Sunday, July 10, 2011

Great moments in Miami history

News item:
10 hurt, no gorings: Spain's running of the bulls
Sunday, July 10, 2011

PAMPLONA, Spain — Thousands of thrill-seekers ran with the bulls on a crowded fourth day at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona on Sunday. Ten people were injured but no one was gored.

Several runners tripped, fell and were trampled as crowds raced alongside the massive bulls of the famous Miura breeding estate, founded in 1849.
So what does any of this have to do with Miami history? you ask.

Well, believe it or not, 31 years ago, a minor Miami official floated the idea of staging a running of the bulls right here in Miami.

In 1980, Aida Levitan, who was the City of Miami's information director, proposed a smaller scale version of the Pamplona insanity where bulls would run amok on Calle Ocho.

Levitan insisted no one would get hurt because they would use "baby bulls."

And said Levitan, "everybody will have a great time because we'll do the running of the bulls more efficiently and better than they do it in Spain." (Insert your own punchline here.)

Needless to say, Levitan's idea went nowhere.

from the Miami News, July 21, 1980

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