Did You Know?  is a monthly series of conversations on a wide variety of topics with interesting and informed members of the community.


Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm

confessions of a recovering car dealer

A conversation with Earl Stewart, owner of the Earl Stewart Toyota car dealership in the City of Lake Park.

Earl Stewart’s tell-all book reveals the dirty secrets of the auto sales and service industry.  In his book, Confessions of a Recovering Car Dealer, Stewart provides timely advice to consumers on how to avoid being ripped off when buying and servicing their car.  Q&A and book signing to follow.

100% of the selling price of his book goes to charity.  

Earl Stewart is the owner of Earl Stewart Toyota in North Palm Beach, Florida, and a consumer advocate who shares his knowledge about the car industry through a weekly newspaper column and radio show. A native Floridian, Earl was a reluctant car dealer and initially avoided joining his father in the Pontiac dealership the family opened in 1937. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and a master s degree in industrial administration from Purdue University, Earl worked as an electronics engineer for four years for Westinghouse Corp. He joined his father and older brother in the car business in 1968 and helped establish the first Mazda dealership in the eastern United States in 1970. In 1975, the Stewarts secured their Toyota franchise and the dealership, now known as Earl Stewart Toyota, has become one of the most successful Toyota stores in the nation. Earl has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, Business Week, and other publications. He has made numerous appearances on CNN, Fox News and other news programs. He is frequently called upon by local and national media to comment on trends in the industry, as well as on his innovative and unorthodox approach to operating an automotive dealership.


Speaking Engagement To Be Announced

The palm beach county art in public places program.

A conversation with Elayna Toby Singer, Administrator for the Palm Beach County Art in Public Places Program.  

The Palm Beach County Art in Public Places program is managed by the Facilities Development and Operations Department of Palm Beach County. The mission of the program is to provide art that complements public buildings, parks and plazas; creates a sense of place and enhances community identity; improves the design quality of public infrastructure; and contributes to the missions of the county departments where projects are sited.

In addition, the Palm Beach County Art in Public Places also:

  • Provides administrative and technical support to The Palm Beach County Public Art Committee.

  • Manages the installation of all artwork in and on County property.

  • Administers the Palm Beach County Artist Registry.

  • Expands the traditional definitions of art and broaden the understanding of public art benefits through community education.

Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm


19th Century frontier life in palm beach county: a photographic essay.

A conversation with Josh Liller, Historian and Collections Manager for the Loxahatchee River Historical Society.

Melville Spencer was an early pioneer resident of the Lake Worth area who took up photography while assistant keeper of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, usually selling the photos as stereoviews.   Spencer’s stereoviews are possibly the only photos of the Jupiter and Lake Worth areas taken prior to 1890.  These rare images depict the lighthouse, Seminoles, pioneer residents, early homes and agriculture, and wilderness scenes that would be unrecognizable to many modern residents of the area.  Learn about Spencer and his less known fellow photographer, Fred Whitehead, and see many examples of their work.

About the speaker:  Josh Liller is the Historian and Collections Manager for the Loxahatchee River Historical Society which operates Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum.  He graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2013 with a History BA. Josh was nationally published for the first time in the November 2016 issue of Keeper’s Log, the quarterly magazine of the US Lighthouse Society. He also contributed articles to several local newsletters and magazines and has been giving history presentations since 2011. He is currently working on his first book, a biographical history of Jupiter’s lighthouse keepers.


Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Legendary Lumber:


The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History.

A Conversation with Tom Zappala. 

Tom Zappala is a businessman in the greater Boston area who is extremely proud of his Italian heritage and passionate about maintaining the traditions and historical significance of our National Pastime. His keen interest in baseball history inspired him to co-author the award-winning nonfiction books, The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories (IPPY Award 2010), The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players (Ben Franklin Award 2013), and The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs (Peter E. Randall Publisher, 2016). He is actively involved in several Italian cultural organizations, and is also the co-host of a popular Italian-themed radio show in northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. He has recently authored a humorous look back at his years in Catholic Grammar School entitled Bless Me Sister. He loves spending time with his grandchildren and enjoys an occasional Grey Goose martini to accompany his soppressata and imported cheese.


Mon, Feb 26, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Jane Austen Still Has Great Advice for Us Today

A Conversation with Kathleen Anderson. 

Dr. Kathleen Anderson is a Professor of English at Palm Beach Atlantic University, where she has taught since 1996 and received the Corts Award for Outstanding Teaching. Her over twenty published essays, some co-authored with students, have appeared in such journals as Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, European Romantic Review, Victorian PoetryPersuasions: The Jane Austen Journal, Persuasions On-Line, Renascence, Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature, and The Gaskell Journal. Anderson was selected as the Jane Austen Scholar-in-Residence at Goucher College for 2015-2016. Her popular nonfiction has appeared in such diverse venues as The Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Commonweal, and Teen Magazine. She and colleague Dr. Susan Jones co-authored the whimsical book, Jane Austen’s Guide to Thrift (Berkley Books, 2013).  Anderson’s scholarly book, Understanding Jane Austen’s Women: An Introduction, is forthcoming from SUNY Press.    

  • The Palm Beach County Art in Public Places Program. A Conversation with Elayna Toby Singer. Monday, October 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM.
  • Shakespeare, Astrology, and Love: Are Men Really From Mars and Women From Venus? A Conversation with Priscilla Costello, independent researcher. Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 4:00 PM.
  • Childhood Memories of Great Britain During World War II. A Conversation with Maire Pantani. Monday, January 22, 2018 at 4:00 PM.
  • Florida Mystery Fiction and Writers. A Conversation with Susan Jones, Professor of English, Palm Beach Atlantic University. Monday, March 26, 2018 at 4:30 PM.
  • The World of Jane Austen’s Prequels, Sequels, and Fan Fiction, and Why Jane Austen Continues To Be Written By Other Writers. A Conversation with Susan Jones, Professor of English, Palm Beach Atlantic University. Monday, April 23, 2018 at 4:30 PM