The founders of the Miami History Channel are Dr. Paul George and Casey Piket. Following different paths, both founders have developed a passion for Miami history and have developed the Miami History Channel to share the stories of the people, places and events that comprise Miami’s unique and interesting history.
Dr. Paul S. George is a Professor of History, Miami-Dade College, Wolfson Campus. He also serves as Historian to HistoryMiami. A native Miamian, Paul George is a graduate of Miami Dade Community College and the University of Miami.
He holds a Masters and Ph.D. degree in History from the Florida State University. Dr. George has taught in several universities and colleges, including Florida State University, Florida A & M University, Florida Atlantic University, and the University of Miami.
Casey Piket is third generation born in the Miami area. Born at Doctor’s Hospital in Coral Gables, Casey’s family roots date as far back as 1899 in Miami. His paternal grandmother’s side of the family was in the citrus business in Apopka, Florida during the Freezes of 1894-95. The devastation of these freezes led to the Combs family eventually leaving Central Florida to the newly formed City of Miami in the late 1890s and early 1900s.
Casey’s great-great grandfather, Jay Combs Jr., worked with his brother, Walter Hughes Combs, in Miami’s oldest funeral home. The Combs family would become both business and civic leaders in the young City of Miami for much of the twentieth century.