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THE NEW YORK TIMES -- THURSDAY, JULY 4, 1940
TURNSTILES AT FAIR
CLICK RECORD TUNE
New Weekday Mark is Seen as
Prelude to Busy Week-End--
Staff Cuts Put at 502
'SUPERMAN' DAY IS HELD
Crowd of 3,000 Sees Girl, 11,
and Boy, 15, Win Trophies
By MILTON BRACKER
With the placing of the four flags
on the Rumanian Pavilion at half-
staff as the day's only new re-
minder of conditions overseas,
things in general were pretty gay
at the World of Tomorrow, thanks
largely to the first of the special
youngsters' programs that will be
arranged every Wednesday through
the vacation period.
For there was no joke about
"superman" day for the children
at the Fair. At the end of an ex-
hausting schedule of events, thirty,
fifteen boys and a like number of
girls, still bright-eyed, qualified as
finalists for the titles of "super-
girl" and "superboy." When the
groaning and the exclamations of
delight--all from parents--had sub-
sided, two were chosen in front of
the entrance of "American Jubi-
The judges, and for that matter
the crowd of 3,000, were unanimous
about 11-year-old Maureen Reynolds
of Manhattan, light blue eyes, 52
inches in height, weight 67 pounds,
fair-haired and a smile as broad as
the Amusement Zone. To her went
the large bronze trophy, symbolic
of the "supergirl."
Disagrees With Selection
The awarding of the title "Super-
boy" was not without some dissen-
sion. The judges looked and looked.
Hurried conversations took place
and then they picked William Aro-
nis, 15, of Astoria, 160 pounds, and
5 feet 8 inches tall. When William
stepped out to receive his trophy,
an irate parent turned to the
judges, Lucy Monroe, Ray Middle-
ton, Frank Buck, Morris Gest and
Charles Atlas, and said, "That boy
is 15; my boy, Willy, is 13." No
satisfaction forthcoming, she left
the stage in a huff.
The mystery of the day was
"Superman" himself. No amount of
inquiry could reveal his identity.
But he was a resplendent figure,
attired in his tight-fitting blue
pants, red boots, red cape and hel-
met to match. He led the parade,
standing on something that resem-
bled a marble pedestal.
The day's activities were spon-
sored by Superman, Inc., creators
of the cartoon by that name.