The island is also home to the ultra-exclusive Indian Creek County Club. In addition to one of the oldest private club houses in South Florida, the club's golf course is widely considered to be greater Miami's finest golf course and occupies the entire interior of the island with a few waterfront holes.
Famous residents both past and present have included Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, his son Enrique Iglesias, pro golfer Raymond Floyd, coaches Rick Pitino and Don Shula, US Senator George Smathers, Sheik Mohammed al-Fassi of Saudi Arabia, television host Don Francisco, billionaire investor Carl Icahn, co-founder of Calvin Klein, Barry Schwartz, billionaire developer Donny Soffer, steel executive Leroy Schecter, wireless executive Rajendra Singh, radio magnate Raul Alarcon,real estate billionaire Peter Breton, coal and oil executive Christopher F. Viegas, Perry Ellis head George Feldenkreis, and former Philadelphia Eagles owner and billionaire art collector Norman Braman, Frederic Hesser CEO and Founder of Hesser Group Global, producer and song writer Scott Storch, and former cable company CEO Ken Bagwell.
The description on the back of the card reads:
There is but one Florida and it calls to all nature loving people. Not only is it a playground for the leisure class, and a winter home for the wealthy, but it is a year round place in which to live, to work, and to rest.
The postmark is December 16, 1942.
Pvt. Burns writes:
Dear Mrs. Burns
Received your letter of Sunday, also package and contents. It don't seem much like Christmas. It is very nice. Just what I wanted and pills bandage etc. will come in mighty handy.
Letter follows by air mail tomorrow. Your last letter arrived in just a day and 1/2. Write me the news that was in that 8 page letter. It got lost!
Excerpts from Time Magazine, December 26, 1942:
Christmas, 1942, was the time when trains were jammed and trees were scarce, when turkey was high and the eggnog bowl low. It was a time when, despite the opulence of gifts in many homes, the people sang with fervor, in a peculiar popular ditty, that they just wanted to keep what they had. It was a time when a young Navy wife in Seattle said: "Last Christmas I worried if my husband would come home from the office sober enough to trim the tree. This year I wonder if he'll come home from the Solomons—anytime."
Following the US entering the war , the mobilization of war efforts were quick and effective with car makers and other manufacturers changing to production of weapons of war .
Ford halted its car and truck lines on February 10, 1942 to begin war production, but not before a short run of 1942 cars was built. War rationing required auto makers to black out their chrome trim, and a Special Fordor model was produced with no chrome at all for military use. 1942-style Ford cars continued to be produced as military staff cars from March 1942 through summer 1945. A large number of 1942 (and 1941) cars held in dealer stocks by government edict, to be doled out to essential users during the conflict, were Fords. Some states titled cars by the year of sale, so it is possible to find 1943, 1944, and 1945 models by virtue of their registrations and titles.
The war also created a new breed of movies with war themes , and one of the most popular songs of all time,
"White Christmas" from Bing Crosby first appeared in the movie "Holiday Inn" just in time for Pvt. and Mrs. Burns' first Christmas apart.
Be sure and stop by next Friday for the next installment and answers to the question: What became of that 8 page letter?