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Greg May worked as an AQUARIST at Sea World from 1975 – 1977. That’s where he met Barbara Walters from ABC News. He recounts this memory about Ms. Walters:

“Barbara Walters wanted to watch me feed the sharks. She thought it would make a great publicity shot if her little girl would help me.  The child was terrified! Later that day, Ms. Walters received a kiss from Shamu.”

Mr. May resigned from Sea World and went into television in 1977.

From 1977 – 1983 Greg May was Program Director for Cablevision (now BrightHouse) where he launched his own celebrity interview show called ‘Central Florida Spotlight’.

From 1983 – 1990 Mr. May worked for WFTV Channel 9. Today, he is a licensed real estate agent and free lance writer, with a soon to be published book.

Mr. May describes some of the photographs from his collection included here on Orlando Memory:

“In the photos you see me with Dennis Quaid (when he was filming JAWS 3D at Sea World), Lawrence Welk, Delta Burke and Kirby ‘Sky King’ Grant. Mr. Grant was tragically killed in an auto accident when all of Orlando media were driving in a convoy over to the Cape to see one of the launches.”

In addition, there are photographs with Arnold Palmer, Helen Piekin of the Orlando Sentinel, Dave Madden, The Amazing Kreskin, Colleen Zenk of “As The World Turns,” Richard Simmons, and my favorites a roller skating penguin and a water skiing Chimpanzee!

There is also a touching and beautiful photograph of Dawn Brancheau with a Pacific bottlenose dolphin, Pacific black whale, and an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin from the “New Friends” show at the San Diego Seaworld marine park from May 1987.

Special thanks to Orlando resident Greg May for sharing his personal photograph collection – his photographic memories!

