Courtroom Drama

Roberto Gonzalez

The Orange County Regional History Center is a fascinating place. The grand columned building, which once housed the county courthouse, boasts contemporary exhibits, including a current one looking at how Universal Orlando Resort stages its annual iconic events, like Halloween Horror Nights. The center’s numerous permanent exhibits range from how cattle and citrus helped shape Central Florida to a re-creation of a pioneer cracker home.

And then there’s the “Bundy table.’’

In the restored third-floor courtroom is a carving on the edge of a table that bears the inscription “Ted Bundy.’’ But did the infamous serial killer really leave it there while he was on trial in Orlando more than 33 years ago? Check out Answer Man’s column on page 28 for, well, the answer.

Turns out that the courtroom is a popular place. For the fourth straight year we’ve gathered attorneys there to photograph them for the Best Lawyers® issue. So as you peruse the annual list of peer-recommended attorneys, starting on page 49, you’ll get glimpses of the grand old courtroom.

Elsewhere in this issue, we catch up with Orlando Magic executive Pat Williams, who talks about how he came to terms with his cancer diagnosis. Writer Roger Moore explores the world of car collectors, who enjoying showing off their classics (Roger is the proud owner of a 1973 Triumph TR6). And be sure to check out our 10-page spread of spring fashions. Photo editor Roberto Gonzalez teamed up with wardrobe stylist Melanie Pace and celebrity makeup artist Tim Quinn to provide some dazzling looks. Go to for a fashion bonus—styling and makeup tips from Melanie and Tim.

Speaking of fashion tips, Greg Dawson could certainly use some. In his Extra Pulp column this month, Greg admits to being a fashion failure and wonders if males have come very far from the days of one-piece leopard skins.

Evolve much?

There’s still time to check out the great local art in our 11th annual Paint the Town exhibit at the Gallery at Avalon Island downtown. More than 60 works are on display, from paintings and folk art to sculptures and photography. The gallery is housed in the beautiful Rogers Building, one of the oldest edifices in Orlando. The exhibit continues through April 11. 


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