Historical Society To Feature Author Eliot Kleinberg

Eliot Kleinberg

Florida native and longtime journalist Eliot Kleinberg spent his career documenting daily life in the Sunshine State. He’s also the author of more than two dozen books — all about Florida. Needless to say, he’s an expert on the weird stories that have come to define Florida.

Kleinberg will be the featured speaker at the Wellington Historical Society’s Wednesday, June 26 Lunch and Learn series where he’ll talk about “Weird Florida.”

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington National Golf Club, located at 400 Binks Forest Drive.

Born in South Florida, Kleinberg spent nearly four decades as a reporter, including more than 33 years at The Palm Beach Post. In addition to covering local news, he wrote extensively about Florida and Florida history, including a local history column that ran for two decades. In 1998, he published Weird Florida.

“Any time you jam descendants of slaves, rednecks, Indians, con artists, carpetbaggers, drug smugglers, fugitives, UFO abductees, strippers, alligators and political refugees into a flat peninsula surrounded by water but with hardly a drop to drink anymore, you get a pretty weird place. Weird Florida,” Kleinberg said of his book, which now includes two editions.

Other titles by Kleinberg include Wicked Palm Beach and Palm Beach Past.

“We’re excited to host Eliot Kleinberg for our Lunch and Learn series, and we look forward to hearing all the weird stories he has gathered as a journalist and lover of history,” said Sue Bierer, president of the Wellington Historical Society. “We welcome the community to join us for this presentation.”

Tickets for the event are $45 for Wellington Historical Society members and $50 for non-members. Purchase tickets by visiting www.wellingtonhistoricalsociety.org.

The Wellington Historical Society is a non-for-profit organization driven by dedicated residents with the goal of preserving the unique history of Wellington.