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                                                                                     Local & State
 Film on Miami drug
trade is a bootleg hit
 even before release
    MIAMI (AP) — When Billy Cor-         the production company’s
ben and Alfred Spellman learned          YouTube channel. “The street is
their new documentary was a top          getting its recognition for it. I mean
seller at a Miami flea market, they      the difference between this movie
found themselves both surprised          and ‘Scarface’ is that’s just for the
and confused — especially since          movies. This is a documentary.
the film hadn’t even been released       This is totally different. These are
in theaters yet.                         facts. Anything else is fiction.”
    But instead of contacting an at-         Corben and Spellman are rela-
torney, the 28-year-old Miami-na-        tively young, but they are not
tives decided to embrace the             novices. The pair started making
positive reaction and interview the      short films together 12 years ago
flea market vendors on camera.           while they were high school soph-
    Between bootleg DVDs and             omores. They formed their pro-
strong word-of-mouth, “Cocaine           duction company, rakontur, when
Cowboys” — named for a term              they made their first feature-
made popular by the media in the         length documentary, “Raw Deal: A
‘70s and ‘80s — had already be-          Question of Consent.” The in-
come an underground hit in Miami         depth look into an alleged gang
before its theatrical release Fri-       rape at a University of Florida fra-
day. The video of the flea market        ternity house was widely praised                                                                                                                                                          AP
vendors can be found online, along       when it played at the 2001 Sun-            Mike Smollon, from Lake Worth, stands alongside some of pink flamingos he has collected in Boca Raton. Smollon, who purchased a
with footage from a barber shop          dance Film Festival.                       number of the flamingos when he learned that they would no longer be manufactured, says he plans to give many of them away to
that shows the movie all day for its         To follow “Raw Deal,” the pair
customers and interviews with            had initially considered doing a
hip-hop artists who have seen the        narrative film about the history of
    “Yes, it’s our copyrighted ma-
terial, and people are bootlegging
                                         drugs in Miami, but Corben said
                                         they eventually settled on doing a
                                         documentary. While there are
                                                                                     Plastic pink flamingos go way of dodo
it and selling it and making money,      other stories to tell than those por-          FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — The pink                The birth of the plastic pink flamingo in           After reading a story in the Sentinel &
and we’re not,” said Corben, the         trayed in films like “Scarface” or         plastic flamingo, a Florida-inspired icon      1957 coincided with the booming interest            Enterprise (Fitchburg, Mass.) about the
director. “So what are you going to      shows like “Miami Vice,” Corben            that has been reviled as kitschy bad taste     in Florida, Thompson said, making it pos-           closing of the factory, he bought 12 pairs of
do about that? How do you stop it?       said the pair ultimately decided it        and revered as retro cool, is dead at age      sible for those in other parts of the country       flamingos.
It’s like a phenomenon.”                 would be better to tell the real           49.                                            to have a little piece of the Sunshine                  “I never owned a pink flamingo before,”
    “This documentary has sur-           story behind Hollywood version.                The pop culture symbol met its demise      State’s mystique in their yard.                     Smollon said. “To be honest, I used to think
faced from South Dade in Miami to            “Cocaine Cowboys” opens this           after its manufacturer, Union Products,            By the late ‘70s, according to Thomp-           this was the kind of a thing only a girl would
West Dade in Miami to North              weekend in Miami and New York,             of Leominster, Mass., was socked with a        son, the pink flamingo became a symbol of           put in her yard. But when I found out the
Dade,” Miami-native Trick Daddy          followed by a Los Angeles release          triple economic threat — increases in          bad taste. It was considered trash culture          factory was closing, I thought this is some-
said in an interview available on        Nov. 7.                                    costs of electricity and plastic resin com-    and embraced by folks with a wise-guy at-           thing historical happening.”
                                                                                    bined with loss of financing.                  titude. They knew better (wink, wink) but               Smollon went to the factory and bought
                                                                                        Production ended in June, and the          embraced the iconic symbol anyway.                  11 sets of pink flamingos and one set of the
                   Questions wanted for                                             plant is scheduled to close Nov. 1, accord-        By the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, he said we     commemorative gold flamingos that were
                 judge candidates’ forum                                            ing to president and CEO Dennis Plante.        learned to make fun of pop culture items            made for 2007, which would have been the
                                                                                    Union Products made 250,000 of its             such as the pink flamingo as well as ap-            bird’s 50th birthday. He plans to keep a few
     The Northwest Florida Daily News is sponsoring a forum featuring 1st           patented plastic pink flamingos a year in      preciate them.                                      and give the rest to flamingo-loving friends.
