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I’m holding to my post-Super Bowl promise to stop writing football-related posts on a screenwriting blog. But spring training for Major League Baseball is just around the corner so let me sneak in one baseball post.

Here’s a photo I took of Tim Raines when I was a 19-year-old photojournalist for the Sanford Herald. It was his rookie year during the MLB strike in 1981. Last month the Sanford, Florida native was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He’s the best high school athlete I ever saw play. And he’s on the short list of the greatest athletes to come out of Central Florida.

Highlights to his pro baseball career include being a seven time all star, a three time World Series champ (Yankees, White Sox), NL batting champ in ’86, and #5 on the all-time list of stolen bases (just behind Ty Cobb).

Congrats Tim Raines on finally getting into the Hall of Fame. Hope the wait make the trip to Cooperstown all the sweeter.

P.S. Something clicked for me last October/November that made me turn back toward my jouranalism roots. I’ll unpack that down the road, but there’s no doubt in my mind that there are some great opportunities there for content creators. (That includes some of you who have film and TV backgrounds, but aren’t currently working in film and Tv.)

Check out the New York Times multimedia story Snow Fall, The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek by John Branch to get a taste of where journalism is heading. And you don’t have to look back any further than last year when Spotlight won two Oscars (Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay) to see how journalism and movies can work in tandem.

And since this is a screenplay-centered blog, I’ll mention that Scriptnotes #287 gives a nice shout-out to journalism.  Screenwriter Craig Mazin’s one cool thing was “the resurgence of journalism.” He encouraged people to subscribe to a reputable periodical like the New York Times or the Los Angeles Times. I’ve had a couple of conversations about that this year, so I second that motion.

Scott W. Smith

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Postcard #117 (Dez Bryant)

They are playing the NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando tonight and I went out to the ESPN Wide World Wide of Sports at Disney yesterday to see the last practices of the AFC & NFC teams and other events. Got to see wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. be covered by cornerback Richard Sherman—two of the best in the league.  And I saw Dez Bryant (#88 of the Dallas Cowboys) play John Madden Football and took this shot:

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©2017 Scott W. Smith

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Postcard #28 (Prime Time)

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Postcard #116 (Space Coast Sunrise)

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I’ve been fortunate to see my share of space launches and sunrises in Florida, and I never get tired of either.  But last weekend before I headed home after my week long adventure I stopped in Satellite Beach and was looking for something different that a typical sunrise photo. I came across this bird hunting for claims and liked the colors and texture of the water.

 

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Postcard #115 (Sebastian Inlet)

 “You know, there’s always been that hype about people fighting for waves at Sebastian, but when I was a kid, it seemed super aggressive. There were always a bunch of older guys out there taking any wave they wanted. I remember being about 10 years old and trying to get a wave from this guy who was way down on the totem pole, and he was just like, ‘Beat it, kid!’ [Laughs].”
Surfing great Kelly Slater
Surfline interview

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Florida Summer Surfing in January (1.14.17)

As I drove up from Miami after my shoot I stopped in a place I’ve been visiting since I was 12 years old. It’s one of the most best and well-known surf spots on the east coast—Sebastian Inlet State Park, located between Melbourne Beach and Vero Beach. I didn’t have much time, and only a 200mm lens, but this photo captures the spirit of Sebastian pretty well. (Except on the pier, just to the right of where I took this shot, are about 100 people fishing which can make for tricky waters.)

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Off Screen Quote #12 (Kelly Slater)

Scott W. Smith

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Joe’s Stone Crab first opened in 1913 and is the go to place for stone crabs. I always wanted to go there way back when I was a student at the University of Miami but it was too expensive. Over the years on trips to South Florida for whatever reason (long wait times, didn’t have time in schedule ) I never got the chance to go there.

Finally on Friday, after three decades of it first being on my radar, I got to eat at Joe’s Stone Crab. Got there even before they opened so walked around South Beach a little bit which is always a joy because of the Art Deco buildings. Visually Miami Beach is one of the best in the country.

For film buffs, part of The Mean Season (1985) was filmed at Joe’s Stone Crab.

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And via Wikipedia, “according Restaurant Business Magazine reported in October 2014 that Joe’s Stone Crab ranked second in the nation in terms of revenue for 2013. The industry trade publication of record said the restaurant had $35.3 million in revenues in 2013.”

Apparently the stone crab business is a lucrative one.

Scott W. Smith

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Postcard #113 (Port of Miami)

Here’s what the Port of Miami looked liked early this morning looking toward downtown Miami. It’s been a long day so this is all I’ve got for this post.

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Scott W. Smith

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Postcard #112 (Cozumel)

I didn’t have the opportunity to the visit great diving reefs of Cozumel or see any of its historic spots on my half-day stop there yesterday, but I did find this group performing by the port visually interesting.

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