Tallahassee & Florida State University (1983-85)

I graduate from SUNY at Plattsburgh (NY) with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, and soon move to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University (established in 1857) for a master’s degree in urban and regional planning. At the time I am there, the school is about 25,000 students in size, and sits on a gorgeous 400-acre campus. The city population is approximately 85,000 when I attend FSU. While going to school there, I enjoyed the following:

Staying at a St. George Island condo with friends

Fishing at Apalachicola Bay, a bay so productive that when I was there fishing on the beach, I was practically catching fish with a bare hook

Bicycling the many horsefarm roads near the city (see photo to right)

Working in a cooperative education job with the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation (which allowed me to visit the Apalachicola River, Weeki Watchee River, and the Florida Keys during field trips)

Attending several FSU football games at their stadium (it was awesome to see 60,000 people simultaneously do the “tomahawk chop”)

Living through Hurricane Kate, in November 1985, that passed directly through the city and flattened several cars (see photo below) and houses due to huge trees being uprooted

Canoeing the Aucilla River with classmates

Attending, each year, the only collegiate circus on a college campus that FSU holds each year

Close friends I develop at FSU include:

Alisa Silverstein

Andy (Eric Greene’s roommate)

Ann Washburn

Bob Allen

Bruce Stiftel

Claudia Shambaugh

Connie Bersok

Darlene Wilson

Eric Greene

Sandy Wilson

Select this link to see more and better photos of my days living and schooling in Tallahassee. When the link takes you to Picasa, select “slideshow” for the best view: https://picasaweb.google.com/105049746337657914534/TallahasseeFloridaStateUniversity198385?authuser=0&feat=directlink

More about Tallahassee

The old capitol building in Tallahassee (the city is the state capitol) was restored in 1902 and is now a museum. A couple of decades earlier, during the Civil War, attacks by Union troops were repelled, and the city was saved from the last Union attack in 1865 in the Battle of Natural Bridge. Tallahassee retains the image of antebellum plantation days and its rustic pioneer past with large farms and horsefarms around the city, the huge, Spanish moss-draped oaks along canopy roads, and the many Victorian homes. It was incorporated in 1825. During the Civil War, this was the only Confederate capitol east of the Mississippi not captured by the Union army. There is a heavy orientation toward state government (due to the city being the state capitol) and therefore a large number of state bureaucrats live and work here. The main industries, besides government, are wood production and lumber, food production, printing, and publishing.

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