Monday, October 24, 2011

October 24, 2011: Abraham and Fariss: The Best of South Florida

By Sylvia Gurinsky

How should a South Floridian act? Try following the examples of Anthony Abraham and Wayne Fariss.

Abraham, who died at age 100 last week, came here from the Midwest in 1951 and truly established a second life - first as a car dealer, then as a philanthropist. He was the last surviving creator of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and he supported countless South Florida charities. Not just his name, but also his imprint is in such organizations as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Miami Rescue Mission and more.

Wayne Fariss, who also died last week, graced the airwaves of WCKT (now WSVN) Channel 7 for most of the years from 1956-84 as an anchor and reporter. He was the ultimate professional in covering stories ranging from the rise of Fidel Castro in Cuba to hurricanes to the Yom Kippur War. Here is a clip from WCKT's coverage of Hurricane Donna in 1960:

Good reporting should be giving the basics, and Fariss excelled at that.

Both men represented the best of South Florida. They leave many fans and a fine legacy to follow.

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