A Road Trip Through Florida in 1933

In 1933, my father Patrick Smith, took a two week road trip through Florida with his family. It was truly a trip of a lifetime for an 8 year-old boy from a small town in South Mississippi, and even in his 80’s he remembered it like it was yesterday.

A few years ago, I was able to film him sharing that trip. I like to call it a Trip Down Memory Lane. It is one of the scenes in the DVD, Patrick Smith’s Florida: A Sense of Place.

A while ago I shared this clip on Facebook and it has now had almost a million views and has been shared over 26,000 times!

Here is that clip. Enjoy!

(If you can’t view it here, click here to watch it on YouTube.)

I’ve included this clip in my multimedia show and it never fails to get a huge round of applause and lots of praise. People always tell me how much it means to them and thank me for sharing it. It’s just a small part of that DVD, Patrick Smith’s Florida: A Sense of Place. Patrick Smith tells many more touching and funny stories in the DVD, so you probably will want to order one to share with your friends and family.

We’re right in the middle of that speaking tour now and are literally living “on the road.” I have plenty of the DVDs with me and will ship your copy out right away. You can also purchase the download and watch it today.


About Rick

Rick’s 30 year career in media and video production began with an interest in photography he developed during his youth while living in Florida. He was the director of a media production department at California Polytechnic State University for over 20 years and has worked as director of photography for several film and broadcast television projects, including stop motion animation. Although he still works in media production, Rick has found a new career as a performer/public speaker due to the success of a multimedia show he developed around his father’s life and his popular novels. He calls this show, “Patrick Smith’s Florida Is A Land Remembered.”

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