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April 2023  
FGCU Academy
50 years ago  

Greetings, List of 1973 Major News Events in History
-The United States ends its involvement in the Vietnam War after the signing of the Paris Peace Accords
-OPEC oil to increase by 200%
-Secretariat becomes the first horse since Citation in 1948 to win the Triple Crown
-Alaska Oil Pipeline bill is passed to allow construction of a pipeline to access oil from the North Slope of Alaska
-Supreme Court of the United States rules on Roe v. Wade.
-Cold War UK and Iceland,
-Three-Day Week put in place in the UK
-Sydney Opera House is opened
-Yom Kippur War and Oil Embargo
-UK inflation rate running at 8.4% and the US running at 6.16%  

Some fun facts from 1973 – 50 years ago
– Average Cost of new house $32,500.00
-Average Income per year $12,900.00
-Average Monthly Rent $175.00
-Cost of a gallon of Gas 40 cents
-Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 850
-AMC Javelin car$2,900.00A
-Dozen Eggs 45 cents
-Ford Galaxie 500 $3,883
-Pork Roast Lb 59 cents
-Mortons TV Dinner 36 cents
-Walkie Talkie Sets $13.88
-Dozen Medium Eggs 25 cents
-Component-type 8-track stereo tape player $44.50  

50 years makes a big difference. So many changes have taken place.
Join FGCU Academy this week for some insightful and entertaining lectures.    
For assistance with registration – call our office (239) 434-4737,
and we will be more than happy to assist you.


Maintaining Activities of Daily Living through Maintenance of Bone Health
@ Pelican Landing
April 14 | 10 – 11:30 am  

Decline in bone health while a function of aging, can be limited and even reversed.
In this lecture exploring bone health across the lifespan we explore daily lifestyle choices
that can improve bone health and limit age-related decreases in bone strength. Quality of
life is centered in our body’s capacity to carry on daily activities and this lecture will discuss
nutrition and exercise related approaches to optimizing bone health at any age.

The Wright Brothers
@ The Commons Club at The Brooks
April 21 | 10 – 11:30 am  

People have fantasized about flying since the ancient world,
but in the first and second industrial revolutions in Europe and the U.S., we saw the first
serious efforts for human flight. This includes hot air and gas balloons, then gliders and
finally, motorized aircraft. Dr. Franz takes us on this journey of the pursuit of human flight,
and especially focuses upon the successful work of Orville and Wilbur Wright.



CLICK HERE – April Daily Calendar  

Call us for assistance with registration – 239.434.4737

Free Gift with Purchase of a Membership

When you purchase a membership, you are supporting lifelong learning in the SWFL
community. As a token of our appreciation, we have a free gift for all those who purchase
a membership, in-person or online. Visit the FGCU Naples Center at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd
North to receive your free gift.  

Bring FGCU Academy to Your Community  

If you would like to have FGCU Academy provide programs at your community, click below
and send us an email with your information: who the contact person is, their email and phone
number along with name of your community. We will be happy to reach out and discuss the
possibilities with them.

Schedule a Private Education Session for Your Community!


International Film and Documentary Discussion
(All movies begin at 2pm)
Viewing held at Naples Center – 704 Goodlette-Frank Rd. N. – 3rd floor, Naples  

* April 16 – Pain and Glory   

* April 23 – A Sun   

Join FGCU Academy for a casual afternoon enjoying the above movies and participating
in open discussion afterwards with our moderator – John Guerra

Register early
Advanced registration is strongly recommended

See a sample of what is coming over the next week
click on any title below for more information    

Current Events: Discussion Group (2-part series)
Andrew Carnegie – Man of Steel
William “Wild Bill” Donovan
iPhone/iPad Maps and Messages Apps  

Monday April 17
Mah Jongg for Beginners
The Versailles Settlement
What Happened to the Ink on My Fingers – From Traditional to Social Media  

The Crimean War
The Invisibility of Social Issues in Southwest Florida  

Northern India: The Heart of a Culture  

How the Modern Bible Came to Be
Presidential Wives: Remember the First Ladies
Beautiful, Flowering Orchids: How to Make Yours Thrive and Grow!    

Travel The World With FGCU Academy
Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living
View our Pre-Recorded Travel Open House Presentation Now


INSIDER’S JAPAN View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
May 20 – June 1, 2023 | 13 days
It’s a land of delicate art and bustling commerce, of rich traditions and dizzying modernity;
a jumble of sights, sounds, and tastes that for visitors are truly foreign – and truly fascinating.
This well-crafted tour features the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto, engages us in local life,
and takes us off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama and Kanazawa.

UNTAMED ALASKAView Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
August 20 – 30, 2023 | 11 days
Awe-inspiring natural beauty and outdoor adventure await as we explore Alaska’s varied
landscapes and noteworthy cities. From Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords
national parks to the energy of Anchorage and scenic Seward, our small group encounters
the breadth and beauty of America’s Last Frontier.

LEGENDARY TURKEYView Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 1 – 15, 2023 | 15 days
Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet.
From Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World,” to ancient ruins, stunning landscapes,
and the dramatic – and legendary – Turquoise Coast, Turkey engages and beguiles, offering
us an unparalleled small group experience.

ACROSS SPAIN & PORTUGALView Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 10 – 26, 2023 | 17 days
Fortified cities and tiny fishing villages, rugged Atlantic coastline and commanding Pyrenees
peaks, iconic shrines to both religion and fine art, and intimate lodgings in historic paradores
and pousadas – it all awaits on this singular small group journey from Lisbon across the north
of Spain, ending in vibrant Barcelona.

