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About Eliot Kleinberg: The Post Time column has appeared every week in the Palm Beach Post's neighborhood sections since they debuted in January 2000. The Aug. 20, 2009 column was the 500th. The column answers readers' questions about local history, marks anniversaries, describes historical personalities and tells about landmarks, both well-known and otherwise. It expanded its scope to the Treasure Coast when Neighborhood Post instituted editions for that region in March 2007. Since its inception, the column has been produced by Eliot Kleinberg, a South Florida native and a Post staff writer since 1987. He is the author of nearly a dozen books, all about Florida and South Florida and their history, including two book collections of Post Time columns, both published by History Press: "Palm Beach Past" (2006) and "Wicked Palm Beach" (2009).


Source Of Lake’s Name Remains Mystery

Originally from August 18, 2004

Readers: My most nagging mystery seems to be the continuing search for how Lake Osborne got its name. Recently I was guided to Edith Hood, a longtime resident. She says there was a Palm Beach County commissioner named Ralph Osborne in the 1930s who was linked to the name. I checked...

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Book Recounts Life Of O.B. Padgett

Originally from August 6, 2008

Recent Post Time columns on the Ashley gang prompted Alice L. Luckhardt of Stuart to write us a note. Here are excerpts: "In your recent reply in the PB Post of June 16th and June 18th about O. B. Padgett, former chief of police of Stuart and a posse member in...

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WJNO, Launched In 1936, County’s First Radio Station

Originally from March 29, 2000

Q: What was Palm Beach County's first radio station? A: That would be the well-traveled WJNO. It signed on at 1 p.m. on July 31, 1936. Originally a CBS affiliate, it aired everything from classical music to Steve Allen. It would survive the Depression, World War II and the advent of television...

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Area Parks Named For Community Leaders, Other People Of Influence

Originally from March 14, 2001

Some parks in our area are named for business and community leaders and developers: George P. Coleman Park (West Palm Beach): Originally named Lincoln Park, it was renamed for a local community leader and founder of Coleman Funeral Home. Harry Goodmark Park (Riviera Beach): The longtime West Palm Beach lawyer, a pioneer...

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Readers provide more clues on old Palm Beach County movie theaters

Originally from September 13, 2012

Our July 26 column on 1950s and 1960s theaters brought responses from long-timers who said the list might be incomplete. Roger St. Martin, 79, of suburban Lake Worth, grew up near Okeechobee Boulevard and Dixie Highway. He recalls the Surf Theater on Datura Street, and of the once-glorious...

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