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You see that that is an alligator. Hi I'm Jim lyne Felder and welcome to another edition of neat stuff on the Hillsboro River near Tampa Florida and surrounding me is all sorts of wildlife as you can see. But the reason I came to Florida is for the wild collectors. First we'll go to whole holiday checkout dragsters and funny cars and Big Daddy Don Garland Museum of drag racing. Then meet a man who knows a bad day of fishing is better than a good day's work and has the tackle collection to prove it. And finally is there something missing in your life. Feeling a little thanks to the loss of your G.I. Joe dollar quickie boardgame. Well. You can reclaim it all at the Baby Boom bazaar in St. Petersburg.
In the beginning bracing success was achieved through high speed. Tempered by maneuverability. Here's a racer who's mastered both. Well this guy. He's just into the speed. The years following World War Two hot brothers were just in the speed they move from the street to abandon military airstrips where they can sling shot down a quarter mile strip as fast as mechanically possible nuber ability be damned. In the process they created a new kind of racing. Drag racing. The most of the early drag racing attention was focused on California. It was out of the Florida swamps that emerged a man who would dominate and redefine the sport of drag racing for nearly four decades. Big daddy done garlic. Garlands drag
racing legacy is embodied in a collection of drag racing memorabilia and the big daddy done Gurlitz Museum of drag racing in Ocala Florida where you can track the development of the sport from its infancy to the present. I'm a sickly the dragsters are very simple construction. You've got to have lightweight car lots of power and some way to get that power out of the ground. One car I guess that stuck out of my line is I wanted around here it was the bug. That car is the first dragster or right you decry have showed up at Santa Ana with that car. It had been a roadster the week before he took the body off fabricating a little homemade C. They said well you can't run this this is just a rail. Well in fact they did let him run but not for the trophy but he set such a good time. I have the following about eight more showed up with their bodies off and we had a dragster class. Stripping in an essential or what rolled off Detroit's assembly line that would prove to be not
enough. So the racer started building their cars from the ground up. The frames got lighter in the engines enormous. It's quite an experience and it's not for the timid. Sure sure. But for the drivers straddling all that barely team horsepower would sometimes prove deadly. In 971 car lets barely get off the starting line in the transmission of his front engine dragster. The common design of the time exploded at his feet. I did not want to quit and I felt like there were engine car and was definitely going to have to come on the scene. I never thought it would be a winner. Well designed with driver safety in mind girl its rear engine design would prove to be faster to turning the front engine dragster into well a museum piece. Ive actually stepped out of three of these cars over a three year period that crashed over 200 miles an hour and it broke. Bone relatively speaking
cracked ribs one time. Oh well no I mean that's nothing. Also featured in the museum are the court jesters of drag racing. The show car. Tommy Ivo was one of the first ones with a dual engine Buick and coarser. The little red wagon. Romeo Helen May's a long yellow rocket car mean. It never actually ran but they carried it to many wrecks to talk about when they were going to go 500 miles an hour when they finally got all the rocket motors from the government. They never did that. I mean the people paid to say yeah well done. It's not often I get to meet a legend I want to thank you for showing me around. Oh I had a great time. Hope you're enjoying the tour. Oh absolutely. Bring out your name.
Name a moment I want to hear. A joining me in the back of the truck today Tracy below who is a Hot Wheels collector player the last dismantled car you run to see now what is the discerning how will collector look for like what makes these particularly valuable. Well the red lines on the tires dates them between 69 and 70 not at 68 and 79. I like don't buy them so forget I mean why don't you and I can let those hot wheels toy designers. They were just going nuts coming in with you coming up with innovations weren't there. They sure were I mean I don't even remember this one where the hot wheel flew down the track and then the home launched the glider off of it that's called a hot Will sky show. And this one this didn't make it this was not a big seller. No it wasn't a whole lot of times we collectors those are the ones that end up valuable and very unfair for the manufacturer boom to collectors on that go out.
Go out everybody is trying to regain their childhood toys and trying to find mint cars. Thirty years later can be pretty tough because the paint you know kids played with and they played hard with them. Sure we would set up things like the loop the loop and then have like no safe landing at the other end you would like send him off into a ravine or something. True thanks a lot for joining us on the back of the truck. Thank you for having us. Hot wheels to you. Thank you. Next the one that didn't get away in Tampa.
Florida's sunshine and heat make it an excellent place to grow oranges right. Well yeah but did you know that oranges don't turn orange without cold weather. The ideal temperature in an orange grove is a chilly 40 degrees in Thailand. The temperature never gets cold. So their oranges are green. Even when they're right. If necessity is the mother of invention. James a Michigan inventor absent mindedly tosses a piece of wood willing into a lake next to a large bass players head bobbing piece of wood out of the water. Figures hey if you attach his line and a hook to a floating lure you won't have to bother with live bait. This leads him to found James Head inside one of America's most important manufacturers.
