00% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.71. In the county, the population was spread out with 18.60% under the age of 18, 5.30% from 18 to 24, 22.90% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, 28.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males. The median income for a household in the county was $43,083, the median income for a family was $53,244. Males had a median income of $36,133 versus $27,000 for females; the per capita income for the county was $29,584. About 5.60% of families and 8.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.80% of those under age 18 and 5.20% of those age 65 or over. Indiantown Airport Naked Lady Ranch Airport Witham Field The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, a segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail, passes through Martin County.
Martin County is a non-chartered county and its form of government is prescribed by the Florida Constitution and Florida Statutes, as follows: The Board of County Commissioners is the legislative body of the county and has charge of all county executive and administrative functions, except those assigned by the Constitution to independent county officers or to the independent school district. The board has some quasi-judicial functions; some of functions exercised by the board are county-wide, while others are applicable only in the unincorporated areas of the county, where the board has many of the functions of a municipality. The county commissioners are elected by county-wide vote, but each one represents a specific district; the board appoints the county administrator, responsible to it for the day-to-day operations of the county government. The current county commissioners by district number are: 1. Doug Smith, Chair 2. Ed Fielding 3. Herold Jenkins 4. Sarah Heard 5. Edward Ciampi, Vice Chair The elected Constitutional Officers are: Clerk: Carolyn Timmann Property Appraiser: Laurel Kelly Sheriff: William Snyder Supervisor of Elections: Vicki Davis Tax Collector: Ruth Pietruszewski The independent Martin County School District has an elected Sup
Attack of the Puppet People
Attack of the Puppet People is a 1958 American black-and-white science fiction horror film directed and written by Bert I. Gordon, who worked on the special effects, it stars John Hoyt as an eccentric doll maker. It was produced by Alta Vista Productions and distributed by American International Pictures as a double feature with War of the Colossal Beast; the film was rushed into production by American International Pictures and Bert I. Gordon to capitalize on the success of The Incredible Shrinking Man, released in 1957; the film begins with a Brownie troop visiting a doll manufacturing company called Dolls Inc. owned and operated by the kindly Mr. Franz; as the girls tour the factory, they see a number of lifelike dolls stored in glass canisters locked in a display case on the wall. These are part of Mr. Franz’s special collection. Sally Reynolds answers a newspaper advertisement for a secretary. Although she is concerned about his obsession with his dolls, she reluctantly agrees to take the job.
A traveling salesman, Bob Westley, comes to the office and he and Sally soon develop a relationship. After working at the doll factory for several weeks, Bob asks Sally to marry him and persuades her to quit her job, promising to break the news to Franz; the next day however, Franz informs Sally that Bob has returned home to take care of business and advises her to forget him. She sees a new doll. Frightened, she goes to the police claiming that Franz has somehow shrunk Bob, but Sergeant Paterson is skeptical, he investigates. When Franz finds that Sally plans to quit, he locks Sally in his lab, it is revealed that he has developed a machine which can shrink people down to a sixth of their original size. He uses it on anyone. Sally becomes his latest victim. After a reunion between Sally and Bob, Franz reveals how the process works and why he miniaturizes people. Periodically, Franz awakens his captives to enjoy parties. During a welcoming party for the two newcomers, Franz has to deal with full-size friend and customer Emil.
The prisoners fail to call for help. However, Sergeant Paterson begins investigating Franz. After Franz is questioned by Paterson, he panics, announcing to his miniature prisoners that he plans to kill them and himself before he can be caught, he takes his troupe to an old theatre to test his repairs on Emil's marionette. There, he throws one last party, making his captives act out Dr. Mr. Hyde for him. Bob and Sally manage to make it back to Franz's workshop. Franz tracks them down, they leave to fetch the police, despite his feeble pleas. The fates of the other prisoners still miniaturized and frozen are not revealed. Director Gordon's daughter Susan Gordon appears as a young girl, another of Gordon's films is referenced when a scene from The Amazing Colossal Man is shown at a drive-in; the film was shot under the title The Fantastic Puppet People. Director Bert I. Gordon's daughter, Susan Gordon, was a last-minute substitute for another actress, ill and unable to work; because of the size-changing aspects of the plot, the film made extensive use of special effects.
