Story of a… Power Lineman

When the electricity goes out, OUC’s Sean Carroll, 43, climbs into the spotlight.

Story of a... Sign Twirler

Jose Melendez, 36, is the man behind the hat-tipping masked character that has become a roadside icon.

Story of a... Romance Novelist

A Rollins College librarian by day, Dorothy Mays, 47, transforms into an award-winning writer at night.

Gator Wrestler

Donny Aldarelli, 28, educates and entertains audiences at Gatorland, while keeping a sharp eye on his reptilian performers.

Story Of A... Holiday Decorator

Christmastime is year-round for Cindi DeYoung, 42, senior director of floral and holiday for Greenery Productions.

Story of A... Veteran

Retired Maj. Gen. John C. Raaen Jr., 91, lived through the hell of D-Day—and penned a soldier’s story about it.

Story Of A... Taxidermist

John Pyles, 50, of Orlando, has crafted a career out of living the still life.

Story of a... Snake Charmer

Maria Wood, 38, and her slithery companions educate and delight audiences of all ages.

Story of a...Ice Sculptor

Joe Rimer, 48, keeps cool by creating life-like sculptures made from giant blocks of ice.

Story of a... Pyrotechnician

For 15 years, Lloyd Lightsey, 52, has had a blast lighting up the night sky.

Story of a Zookeeper

Ethan Anderson, 24, communes with the animals as a Central Florida Zoo hoof stock keeper.

Story of a Horticulturist

HEATHER WILL-BROWNE, 59, likes to get her hands dirty when bringing Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival to life.

Seamstress

As the owner of Hung’s Custom Tailor Shop, Jenny Smith, 52, is living her dream.

Story of a... Pedicab Driver

From his bicycle seat, Rydes Pedicab Co. owner Luke McHenry, 33, has a unique perspective of Orlando at night.

Story of a... Chocolatier

As a modern-day Willy Wonka, Edgar Schaked, 41, is living the sweet life.

The Story of a... Hot Air Balloon Pilot

For Jeff Thompson, 53, owner of Thompson Aire near Kissimmee, it’s always time to rise and shine.

STORY OF A... Belly Dancer

Suspira Tiouat, 39, teaches women to embrace their inner goddess with every hip hit and shimmy.

Bug Guru

Stuart Fullerton, 72, is the colorful keeper of UCF’s Bug Closet, home to nearly half a million dearly departed specimens.

 

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