New York, July 23 (AP) -- The individual star of the New York
World's Fair is none other than Abraham Lincoln.
Some audiences he holds in spellbound silence. Others he sets
to cheering wildly.
People go away from his performances in awe and praise and
such exclamations as "stupendous!" "tremendous!"
and "most impressive and inspiring." Many return time
Lincoln, seen as the feature attraction of the Illinois pavilion,
is the creation of the Walt Disney organization.
Fits Description Exactly
He is a new type of animated figure so lifelike many find
it hard to believe he isn't alive. He fits the exact description
of Lincoln as to face and figure, dress, speech and mannerisms.
After dramatic introductory music and other material, the
stage curtains part before a hushed audience to reveal the figure
sitting in center stage in a high-backed chair.
Slowly the figure rises, pauses to regard the audience to
right and left. Then quietly but forcefully he begins to speak.
For 10 minutes he delivers excerpts from Lincoln's speeches dealing
with liberty and freedom.
There is seldom the slightest sound from the audiences --
except for cheers. These come with a roar at the end, when the
figure once more takes its seat.
The performance lasts 10 minutes and is given 5 times each
hour, from 10 a. m. to 10 p. m.
Portion of Lincoln display at New York world's
Speaking at the pavilion dedication when the fair opened,
Disney said he first conceived the idea about 10 years ago. He
said a number of people expressed misgivings, feeling that any
attempt at a mechanical recreation of Lincoln might not be in
keeping with his memory.
However, he persisted, and such fears vanished each time that
anyone saw the finished product.
Passes Million Mark
They're still vanishing at the rate of nearly 25,000 persons
a day, the total that the Illinois pavilion can handle. The free
exhibition already has passed the million mark.
Children as well as adults are obviously fascinated and impressed.
"It's extremely heartening to us all, the respect, attention
and interest displayed by young people," said Miss Virginia
L. Marmaduke, the pavilion's special events director. "It
proves that our children today aren't interested only in just
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune,
Friday, July 24, 1964