Sci-fi film historian Tom Weaver and Dr. Robert J. Kiss talk about the making and distribution of the movie on the audio commentary of the 2017 Shout! Factory Blu-ray; the film received mediocre reviews at the time. It was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on DVD as part of the "Midnite Movies" collection; the Donald Barthelme 1961 short story The Hiding Fan features two characters viewing the film. The lookout during the Watergate burglary, Alfred C. Baldwin III, was watching Attack of the Puppet People at the time of the break-in, failed to notice the police car arriving at the scene in time for his accomplices to make their escape. List of American films of 1958 List of films featuring miniature people Dr. Shrinker David Wingrove, Science Fiction Film Source Book Attack of the Puppet People on IMDb Attack of the Puppet People at AllMovie
War of the Colossal Beast
War of the Colossal Beast is a 1958 black-and-white science fiction film, written and directed by Bert I. Gordon for his Carmel Productions, starring Dean Parkin, Sally Fraser, Roger Pace, it is the sequel to Gordon's earlier The Amazing Colossal Man and was distributed theatrically by American International Pictures as the top half of a double feature with Attack of the Puppet People. The film's storyline picks up where The Amazing Colossal Man left off, although it was not marketed as a sequel and features a different cast. Upon hearing of several recent robberies of food delivery trucks in Mexico, Joyce Manning, Army officer Lt. Colonel Glenn Manning's sister, becomes convinced that her brother survived his fall from the Boulder Dam. Along with Army officer Major Mark Baird and scientist Dr. Carmichael, Joyce goes to Mexico to look for Glenn and finds that he has, in fact, but was left disfigured and nearly mindless by the trauma of his fall. Manning is captured, drugged by the Army, transported back to the United States.
He goes on a rampage through Los Angeles and Hollywood. He nearly kills a school bus full of children. Joyce reasons with him, he is brought back to his senses. Now realizing what he has become and what he has done, Manning commits suicide by electrocuting himself on high-voltage power lines near the Griffith Observatory. War of the Colossal Beast was produced and written by Bert I. Gordon and co-produced with Samuel Z. Arkoff. Although most of it is shot in black-and-white, the ending was shot in color for the electrocution scene and doctored in black-and-white; the producers decided to use the heavy make-up on Dean Parkin as a way to disguise the fact that a different actor was playing Colonel Manning since a dream sequence flashing back to the original film featured Glenn Langan, the star of the earlier film.. Dean Parkin played the lead monster role in another Bert I. Gordon film, The Cyclops. Contemporary film fan-historians Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester noted that the film was "... a low-budget ship with Bert Gordon at the helm, so the special effects are unsurprisingly average.
Film reviewer Leonard Maltin was more succinct: "Forget it". War of the Colossal Beast was featured in season 3, episode 19 of Mystery Science Theater 3000; the Amazing Colossal Man was shown in season 3. Mike Nelson again portrayed the film's title character; as opposed to his first encounter with Joel and the Bots, he shows more gentleness to them after seeing the transmission picked up by his "goofy dental work", but is still somewhat adamant when he tells them why Bert I. Gordon did not pick him for the sequel. List of American films of 1958 War of the Colossal Beast on IMDb War of the Colossal Beast at the TCM Movie Database War of the Colossal Beast at AllMovie
Tom Fadden was an American actor. He performed on the legitimate stage, vaudeville, on television during his long career. Fadden was born in Bayard, Iowa on January 6, 1895. Early in life the family moved further west, moving from state to state, including the Dakotas, Wyoming Idaho and Nebraska, it was in Nebraska. After graduating from college, Fadden joined a theater company in Omaha, Nebraska in 1915, he would vaudeville during the 1910s and 1920s. In 1924 he would make his Broadway debut, starring as Peter Jekyll in The Wonderful Visit, a play based on the novel of the same name by H. G. Wells, who co-wrote the play. Over the next fifteen years he would appear in two dozen productions on the Great White Way, including such notable productions as Nocturne, The Butter and Egg Man, Elmer Gantry, The Petrified Forest and Our Town, it was during a revival of The Butter and Egg Man in London where Fadden would meet and marry his first wife, Genevieve Bartolocci. He would make his film debut with a small role in 1939's I Stole a Million, which stars George Raft and Claire Trevor.
