30 Years

1979: Hope Still Floats for Waterworks Building

It has become the longest-running story in Tallahassee: What can be done with the city’s old waterworks building? The idea of renovating the century-old pump house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, into something useful goes back at…

1997: The Chicken Bone Dog

It may not have been the biggest story of 1997, but it certainly was a compelling one, related by managing editor Kathy Grobe and intern Mary Scates, in the September/October 1997 issue of Tallahassee Magazine. One April day, several people…

1993: Mag Lab a Proven Attractor

It was a time for scientists to polish up their horn-rimmed glasses and puff up their chests. Major nerd nirvana had arrived in the form of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. The story of the lab’s arrival was heralded…

1985: Lafayette Vineyards

  Back in 1985, wines from Lafayette Vineyards in Tallahassee were gaining some notable fans, not the least of them Art Smith, a chef at the Florida Governor’s Mansion who later went on to become Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef. Lafayette’s…

1994: Night Stories

Every now and then, Tallahassee Magazine gets an urge to walk on the dark side. “Night Stories,” a feature from the July/August 1994 issue celebrating the magazine’s 15th anniversary, took the reader into a magical netherworld where anything can happen.…

1999: J.D. Drew Still Swinging

The other teams keep pitchin’ ’em, and J.D. Drew keeps hittin’ ’em. Eleven years after his historic Major League debut with the St. Louis Cardinals (he appeared the same day Mark McGwire broke Roger Maris’ home run record), the former…

2004: FSU Football Player Craphonso Thorpe

In his senior year at Florida State University, local-boy-done-good Craphonso Thorpe was predicted to be a standout player in Tallahassee Magazine’s preseason college football roundup. An All-American receiver and outdoor track champion, he was praised as “one of the fastest…

1989: A ‘Classic’ Golf Tournament

Locals were abuzz with excitement as television producers planned their strategy to telecast all four days of Tallahassee’s Centel Classic golf tournament nationwide on ESPN. “‘We will bring in 65 people to work on the broadcast, plus we will be…

2002: A Tale of Two TCC Presidents

All is well for Bill Law, who became president of Tallahassee Community College seven years ago. In fact, the September/October 2002 issue of Tallahassee Magazine introduced two new academic leaders in town: Law and his childhood friend Fred Gainous, who…

1992: Retired But as Busy as Ever

When we first wrote about her in 1992, we mentioned Freddie Groomes’ daily habit of waking up at 5 a.m. for a 5-mile walk around the Florida A&M University track in preparation for the busy day ahead. “It’s a real…

1988: Visions of SouthWood, a New Neighborhood

​ SouthWood, that Tallahassee bastion of New Urbanism where young families and others have been flocking by the thousands, is a solidly established community now. But in 1988, when it was first featured in Tallahassee Magazine, it was only an…

1981: Recognize Any of These Banks?

In its early years, Tallahassee Magazine would compile lists of the area’s population and employers, as well as other statistical information. One of those categories in the Spring 1981 issue was a listing of the largest banks, using information from…