Florida came up in conversation yesterday, and I mentioned that I went to school there for one semester in 1974, at the Jensen Beach campus of the Florida Institute of Technology. I left quickly because I decided I wanted to study photography, not Oceanographic Technology, and I was in a hurry to start my new life. Parts of the area however, were mysterious and magical, and I hoped to find pictures that captured that.
I scanned these from my photo album. I didn’t have any pictures of the area alas, but a lot of the people I went to school with. I’m embarrassed to admit that I don’t remember any of their names, except for my roommate, Elisa Caridi. (And I apologize about not remembering names, it’s nothing personal, I have a very poor memory.) But I’m putting them up here in case any of these people googles “Florida Institute of Technology, Jensen Beach Campus,” as I did, and then they will see pictures of themselves from 1974! There’s a shot of me at the end, which I think I may have posted before.
UPDATE: FIT alum William Davis identified some of the people in my photographs:
1 Mike Edsell
2 Mike Edsell, John Kipp.
3 Chet King?
7 Eric, coxswain on the crew team.
8 Bill Atwill, English teacher and crew coach.
10 Doug Koontz
19 Doug Koontz
21 Don Cuozzo
30 Ken Henke, in the last black and white photograph.
That’s me on the right, with my roommate Elisa.
And yes, except for a token shot or two my of roommate, all the pictures are of guys. Come on, I was 18!!
Okay, this one, where I was trying to get “action” shots of Elisa dancing, shows something of the beauty of the area.
I’m pretty sure I didn’t take this picture. The guys in the picture gave it to me.
And this is the picture I believe I’ve posted before. These were taken for a local newspaper article about the crew team. I was the coxswain. For the record, I was a lousy coxswain. I apologize crew team of 1974!
Here’s one more picture I found that I missed. If anyone can identify any of these people let me know and I will update this page with their names.