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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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Bolt d'Oro Lights Up Derby Trail Print E-mail

East Coast Equestrian

April 2018

The Montana wilderness is not the typical spot you would expect to find a $630,000 yearling colt learning the ropes of the racing game.Bolt 01

Studded with 25 alpine lakes and endless wildflower meadows, the foothills of the Jewel Basin offer expansive views of Flathead Valley to the west and Hungry Horse Reservoir to the east. It's also the location of the Ruis Ranch where the breaking and the daily exercising routines of young thoroughbred prospects takes place.

When owner/trainer Mick Ruis placed the winning bid at the 2016 Saratoga Yearling Sale, his prized dark bay colt was sent straightaway to Ruis' 80-acre ranch on the outskirts of Bigfork where he would spend the next five months in Big Sky country. Galloping one day in a pasture, the colt's exceptional athleticism was on full view from a picture window in ranch manager Ike Green's home. At the same time Green was watching the 2016 Summer Olympics, in particular Usain Bolt, the all-time great Jamaican sprinter.

A native of Wyoming, Green picked out the colt at the Saratoga Sale.

 
The Age of Aquarius Print E-mail

Long Island Boating World

April 2018

Last September there was one word that dominated life here in the Sunshine State: Irma. After roaring through the Caribbean, the hurricane caused historic damage and destruction in Florida. The Cat-4 storm flooded streets, snapped construction cranes and left 5.8 million (nearly 60 percent) of Florida electricity customers without power.Aqua 01

When Hurricane Irma marched toward the Florida Keys, it passed over the Aquarius Reef Base that sits on a sandy patch near a deep coral reef named Conch Reef. It's about six miles south off the coast of Key Largo. Irma ripped the laboratory’s 94,000 pound life support buoy from its moorings and blew it about 14 miles away to Lignum Vitae Channel where it became wedged under a bridge. It also bent the underwater laboratory's living quarters sitting on the ocean floor in water 60 feet deep.

“She was beaten up, shaken, but not broken," said Jim Fourqurean, Florida International University (FIU) Aquarius Base Reef business development director and biology professor.

"The buoy is being repaired at a Miami boatyard and should be ready by March. The mooring lines should be put out around the same time. We're expecting our missions to begin in May. There is a Navy mission, a NASA engineering and saturation mission, and a private foundation who's interested in it for educational purposes. Others will follow."

 
Scheherazade Print E-mail

 WFIT (NPR Radio - Melbourne, Fla) 

April 17, 2018

The Thousand and One Nights, also called The Arabian Nights, are a collection of Persian stories of uncertain date and authorship whose tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba, and Sinbad the Sailor have almost become part of Western folklore. Legend has it that a beautiful storyteller, Scheherezade, told one of the stories each night to a bygone Persian king in the hope that he would spare her life.Scheherazade

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will play the symphonic suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov when they present Scheherezade at 7 p.pm. on Friday 21 at Scott Center for Performing Arts and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 at the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center.

Led by Conductor and Artistic Director, Aaron T. Collins, the SCSO will perform the popular work inspired by the exotic nightly tales of shipwrecks, thieves and royals, in a concert that also includes the sweeping Fantasy Overture, "Romeo and Juliet." The passionate orchestral work composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is based on the story of the star-crossed young lovers in Shakespeare's play of the same name. Collins considers Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade a glittering showpiece.

 
The Fallen Print E-mail

WFIT (NPR Radio - Melbourne, Fla)

April 18, 2018

David Baldacci gives kudos to his maternal grandmother, a former schoolteacher, for his keen interest in storytelling. As a young boy he would often visit with her absorbing her stories of yesteryear. Rambling around the house spouting his own batch of tales his mother gave him a lined notebook in which to write down his stories.TheFallen

Growing up in Richmond, Va., Baldacci was a self-proclaimed library rat where he spent a lot of time devouring Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, the Hardy Boys and the Three Investigators. In creating his own stories Baldacci was drawn to the puzzle aspect, putting all the clues, pieces and red herrings together, trying to be on step ahead of the reader. He spent 15 years writing short stories but realized he couldn't make a living, so he went to college and spent a decade practicing law to bring money in. Still writing was his passion.

