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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, daily newspapers 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.

Most recently my work has been published regularly in Blood-Horse, Long Island Boating World and The Hunt and PA Equestrian magazines. I've also contributed 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. I am a regular contributor to the following top-flight travel websites: JustLuxe, JustSayGo, Gallaghers Travels and SeeTheSouth, as well as the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association website.

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. 3,500) offers unspoiled beaches with sparkling blue-green waters and thousands of beautiful seabirds and long-legged shorebirds.MB 04

Head north 25 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 2016.

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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SpaceX Nails Historic Ocean Landing Print E-mail

 Long Island Boating World

June 2016

It was a scene straight out of a science fiction movie.SpaceX 3

Elon Musk's SpaceX launched one of its Falcon 9 rockets into space and a few minutes later the first stage booster glided smoothly to a hover before landing on a floating droneship in the Atlantic Ocean, 200 miles offshore of the Cape Canaveral. The rocket's main component landed upright on a barge the size of a football field while dealing with 50 mph winds. History was made on April 8.

The barge was anchored, still the ocean is the ocean.

"Landing a rocket vertically on a barge is really, really hard,” said Ray Lugo, director of the University of Central Florida’s Florida Space Institute. “It’s like a pilot landing on an aircraft carrier. It's a lot harder than landing on a runway. The barge is rolling and pitching in the water. You have to bring in a vehicle [rocket or airplane] in a controlled manner and land it softly. I was confident they would have success eventually. It wasn’t about if, but when."

In four previous attempts, the SpaceX first stage rocket managed to hit its target but tipped over on the deck and exploded. The historic sea landing was a crucial milestone, as SpaceX attempts to show that rockets can be recovered and reused, making launches more affordable.

"The rocket landed instead of putting a hole in the ship or tipping over," Musk said with a laugh at a follow-up news conference. Not since Steve Jobs has an American engineer/inventor/entrepreneur so captured the country's collective imagination.

"The Price" Paid for Life's Choices Print E-mail

 WFIT (NPR - Melbourne, Fla.)

May 23, 2016

Honoring the centennial of Arthur Miller's birth, theaters throughout the country have been staging revivals of the works of one of America's playwright giants.MCT 01

The Melbourne Civic Theatre has joined the parade with a powerful staging of "The Price" that runs through June 26. One of Miller’s last works for the stage, the two-act chamber drama tells the story of long estranged brothers-- Victor, a disheartened New York police sergeant, and Walter, a prosperous surgeon whose personal life is in shambles.

After a 16 year gap the brothers finally reunite to negotiate a price for their deceased father's possessions because the building is to be demolished. Set in an old brownstone attic crammed with furniture and heirlooms, the memories evoked stir up anguish, resentment and jealousies. Blistering accusations fly.

Miller crafted iconic plays such as "All My Sons," "A View from the Bridge," "The Crucible" and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Death of a Salesman." Originally premiered at the Moroso Theater in February 1968, The Price was nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Scenic Design.

Looking Back at My Ride with Barbaro Print E-mail

 Florida Today

May 3, 2016

It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed since Barbaro’s dominating victory in the 132nd Kentucky Derby.Barbaro 1

With his trademark long fluid stride, Barbaro roared down the stretch to win by 6 ½ lengths — the biggest Derby winning margin in 60 years.

Two weeks later the strapping bay colt with the white star on his forehead headed to the 2006 Preakness Stakes with a perfect 6-for-6 record. A boisterous crowd gathered at the colt’s home base, the Fair Hill Training Center in northern Maryland, to cheer him on. No one could have imagined he would never return to his barn.

Less than 100 yards from the start, Barbaro took a bad step that shattered his right hind leg into more than 20 pieces. He would spend the next eight months in intensive care at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. He became a symbol of courage and determination as millions of hearts around the world embraced the colt as he fought gallantly to survive.

I wrote and lived Barbaro’s story for all those months as a features writer for the national horse racing magazine Blood-Horse, as well as a Sunday horse racing columnist for the West Chester Daily Local newspaper.

Cocoa Beach: Surf City Print E-mail

 Delaware County Times

May 8, 2016

Heard of an Ouroborus? Thought so.Cocoa 1

It's an ancient symbol of a serpent eating its own tail. On a sun-splashed April weekend, artist Todd Brittingham turned up in Cocoa Beach, Fla. to create his own giant Ouroborus. It marked the 28th Annual Earth Work, during which the artist along with a gang of helpers built a massive environmental sculpture in the sand. He called it a "Sky Message," and it took up the length of two football fields.

The sand art seems a natural fit. An iconic and quirky beach town, Cocoa Beach is celebrated for wide beaches and surfing teachers, fishing rigs and dinosaur digs, a surf megastore and art galleries galore, rocket launches, oceanfront happy hours and candy colored sunsets.
Set in the heart of Florida's Space Coast — that stretches 72 miles along Florida's east coast — the kitschy beach town has 321 for its area code. For good reason: it's just a short drive north on Route A1A to the John F. Kennedy Space Center.

Man Behind the Curtain at Delaware Theatre Co. Print E-mail

WHYY-TV (PBS/Philly)
Spring 2016

With the runaway success of his stage productions over the past three years, Bud Martin has firmly planted the flag of the Delaware Theatre Company. Net result: the number of  local ticket sales and theater subscribers have soared. Broadway theatrical owners, agents, actors and investors have all come calling to the Wilmington Riverfront venue.BMartinDTC 01

A veteran theatrical producer and director who has worked on both Broadway and London's West End, since Martin's arrival for the 2012- 2013 season DTC has seen a 40 percent surge in the number of subscribers, while subscription revenue has climbed by 65 percent. Single ticket sales have risen 221 percent. Revenues have swelled 234 percent and donations have increased by 109 percent.

The top three grossing shows of Delaware Theatre Company's 37 year history have all been staged on Martin's watch-- "Because of Winn-Dixie" (2015), "Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru Life," (2015) and "Ain't Misbehavin,'" (2014). Martin's success is the envy of many regional theaters. These days he is fielding calls from premiere talent agencies such as William Morris and Creative Artists Agency.

Battle for the Barriers Print E-mail

 Long Island Boating World

April 2016

Let's cut to the chase. The New York Times has called it "the most important environmental law that no one's ever heard of."Barriers 1

The 1982 law-- the Coastal Barrier Resources Act-- was engineered to protect relatively undeveloped coastal barriers along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts as part of the Coastal Barrier Resources System and made these areas ineligible for most new federal subsidies and financial assistance.

Two Republicans, Representative Thomas Evans Jr. of Delaware and Rhode Island's Senator John Chafee co-authored the legislation. When the bills were introduced, almost no one gave them a chance of being passed. They were opposed by the National Association of Homebuilders, the National Board of Realtors, big oil companies and many other high profile wealthy lobbying groups. Evans and Chafee built their own coalition that included environmentalists, hunters, fishermen, deficit hawks, firefighters, police officers, and the American Red Cross. In Congress Evans and Chafee cobbled together liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans to vote for the measure that President Ronald Reagan signed into law on October 18, 1982.

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