The People Time Forgot: Winson Miller

Winson Miller - Photo: George Nowak

Winson “Vinson” Miller, of North Side was a mariner, eventually rising to the position of third mate, a licensed member of the deck department of a merchant ship who is customarily the ship’s safety officer and fourth-in-command.

In 1969, he built the Apollo 11 Club, which is now known as Over the Edge Restaurant. Mr. Miller would recount that one of the astronauts from the first spaceflight that landed on the moon stopped by his bar for a drink that same year, 1969.

Mr. Miller was so honored that he named his new bar, restaurant, and nightclub after the Apollo 11 mission, and the walls of the Apollo 11 Club were festooned with images of the moon landing.

Mr. Miller was also known as one of North Side’s best fishermen.
This image of him was taken in 1985. He passed away just recently, in February 2016, at the age of 84.

This photograph is from the book ‘The People Time Forgot’ by George Nowak, available at the National Museum. All proceeds from the sales of the book go toward museum projects.

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