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Short documentary about Orlando’s Mr. Gold released on Vimeo

May 28, 2014
Photo via Bartlett image.

Photo via Bartlett image.

Remember Mr. Gold?

Here’s a reminder:



Mr. Gold, aka Jose Melendez, spins signs in his signature gold suit, hat and mask for Diamond Exchange, a business on the corner of Maguire Boulevard and East Colonial Drive. He caught our attention in 2012 when we were planning our annual Best of Orlando issue. His infectious good nature and uplifting story (Melendez is a former felon who spent 11 years in jail before cleaning up and getting his life together) inspired us to make him our cover model for that issue. He has also inspired local photographer Brian Carlson, who recently posted really nicely done short documentary about Mr. Gold to Vimeo.

Mr. Gold from Brian Carlson Photo on Vimeo.

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  • Brian Carlson

    Thanks for the shout out! Your article was a big inspiration for starting the piece.