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About Terry Conway

For the past fifteen years I’ve been a contributing writer to a variety of national & regional magazines, prominent daily news-papers and websites. I have written about an array of topics such as arts & culture, chefs, food & drink, business entrepreneurs, travel, history, thoroughbred racing, and the animal and natural world.

 I'm currently a regular arts & culture contributor to WFIT's website (the NPR radio station in Melbourne.), Vero Beach Magazine and Florida Today newspaper on a number of topics. Over recent years my work has been published regularly in Blood-Horse, Long Island Boating World and The Hunt and PA Equestrian magazines.

I am a regular contributor to the websites JustLuxe.com and SeeTheSouth.com. JustLuxe is an online magazine featuring the best of luxury lifestyle and travel, while SeeTheSouth features truly unique southern destinations. My travel articles also regularly appear in Florida Today, Long Island Boating world and the Delaware County Times, a major daily newspaper just outside Philly.

I've also contributed a variety of articles to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, the Delaware County Times, and the Montgomery County Newspapers. I have been an Arts & Culture correspondent for Newsworks, the website for WHYY-TV (PBS in Philadelphia). I have been a correspondent to ESPN.com, America's Best Racing, the Paulick Report and Thoroughbred Racing Commentary.

After spending the past two decades in Wilmington, Delaware, my wife Jane, our Toller retriever Smarty and I have moved to Melbourne Beach, Fla. Located on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River, Melbourne Beach sits on the southern end of Florida's "Space Coast." The famed coastal highway A1A runs directly along the Atlantic. Melbourne Beach (pop. 3,000) offers unspoiled beaches with sparkling blue-green waters and thousands of beautiful seabirds and long-legged shorebirds.MB 04

Head north 35 miles on A1A and you arrive at Cape Canaveral, for decades our nation's gateway to exploring and understanding our universe. Today, Cape Canaveral is a hub for many of the most exciting new private space projects such as SpaceX, the rocket and spacecraft company founded by Elon Musk (manufacturer of Tesla vehicles). Upwards of 30 launches are planned in 2017.

Back down to earth traveling on two-lane A1A south from Melbourne Beach's compact business area brings you to a series of secluded and undeveloped natural beaches. Bonsteel Park's two-acre beach provides an excellent vantage point to catch glimpses of passing dolphins, while the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is recognized as the most important nesting area for loggerhead turtles in the western hemisphere. It's also home to the gigantic leatherback turtles.

MB 02Nearby is Sebastian Inlet State Park which connects the Indian River Lagoon with the Atlantic Ocean. Its jetty break is recognized as one of the surf world's high-performance hot spots. Three generations of world-class surfers have surfed here, including 11-time world champion Kelly Slater. The 600-acre park is also celebrated for world-class fishing, and plenty of seabirds and wildlife.

Through my writing over the past decade I have traveled to spectacular destinations such as Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev. and Sun Valley, Idaho; Cody, Wyoming/Yellowstone Park; Saratoga Springs, the Adirondacks, Saratoga Springs and Rhinebeck, New York; Port Clyde and Monheghan Island, Maine; Avalon and Stone Harbor, New Jersey; Middleburg, Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia.

Other travel adventures have included Tampa and St. Petersburg, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, Florida; and St. Simons and Jekyll Island, Georgia. My travel articles thoughtfully explore the history of the region along with museums, music and the arts, chefs and restaurateurs, wineries and craft breweries, outdoor and sporting adventures as well as profiling intriguing personalities of those regions.

In addition to my writing career I owned a marketing company where I represented a diversified list of clients in the areas of publicity, marketing and business development-- such as the famed Baldwin's Book Barn, Thoroughbred Charities of America and the Kahunaville restaurant chain. In another life I was the founder, publisher and editor of Life Sports Magazine.

Along with Jane and Smarty I look forward to writing about new adventures in Melbourne Beach, the "Space Coast" and other Florida destinations. That's Smarty below with his pals Willie and Nelson.

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Project Neptune Print E-mail

Vero Beach Magazine

August 2018

Super-yacht owners accessorize their boats in a myriad of ways, from amphibious vehicles to a jet-chopper hybrid that will get them to the helicopter pad on deck faster. Latest on the list: a luxurious personal submarine.Triton 2

Code named Project Neptune, the world's most luxurious personal submarine design was revealed at the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show in the glitzy South of France location. The initial drawings show a sleek looking sub with blue and gray colors, blade-like pontoons and an enormous transparent acrylic "bubble" of a cabin for maximizing incredible underwater views. Project Neptune's price tag, a cool $4.4 million, plus options.

