Mickey Mouse is coming to Florida

Orlando, Florida, November 16, 1965: There have been rampant rumors for weeks surrounding who has bought over 27,000 acres of land around Buena Vista over the past several years. Some speculated McDonnell-Douglas. Others speculated Ford Motors.

It has been an extremely well-kept secret. But, all was revealed in a press conference at the Cherry Plaza Hotel, here, yesterday. The buyer is none other than the creator of Mickey Mouse himself, Walt Disney.

Disney will build a bigger version of his Disneyland park in Anaheim, California, which opened in 1955. This new park will be called Walt Disney World–150 times larger than Disneyland.

Oldest tree in the South finally protected after 3,500 years

It was a 100-year-old tree and growing strong when Moses was born. It was a 1,000-year-old tree and standing tall when Socrates taught the Greeks and Buddha enlightened Asia. It was 1,500 years old when Christ walked among us in Galilee and Judea. When the Roman Empire fell into oblivion, this mighty tree was 2,000 years old. When Columbus sailed the “ocean blue, in 14 hundred 92″ it had survived 3,000 years.

For some 3,500 years, this majestic bald cypress with a penchant for staying alive has withstood the ravages of man, wars, hurricanes, insects, fires and all that nature hurled against it.

It has defeated time on a small plot of land surrounded by swamp in the central area of a peninsula in North America we now call Florida, just outside our small village of Longwood. It is the oldest living thing in the southern United States.