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Mary and Jim to the end
[Courtesy of Mike Sanders]
WHERE THEY MET: Clearwater Beach, Pier 60. Mary was in high school, Jim just finished a year at St. Pete Junior College. His second cousin, Gail Swift, who lived in Clearwater, says their relationship was intense: “I think they answered a lonely call inside each other.”
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Video: Toward a Greater University
This is a public relations film on Florida State University that, in two brief scenes, features a young Jim Morrison years before his more recognized role as lead singer for The Doors.
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Mary and Jim to the end
Before Jim Morrison became famous with the Doors, he and Mary Werbelow were soul mates. In the never-ending procession of Morrison biographies, she is mentioned briefly but never quoted. Google her, and not a single photo appears. She has never spoken publicly about their three years together - until now.

Mary and the lyrics
In January 1990, a letter to the editor of the Los Angeles Times suggested that the Doors song Crystal Ship was about crystal methamphetamine: The ship stood for a hypodermic needle, the kiss meant drug injection.

Timeline: Mary Werbelow, Jim Morrison and the Doors

Jim's college days in Florida
Before starting film school in Los Angeles, Jim Morrison spent 21/2 years in college in Florida. He attended St. Petersburg Junior College for the 1961-62 academic year, then transferred to Florida State University. He was at FSU for the 1962-63 academic year and the fall trimester of 1963.

The Doors burned bright - and were done
Two UCLA film students put their talents together in 1965 - Ray Manzarek and his keyboards, Jim Morrison and his poetry - and started the band that became the Doors. The other members were jazz drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger.

35 years ago, but just found
This police report has never been made public, though not for lack of trying.

Your own piece of music history
To make way for a massive condo/retail project on the bluffs over Clearwater Harbor, developers knocked down four houses. The bungalow at 314 N Osceola Ave. came down last month. Jim Morrison lived there more than 40 years ago with his grandparents, Paul and Caroline Morrison. They operated a coin laundry on S Fort Harrison Avenue; Jim attended St. Petersburg Junior College.
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