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About the Project

With almost 5 million residents age 60 and older, Florida has the highest population percentage of seniors in the nation. At the Department of Elder Affairs, one of our goals is to honor and celebrate our elders. We do that not just through our services and by promoting positive views of aging overall, but also through special initiatives and events. We created this podcast to share the legacies of our elders as they discuss their amazing life experiences, contributions, and wisdom.

Do you know of an outstanding elder with a unique or inspirational story to tell? If so, please submit their information at the bottom of the page.

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Episode 8: James R. Ford

  • January 2017

Legendary Tallahassee native James R. Ford became the first African American Mayor of a U.S. state capital city in 1972. Long before that, he was elected to serve on the Tallahassee City Commission. In this episode, he talks about the challenges he encountered and overcame while in office, along with time spent in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army.


Episode 6: Marjorie Turnbull, Part I

  • December 2016

Marjorie Turnbull is a legend of sorts in the Leon County area, one who has spent a lifetime serving her local community. A former county commissioner and state representative, she also served as the Executive Director of the Tallahassee Community College Foundation. In this episode, she speaks of the major influences in her life – most notably her father and her husband – and the importance of mentoring young women.


Episode 7: Marjorie Turnbull, Part II

  • December 2016

In this second episode, Marjorie thinks back to her first days as a public servant and how she initially made the decision to seek public office.


Episode 5: Joe Fischer

  • November 2016

Joe Fischer is a WWII vet who saw extensive combat in the European theater. In this episode, he gives listeners a step-by-step narrative of what was involved in joining the Army and then being shipped overseas.


Episode 3: Anne, Part I

  • September 2016

Anne is a Holocaust survivor. In this episode, she tells the harrowing tale of how her family managed to avoid the Nazi concentration camps.


Episode 4: Anne, Part II

  • September 2016

In the second episode, Anne talks about the incredible lengths she and her family went to just to survive in Budapest following by Allied bombing.


Episode 1: Lieutenant General Lawrence Snowden, USMC (Ret.) Part I

  • August 2016

General Snowden served in the United States Marines Corps and participated in key battles during World War II. In this episode, he tells the story of his experience at the Battle of Iwo Jima. During the course of his service, General Snowden was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Purple Heart. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1979 after 37 years of service.

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