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The Spirit of '76 1S act1ve again' Just ZOO years after the signing of the
Declaration of Independence and Z0 years after our graduation lfind myself
Sp1r1ted back to the heart of New York City busy in court during the day and
looking 1n on Motorama even1ngs
Ifelt lt necessary to leave my law pract1ce in Wash1ngton D C to come to
New York and defend an old classmate Leroy W1lmot When his tr1al h1t the
headl1nes eyebrows raised high for who of the 56 seniors at Bentley would be
charged with 'sw1ndl1ng two old maids ' of a hard earned fortune 'P
My 1nterest1n Motorama 1S easy to understand for many of my former class
mates are associated one way or another w1th the Show I probably would never
have v1s1ted it 1f newspaper columnist former Carole Ann Brown had not de
voted her ent1re Sunday edition to po1nt1ng up Leroy s human mterest angle
She learned that there was almost a reun1on in sess1on when she approached
a large fruit wagon Just outside Motorama that was filled with bananas The
salesman Bob Bruzewski eagerly told her that B,ob R1pka was his partner 1n
the banana business In add1t1on to his commercial art Ripka had found time
to make practical a zipper for a banana skin
At Bob's suggest1on Carol and I visited Motorama Immediately our at
tentionwas drawn to the magnificent decorations that made the dazzling setting
for the cars and helicopters of 1976 Judy Grahn an 1nter1or decorator of note
1n the States and in Hawaii must have had her old classmates 1n mind when she
chose s1lver and blue for the Motorama color scheme
One of the f1rst persons we met was John Barniske lolllng over the hood of
a Zlppo Rod sports car Dr1v1ng 1S John's specialized field now and he travels
Before we left John Alice Skranz and Marge Stowers wandered by and w e r e
so engrossed 1n chatter that we had to shout a Hello there" to claim the1r at
tention Al1ce was swathed in mink and diamonds making us very consc1ous of
the fact that she marr1ed a m11l1ona1re She conf1ded to us however that she
stil' has a soft spot 1n her heart for goats and has a goat farm at the back ofher
500 acre estate
Margie surprised us by relating that she has never married How she avoided
all the proposals of her youth 1S d1ff1cult to understand but she must be st1ll
'looking for we learned she 1S a sp1nster dean at a small boys' college 1n
Just as our little group was breaking up Pat Elder husband Doyne and f1Ve
children came straggl1ng along They were tak1ng a vacat1on and "do1ng New
York C1ty Pat had been harping for Z0 years that she was promised a New York
honeymoon 'At long last " said Doyne 'th1s IS it
At th1s point thewhole show room was rocked by a raucous laugh Recogn1z
ing afam111ar note we 1nvest1gated and weren't too amazed to f1nd Leonard Dan
non in a corner talking to Gary McGee It was a b1t amazing however to find
that Leonard had cap1tal1zed on h1s laugh and was now drawing top salary as a
professional laughter for CBS television
What had caused Leonard's laughter to erupt was Gary McGee's booth near
the door where1n Gary was managing the largest charity fund of New York State
the Let s Help Amer1can Art1sts" fund It seems personal1t1es don't change
ra.d1cally for as lremember Gary he was always happiest when nearest money
One part ofthe counter ofGary's booth was devoted to d1splay1ng a new book
1001 HOUSEHOLD HINTS by the popular writer and 'household hinter ' Carol
The program of the even1ng was about to start and as the l1ghts dimmed
who should approach the microphone but Dan Wheaton Preacher Dan now
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He has made sucha name for h1mself out 1n Wyom1ng that he was 1nv1ted to New
York to glve the 1nvocat1on for th1s program As he f1n1shed Charlle Bond
stepped 1nto the spotl1ght He as pres1dent of General Motors was on hand to
extend h1s welcome to the many v1s1tors He presented the M1stress of Cere
momes for the even1ng Entermg from the wmgs and chatter1ng all the way as
usual came Carol Chr1stensen Her happy sm1le and fr1endly way soon won the
attent1on of the aud1ence and she presented the f1rst act star veteran enter
ta1ner of the show M155 Nancy Hew1g Her dance rout1ne 1ncluded parts of all
her T V programs W1th such talent 1t's no wonder she edged Jack1e Gleason
off telev1s1on and ga1ned Bulck for a sponsor
The second enterta1ner was none other than Dolores Walton whose act had
a catchy name to f1t 1n w1th the show 'Demonstrator of Horse Power' Her
demonstratlon was noth1ng more than putt1ng Trxgger her palam1no through
The next art1st was an old fr1end Barber Jmm Glasco .hm had come so that
we m1ght see an"Ear to Ear Ha1rcut' 1n the cutt1ng John Barn1ske h1s "l1v1ng
model' advert1ses th1s co1ffure as the ha1rdo forall dr1vers of Z1ppo Rod sports
Helen Coates came next on the program and kept the aud1ence 1n rapt sllence
w1th her rend1t1on of St Lou1s Blues She has become a star throughout the
have become a part of the muslcal past
Carol closed her program w1th a publ1c thank you to one of the workers at
Motorama none other than fa1thful sweeper and handy man Leo Vlckerman
Leo has been w1th the show for years, ever s1nce he left the same Job at A C
and was publ1cly commended th1s year for h1s loyal serv1ce
As Carol Ann and I cont1nued our tour we were overpowered by he1ght We
metHelenM1tchell now a 5'll' model and presldent of the Sky Scrapers' Club
and Ernest1ne Mart1n w1th her 7' son now a star basketball profess1onal
They brought us news oftwo more classmates Jack Morton and Bernard Pas
co Bernard has become truant off1cer for Bentley School and has the reputat1on
for be1ng rough Jack 15 an adm1ral 1n the U S Navy w1th a SpCC1al Slde l1ne
oftra1n1ngsa11ors for h1s Water Baseball Team He's conv1nced thatthls sport
1mproves the sw1mm1ng of h1s men
Our v1s1t was lnterrupted by a muffled groan1ng very near us We not1ced
Jerry Evans Slttlng 1n a Sport Coupe bounc1ng on the seat to try 1ts sprlngs
Jerry runs a steam bath, but from h1s s1ze one would Judge he seldom patron
1zes h1s own bus1ness We suggested to h1m that the groan1ng was emanat1ng
from the car 1n wh1ch he sat He 1mmed1ate1y stepped out and from under the
cush1on popped Fredd1e Gusle He had found a comfortable spot and fallen off
1nto dreamland As a n1ghtclub propr1etor Fredd1e cla1ms he can never f1nd a
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