Oh. They shun. Oh man that is all the man is going to be a beauty this could be. 0 0 0 0 0 of the line. Well I guess that's why they call it fishing and not catching. Tell you what let's bag this I want you to meet someone by the name a Richard Hall he's got one of the most impressive fishing tackle collections. You're ever likely to see come on let's go hook up with him. No pun intended. Now this is the life I'm here on the alibi river with Richard Paul. Sure an active blue. Eyed but. The allure of lures which are artificial bait is the seductive way they move to attract fish. I can't wait to see more of this rare tackle after I get more fishing tips. Never talk when you're fishing. For. The. Cast early and often. If you really want to catch a lot of fish in big fish the best thing is law but we don't call it what we call Explorers we think the worst.
Yeah the refrigeration costs to be here to be collected live. Think to imagine in saying I don't know how much it weighs but it's heavy. Yeah how about fish with that oh yeah. This 1930s Stevens reeled in Dick 20 years ago at 80 dollars. Today you might pay three to six thousand dollars for this big game beauty that will start and I thought well I'll call it real. But as you can see it's developed from not from real as in that most anything that has anything to do with fish you. Know or manufactures don't catch fish they catch the fisherman and how. The lures themselves are tiny works of art name to Brill. Imagine going out armed with a deal and you're a water turkey. Can't minnow. Take. The slower finally realize what its life was all about.
That's an ugly word and these are sort of a special lure. They are made of a material called Catalan which is used to making radios and jewelry and a lot of other things and it's a beautiful plastic. It is it is beautiful and you don't usually think of those two words together beautiful and placid but it really is. You can select which body you want it in which you want it with that color body and they were made so you could put some kind of material in the ground fish or material something that would give a odor to the fish and then you just put this on. And then it's ready to fish. With a handle on this almost looks like a like a gun like heroes could've been Dirty Harry's fishing pole. But what you're asking yourself. Is that the pop or the forest spinner. Get ask yourself just one question do I feel lucky.
Shorter poles are more valuable than longer pulls because fewer of them were made. This turn of the century split bamboo is in the longer category at nine feet though it's older it's less valuable than it was low $75 compared to newer custom holes like these 1930s creations by Thai food. Their craftsmanship can command thousands from collectors fishing with a reel may have started in China in the late 10th century. By the middle ages. Europeans realized fishing is not only a good way to catch food but hey it's fine. Now our Beat fishermen held in sort of the lower esteem in certain circles yes some good some charcoal though of course even the. Broadcasters were you know about five fishermen. All right. And then you have. This from America here and. You know that. Guys here. With. Homo partner so. That's I'm. Far from hopeless now that would really be impressive but actually virtual fishing. Gave me the rundown of what we might catch in the river.
This is the spring Fred river so we could get some real nice snow of course and we don't like red. Sure we want our spread out. Unfortunately all Dick's cough was a real nice long suit with steak fishes and me I didn't even do that because. You know Dick with the great Louis I can't figure why we're not catching fish. The. Neat stuff will be right back to swap everything from Monster models still bell bottoms that the baby boom bazaar.
Baby boomers born during the post-World War to prosperity between 1946 and 1964 we boomers have been setting the trends for three decades now. It's not that we're such a pushy generation it's just said hey sorry but we account for 42 percent of the adult population 78 million strong just by virtue of our numbers. Ever since we were old enough to collect an allowance of boomers have been dominating the American marketplace and shaping the nation's psyche. In the world of collecting is certainly no exception. Baby boomer collectibles are one of the hottest categories in collecting these stories so it only makes sense that we stop and find out what's for sale at the Baby Boom bazaar in St. Petersburg. Wow what an eye popping spread of this stale chick knickknacks of memory jogging jumping out of the world looks first but lots of shoppers have their eyes on a particular prize. Now I'm looking. Around. Me. Me. I don't care. Thank you for your.
Time today. Everything Barbara. A somewhat less seasoned shopper I hit up one of the locals Angela Hall Randall before striking out of my own. I personally like us sixties and seventies TV shows and memorabilia. Watch out for reproductions don't buy anything that looks too now. All right well I'm going to stay around and I may run alone with my memories. Who could forget everyone's favorite anthropomorphic tuber Mr. Potato Head. Didn't every red blooded American kid want to tote their tuna to school in a real cowboy lunchbox. One thing you can say about baby boomers. They were easily entertained. Can you imagine in the age of Nintendo kids. Getting turned on by bonanza Rummy chorus. A classic boomer collectible is good old G.I. Joe. Look at this one. One hundred eighty five dollars. You know why they're so rare don't you. Because of the way we treated them when we had them I mean if there was a Geneva convention for toy soldiers we'd all be up on war crimes kids blown up with firecrackers set them on fire
and now they're rare. And worth a fortune. Now if you want to talk monster price today check out these model kits popular in the 60s when cheesy monster movies hit the tube for the first time. This kit originally sold for 98 cents in 1964. Today it's worth $700 more than the box $700 of $100. Man I mean I've seen those movies and I'm guessing that was probably the original budget for the film. Well they're not strictly boomer era characters smart money was snapping up these Nightmare Before Christmas dolls in 1903. Like these guys here in the film. Was shot in there everybody remembers who's guys retails for 299. Now a new box set of these guys hundred twenty five hundred dollars that's on this continent in Japan. Double or triple that. Well time to find something in my price range before I blow this was a financial. Gain.