PEARLS OF DALMATIAView Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 14 – 28, 2023 | 15 days  Independent, democratic Croatia welcomes visitors
eager to absorb its remarkable history and culture – and its beautiful and unspoiled
Dalmatian coastline. As our small group travels from historic Zagreb and beautiful Lake Bled
to the Habsburg resort of Opatija, the island of Hvar, and beloved Dubrovnik, we see why this
cherished region lays such a claim on the hearts of all who visit.

SICILY IN DEPTHView Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 28 – October 9, 2023 | 12 days
Crossroads of the Mediterranean … the “toe” in Italy’s boot … “God’s Kitchen” … Sicily
is all this, and much more, as we see on our stellar small group journey around this Italian
island. It’s lively cities and ancient ruins, temples of man – and of nature, hospitable people
and delectable cuisine … a feast for all the senses.

ISRAEL: TIMELESS WONDERSView Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
October 14 – 25, 2023 | 12 days 
Encounter a land of extraordinary beauty and belief, of spirit and story, history and hospitality.
From modern Tel Aviv to scen­ic Upper Galilee, ancient Tiberias and storied Nazareth to
Jerusalem, “City of Gold,” we engage all our senses in a small group encounter with this
extraordinary and holy land, with a five-night stay in Jerusalem at the legendary King David hotel.
FGCU Academy Travel 2024 
Call for More Info – 239-434-4838 
Travel Brochures will be available Summer 2023     

Moroccan Discovery,
May 12-27, 2024    
This land of dramatic contrasts invites us to encounter its ancient ruins and sacred mosques,
endless desert and storied mountains, imposing kasbahs and spirited souks. As we travel from
the imperial cities of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech to the High Atlas and vast Sahara, we open
our eyes, and hearts, to a truly foreign land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people.     

Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania,
August 13-28, 2024   
“On safari” … it’s one of the most alluring phrases in all of travel. And Kenya and Tanzania count
among the most alluring places to be “on safari.” As our small group travels from grasslands to
highlands, to reserves and national parks, we enjoy intimate game drives, see stupendous landscapes,
stay in excellent accommodations, and meet gracious local people. 

Exploring Iceland,
August 15-25, 2024    
It’s a surprising, even astonishing land; one of massive glaciers and rumbling volcanoes, bubbling mud
holes and powerful waterfalls; hugely abundant bird life and just 340,000 people; and where the sun never
sets for six splendid weeks. It’s also perfect for exploring in a small group, as we discover traveling the
breadth of the country and getting an up-close view of this natural “wonderland.” 

Southern Italy & Sicily,
September 4-18, 2024    
Delight in a special exploration of Italy’s southern climes, from striking Sicily and the breathtaking Amalfi
Coast to unheralded Apulia, the alluring “boot heel” where a vivid history, unique architecture, and bountiful
plains join the sun and sea in creating a prized (and crowd-free) region. Add Italian hospitality, outstanding
cuisine, and notable lodgings for la dolce vita, small-group style.

Scotland: Highlands & Islands,
September 9-20, 2024      
“My heart’s in the Highlands,” said Robert Burns – as will you, as we travel from city to country, mainland to
island, on this sweet journey. From loch to loch and glen to glen, we encounter stunning natural beauty and
welcoming clans, while city life serves up the colorful past – and cosmopolitan present.  

Provincial French Countryside,
September 27-October 11, 2024   
Experience the beauty, allure, and hospi­tality of provincial France, at an easy pace and in a unique style.
Anchored by stays in vibrant Toulouse and enchanting Paris, the journey ­features diverse Languedoc,
the remote Dordogne, the lovely Loire Valley, and historic Normandy as we stay in charming rural inns
and small country hotels. It’s a small group tour de force! 

New Zealand Adventure,
October 10-25, 2024    
It’s a tale of two islands as our small group journeys from New Zealand’s North to its South, through lively
cities and pristine fiords, past lush farmland and enchanted forests in a land where the outdoors is the national
shrine. Add engaging “Kiwis” and intriguing indigenous cultures – it’s a pure New Zealand experience.

Southeast Asia Odysseys,
October 31-November 18, 2024   
Engaging, diverse, intriguing … This just begins to describe Southeast Asia and our small group odyssey.
We cruise the Mekong through Laos; explore the spectacular – Angkor Wat – and the sublime – Ha Long Bay;
and engage with local farmers and hill tribespeople on this comprehensive, well-paced adventure    

FGCU Academy Needs Your Support Today to Ensure that Our Critical Mission of
Senior Education and Enrichment Continues!  

FGCU Academy is ready to serve the SWFL community for the 2023 Season—Learning, Growing, Sharing,
Socializing. I am excited to welcome you this year to the new FGCU Naples Center, which is located at
704 Goodlette Frank Rd N, Suite 330 in Naples. Also, we have two new locations in Lee County,
Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs and the FGCU Kleist Center on main campus.
As always, both locations are open to all our students.  

Our passion keeps us moving forward and your donations will do the same. Please take a few minutes to
consider donating to ensure our continued success. All amounts make a difference in strengthening the work
we do in the community.  

Your gift will allow the Academy to offer more than 1,500 diverse and fascinating programs at more than
fifteen locations throughout SWFL. Please visit our website to review the rich and varied programmatic
offerings that are available this year. Through our mission we promise to enrich the lives, minds and social
well-being of more than 10,000 SWFL adults and seniors during our 2023 season.  

Donate online at  

I am grateful for your consideration to support this vital community outreach program this year.  

I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU Academy program soon. Please contact me directly at or 239-434-4838 with questions or to learn more.  

In gratitude, John J. Guerra Director of FGCU Academy            

FGCU Academy Collier / Lee / Charlotte

704 Goodlette-Frank Rd N Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  

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