 Judicial Circuit Group 15 candidates Dixie Dan Powell and Terry Ketchel.           addition to other garden products.                 “The pink flamingo has gone from a                  Flamingo fever hit and he searched the
     The forum will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at Okaloosa-Walton College in                   Robert Thompson, professor of popular      piece of the Florida boom and Florida ex-           Internet for Don Featherstone, the kitschy
 Niceville inside Building K in the college mall area.                              culture at Syracuse University, paid trib-     otica to being a symbol of trash culture to         bird’s creator. When he learned that Feath-
     The public is invited to attend, and Daily News readers are encouraged         ute to the infamous bird that has been im-     now becoming a combination of all we                erstone lived only about five minutes from
 to send questions in advance that the candidates will be asked during the fo-      mortalized everywhere — from the John          know — kitsch, history, simplicity and ele-         his hotel, he called him and asked if he
 rum.                                                                               Waters’ movie “Pink Flamingos,” to bach-       gance,” Thompson said.                              could come over and get his photograph
     To pose a question for the candidates, go to our Web site at www.nwf-          elor parties and lawns across America.             Until recently, Mike Smollon was one of         taken with him.
 dailynews.com.                                                                         “Let’s face it,” he said. “As iconic em-   the folks who put the pink flamingo in the              Not only did Featherstone and his wife,
     Questions can also be mailed to Editor Pat Rice at the Northwest               blems of kitsch, there are two pillars of      kitsch category.                                    Nancy, come out of the house wearing
 Florida Daily News, 200 Racetrack Road N.W., Fort Walton Beach, FL                 cheesy, campiness in the American pan-             But during a recent trip to Massachu-           matching pink shirts adored with green
 32549. They can also be faxed to Rice at 863-7834.                                 theon. One is the velvet Elvis. The other is   setts, the Boynton Beach firefighter and            flamingos, the artist autographed two sets
     Questions will be accepted until Nov. 1.                                       the pink flamingo.”                            battalion chief had an epiphany.                    of flamingos.

   Katherine E. Conner                       The family will receive              Naval Air Station, Pensacola,       follow in Barrancas National          and Edith Washington Johnson.             given, Oct. 19
                                         friends from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.        Fla., on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at       Cemetery at a later date.             He was a retired U.S. Air Force              Delmar E. Hanson, 79, Fort
    Katherine E. Conner, age 90,         Monday, Nov. 6, at First United          10:15 a.m. with Chaplain Jim            McLaughlin Mortuary, 17           veteran who served his country            Walton Beach, Oct. 20
a resident of Shalimar, Fla.,            Methodist Church, Havana, Ill.           Vail of Covenant Hospice offici-    Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton            as a master sergeant.                        Olga L. Lowman, 84, no town
went to be with her Lord and             Funeral services will com-               ating.                              Beach, Fla., is in charge of              Mr. Johnson was preceded in           given, Oct. 19
Savior on Oct. 26, 2006.                 mence immediately at 1 p.m.                 The family would like to ac-     arrangements.                         death by his by one grandson,                Bernie L. McHugh Jr., 75,
    Mrs. Conner was born on              directed by Hurley Funeral               knowledge Joe and Gayle                                                   Adrian Johnson.                           Destin, Oct. 21
March 15, 1916, in Tallula, Ill.,        Home. Burial will follow at              Williams, Larry and Evelyn            John F.” Fred” Sutton                   Survivors include his daugh-            John L. Tate, 88, Niceville, Oct.
