- Governor Claude Kirk, left, and Dick Pope with animals at the Cypress Gardens theme park in Winter Haven.
- Photographed in November 1967.
- Founded in 1936 by Dick and Julie Pope, Cypress Gardens was the state's first theme park.
- Photographer Jerry F. Simons was born May 23, 1929 in Oak Park, Illinois. He majored in Journalism at the University of Miami, graduating in 1953. He worked in Miami at United Press and later was a news cameraman for Channel Four under Ralph Renick. He also worked at WCKT when Wayne Fariss was the anchorman. He was the Photographic Director for the Florida Development Commission and was assigned to former Governor Claude Kirk as his personal photographer. Simons turned to freelance photography in 1973 and did assignments for Eastman Kodak, Chrysler, U.S. Steel, and other national clients. He passed away on March 17, 2012.
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