He would have his first memorable bit in his next film, Destry Rides Again, starring Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart, where in the opening scene he is playing cards, is cheated when Dietrich distracts him by spilling coffee in his lap. His film career would span forty years, encompass over 90 films in small or supporting roles, although with an occasional starring role, as in 1940's Zanzibar; the 1940s would see him appear in other classic and notable films such as: the Bob Hope comedy, My Favorite Blonde. The 1950s would see Fadden continue to appear in several notable films, including: Dallas, starring Gary Cooper and Ruth Roman. Fadden would begin forays into the acting world of the small screen. One of his first television roles was that of Eben Kent, the earthman who adopts Kal-El on the inaugural episode of The Adventures of Superman, he would appear in numerous other television shows during the decade, including recurring roles on Broken Arrow and Cimarron City. Although he would appear in only a handful of films in the 1960s, he would work on television during the decade, including a recurring role on Petticoat Junction.
His final acting credit was the 1977 science fiction horror film, Empire of the Ants, starring Joan Collins. Fadden died of natural causes on April 14, 1980 in Vero Beach and survived by his second wife, Jane. Tom Fadden on IMDb Tom Fadden at the Internet Broadway Database
The Boy and the Pirates
The Boy and the Pirates is a 1960 film from Bert I. Gordon, the master of giant monster films, it stars a popular child star of the day in 12-year-old Charles Herbert and Gordon's own daughter, Susan. The story line, that of a little boy and girl trapped on the pirate ship of Blackbeard, ranges from comical at times to downright gruesome. There is a good deal of killing during the course of the film; the cook forces Jimmy at one point to take a fish and "gut and clean it, save his entrails". There is another moment when Morgan the pirate tries to get Jimmy to reveal his coveted information by threatening to scald his mouth with a red-hot poker. Nonetheless, it has been described as "an engaging and innovative fantasy so perfect in its service to and embellishment of genre formula, it comes across as both familiar, yet breathtakingly original." A boy, Jimmy Warren, living along the coast in Massachusetts is upset with the unfairness of "modern" life in 1960 when his father scolds him about his school grades.
He plays on a wrecked ship along the shore with Kathy. He picks up an odd jar, wishes he were back in the olden days, on a pirate ship; when Jimmy utters "Where am I?", the magic jar pops open, a strange little man pops out. He introduces himself as Abu the Genie, states that he has granted Jimmy his fondest wish: to be on a real pirate ship. Jimmy scoffs at the notion, but Abu insists that they are at that moment passengers on the Queen Anne's Revenge, the pirate ship of the notorious Blackbeard. Oddly, this is not a traditional genie: he refuses to grant Jimmy's wish to go home, bluntly informs him that he must return the brass bottle to the exact spot where he found it within three days, or else he must take the genie's place therein; the genie tries to ensure that Jimmy will fail to do so. Charles Herbert as Jimmy Warren Susan Gordon as Katrina Van Keif / Kathy Murvyn Vye as Blackbeard Paul Guilfoyle as Snipe Joe Turkel as Abu the Genie Archie Duncan as Scoggins Than Wyenn as Hunter Albert Cavens as Dutch Captain Mickey Finn as Peake Morgan Jones as Mr. Warren Timothy Carey as Pirate Morgan "Timothy Carey on this movie scared me more than The Colossus of New York!", says Charles Herbert.
"But he was a nice man, he always tried to make you feel,'I’m not crazy,' and you would say,'Okay.' And he would walk away and you’d go,'He’s CRAZY!' He was a scary man. He’d look at me and I would run behind my mother, and I had to catch up to her, because she was tryin’ to find somebody else to hide behind!" The Walt Disney Company's theatrical release of Johnny Depp's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest on July 7, 2006, spiked interest in pirate films in general. To take advantage of this, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released a Midnite Movies double feature DVD set with the rarely-seen The Boy and the Pirates and the more recent Crystalstone on June 27, 2006. Dell Four Color #1117 List of American films of 1960 The Boy and the Pirates on IMDb
Albert Salmi was an American actor of stage and television. Best known for his work as a character actor, he appeared in over 150 film and television productions. Salmi was raised in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Finnish immigrant parents, he attended Haaren High School in Manhattan. Following a stint in the United States Army during World War II, Salmi took up acting as a career, studying method acting at the Actors Studio in Manhattan with Lee Strasberg. In 1955, Salmi starred as Bo Decker in the play Bus Stop on Broadway, performed in the touring production of the play, his performance was praised by critics and Salmi was offered the chance to reprise the role in the 1956 film Bus Stop starring Marilyn Monroe. Salmi turned down the offer. Salmi turned down several other offers to make films before he accepted a role as Smerdjakov in the 1958 film The Brothers Karamazov, with Yul Brynner, Lee J. Cobb, William Shatner, Richard Basehart. Salmi's next film was The Bravados in which he played one of the villains, hunted down by hero Gregory Peck.
