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Profile His life: a merry - By SALLY EAUCLAIRE D&C Staff Writer Step right up, folks, for superb troupes and groups of clowns, lion trainers, gymnasts, carousel animals, arcade games, vaudeville posters and whatnot in wonder commanding displays exhbited positively for the first time all in one room and all in one place! The place the Memorial Art Gallery. The time Tuesdays 2 to 9 p.m.; Wednesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. The commanding spectacular is the astounding feat of Richard W. Flint, the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum's assistant curator of popular 19th century pastimes. Meanwhile, at Light Impressions Books and Frames, located under the big top of Midtown Plaza and open at regular store hours, is an unexcelled congress of carousel paintings, drawings, photographs and books. To add to the delight is a soundtrack of original band organ melodies and veritable, touchable and rideable carousel horse carved by Rochester's own George W. Long. Both shows pay tribute to Long, 85, a ride on go - round who has been associated with Seabreeze Park, in one way or another, since 1904. THE THIRD GENERATION of a family of carousel owners, Long has been an aficionado of the merry-go-round from earliest childhood. But he didn't begin carving horses until 10 years ago when he was able to acquire an original carving machine from the famous Philadelphia Toboggan Company. "There was no thought of carving until I'd quit everything else," Long said. "I was rather ambitious. I was out to make a dollar." Most of those dollars were made as a housing contractor. "I built 700 houses in the Rochester area. That doesn't sound like much but it was a lot of work, and I designed 500 of those," he said. At the same time he was busy at Seabreeze Park, which he bought in 1946. He still runs the park today with the help of his children and grandchildren. In his youth, Long took a course in electrical engineering and turned Turn to Page 2C : 'fi&t Am H ij mmii Tii ''iirimnn mum iiimiiiinimiiimm iinimi mini inmi n Horse carver George D&C photo by Bob Gapsky W. Long aboard the merry-go-round at Seabreeze Park.