A few years after I first read the series, I was thinking about getting my scuba instructor certification, and when I found there was a dive school at Bahia Mar – home of Travis McGee – I took it as a sign. I went down to Fort Lauderdale for a few weeks in May 1997 to earn my instructor rating. During the weeks I was there, I walked down to Slip F18 everyday at lunch time. I guess I was looking for Travis. The Friends of Libraries U.S.A. had decided to institute a series of literary landmark plaques, and the first one installed was at Slip F18 – home of The Busted Flush. This is my picture of the marker from 1997. I understand it has been moved and refurbished since I was there – away from the actual slip and closer to the entrance to the dock. I liked it this way – the lines coiled and hung on the piling, like Travis is out for the day but due back anytime.
I’ve wondered why Travis had not made it in Hollywood. I know there were a couple of bad attempts in the 70’s & 80’s, but he’s a natural character for a movie franchise today. I read recently that Fox had acquired the literary rights and New York-based producer Amy Robinson is developing the first McGee novel, The Deep Blue Good-by, for production by Fox. Robinson called McGee “the man every woman wants to be with and every man wants to be.” I think I can guess what Travis would say about that.