to the late Milton Allen and the         Pleasant Plains Cemetery,                Mims, Julie Massoni, Terry                                                ter, Cheryl Raynor of                     21
late Katherine E. Allen. At the          Pleasant Plains, Ill.                    Land, and Janet and Ed Davies           John F. “Fred” Sutton, age        Charleston; sons, Royston and                Michael Guitart IV, 71, De-
age of two, Mrs. Conner’s                    Flowers are accepted, or             for their many visits and count-    73, of Niceville, Fla., passed        Maurice Johnson; ex-wife,                 catur, Ala., Oct. 21
mother passed away in the flu            contributions may be made to             ess acts of kindness and sup-       away Oct. 26,                         Averil Johnson; and three
epidemic of 1918 and she was             the Alzheimer’s Association, in          port.                               2006 in Se-                           granddaughters Kaitisha                           Monday, Oct. 23
raised by her Grandmother                Mrs. Conner’s memory.                       You may share memories           vierville, Tenn.                      Raynor, Amanda Johnson and                   Marvin S. Steinman, 77,
Rumford. Mrs. Conner gradu-                  Emerald Coast Funeral                and condolences at www.emer-            Fred was                          Andrea Johnson. He is also sur-           Niceville, no date given
ated salutatorian of Tallula             Home is in charge of the local           aldcoastfuneralhome.com.            born in Henry                         vived by seven great-grandchil-
High School. In 1935, she and            arrangements.                                                                County, Va., to                       dren.                                             Tuesday, Oct. 24
her husband were united in                                                        Sandra Claire Pietenpol             John W. Sutton                            Graveside services will be              Patricia A. DeLuca, 73, Fort
marriage in Peoria, Ill. Mrs.              Opal Watkins Rhodes                                                        and Nell                              held at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov.         Walton Beach, Oct. 17
Conner was a devoted wife,                                                            Sandra Claire Pietenpol, 71,    (Pedigo) Sut-                         2, at Barrancas National Ceme-                Tommy-Lou Davis, 81,
raising her children and sup-                Opal Watkins Rhodes, age             of Santa Rosa Beach, passed         ton. Fred re-            JOHN         tery in Pensacola NAS, Fla.               Crestview, Oct. 21
porting her husband’s various            87, a longtime resident of Shali-        away Thursday afternoon, Oct.       tired from the         SUTTON             In lieu of flowers, the family            Helen E. Shaffer, 81,
career moves. She and her                mar, Fla.,                               26, 2006, in                        U.S. Air Force                        request donations be made to              Crestview, Oct. 22
family settled in Havana, Ill.           passed away at                           Fort Walton                         after over 20 years of service.       the American Diabetes Associ-               Betty Ables, 85, Baker, Oct. 23
There they operated the local            Fort Walton                              Beach.                                  He owned and operated Sut-        ation in his memory.                        Curtis N. Floyd, 73, Fort Wal-
Dairy Queen and a Laundro-               Beach Medical                                Sandra was                      ton’s Cabinet Shop after retir-           You may share your memo-              ton Beach, Oct. 22
mat until retirement.                    Center on                                born Nov. 30,                       ing from the military and he          ries and condolences at
    Mrs. Conner, along with her          Thursday, Oct.                           1934, in Mil-                       also delivered newspapers for         www.emeraldcoastfuneral-                         Wednesday, Oct. 25
husband, loved to travel exten-          26, 2006.                                waukee, Wis.,                       the Daily News for over 25            home.com.                                   James C. Ross, 70, Shalimar,
sively and spend the winters in              Mrs.                                 to the late                         years.                                                                          Oct. 22
Florida. She was a well thought          Rhodes was                               John Wilging                            Fred is preceded in death by           Obituary rates                         Edward J. Dudek, no age or
of person by her friends, family,        born on Oct.           OPAL              and Alice             SANDRA        his wife, Elizabeth Ann Sutton;                                                 town given, Oct. 23
and fellow members of the                23, 1919, in Flo-    RHODES              Clemens              PIETENPOL      son, Ronnie Sutton; and sister,       There is a charge for all obituaries        Robert Amigo Charron, 48,
First United Methodist Church            rala, Ala., to                           Wilging. She                        Mary Jane Poindexter. Fred is         published in the Daily News. The fee is   Mary Esther, Oct. 21
and Order of the Eastern Star.           Dallas Emery Watkins and                 was a military wife and loving      survived by his daughter,             $14.80 per inch weekdays, and $17
Mrs. Conner lived in Shalimar            Caroline Cravey Watkins. A               mother who enjoyed music,           Robin Smith and husband               on Sunday. An inch measures approx-               Thursday, Oct. 26
for the past 18 years and en-            U.S. Air Force lieutenant                gardening, playing poker and        Terry, of Sevierville, Tenn.;         imately seven lines. The deadline is 3      Melita A. Blundell, 76, no town
joyed walking, as well as many           colonel’s wife, she was a world          entertaining family and friends.    brother, Grady Sutton of              p.m. for next day publication. Upon       given, Oct. 21
activities that she was active           traveler. She treasured time             Friday night family gatherings      Marysville, Wash.; grandchil-         request, an American flag may be            Fredrick H. Van Lindt, 89, Fort
in. Above all, she cherished the         spent in the various places sta-         were especially popular at the      dren, Kindra Smith of Se-             added to a military veteran’s obituary.   Walton Beach, Oct. 24
time she spent with her family.          tioned. Mrs. Rhodes was a lov-           Pietenpol home.                     vierville, Tenn. and Kara Wren                                                     Eva Mae Adams, 101, New
Mrs. Conner was a devoted
wife, wonderful mother,
                                         ing and devoted wife. She
                                         enjoyed housework and main-
                                                                                      Sandra is survived by her
                                                                                  son, Timothy Pietenpol; daugh-
                                                                                                                      of Niceville, Fla.