Today, he is recognized as one of the greatest thriller writers of the last decade. A global bestselling author, his works have been adapted for both feature film and television. Baldacci will be appearing at the Vero Beach Book Center on Monday, April 23 at 6 p.m. when he takes the stage for a talk and Q&A session followed by a signing of "The Fallen."

His new thriller is "The Fallen" in his #1 New York Times bestselling Memory Man series featuring detective Amos Decker--the man who can forget nothing. Decker is the Memory Man. Following a football-related head injury that altered his personality, Decker is now unable to forget even the smallest detail--as much a curse as it is a blessing.

 
Starman Keeps on Cruising... to the Asteroid Belt Print E-mail

Space Waves

February 8, 2018

In the past I've described Elon Musk as irrepressible. I'm not sure that is a strong enough depiction.Starman 1

Following a brilliant launch on February 6 of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy into bright blue skies, eight minutes later the pair of F-9 rockets landed side by side at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, deploying legs and coming to rest on twin pads. A pair of synchronized giant candles dropping from the heavens. The rockets unleashed powerful sonic booms that echoed across the Space Coast.

Onboard the historic flight was Musk's personal 2009 Tesla, an all-electric, cherry red, rag-top roadster encapsulated in the rocket's upper protective fairing. Within a half-hour after liftoff, SpaceX's three cameras began beaming live views of car back to Earth. That webcast lasted 4 hours and 39 minutes before going offline.

The images showed "Starman," a mannequin driver with his left hand guiding the wheel, barreling through the blackness of space with the shimmering sight of planet Earth in the rear view mirror. Starman is wearing the white spacesuit and helmet that astronauts will wear on SpaceX flights to the International Space Station. Accompanying the $100,000 roadster's voyage is the music of David Bowie's "Life on Mars" and "Space Oddity" playing at full volume on a continuous loop.

 
The Danish String Quartet Print E-mail

WFIT (NPR Radio - Melbourne, Fla)

April 9, 2018

They met as children at a music summer camp in Denmark where they played both soccer and music together. That is when Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Asbjorn Norgaad and Frederik Øland started to explore music for string quartets. Lifelong friends, they later studied at Copenhagen’s Royal Academy of Music and are founding members of the Danish String Quartet.DanishStringQuartet

The Melbourne Chamber Music Society presents the Danish String Quartet at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Indialantic, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.

The Danish String Quartet has established a reputation for their integrated sound, impeccable intonation and judicious balance. Alex Ross of the New Yorker praised the “rampaging energy” of its music-making style, and The New York Times called the group’s 2012 performance of Beethoven’s Op. 132 String Quartet “one of the most powerful renditions that I’ve heard live or on a recording.”

 
Catholic Boy Geared Up for the Florida Derby Print E-mail

 Florida Today

March 29, 2018

Being a top assistant to one of the world's foremost thoroughbred trainers brought a young horseman in daily contact with some of the sport's biggest stars. Jonathan Thomas travelled the country executing a master game plan and shared the joy of winning some of the most prestigious races. He learned how to cultivate young horses into top-class runners, including the likes of Uncle Mo, Super Saver, and Eskendereya.CB 05

On the flip side, assistant trainers are first to arrive at the barn in the dark early morning hours and last to leave after sundown. They check legs and feet for signs of inflammation, refill feed tubs for missed meals, and school young runners at the starting gate. The list of duties goes on and on. There is much personal sacrifice, heartbreak and countless setbacks. And for assistant trainers anonymity comes with the territory.

The unsung status could change on Saturday when Ocala-based Thomas saddles Catholic Boy in the $1 million Florida Derby run at 1 1/8 mile at Gulfstream Park. Sitting on 14 Derby qualifying points, Catholic Boy needs a solid first or second place finish to put him into the starting gates at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 5.

In the Florida Derby Catholic Boy is likely to tangle with a trio of speedy colts, including Fountain of Youth winner and Dale Romans trainee Promises Fulfilled and the runner-up Strike Power, trained by Mark Henning. Another prominent colt is trainer Todd Pletcher's Audible who has won his last three races, including a 5 1/2 length romp in the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park.

 
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