The three-person sub marries the diving and operational expertise of Vero Beach's Triton Submarines with Aston Martin's design, materials and craftsmanship. Loved and revered in Britain, the century-old automaker is best known for making beautiful high performance sports cars. However, Aston Martin recently branched out into complementary side ventures. Project Neptune enhances its brand into new aspects of the luxury world such as the AM37 powerboat that partnered with Quintessence Yachts and a 66-story residential tower in Miami.

Triton has pioneered the sale of million dollar personal submersibles to the ever-growing - in both size and numbers - global fleet of super yachts. Triton's bright yellow subs are also aimed at explorers, scientists, and filmmakers pushing back the ocean's frontiers. In 2013, the first astonishing video footage of a giant squid was captured from a Triton 3300/3 submersible, while in 2016 Sir David Attenborough (at age 90) was seen exploring the Great Barrier Reef in a Triton sub for his BBC documentary series.

 
A Tricky Mystery Print E-mail

 WFIT (NPR Radio - Melbourne, Fla)

July 5, 2018

Anthony Horowitz knows his way around the bloody murder mystery genre. He is responsible for creating and writing some of the UK’s most beloved and successful television series, producing the first seven episodes (and the title) of Midsomer Murders and is also the writer and creator of award-winning series Foyle’s War, both of which aired on PBS.TheWordIsMurder

Horowitz has been commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate and Orion Books to write two new Sherlock Holmes novels and by the Ian Fleming Estate to write the James Bond novel Trigger Mortis, which was published in September 2015. His first Holmes book-- The House of Silk-- was published in 2011 and internationally lauded as the top title of the autumn. The sequel, Moriarty, was published in October 2014 with similar success. Horowitz is known to younger fans as the writer of the Alex Rider series that has sold 19 million copies worldwide.

The 62-year old prolific British author's latest whodunit, The Word is Murder, opens with widowed socialite Diana Cowper, who makes arrangements for her own funeral, when the time comes. Her time comes just a few hours later. Cowper is found choked to death with a scarlet curtain cord in her home. Horowitz himself becomes a character when an ex-London cop named Hawthorne approaches Horowitz, the novelist, to chronicle how Hawthorne can crack the Cowper case and regain respectability.

Fired from his job at Scotland Yard for poor conduct, now Hawthorne wants Horowitz to turn his "real-life" cases into books, splitting the profits from the book 5o-50. Hawthorne seems to be straight out of central casting: aging loner who has problems with authority, smokes like a chimney, and is secretive, impatient, homophobic and tightfisted.

 
SpaceX Reviving the Space Coast Print E-mail

Space Waves

July 1, 2018

The crowds are back.SpaceX LIBW1

The launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy from the Kennedy Space Center earlier this year was the latest in a series of milestones that has revived interest in the space industry and the hallow grounds that stretch along the Florida coast in Brevard County that has witnessed so many epic flights into outer space.

Traffic near the Kennedy Space Center was bumper to bumper, hotel rooms were sold out and hordes of press descended on the Kennedy Space Center, just like the good old days of the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. That's quite a turn-around from seven years ago after the government shutdown of the shuttle program, which led to massive furloughs in NASA’S workforce and employees leaving the Space Coast.

And it's only getting better.

 
Stone Harbor: A Shore Thing Print E-mail

Florida Today

June 4, 2018

My earliest recollections picture my father at the wheel of his 1949 Ford woodie barreling through the pine barrens to the south Jersey shore. I'm a mere toddler sitting in the back of the wood-sided station wagon taking in the sights and sounds on our summer vacation to a seven-mile-long island.LifeBoat

Sharing a narrow spit of land with its sister town Avalon, Stone Harbor is set at the southern end of Seven Mile Island. Residents like to say, "it's cooler by a mile." And, it really is. The island juts out into the Atlantic Ocean about a mile further than any other New Jersey beach towns.

While boardwalks, carnival rides, and over commercialization symbolize most of the Jersey shore towns, Stone Harbor has stayed relatively sprawl-free. The beach is the star attraction. Beachgoers over age 12 must carry beach tags, sold in daily, weekly or seasonal increments. In part the fees help support healthy living sand systems full of trees, shrubs, and plentiful reed grass with roots that fan out beneath the dunes. Dynamic systems that grow and shrink, the island's mighty dunes rise to more than 40 feet in some places and are the first line of defense during the worst North Atlantic storms. Paying for nature's gifts won’t seem so bad once you relax on the soft, wide stretches of white sand.

