I Think You Have To Qualify As An Old Relic To Know The Meainng Of Historic

In my career as a Miami newspaper woman -- I appreciated my daily destination --a historic gem which had stood the test of time. The Miami News Tower.

The Miami Metropolis was the oldest paper in Miami. I saw the evidence when Eddie Cohen, whose father opened up the first grocery store in downtown Miami, unfolded an article that ran on its front page about his being the first Jewish boy to be circumcized in Miami. He dug into his wallet to show me his "clipping" -- grinning ear-to-ear about the double meaning.

That was the first newspaper. No question about it. Historical as they come. Governor Cox of Ohio sent for authentic bricks from The Giralda palace in Spain to do its double.

Came the Mariel onslaught from Cuba, powers-that-took-over expropriated the Miami News Tower as their "Freedom Tower" so all the new arrivals could be properly documented and be doled their largesse from the Miami leadership.

The reason the Miami News Tower was not in use can be tied to the high-up business guys of the Miami News Daily paper, which departed the Tower on Oct.12, 1957, to move into a Miami River-bordered piece of land on NW 7th St. and 10th Avenue. Next to the Miami River.

This place had all the bells and whistles. The Big Sig (signature) power-that-be couldn't see the STOP SIGN. We had overspent, blind to a steady maelstrom of descent.

After several years of struggling, amid moving escalators and glassed-in offices, there wasn't enough folding green to fund a cow pasture. We had been leaking vital fluid.

Imagine the dreary departure for Baghdad-on-the-Bay, which we were told made us editorially autonomous. I mumbled under my breath (anonymous). Certain places were off-limits. Not the composing room -- I spent lots of time -- familiar faces many of them.

For the Miami Herald to try to sell latter-day building on the bay as a historic building because of the Knight Brothers is a gibe. The leading warriors -- Al Neuharth, who started USA TODAY -- Lee Hills -- were titans all.

They crafated their first major successes at 600 S. Miami Avenue. those early writers had major careers.

I believe that building became a Good Will outlet. So much for historic.

I would call that South Miami Ave. address a piece of history. I can't imagine the Historical Society allowing the personal history of the Knight brothers to wave a magic wand.

Some major people don't want Genting holding that property. A friend of mine can get a million dollars for her house if the deal goes through. And maybe she can get that liver transplant she needs.