Above: Joan and Bill Milligan, special guest speakers, at College Park Oral History Night at Infusion Tea, October 29, 2012.
The Milligans celebrated 50 years of marriage this month and share their history of life in Orlando in these audio excerpts from College Park Oral History Night.
LISTEN Part I (14:17) Dancing, music, beach parties, sorority history, and the staged walkout at Edgewater High School. – Joan Milligan
LISTEN Part II (14:05) Questions & Comments from the audience: Texan Ivy Buck, Deborah Cook, Robert Stuart, and Peggy Jo van den Berg.
LISTEN Part III (13:56) The lady on the beach, history of Nela Isle, downtown hotels, the Depression, and Mr. Ange.
LISTEN Part IV (10:33) Orlando business, Duty to Country, The Battle of the Bulge, Friday night movies at the Orlando Drive-in.
Mr. Milligan recently served as chair of the Orlando Remembered Board of Directors for 2011-2012 and is a recipient of the Donald A. Cheney Award.
College Park Oral History Night is the brainchild of Deborah Cook, Chair of the College Park Historical Committee. The committee is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of one of Orlando’s great neighborhoods.
On January 24, 2012 Orlando’s Mr. and Mrs. Bill Milligan were invited to the White House by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for the State of the Union Address from America’s first African American president.
William “Billy” Milligan was born at Orange Memorial Hospital in Orlando on August 30, 1933 and passed away on August 27, 2017. See his obituary published in the Orlando Sentinel in September 2017.
For more stories and images relating to the Milligan family, search OrlandoMemory.info using their surname “Milligan”.