Miami has a long and storied tradition of providing, if nothing else, a certain flavor and uniqueness to our Union of States. There was the February 1933 failed assassination on President elect Franklin Roosevelt; stories about shady people and a Miami/Cuban connection in the conspiracies surrounding the assassination of president Kennedy; several Miamians were identified and investigated as the “plumbers” in the Watergate scandal. Our own SAO chief investigator's look into the Plumbers and the money gained national attention: Martin Dardis's investigation was portrayed in the book and movie All The President's Men.
No one can forget the " Hanging Chads" and the contested 2000 presidential election. Currently the Padilla prosecution makes national headlines about every other day.
Miami and Florida seem to attract a rogues gallery of colorful characters.
Yesterday, the NY Times reported the death of one of the central figures in Watergate: former CIA officer E. Howard Hunt, who passed away yesterday in our fair city at the North Shore Medical Center.
Hunt was a CIA officer involved in the Bay of Pigs invasion, and later was hired as a $100.00/a day “security consultant” for the Nixon white house.
The Times had this quote: “This fellow Hunt,” President Richard M. Nixon muttered a few days after the June 1972 break-in, “he knows too damn much.”
Hunt was not a native Miamian, but he spent much of his life here, and his death reminds us that our town has always been known for its collection of colorful figures who have, and will continue, to cast a large, if not unexpected shadow on national events.
It’s why living and working here is so much fun.
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