Thanks to a historically tight grip on development, Stone Harbor remains a quiet and upscale residential seashore town. The borough attracts a summer population of upwards of 25,000 people, but that pales when compared with other Jersey shore resorts. Tree and flower shaded streets are lined with multi-million dollar Victorian and American Foursquare-style houses. Occasionally, you'll spy small single-story cottages, dating back to the 1940s. Flashes of candy colors pop up all over the island. A mere three blocks wide, summer homes have dominated Stone Harbor for as long as anyone can remember.

 
Triple Crown Champion Value Soars Print E-mail

East Coast Equestrian

June 11, 2018

Newly minted Triple Crown champion Justify saw his stud value skyrocket with his gate-to-wire victory Belmont Stakes. The muscle on muscle chestnut three-year old colt with a big white blaze joined Seattle Slew as the only undefeated Triple Crown winners and became the 13th horse ever to win the Triple Crown comprised of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9.Justify Winstar

ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell reported the Belmont Stakes (Grade-1) victory pushed the value of Triple Crown winner Justify to an all-time record $75 million.

ESPN and the New York Times previously reported after the Preakness that an agreement was in place for the owners of Justify's breeding rights – WinStar Farm with 60 percent, China Horse Club with 25 percent, and George Soros' SF Bloodstock with 15 percent – to sell them to Coolmore Stud for $60 million with a $15-million bonus if the son of Scat Daddy were to win the Belmont.

WinStar Farm CEO Elliott Walden has denied that a deal has been made. The New York Times said that it may not be official until September so that Justify's owners can take advantage of tax laws dealing with capital gains. Rovell writes that Coolmore can put a higher value on Justify than other stud farms because it has the capacity to stand the superstar at both its Ashford Stud in Kentucky and in Australia during the southern Hemisphere breeding season. WinStar has stood some of its stallions in the southern Hemisphere but does not own a stud farm in Australia. The highest previous stallion deal, Rovell writes, was the $70 million Coolmore paid to acquire 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus.

 
On Broadway Kicks Off 10th Season Print E-mail

 WFIT (NPR Radio - Melbourne, Fla)

June 11, 2018

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will open their 2018-19 tenth anniversary season with On Broadway. The concert takes place Saturday, June 16 at 7 p.m. at the Scott Center for Performing Arts and on Sunday, June 17 at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach.Aaron Collins_Conductor

Selections from the greatest musicals of stage and screen will be represented, including The King and I, Hamilton, Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, Chicago, Beauty and the Beast and Grease. Featured will be a special suite of music from The Beatles, which includes hits such as "All My Loving," "All You Need is Love," "Blackbird," "Can't Buy Me Love," "Come Together," "If I Fell," "Lady Madonna," "Let It Be," "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da," "Something," "Yesterday," and much more.

Conductor and Artistic Director Aaron Collins is a past recipient of the Richard A. Stark Award for cultural leadership, awarded by the Cultural Council of Indian River County.

"I predict people will not be able to restrain themselves," said Collins with a laugh. "Because this music makes you want to burst with song. What better way to kick off our season than with Broadway and the incomparable Beatles?"

Advance tickets for On Broadway are $25 for adults are available through the orchestra website at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or at the beachside and mainland branches of Marine Bank & Trust. Tickets at the door are $30. The SCSO is one of only a handful of orchestras nationwide to perform year-round. On Broadway is free for those age 18 and under or with a student ID. For more information, call toll free 855-252-7276 or visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org.

 
They Call It a Woodie Print E-mail

Vero Beach Magazine

June 2018

Often dubbed a rolling work of art, one of the delightful aspects about owning a wood-sided station wagon is nearly each one comes with a story. Here's mine.Woodies 6

With my father at the wheel of his 1949 Ford woodie our family is barreling down the White Horse Pike through the pine barrens to the south Jersey shore. I'm a mere toddler sitting in the back taking in the sights and sounds on our summer vacation to Avalon. Who knew Dad was so cool, piloting a woodie?

The wood-sided station wagon has long been an iconic part of American automotive culture. In their earliest days they were known as depot hacks, bussing guests and luggage from railway stations to an upscale hotel, country estate or dude ranch. Film star Clarke Gable owned several Deluxe models to cruise through the farmland and small ranches of the San Fernando Valley. The Beach Boys and Jan & Dean (the chart-topping "Surf City") sang about woodies evoking memories of sun-splashed beaches and magical summer days.

Check out that woodwork. Clad in perhaps rare bird's-eye maple and framed in white ash, the panels were fitted and mitered with the perfection of a Chippendale highboy. They boasted intricate finger-jointed framing. Basswood created handsome longitudinal roof slats. Polished and lacquered, woodies satisfied the need for stylish transport of people and parcels.

 
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