The National Board of Review presented Salmi with the NBR Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in both of these films. Despite his numerous appearances in the medium, he held the opinion of many Actors Studio alumni that roles in film and television were "inferior" to stage work. One of his first television appearances was in the 1956 live, televised adaptation of the novel Bang the Drum Slowly, featured on the anthology series The United States Steel Hour opposite Paul Newman and George Peppard, he had several memorable roles on CBS's The Twilight Zone including "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville", "A Quality of Mercy" and "Execution". In 1963, he portrayed John Day and Rivers in the episode "Incident of the Pale Rider" on CBS's Rawhide. In 1964–65 he appeared with Fess Parker as "Yadkin" in the first season of the Daniel Boone TV series, he appeared twice as the incorrigible pirate, Alonzo P. Tucker on Lost in Space, he appeared in a 1967 episode of Gunsmoke as a killer. For that performance, Salmi was awarded a Western Heritage Award.
Salmi had guest starring roles in numerous television series including The Virginian, Have Gun — Will Travel, Naked City, The Investigators, Combat!, Stoney Burke, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, The Big Valley, Twelve O'clock High, The Legend of Jesse James, The Eleventh Hour, Hawaii Five O, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Road West, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Route 66, Lost in Space, "That Girl", Land of the Giants, The Fugitive, Night Gallery, Kung Fu, The A-Team, Knight Rider, as well as TV miniseries such as Once an Eagle and 79 Park Avenue. From 1974 to 1976, Salmi co-starred in the NBC legal drama, Petrocelli as local investigator Pete Ritter. A high point of Salmi's career came in 1968, he played the lead in London. His film career included roles in The Unforgiven, The Outrage, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Viva Knievel!, Empire of the Ants and Bullets, the Robert Redford prison film Brubaker. He played Greil in Dragonslayer, Geraldine Page's husband in I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can, the hard drinking but loving father of character Diana Lawson in Hard to Hold.
His final role in a theatrical film was in Breaking In starring Burt Reynolds in 1989. Salmi met actress Peggy Ann Garner while the two were performing in the National Company touring production of Bus Stop in 1955, they were married on May 1956, in New York City. Their only child, Catherine Ann "Cas" Salmi, was born on March 30, 1957. Salmi and Garner separated in 1961 and divorced on March 13, 1963. Salmi married Roberta Pollock Taper in 1964; the couple had two daughters and Jennifer. The family moved from Los Angeles to Spokane, Washington in 1983, where Salmi went into semi-retirement, only taking acting roles, he taught acting and appeared in regional theater. In early February 1990, Albert and Roberta Salmi separated, he moved into their Idaho condominium. She filed for divorce on February 6, 1990. According to court documents, Roberta Salmi claimed that her husband was an alcoholic who physically abused her when he drank, she claimed that Salmi threatened her on several occasions and she was fearful that he might kill her.
Roberta Salmi took out a restraining order against her husband. In response to her claims in the court documents, Salmi denied physically abusing Roberta and blamed their split on her emotional issues. On April 23, 1990, Salmi and his estranged wife Roberta were found dead in their Spokane, Washington home by a friend who stopped by to check on her. According to newspaper accounts, suffering from severe clinical depression, fatally shot his wife in the kitchen of their home on the morning of April 22. Salmi shot himself that day in the den. While the police reports state that Roberta's death happened on Sunday morning, the coroner couldn't determine when Albert's death occurred, his funeral was held at the Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home on April 26, after which he was cremated and placed in a niche at Greenwood Memorial Terrace cemetery in Spokane. The Big Valley Under a Dark Star - Keno "Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story," by Sandra Grabman. Published by BearManor Media 2004, second edition 2010.
