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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.


The People’s Doctor- C. L. Brumback Born April 19, 1914

Originally from December 19, 1999

To measure Dr. C. L. "Carl" Brumback's influence, look at these numbers: One decade ago, only 40 percent of the county's 7-month-old infants were immunized; today, 98 percent are. Ten years ago, 20 percent of Palm Beach County's pregnant women received no prenatal care; today, only 3 percent don't. In the last...

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Deans Of The Florida Senate

Originally from December 19, 1999

Because these three childhood friends from West Palm Beach dominated Florida politics from the mid-'60s through the mid-'80s. Because Jerry Thomas was "probably the most significant environmental law-changer in the history of this state," according to Lewis. "He was years ahead of everybody else." Because the first time Phil Lewis' son, Neil,...

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Principal Influence- S. Bruce McDonald, Born May 3, 1928

Originally from December 19, 1999

Teacher at Roosevelt High School in West Palm Beach, administrator at Central Junior High School and assistant principal at Roosevelt, 1956-70 Principal, Boca Raton Junior High School (now Boca Raton Middle), 1970-75 Area superintendent of schools and other administration jobs, 1975-84 Because McDonald had many reasons to be angry - his father was...

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The Butts Family: Now It’s Sold By The Inch

Originally from December 19, 1999

When Jeannette Butts DeWitt died at 86 in 1993, her sister mused about the bean fields the Butts family once owned, now replaced by big-ticket developments and a sprawling shopping center. "We sold it by the acre," Myrtle Butts Fleming said. "It's sold by the inch now." The parents of...

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‘All The Happy Times…’- The Kennedys

Originally from December 19, 1999

They didn't do much in Palm Beach but relax - cruising around in convertibles, eating at Greene's Drugstore, swimming at the beach - but the Kennedys will forever be linked with the island. Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy first visited with her parents in 1911, and in 1933, she and her husband, Joseph...

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