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Best of Orlando 2015: Personalities

Homeward Bound

Greg Dawson discovers that you can go home again, but it probably won’t be exactly as you remembered it.

All for the Best

Best of Orlando—the cutting-room floor.

Best of Orlando 2015

Readers and staff pick the best of the city.

50 Most Powerful: 21-29

Perry Jr., Sublette, Shugart, Grayson, Pugh, Marchena, Demings, Wick, Aguel

50 Most Powerful: 41-50 & 10 to Watch

German, McGee, Webster, Maladecki, Sheehan, NeJame, Batchelor, West, Stuart, LaRoe, Hill, plus 10 to Watch

Adamant Nature

Greg Dawson is feeling kind of antsy about a possible takeover from below.

50 Most Powerful People

Our annual list comprises politicians, entrepreneurs, educators, philanthropists and others who are instrumental in shaping our community.

Endurance Test

A look back at the first 50 Most Powerful issue.

The Immortals

They show their age beautifully—and yet they are ageless. Orlando’s live oak trees have put down roots, spread out and thrived for centuries. And their magnificence continues to grow on us.

Story of a... Comic

For more than half his life, Brian Bradley, 60, has made others laugh—and learned to master tough crowds.

50 Most Powerful: 1-10

Dyer, Morgan, Houmann, Hitt, Jenkins, Jacobs, Gardiner, Downs, Rosen, Kalogridis

50 Most Powerful: 11-20

Williams, Martins, Mica, Cohen, Thakkar, Ashton, Nelson, Rawlins, Ustler, Kruppenbacher

50 Most Powerful: 30-40

Maines, Miller, Simmons, Ramsberger, Siegel, Macnab, Whittall, Brown II, Bailey, Maxwell, German

Noises Off, Please

Reflections on grits and nitwits.

Unclean Sweep

Greg Dawson gets all misty eyed—from debris sent airborne by leaf blowers.

Story of a... Boat Tour Guide

With 15 years on Winter Park’s lakes, Dan Lancaster, 77, has seen it all: wildlife fights, stormy weather and a “dead boat.”

Story of a... Living Statue

Nicolas Jay, 43, paints his body, dresses in costume, and stays perfectly still to entertain audiences at Disney World.

A Sad Lot

Greg Dawson finds the man with the most thankless job in Orlando—an overnight attendant at a towing company’s impoundment lot.

Committed to Memory

More than six decades ago, Orlando played a role in the racist saga of the Groveland Boys. Here’s a look back at some shameful history—and a look forward to possible justice.

A Murder in Georgia

Reflections on the horror of good-old-boy racism in the not-so-distant past.

Story of a... Hiker

Sandra Friend, 52, braves gators, bears and floods to research her guidebooks to Florida’s best trails.

Calling It Quits

Greg Dawson has a dinosaur that keeps showing up on his doorstep—the phone book.

Freeze Frames

Ruminations about fashion challenges and more.

The Path of Kahn

Zurich, Paris, Los Angeles—Patrick Kahn has had many stops on his visual arts journey. Now he is bringing the works of master photographers to Orlando through his Snap! Space gallery and an annual festival.

A Lesson in Taste

Greg Dawson chows down on school lunch menus of yesteryear and today.

Story of a...Barista

Coffee, like beer, has gone craft, and no one knows that better than Aaron Albright, 26, of Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen.

Ultimate Goal

Kicking around soccer and other issues.

A Major Roar

Orlando City’s Lions begin play this month as a member of Major League Soccer. To prepare you for the next level of Soccermania, we offer a look at their coach, their star player, their history and their fans.

Perfect Match

Adrian Heath brings the competitive fire he had as a player to his role as coach of Orlando City.

Star Power

Yeah, we’re still pinching ourselves—but Kaká really has arrived to lead Orlando City into the big leagues.


From cheering and singing to pyrotechnics, Orlando City’s raucous supporters are a special breed.

Soccer 101

Stumped by the terminology of “the beautiful game’’? We’re here to help.

Lessons Learned

The musical road not taken.

Tech Spotlight: Brooks Zurn

Sunshine Labs provides a place for hardware makers to create their wares.

Bottom Line

Always looking to get ahead, Greg Dawson gives his take on waiting in line.
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