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THE NEW YORK TIMES -- THURSDAY, JULY 4, 1940
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    Page 13

    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
    as 'Superchildren'
    ________________________

    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-
    lee."
    
      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.

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