Florida Citrus Water Ski Show
New York World's Fair 1965


Free shows at
10:00  - 11:30 a.m.
1:30 - 3:00 - 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Seven days a week.


      Without a summer job in 1965 Gene planned on working at The University of Wisconsin as Community Affairs Director for  WUMW-fm/tv.
      As he designed a program guide, his phone rang, he answered and then flew out to NYC to audition for what he thought was $2.50 per hour job.
     Well...average weekly pay back then was $100, but Gene averaged over $1,300 and earned title of highest paid in his class of  '67.
      Paid to have fun and entertain nearly 8 million fair-goers filling Florida's Amphitheatre increased World's Fair revenues by $82 million dollars.
      One year earlier, very few people crossed a bridge to spend on amusements creating first year deficits.
      Water Skiers brought over, any and everybody, celebrity or not, where they spent an average $15. 

In the 1939 Billy Rose
Amphitheatre
next door to 
Florida Dophins/Flamingos.


Patch designed by Gene
Photos by Gene 1965
He's manager/announcer, too!

Free Orange juice tasting!!!

Copyright Gene Zarwell 2005