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About Our Century: Our Century, a book published by The Palm Beach Post in 2000, features The Palm Beach Post 100 - the people who changed the way we live. Additionally, it follows local history from the "Wilderness and War" years, 1500-1870, through 1999 and the beginning of the new century. You can search articles from the book and read featured selections here.


A Big Heart And A Juicy Headline- Generoso Pope Jan. 13, 1927 – Oct. 2, 1988

Originally from December 19, 1999

Generoso Pope Jr. never apologized for the tawdry supermarket tabloid that became a household word and put Lantana on the map. And he quietly shared many of the millions he made off JFK conspiracies, Elvis sightings and UFO kidnappings. Pope lived for the tidbits of gossip that "inquiring minds want to...

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The Hometown Comissioners- Cliff Barnes Born Aug. 11, 1956

Originally from December 19, 1999

Because he ran for office as an environmentalist when his friends said he could never win on that platform. Eventually, more candidates followed him down the path of slower growth, changing the course of St. Lucie County politics. Because he helped win the support of 67 percent of the voters for...

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Standing Up For Equal Pay – Charles Stebbins, Jr., Oct. 22, 1910 – July 1991

Originally from December 19, 1999

Charles H. Stebbins Jr. wanted to be paid the same as a white teacher. In his quest, he became the Rosa Parks of Palm Beach County's public teachers. Stebbins never benefited from the battle for which he agreed to be the poster boy; the day it ended in victory, he was...

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Florida’s Conservation Conscience- Nathaniel Reed, Born July 22, 1933

Originally from December 19, 1999

Because his family's wealth would have allowed him to live a life of leisure, but instead he chose to serve: Five years in Washington as assistant secretary of the Interior for two presidents (Nixon and Ford); the state under two governors and as the creator of 1,000 Friends of Florida;...

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The People Behind The Places

Originally from December 19, 1999

Henry Phipps Jr. (Phipps Park, Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Martin County): The Phipps Family (of steel, land and horse-racing fame) owned a third of Palm Beach and a large portion of coastal Martin County and built polo fields in Gulf Stream. The family gave 1,200 feet of ocean-to-lake property...

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