Larry Aydlette

Larry Aydlette is the Cultural Editor for The Palm Beach Post. He oversees all Features, Accent and TGIF stories, reporters.        

Latest from Larry Aydlette

Photos: Remember when CityPlace area was ‘war zone’ of crime, crack?
 Crammed with high-rise condos and office towers, a hotel, performing arts mecca, convention center and retail complex, Okeechobee Boulevard is more than West Palm Beach’s gleaming, gateway entrance. It’s a visual statement of a city’s ambition. But 30 years ago, it was a road to nowhere. Shoppers now gamboling through...

Posted: 2 days ago

Crammed with high-rise condos and office towers, a hotel, performing arts mecca, convention center and retail complex, Okeechobee Boulevard is more than West Palm Beach’s gleaming, gateway entrance. It’s a visual statement of a city’s ambition. But 30 years ago, it was a road to nowhere. Shoppers now gamboling through...
What South Florida buildings made list of America’s coolest structures?
 A parking garage is America’s coolest building? Well, it’s not just any parking garage. Not when it’s in architecturally trendy Miami Beach. The Lincoln Road parking garage, as well as Miami Beach’s Raleigh Hotel, made Thrillist’s new list of America’s coolest buildings that you don’t know...

Posted: 10 days ago

A parking garage is America’s coolest building? Well, it’s not just any parking garage. Not when it’s in architecturally trendy Miami Beach. The Lincoln Road parking garage, as well as Miami Beach’s Raleigh Hotel, made Thrillist’s new list of America’s coolest buildings that you don’t know...
What Allman Brothers Band wife was in rehab in West Palm Beach?
 The wife of a founding member of the legendary Allman Brothers Band is currently serving 30 days in jail after doing rehab in West Palm Beach, according to a report in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Donna Betts, 62, the wife of guitarist Dickey Betts, went to jail on Oct. 3 after an incident in March in which she aimed a...

Posted: 11 days ago

The wife of a founding member of the legendary Allman Brothers Band is currently serving 30 days in jail after doing rehab in West Palm Beach, according to a report in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Donna Betts, 62, the wife of guitarist Dickey Betts, went to jail on Oct. 3 after an incident in March in which she aimed a...
PHOTOS: Happy birthday, Delray Beach! How Atlantic Avenue used to look
 Happy 106th birthday to Delray Beach, the Motown of Palm Beach County! Huh? A little explanation is needed: Today, Oct. 9, marks the date that the Delray settlement area, previously known as Linton, was incorporated as the Town of Delray. If you want to be a stickler about when it was incorporated as the Town of Delray Beach...

Posted: 12 days ago

Happy 106th birthday to Delray Beach, the Motown of Palm Beach County! Huh? A little explanation is needed: Today, Oct. 9, marks the date that the Delray settlement area, previously known as Linton, was incorporated as the Town of Delray. If you want to be a stickler about when it was incorporated as the Town of Delray Beach...
Lake Worth’s oldest living Playboy Playmate: Hefner made nudes beautiful
 To the world, Hugh Hefner was a bon vivant in a velvet bathrobe who created the “Playboy” lifestyle, full of beautiful women and tastefully hedonistic pleasures. To Neva Gilbert, the Lake Worth retiree who at age 88 is the oldest living Playmate centerfold, he was the man who kickstarted her career. “He never made...

Posted: 22 days ago

To the world, Hugh Hefner was a bon vivant in a velvet bathrobe who created the “Playboy” lifestyle, full of beautiful women and tastefully hedonistic pleasures. To Neva Gilbert, the Lake Worth retiree who at age 88 is the oldest living Playmate centerfold, he was the man who kickstarted her career. “He never made...
What were the last words Billie Jean King said to Bobby Riggs?
 It’s not surprising that Bobby Riggs used to live in Palm Beach County. After all, it’s the place where  great hucksters come to dwell. And Riggs was one of the most colorful in modern sports. The late Wimbledon tennis champion and unrepentant “male chauvinist pig” is being rediscovered this month through ...

Posted: 24 days ago

It’s not surprising that Bobby Riggs used to live in Palm Beach County. After all, it’s the place where great hucksters come to dwell. And Riggs was one of the most colorful in modern sports. The late Wimbledon tennis champion and unrepentant “male chauvinist pig” is being rediscovered this month through ...
PHOTOS: Happy birthday, Boynton Beach! It used to look like this
 Happy 119th birthday to Nate’s town! Otherwise known as Boynton Beach, named after Civil War major and hotelier Nathan Boynton. The “Town of Boynton,” which later came to be known as Boynton Beach, was created on Sept. 26, 1898. To celebrate, we decided to pore through our photo archives and see how many of you...

Posted: 25 days ago

Happy 119th birthday to Nate’s town! Otherwise known as Boynton Beach, named after Civil War major and hotelier Nathan Boynton. The “Town of Boynton,” which later came to be known as Boynton Beach, was created on Sept. 26, 1898. To celebrate, we decided to pore through our photo archives and see how many of you...
Celebrity history: F. Scott Fitzgerald stayed in Palm Beach in 1938
In January 1938, F. Scott Fitzgerald sat down with a reporter from The Palm Beach Post and explained his dilemma:
Should he spend his last day of Florida vacation relaxing at The Breakers? Or should he fly down to Key West to see his old friend Ernest Hemingway?

Posted: 29 days ago

In January 1938, F. Scott Fitzgerald sat down with a reporter from The Palm Beach Post and explained his dilemma: Should he spend his last day of Florida vacation relaxing at The Breakers? Or should he fly down to Key West to see his old friend Ernest Hemingway?
Jake LaMotta dies: When ‘Raging Bull’ punched up Palm Beach County
 The late 1950s were not good years for boxer Jake LaMotta. As anybody who’s seen Martin Scorsese’s masterwork film “Raging Bull” can attest. In that 1980 film, Robert De Niro played the volatile middleweight champion from his brutal determination to win the crown in the ’40s to his disreputable fall...

5:13 PM Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017

The late 1950s were not good years for boxer Jake LaMotta. As anybody who’s seen Martin Scorsese’s masterwork film “Raging Bull” can attest. In that 1980 film, Robert De Niro played the volatile middleweight champion from his brutal determination to win the crown in the ’40s to his disreputable fall...
President Trump can use ‘Rocket Man’ lyrics for more than Kim Jong Un
 Apparently, he’s not the man we think he is at home. Oh, no no no. Who figured that President Donald Trump, in his gold-plated Trump Tower aerie or in the private residence of the White House, was spinning Elton John tunes? Trump seemed more like a Tony Bennett/Billy Joel/Toby Keith kind of guy. After all, he invited Bennett and...

4:45 PM Tuesday, Sep. 19, 2017

Apparently, he’s not the man we think he is at home. Oh, no no no. Who figured that President Donald Trump, in his gold-plated Trump Tower aerie or in the private residence of the White House, was spinning Elton John tunes? Trump seemed more like a Tony Bennett/Billy Joel/Toby Keith kind of guy. After all, he invited Bennett and...