Beacon Salon Series: James C. Clark

Journalist James C. Clark’s talk is based on one of his books, Hidden History of Florida. He starts with the Indian tribes of the 1600s, and tell stories that usually surprise people, illustrated with a slide presentation. The stories range include John Smith stealing the story of Pocahontas, Texas stealing our flag and our slogan, and the president who used an elephant as a caddy.

About James C. Clark

Jim Clark was born in Washington, D.C. He began his journalism career with ABC News in Washington as a copyboy before joining United Press International as a reporter. He worked for the Columbia (S.C.) Record, Tampa Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Raleigh News & Observer and for the Associated Press in Charlotte and Philadelphia. He has been honored with the George Polk Award, Numerous awards from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, The Gerald Loeb Award, and the Sigma Delta Chi Award. He is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College, received his M.A. from Stetson University and holds a doctorate from the University of Florida. He joined the history faculty at the University of Central Florida in 1987. He has written for The Washington Post, Washington Star, Washington Monthly, The Nation, and Miami Herald.

In 1987, he began teaching at the University of Central Florida as an adjunct in the history department. In 1999 I became a visiting lecturer, and joined the faculty in 2003.

His field of expertise is Florida History. He is the author or editor of six books on the subject, including A Concise History of Florida, The Pineapple Anthology of Florida Writers, Volume 1, The Pineapple Anthology of Florida Writers, Volume 2, Orlando, Florida: A Brief History, Presidents in Florida: How the Presidents Have Shaped Florida and How Florida Has Influenced the Presidents, and Red Pepper and Gorgeous George.

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