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Greg May with "The Amazing Kreskin"
Greg May with "The Amazing Kreskin" at Tupperware Convention Center Orlando. Greg interviewed Kreskin for his Cablevision (now Brighthouse) program "C...
Greg May with Dave Madden, "John Wain" and Delta Burke
Greg May with Dave Madden, "John Wain" and Delta Burke. Greg interviewed the trio for his Cablevision (now Brighthouse) program "Central Florida...
Greg May at Sea World's Shark Encounter 1979
Greg May at Sea World's Shark Encounter 1979
Greg May at Marineland of Florida 1980
Greg May at Marineland of Florida 1980.
Greg May with Lawrence Welk and Helen Peikin 1979
Greg May with Lawrence Welk and Helen Peikin of The Orlando Sentinel at the Tupperware Convention Center 1979. Greg interviewed Lawrence Welk...
Greg May meets Barbara Walters at Sea World
Greg May meets Barbara Walters at Sea World. "Barbara Walters wanted to watch me feed the sharks. She thought it would make a...
Greg May with Dennis Quaid during filming of 'Jaws 3D' at Sea World 1980
Greg May with Dennis Quaid during filming of 'Jaws 3D' at Sea World 1980. Greg interviewed Dennis on his Cablevision (now Brighthouse)...
Greg May with Arnold Palmer.
Greg May with Arnold Palmer. Greg interviewed Arnold for his Cablevision (now Brighthouse) program "Central Florida Spotlight."
Greg May with Kirby Grant "Sky King"
Greg May with Kirby Grant who played "Sky King" in the television series of the same name. Greg interviewed Kirby Grant for his...
Greg May with Colleen Zenk of 'As The World Turns'
Greg May with Colleen Zenk of 'As The World Turns.' Greg interviewed Colleen for his Cablevision (now Brighthouse) program "Central Florida Spotlight."
Greg May with 'friend' from Circus World.
Greg May with 'friend' from Circus World. 
Greg May with Richard Simmons
Greg May with Richard Simmons. Greg interviewed Richard Simmons for his Cablevision (now Brighthouse) program "Central Florida Spotlight."
Amazon fresh water dolphin at Marineland
Amazon fresh water dolphin at Marineland. From the personal photograph collection of Greg May.
Risso's dolphin at Marineland
Risso's dolphin at Marineland. From the personal photograph collection of Greg May.
Risso's dolphin and spotted dolphin at Marineland
Risso's dolphin and spotted dolphin at Marineland. From the personal photograph collection of Greg May.
Marineland of Florida resort
Marineland of Florida resort. From the personal photograph collection of Greg May.
Marineland of Florida Resort - Ocean view
Marineland of Florida Resort. From the personal photograph collection of Greg May.     PRESS INFORMATION taped to back of photo: Unique in d...
Marineland of Florida - Play Port
Marineland of Florida - Play Port. From the personal photograph collection of Greg May. PRESS information taped to back of photo: The latest addition...
Marineland - Aquarius Theater
Marineland Aquarius Theatre. From the personal photograph collection of Greg May. PRESS INFORMATION taped to back of photo: SEA DREAM (by MLF Producti...
Baby dolphin at Marineland
Baby dolphin at Marineland. From the personal photograph collection of Greg May.  
Marineland of Florida in the 1970s
Marineland of Florida in the 1970s. From the personal photograph collection of Greg May.
World of the Sea Aquarium at Sea World Orlando
World of the Sea Aquarium at Sea World Orlando. Greg May worked as an AQUARIST at Sea World from 1975 - 1977. PRESS...
Pacific whiteside dolphins at Sea World Orlando
Photo from the personal collection of Greg May is a Pacific whiteside dolphins at Sea World Orlando. Greg May worked as an AQUARIST...
Shamu at Sea World
Greg May worked as an AQUARIST at Sea World from 1975 - 1977. This photo of Shamu is from his personal photograph...
Sea lion performing in "Ding-A-Ling Bros. Circus"
Greg May worked as an AQUARIST at Sea World from 1975 - 1977. Mr. May resigned from Sea World and went into...
Roller skating penguin at Sea World
Greg May worked as an AQUARIST at Sea World from 1975 - 1977. Mr. May resigned from Sea World and went into...
Dolphin pulling water skiing chimp at Sea World
Greg May worked as an AQUARIST at Sea World from 1975 - 1977. Mr. May resigned from Sea World and went into...
Sea World Orlando 1973
Aerial view of Sea World Orlando 1973. From the personal photograph collection of Greg May. Greg May was an Aquarist at Sea World...
George Millay, Sea World President
Photograph of George Millay, Sea World President, from the personal photograph collection of Greg May. Greg May was an Aquarist at Sea World...
Beluga whale and false killer whales at Sea World
Beluga whale and false killer whales at Sea World. Photo from the personal photograph collection of Greg May. Greg May was an Aquarist...
Back flipping Shamu at Sea World
Back flipping Shamu at Sea World from the photograph collection of Greg May. Greg May was an Aquarist at Sea World Orlando from...
Dawn Brancheau with "New Friends" at Sea World San Diego
Photograph of the late Dawn Brancheau interacting with "New Friends" at Sea World San Diego. From the photograph collection of Greg May. Mr....
Florida bottlenose dolphin - Sea World Orlando
Florida bottlenose dolphin - Sea World Orlando. From the photograph collection of Greg May. Mr. May was an aquarist at Sea World from...
Sea World Orlando - Park layout
Sea World Orlando - Park layout from the photograph collection of Greg May. Mr. May was an aquarist at Sea World Orlando from...
Great American High Diving Team at Marineland
Great American High Diving Team at Marineland. From the photograph collection of Greg May.
Sand tiger shark at Sea World
Sand tiger shark at Sea World. From the photograph collection of Greg May. Mr. May was an aquarist at Sea World Orlando from...
Pelican recovering at Sea World Orlando
Injured pelican recovering at Sea World Orlando. From the photograph collection of Greg May. Mr. May was an aquarist at Sea World from...
Roller skating penguin
From the photograph collection of Greg May.
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