Florida Lecture Series presents George S. Lemieux, Former U.S. Senator, and Laura Mize, Journalist, on Florida Made: The 25 Most Important Figures Who Shaped the State. Florida is in many ways both the oldest and newest of the megastates. Once an insect-ridden swampland, it is now a top destination for tourism, business, agriculture and innovation. The influences of a colorful cast of characters - from cultural icons to political heroes, and even a socialist dictator - have transformed the peninsula. Former United States Senator George LeMieux and Florida-based journalist Laura Mize tell the stories of twenty-five trailblazing individuals who have changed the state forever, from a Barbados native who rescued Florida's orange industry after a catastrophic freeze in 1835 to a Florida doctor who developed a precursor to modern air conditioning.