Florida Institute of Technology, Jensen Beach Campus, 1974

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: I’ve gotten names for some of the people below from FIT alum William Davis and others, and I’ve captioned the pictures with their names. If anyone can identify any of the people who are still listed as unknown, let me know and I will update this page with their names.

Row 1: Mike Edsell on the left, Mike Edsell and John Kipp on the right.
Row 2: On the left, Chet King, possibly (don’t know who is next to him), no guesses for the guy on the right.

Florida Institute of Technology, Jensen Beach Campus, 1974

Row 1: No guesses.
Row 2: On the left unknown, Bill Atwill, English teacher and crew coach, on the right.

Florida Institute of Technology, Jensen Beach Campus, 1974

Row 1: That’s me on the right, with my roommate Elisa Caridi.
Row 2: Doug Koontz.
Row 3: Unknown.

Florida Institute of Technology, Jensen Beach Campus, 1974

And yes, except for a token shot or two my of roommate, all the pictures are of guys. Come on, I was 18!!

Row 1: I can’t remember his name (this is not personal, I just have memory issues), but I remember he was very nice and would give me rides on his motorcycle, which I loved more than anything. I still remember those rides, the scenery was amazing.
Row 2: Unknown.
Row 3: Unknown.

Florida Institute of Technology, Jensen Beach Campus, 1974

Row 1: Elisa Caridi on the left, Denny something? on the right.
Row 2: Unknown.

Florida Institute of Technology, Jensen Beach Campus, 1974

Row 1: On the left unknown, on the right Don Cuozzo.
Row 2: On the left unknown, but I remember he was another really nice guy, on the right Doug Koontz.

Florida Institute of Technology, Jensen Beach Campus, 1974

Row 1: These guys in both shots are unknown.
Row 2: Walter LaFluer.

Florida Institute of Technology, Jensen Beach Campus, 1974

Okay, this one, where I was trying to get “action” shots of Elisa dancing, shows something of the beauty of the area.

Florida Institute of Technology, Jensen Beach Campus, 1974

I’m pretty sure I didn’t take this picture. The guys in the picture gave it to me, and the guy on the right is Denny Something?

Florida Institute of Technology, Jensen Beach Campus, 1974

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!

Florida Institute of Technology, Jensen Beach Campus, 1974

This is Ken Henke.

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10 thoughts on “Florida Institute of Technology, Jensen Beach Campus, 1974

  1. 1973 was my freshman year of college.

    And an earmworm for you:

    Gimme head with hair
    Long beautiful hair
    Shining, gleaming,
    Streaming, flaxen, waxen

    Give me down to there hair
    Shoulder length or longer
    Here baby, there mama
    Everywhere daddy daddy

    Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
    Flow it, show it
    Long as God can grow it
    My hair

  2. I went there for photography from Jan 84 to dec 85. It was a magical place until the announced it was closing a few weeks before I left. Great to see the old dorms. I have a few shots on my blog. Mikemeyerphotopro.wordpress.com

    Thanks for the memories Mike

  3. The guy in the yellowish and white striped shirt? Hi Don! You picked me up from the airport when I arrived for the first time. How are you? What are you up to?

    Can you identify anyone in the other pictures?

  4. The guy with the long black hair, purple shirt and plaid pants, laying down with his head against the wall is Walter LaFluer. He was a great soccer player and a great friend. I was there in 1974 and 1975 and I remember many of the other people in the pictures. Thank you for posting this.

  5. Thank you! I’m going to add the names of the people above their photographs. I was there in 1974, but I only stayed for one quarter.

  6. Jim Roberts is interested in reconnecting with people that had been in the FIT Jensen Beach Campus 1985 and 1986

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