Saturday, July 2, 2016

Mayor Art



Mayor Art Finley

In late May of 1965, Arlo sent a postcard to the Mayor Art Show, a popular local kiddie show of the time. What happened was that Mayor Art had a big drum that the postcards went into,and whomever's postcards got picked from the drum got to be guests on the show. 

We were in shock when two days later (which was also Arlo's 10th birthday), we got a call that his postcard was picked for Arlo to be a guest on the show THAT NIGHT!  My mom took my brother Tom and myself, along with Arlo, to the studio. As we sat in the audience, one of the show's crewmen came out, and asked all of the kids in the audience to join the Mayor on the stage, as part of the "City Council".

 Arlo and Tom went up there, but I stayed behind - after all, I was all of 13 years old, certainly not a kid anymore! But the crewman didn't see me that way, and cajoled me into joining the kids on the stage. Word had gotten out that it was Arlo's birthday, so Mayor Art let Arlo ride his big tricycle. Arlo had a bit of trouble handling the trike, and crashed it into one of the cameras.

Other than that, it was a successful I was proud that when the microphone was put in my face, I actually remembered my name.  

 At the end of the show, as always, the Mayor looked into the television camera, and said: "We'll be seeing you....".and we all joined in: "SUBSEQUENTLY!

 After the show, we all lined up to leave, and Mayor Art (Art Finley) gave us each a box of Capn' Crunch cereal (which was new at the time) and a grey felt top hat, something like his. When we got home, we had to share the cereal with our other siblings, which was o.k., because we were minor celebrities when we went to school (all of our classmates had seen us on t.v.)

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