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Story of a... Stilt Walker

Mike Weakley, 48, has made a career out of walking tall, to the delight of young and old alike.

Filling a Tall Order

With a message that’s modern in style but traditional in substance, Pastor David Uth has led First Baptist Church of Orlando to embrace a multicultural outlook—and has become a strong voice in favor of immigration reform.

Story of a... Dog Trainer

Trained as an engineer in England, Martin Deeley, 68, found his true calling when he got his first hunting dog.

What Lies Beneath

George O’Leary seems to be the classic curmudgeon. But that’s just one side of UCF’s football coach. We found another.

Neighborhood Watch

Matt Broffman’s Bungalower site draws readers by using a straightforward approach to community news.

Story of a... Driving Instructor

Bonnie Frank, 55, steers Orlando’s motorists of tomorrow in the right direction.

Face Time

A UCF student captures life in Orlando through snapshots and snippets of stories.

Story of a... Theme Park Performer

As worrywart dad Marlin, Robby Pigott, 45, entertains and inspires in Finding Nemo—The Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.

Unsung Hero

Master Legend keeps an eye out for evildoers while striving to take care of his fellow man.

Story of a… Ballerina

Anamarie McGinn, 30, dances through life as a member of the Orlando Ballet company.

Story of a… Magician

Kostya Kimlat, 31, created a career out of magic using some sleight-of-hand and a lot of hard work.

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.

Playing It Cool

Jeremy Litwack’s perseverance—and his knack for quirky flavor formulas—have made Jeremiah’s Italian Ice a sweet pursuit.

A Woman for All Seasons

Attorney, adviser, traveler, friend: Having stared down death, Mayanne Downs lives like there’s no tomorrow.

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.

Master Lego Model Builder

For Jason Miller, 28, following the Lego brick road led to a dream job at Legoland Florida.

The Story of A Flight Nurse

When Orlando Health’s Karen Thurmond, 47, takes to the air, saving lives is the mission.

Story of a... Mixed Martial Arts Fighter

When SETH PETRUZELLI, 32, says he’s fighting for his very survival, he’s being brutally honest.

Story of a...Mermaid

When MELISSA DAWN, 30, transforms into Mermaid Melissa, she will take your breath away.

Story of a... Window Washer

DAVE HANSON, 48, lives the high life and considers it good, clean fun.
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