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Greg May

Greg May worked as an aquarist at SeaWorld 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.”

Photograph of Greg May and Barbara Walters at SeaWorld
Greg May meets Barbara Walters at Sea World.
Photo of Greg May at SeaWorld's Shark Encounter
Photo of Greg May at Sea World’s Shark Encounter circa 1977

Greg 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:

Photograph of Greg May and Arnold Palmer
Greg May with Arnold Palmer. Greg interviewed Arnold for his Cablevision (now Brighthouse) program “Central Florida Spotlight.”

“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.”

Greg May with Dennis Quaid during filming of ‘Jaws 3D’ at Sea World 1980. Greg interviewed Dennis on his Cablevision (now Brighthouse) program “Central Florida Spotlight.”

 

Photograph of Kirby Grant
Photograph of Kirby Grant “Sky King” with Greg May.

In this photo, we see Greg May with Kirby Grant who played “Sky King” in the television series of the same name. Greg interviewed Kirby for his Cablevision (now Brighthouse) program “Central Florida Spotlight.”

“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.”

Photo of Greg May with his chimpanzee friend from Circus World
Photo of Greg May with his chimpanzee friend from Circus World

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!

Photograph of Amazing Kreskin and Greg May
Greg May with “The Amazing Kreskin” at Tupperware Convention Center Orlando. Greg interviewed Kreskin for his Cablevision (now Brighthouse) program “Central Florida Spotlight.”

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 Sea World marine park from May 1987.

Special thanks to Orlando resident Greg May for sharing his personal photograph collection and his 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 SeaWorld's Shark Encounter 1977

Greg May at SeaWorld's Shark Encounter 1977

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 SeaWorld

Greg May meets Barbara Walters at SeaWorld. "Barbara Walters wanted to watch me feed the sharks. She thought it would make a great...

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 SeaWorld 1980. Greg interviewed Dennis on his Cablevision (now Brighthouse) program...

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 chimpanzee 'friend' from Circus World.

Greg May with chimpanzee '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 SeaWorld Orlando

World of the Sea Aquarium at SeaWorld Orlando. Greg May worked as an AQUARIST at SeaWorld from 1975 - 1977. PRESS INFORMATION taped...

Pacific whiteside dolphins at SeaWorld Orlando

Photo from the personal collection of Greg May is a Pacific whiteside dolphins at SeaWorld Orlando. Greg May worked as an AQUARIST at...

Shamu at SeaWorld

Greg May worked as an AQUARIST at SeaWorld from 1975 - 1977. This photo of Shamu is from his personal photograph collection.

Sea lion performing in "Ding-A-Ling Bros. Circus"

Greg May worked as an AQUARIST at SeaWorld from 1975 - 1977. Mr. May resigned from SeaWorld and went into television in...

Roller skating penguin at SeaWorld

Greg May worked as an AQUARIST at SeaWorld from 1975 - 1977. Mr. May resigned from SeaWorld and went into television in...

Dolphin pulling water skiing chimp at SeaWorld

Greg May worked as an AQUARIST at SeaWorld from 1975 - 1977. Mr. May resigned from SeaWorld and went into television in...

SeaWorld Orlando 1973

Aerial view of SeaWorld Orlando 1973. From the personal photograph collection of Greg May. Greg May was an Aquarist at SeaWorld from 1975-1977....

George Millay, SeaWorld President

Photograph of George Millay, SeaWorld President, from the personal photograph collection of Greg May. Greg May was an Aquarist at SeaWorld Orlando from...

Beluga whale and false killer whales at SeaWorld

Beluga whale and false killer whales at SeaWorld. Photo from the personal photograph collection of Greg May. Greg May was an Aquarist at...

Back flipping Shamu at SeaWorld

Back flipping Shamu at SeaWorld from the photograph collection of Greg May. Greg May was an Aquarist at SeaWorld Orlando from 1975-1977. He...

Dawn Brancheau with "New Friends" at SeaWorld San Diego

Photograph of the late Dawn Brancheau interacting with "New Friends" at SeaWorld San Diego. From the photograph collection of Greg May. Mr. May...

Florida bottlenose dolphin - SeaWorld Orlando

Florida bottlenose dolphin - SeaWorld Orlando. From the photograph collection of Greg May. Mr. May was an aquarist at SeaWorld from 1975-1977. He...

SeaWorld Orlando - Park layout

SeaWorld Orlando - Park layout from the photograph collection of Greg May. Mr. May was an aquarist at SeaWorld Orlando from 1975-1977. He...

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 SeaWorld

Sand tiger shark at SeaWorld. From the photograph collection of Greg May. Mr. May was an aquarist at SeaWorld Orlando from 1977-1977. He...

Pelican recovering at SeaWorld Orlando

Injured pelican recovering at SeaWorld Orlando. From the photograph collection of Greg May. Mr. May was an aquarist at SeaWorld from 1975-1977. He...

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Comments to “Greg May”

  1. Kim says:

    Greg, thanks for the amazing photos of Sea World, Marineland and all the actors and actresses and celebrities who are no longer with us. Your photos bring back so many memories of watching “Sky King”, “Designing Women”, and “The Lawrence Welk Show” and family vacations to Marineland in St. Augustine when I was a kid; and trips to Sea World and Circus World with my own kids. Thanks again for sharing these amazing photos and memories.

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