A Video Diary: Ozell and Judi Talk Mount Dora Childhoods (Part 3 of 3)

Ozell and Judi part 3

Those small intersections of life that make up small towns are moments the Mount Dora Citizen is pleased to share with our readers.

It’s an even greater pleasure when friend and professional videographer and photographer Tom Benitez is ready and willing to assist.

In part three of their video diary, Ozell Ward and Judi Phillips Jones talk about what it was like to be young adults from Mount Dora in the 1960s – as they both left the town, and later returned.

Both families have deep roots here – Ozell’s are more firmly rooted than Judi’s but their childhood memories are commonly of Mount Dora.

Judi’s family owned a store downtown and her parents were very active in the downtown Mount Dora scene of that era.  Her mother was a community and political activist.

Ozell came from a prominent family who lived in the Northeast, active civic leaders and business owners – same time period.

As youngsters, they no doubt crossed each other’s paths on numerous occasions.  But they never met until several decades later on the deck at One Flight Up in downtown Mount Dora.  Blacks and whites simply didn’t socialize in the Mount Dora of their youths.

Tom Benitez filmed as Ozell and Judi shared what it was like to grow up and move away and then back to their homes in Mount Dora.

No script, just two friends talking, reminiscing and relating a time gone by.  Hope you enjoy Part 3 of 3, below.