RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Episode 7: The Winter Park Sinkhole Part 1: Eyewitness Reactions to a Disaster

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Title

RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Episode 7: The Winter Park Sinkhole Part 1: Eyewitness Reactions to a Disaster

Alternative Title

Winter Park Sinkhole Podcast, Part 1

Subject

Podcasts
Documentaries
Winter Park (Fla.)
Sinkholes--Florida

Description

Episode 7, Part 1 of RICHES Podcast Documentaries: The Winter Park Sinkhole: Eyewitness Reactions to a Disaster. RICHES Podcast Documentaries are short form narrative documentaries that explore Central Florida history and are locally produced. These podcasts can involve the participation or cooperation of local area partners.

Episode 7 examines the sinkhole that occurred from May 8 to May 10, 1981 in Winter Park, Florida, as well as the reactions of locals, the media, and the nation. After three days, the sinkhole grew to 350 feet and caused millions of dollars in damage. The sinkhole began filling with water that summer and eventually engineers filled the bottom with dirt and concert to stabilize the sinkhole. A lake formed in its place and was named Lake Rose in honor of Mae Rose Williams (née Owens), the woman who discovered the sinkhole. This podcast includes interviews with local business owners Darryl Donkel, Alan Duckworth, and Dennis W. Phillips, and an interview with Dr. Frank Kujawa of the University of Central Florida.

Abstract

In early May of 1981 Mae Rose Owens was walking her dog when to her surprise a tree in her yard suddenly disappeared. She quickly called Winter Park emergency services to report the incident. Within the span of three days a 350 foot hole opened up in the ground, swallowing several properties and causing millions of dollars in damage while an international media spectacle descended upon the town. Public reaction was one of curiosity instead of fright, and onlookers traveled by the droves to watch the slowly developing sinkhole. Most people were fairly unaware of what a sinkhole was and found themselves gaining an education. Profiteers set up shop at the location as a carnival-like atmosphere developed. At the same time, many found that the sinkhole only reinforced a period of anxiety that was currently running through the country.

Creator

Phillips, Clayton

Source

Original 16-minute and 42-second podcast by Clayton Phillips, May 31, 2011: "RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Episode 7: The Winter Park Sinkhole Part 1: Eyewitness Reactions to a Disaster." RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Orlando, Florida.

Date Created

ca. 2011-05-31

Date Copyrighted

2011-05-31

Date Issued

2011-05-31

Contributor

Donkel, Darryl
Duckworth, Alan
Phillips, Dennis W.
Kujawa, Frank
Sebasus, Steven

Is Part Of

RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Orlando, Florida.
RICHES Podcast Documentaries Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Requires

Multimedia software, such as Adobe Flash Player.
Application software, such as Java.

Format

video/mp4

Extent

40.8 MB

Medium

16-minute and 42-second podcast

Language

eng

Type

Moving Image

Coverage

Winter Park, Florida

Accrual Method

Item Creation

Mediator

History Teacher
Economics Teacher
Geography Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by Clayton Phillips and published by RICHES of Central Florida.

Contributing Project

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

External Reference

"RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Episode 7: The Winter Park Sinkhole Part 1: Eyewitness Reactions to a Disaster." RICHES of Central Florida. https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka2/items/show/2459.
"RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Episode 8: The Winter Park Sinkhole Part 2: The Effects and Aftermath." RICHES of Central Florida. https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka2/items/show/2460.
Grove, Jim. "In 1981, World Was Riveted By The Saga Of The Sinkhole." The Orlando Sentinel, June 13, 2013. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1996-11-15/features/9611080408_1_sinkhole-winter-park-rose-williams.
Jammal & Associates. The Winter Park Sinkhole: A Report to the City of Winter Park. Winter Park, Fla: Jammal & Assoc, 1982.
Kindinger, Jack L., and James G. Flocks. Geologic Controls on the Formation of Florida Sinkhole Lakes. St. Petersburg, Fla: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, 2000.
"Pictures: Winter Park Sinkhole."& The Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/os-fla360-pictures-winter-park-sinkhole-20121113,0,5366877.photogallery.
"RICHES Podcast Documentaries." RICHES of Central Florida. http://riches.cah.ucf.edu/podcastsblog.php.

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Original Format

1 video podcast

Duration

16 minutes and 42 seconds

Producer

Cassanello, Robert A.

Director

Phillips, Clayton

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