I did make out pretty good. I've got to change. Fun board game once you get. A laugh. Get this long MRI handhold yard. Bobbin head. For. Only. Five bucks. You know why do you know this is probably going to be worthwhile. Probably sick. What a deal. You did good. On that. And now it's time for my nice stuff which is not actually my New York but who's keeping track. My name is Jeff Francis and my neat thing is my license plate collection. You know every plate has a story. This place actually made out of cardboard
to save metal. There are more work to the animals. Right off the cars. Everybody should become a licensed like Clark. I have over 200000 license rights. I've done silly things like tried to pull people over to buy the plates off their cars. I've crawled under houses and battled scorpions and snakes. You can collect one of each state. Colorado put a skier on all its license plates in Kansas and have the sunflower decals. Massachusetts used a codfish in 1928. Kentucky declared themselves to the for progress. State Idaho in 1928 put a big splat on their plates. I have a interesting collection of foreign license plates. A 1936 Mexican plate that has glass numbers inside the plate
Gyptian plates were extremely hard to get and also there was a penalty for taking them out of the country. I smuggled this out. Now so my collection would need SNAP returns will visit a real slice of Florida. It's a collection here in the Everglades.
This just in. Some need just down big news from neat stuff neat used games for aquatic in style like robotic and bees for beauty. Foreigner will. Already has a picture it will have you know scenes for Cypress Gardens where this frolic takes place I wonder ski turning setting the place. When Roy meets girl at Cypress Gardens. Things really start to spin right is the boy the girl is willing to Maguire and she can do anything you can do better. Oh no you can't says Dick waterski wizard as he was in the rooms in the past I'm certain. Well-mannered. Success is oftentimes scarred with broken brain. See that both with the Rotella on top. Sort of a sea plane helicopter and it flies too. It's a breeze. He's being told by an outboard motor boat connected by a 100 foot towline. It's a simple way to fly.
No license needed just a hankering to do something different. Like dropping in on your city or friends. You get the jump on some. Free time. Hey if you see it in your rearview mirror you've gone too far. Slow down for the roadside attraction. My gym line filter neat stuff at a decent time gas machine near the cypress a museum that's great except I have just one question what the heck is a cypress knee. Well sir I am frequently asked Bat it's a growth that grows out from the root of a cypress tree. My father started working with Cypress make 16 years ago. What is it about cypress knees that that's so fascinating here Ted from early on. Dad loves the woods and he discovered cypress knees. Any solid natures are going to be so your typical Cypress knee is straight playing like a stud like night and dad discovered that when you break the bark of a cypress knee
it heals over and begins to take on a different shape. Now this new year right here stead. Each spring since 1938 took his pocket knife and nicked the bark on these tips right here and he found out that through this injury they begin to take on the show. DMAE got something else on the show you hear. All these carts are a cool way to displace sharp or sneeze but it was a practical reason for this. Absolutely. This was our method of drying the knees. We roll them out in the sun in the daytime and back under cover of night. And believe it or not cyberstalking suntanned like people signed two weeks in the sun might be all the difference in the world. According to Tom Cyprus are the only trees with me
Neat Stuff
Coconut Grove
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This episode of Neat Stuff looks at collections and museums in Florida. Jim Leinfelder visits Don Garlits' Museum of Drag Racing in Olaco, a notable fishing tackle collector on the Alafia River, and the Baby Boom Bazaar in St. Petersburg. Additional segments include a visit to the Cypress Knee Museum in "Roadside Attractions", a Hot Wheels collection in "House Calls", and a license plate collection in "My Neat Stuff".
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Neat Stuff is a magazine that features segments on museums and private collectors and their collections.
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Host: Leinfelder, Jim
Interviewee: Bellow, Tracey
Interviewee: Hall, Richard
Interviewee: Francis, Jeff
Interviewee: Garlits, Don
Interviewee: Gaskins, Tom
Producer: Leinfelder, Jim
Producer: Martin, Jessica L.
Producing Organization: Oregon Public Broadcasting
Producing Organization: Rip Bang Pictures
Producing Organization: The Learning Channel?
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Format: Betacam: SP
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Duration: 00:31:34:00
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