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VOLUNTEER SPOLIGHT AL Forgione By Kate Brown & Kristi Prescott and as a child, he dreamed best of both worlds! of being a bus driver when he In the past, Al has volunteered grew up. his time with Big Brothers/ But, this was not to happen. Sisters and with the Sarasota In 1977, he moved to Florida Girls Club, teaching kids how to to escape the cold winters of cook. the Northeast and pursue his passion – entertainment. Al said he really enjoys working with the staff at OCHS and He started his career in taking the visitors on tours at entertainment in Sarasota, the Pioneer Village. His favorite FL as a DJ for a top 40 radio event at the historical society station. He was also an so far has been Dine with the L Forgione has been announcer at the Kennel Club Departed, where he had the a dedicated volunteer dog tracks in Sarasota and opportunity to portray Dr. Sears Awith the historical society Orlando. for the lantern-lit cemetery tour. since 2013. He did a great job and was Later, he worked as a Ski Show a welcomed addition to our Al grew up in the New announcer at Sea World and at annual fundraiser. Hampshire and Massachusetts the Dance USA Pavilion, which area as an only child with a was located at Boardwalk and vivid imagination and a fair for Baseball in Haines City. This theatrics. His father managed venue demonstrated dance a drugstore chain and the styles from the 50’s & 60’s rock “Thanks, Al, drugstore was a terminal for and roll. He also edited the for helping to the local buses. His dad let him shows, music and scripts. ride the buses for fun and he share Osceola’s explored all over town. During Al came to OCHS after seeing these excursions, Al became our ad in the newspaper history with visitors pals with the drivers and this where we are always seeking and residents alike!” is where he honed his “talking” volunteers. He loves history, skills. As anyone who meets Al and as mentioned, he can attest – he loves to talk! loves talking, which makes Al loved riding on the buses volunteering as a docent the 14 | OCHS HISTORY MAGAZINE
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