                                                                                                                          A time of visitation will be
                                                                                                                                                             OBITUARY REVIEW                          Harmony, Oct. 24
                                                                                                                                                                                                        William M. Gray, 88, Miramar
thoughtful grandmother, and              tained an impeccable home.               ter, Debra Premo and husband        held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday              The following is a list of area       Beach, Oct. 22
remarkable great-grandmother             Mrs. Rhodes was also an avid             Ray; son, Scott Pietenpol and       Oct. 30, 2006 at Heritage Gar-        obituaries that were published              Harry A. Knight, 76, no town
who was proud of her family.             bridge player and valued many            wife India; daughter, Dawn          dens Funeral Home.                    in the Daily News for the week of         given, Oct. 9
    Mrs. Conner is survived by           of the friendships made while            Duenas and husband Ken all of           A Graveside funeral service       Oct. 22 to Oct. 28, 2006. Names              David K. Ball, no age given,
her sons, Bruce W. Conner and            playing bridge.                          Santa Rosa Beach; grandchil-        will be conducted at 10 a.m.          are followed by age, hometown             Milligan, Oct. 25
his wife Chizuko of Falls                    Mrs. Rhodes leaves behind            dren, Brian Pietenpol, Melanie      Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006 at Her-        and date of death.                           Amon Neal Andrews Jr., 59,
Church, Va., and William L.              her cherished memories to her            Pietenpol, Mark Porter, Kevin       itage Gardens Cemetery with                                                     Fort Walton Beach, Oct. 24
Conner of Shalimar; grandchil-           devoted husband of 49 years,             Porter, Matt Porter, Kenny          military honors.                               Sunday, Oct. 22
dren, Michele Snelson and her            Hugh “Dusty” E. Rhodes of                Pietenpol, Brandon Pietenpol,           Heritage Gardens Funeral             Donna Yakey, 104, Fort Wal-                     Friday, Oct. 27
husband Rusty of Arlington,              Shalimar; sisters-in-law, Mag-           Brodie Pietenpol, Samantha          Home & Cemetery, Niceville            ton Beach, Oct. 4                            Charlie Blue, 90, Crestview,
Texas, and David W. Conner               gie Watkins of Montgomery,               Bazylak, Katie Bazylak, Skye        Fla. has been entrusted with             Frederick E. Schilling Jr., 83,        no date given
and his wife Laura of Cum-               Ala., and Bessie A. Rhodes of            Premo and Erin Premo; sister-       arrangements.                         Fort Walton Beach, Oct. 14                   Gloria Jean Cruikshank, 48,
ming, Ga.; and great-grandchil-          Jacksonville, Fla.; brother-in-          in-law, Yvonne Kane of Santa                                                 George H. Ufen, 65, Mary Es-           Crestview, Oct. 24
dren, Amanda Snelson, Allison            law, Robert L. Rhodes and his            Rosa Beach; and a host of              William Johnson Jr.                ther, Oct. 17                                Sarah D. Krenkel, 86, Birm-
Snelson, Molly Conner, Emily             wife Martha of Jacksonville;             nieces, nephews and friends.                                                Alice F. Wood, 57, Gaskin, Oct.         ingham, Ala., Oct. 25
Conner and Christian Conner.             and niece, Adrienne W. Moore                 A Celebration of Life will be       William Johnson Jr., age 68,      19
    Mrs. Conner was preceded             and husband James B. of                  held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.      of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.,             Debbie Dillon, 50, Fort Walton                 Saturday, Oct. 28
in death by her husband of 47            Montgomery, Ala.                         1, 2006, at the McLaughlin Mor-     passed away Oct. 25, 2006, in         Beach, Oct. 18                              George C. Totten III, no age or
years, Lewis R. Conner; par-                 Graveside services will be           tuary Chapel in Fort Walton         Fort Walton Beach.                       William Devine III, 58, Val-           town given, Oct. 25
ents; three sisters; and one             held for Mrs. Rhodes at Bar-             Beach with the Rev. James R.            He was born on Dec. 28, 1937,     paraiso, no date given                      Numan H. Garrison Jr., 71,
brother.                                 rancas National Cemetery,                Vail officiating. Interment will    in Charleston, S.C., to William          Myra V. Price, 70, no town             Destin, Oct. 25

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