ISBN 978-1-59393-425-5. Albert Salmi
Florida is the southernmost contiguous state in the United States. The state is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the northwest by Alabama, to the north by Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Straits of Florida. Florida is the 22nd-most extensive, the 3rd-most populous, the 8th-most densely populated of the U. S. states. Jacksonville is the most populous municipality in the state and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States; the Miami metropolitan area is Florida's most populous urban area. Tallahassee is the state's capital. Florida's $1.0 trillion economy is the fourth largest in the United States. If it were a country, Florida would be the 16th largest economy in the world, the 58th most populous as of 2018. In 2017, Florida's per capita personal income was ranking 26th in the nation; the unemployment rate in September 2018 was 3.5% and ranked as the 18th in the United States. Florida exports nearly $55 billion in goods made in the 8th highest among all states.
The Miami Metropolitan Area is by far the largest urban economy in Florida and the 12th largest in the United States with a GDP of $344.9 billion as of 2017. This is more than twice the number of the next metro area, the Tampa Bay Area, which has a GDP of $145.3 billion. Florida is home to 51 of the world's billionaires with most of them residing in South Florida; the first European contact was made in 1513 by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León, who called it la Florida upon landing there in the Easter season, known in Spanish as Pascua Florida. Florida was a challenge for the European colonial powers before it gained statehood in the United States in 1845, it was a principal location of the Seminole Wars against the Native Americans, racial segregation after the American Civil War. Today, Florida is distinctive for its large Cuban expatriate community and high population growth, as well as for its increasing environmental issues; the state's economy relies on tourism and transportation, which developed in the late 19th century.
Florida is renowned for amusement parks, orange crops, winter vegetables, the Kennedy Space Center, as a popular destination for retirees. Florida is the flattest state in the United States. Lake Okeechobee is the largest freshwater lake in the U. S. state of Florida. Florida's close proximity to the ocean influences many aspects of daily life. Florida is a reflection of multiple inheritance. Florida has attracted many writers such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, continues to attract celebrities and athletes, it is internationally known for golf, auto racing, water sports. Several beaches in Florida have emerald-colored coastal waters. About two-thirds of Florida occupies a peninsula between the Gulf of the Atlantic Ocean. Florida has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States 1,350 miles, not including the contribution of the many barrier islands. Florida has a total of 4,510 islands; this is the second-highest number of islands of any state of the United States.
It is the only state that borders both the Gulf of the Atlantic Ocean. Much of the state is characterized by sedimentary soil. Florida has the lowest high point of any U. S. state. The climate varies from subtropical in the north to tropical in the south; the American alligator, American crocodile, American flamingo, Roseate spoonbill, Florida panther, bottlenose dolphin, manatee can be found in Everglades National Park in the southern part of the state. Along with Hawaii, Florida is one of only two states that has a tropical climate, is the only continental state with either a tropical climate or a coral reef; the Florida Reef is the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States, the third-largest coral barrier reef system in the world. By the 16th century, the earliest time for which there is a historical record, major Native American groups included the Apalachee of the Florida Panhandle, the Timucua of northern and central Florida, the Ais of the central Atlantic coast, the Tocobaga of the Tampa Bay area, the Calusa of southwest Florida and the Tequesta of the southeastern coast.
Florida was the first region of the continental United States to be visited and settled by Europeans. The earliest known European explorers came with the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León. Ponce de León spotted and landed on the peninsula on April 2, 1513, he named the region Florida. The story that he was searching for the Fountain of Youth is mythical and only appeared long after his death. In May 1539, Conquistador Hernando de Soto skirted the coast of Florida, searching for a deep harbor to land, he described seeing a thick wall of red mangroves spread mile after mile, some reaching as high as 70 feet, with intertwined and elevated roots making landing difficult. The Spanish introduced Christianity, horses, the Castilian language, more to Florida. Spain established several settlements with varying degrees of success. In 1559, Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano established a settlement at present-day Pensacola, making it the first attempted settlement in Florida, but it was abandoned by 1561.
In 1565, the settlement of St. Augustine was established under the leadership of admiral and