The Miami News from Miami, Florida on December 4, 1972 · 5
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The Miami News from Miami, Florida · 5

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Monday, December 4, 1972
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imfesBl Dade Report Monday, December 4, 1972 5A Excitement will reach its peak during 'Land of Dreams' parade By NICOLETTE HANDROS Miami News Reporter When King Orange marches in this year, he'll, have something for everyone a holiday season that promises to be a bigger and better one than Miami has ever seen. Parades, sports events, luncheons and plenty of glitter will sweep Miami through the holidays and into the New Year during the 20-day Orange Bowl Festival. The 39th annual festival and the excitement it generates will reach a peak on Saturday, Dec. 30, when the King Orange parade winds its way up Biscayne Boulevard and down Flagler Street. Theme for the parade this year is "Land of Dreams" and Orange Bowl officials have promised floats "you'd only see in your dreams." Incidentally, the parade is usually on New Year's' Eve. But Earnie Seiler, a head of the Orange Bowl Committee, changed it to the preceding Saturday night this year since New Year's Eve is a Sunday. The Miami News took a peek at some of the theme floats and they're gorgeous even in daylight and without sequined and shapely riders. On the float called "A Night in a Harem" a sultan is surrounded by slave girls in purple, pink and cerise chiffon. A belly dancer writhes as smoke rises around, her, and showgirls are featured in giant birdcages. Another thetre float is a more glamorous version of a Frankenstein monster than the ones you've seen in movies. A huge, smiling woman lies on a slantboard surrounded by coils, bubbling test tubes and neon lights. If one parade isn't enough, the Junior Orange Parade will strut up Miracle Mile in Coral Gables on Dec. 28. The miniature version will have its own queen and princesses, along with the current America's Junior Miss, and Florida's representative to the Little Miss contest. The Junior Orange Bowl Parade theme is "Imagine, For Just a Moment." Floats include evprvfhino frrm cavemen in sports cars to a giant pumpkin. Bleacher seating is still available for both parades, but don't wait until the last moment they always sell out. Tickets for King Orange are available weekdays at the Orange Bowl ticket office, 1400 NW 4th St. Junior OB Parade tickets are available at Jephson Pharmacy 2347 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Parades wouldn't be complete without brassy bands and drum beats you can feel as well as hear. Bands invited to the parades this year include: ChamL-ersburgh (Pa.) High School; Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis; Alexander Hamilton High School, Milwaukee; McGavock Hish School, Nashville; Dunedin (Fla.) High School; St. Camillas Drum Corps, Brooklyn; Plymouth-Carver High School, Plymouth, Mass; Central Islip (N.Y.) High School. Christian County High School, "opkinsville, Ky.; Washington (Pa.) High School; Central Grove High School, Greenwood, Ind.; Marshalltown (Iowa) High School; Kirby High School; Woodville, Tex.; Marietta, (Ga.) High School; Vestavia Hills (Ala.) High School, and Lake Worth High School. But there's more to King Orange than parades sports events are where you'll find the action. Most have free admission, excluding, of course, the Orange Bowl Classic Football game between Nebraska and Notre Dame on New Year's Day. Bowling, tennis, golf, soccer take your pick, or all four. They're on different dates, so there'll be no conflicts. This is the second year the National Soccer Championship will be determined in the Orange Bowl . Both the semi-finals and the finals have admission charges of $2 and $3. Tickets are available at the Orange Bowl ticket office. Festivties also include the Orange Bowl coaches' luncheon at the City of Miami auditorium and the fashion show luncheon at the Fontainebleau Hotel. lifer 3 t-if 'it ' i Iwi Ht tT" " ' r K rty m i&'fti- ;'vil! ' ;7 , , . '4-1 f . 1 1 r?Xff : y - i x 1 1 -, fUMff- , ' i---4 I 5 - ri 3 ' -ill - 1 is Wonderland' on wheels will et rolling finally . Miami News Staff Photos by JOE RIMKUS Roosevelt Dunnom and Bill Waller (partly inside elephant) prepare life-size model for painting 44C 1 , ' y Ki.'ii :W-Xik,jf-' . .i&.f ;5fc:v:-v. "V . mart t - . " , A i , ' ' .o' Jr-'r far . jw- Av V 1 J. I t i, fri ! a V Srf'.v'ffi.: :j-MB(c . ii i '.::- w A By NICOLETTE HANDROS Mrmi Newi Reporter Patrick Nielsen has been living in the "Land of Dreams" for a year now, spending all his working time for a few hours of excitement and splendor that will spread nationwide Dec. 30. Nielsen, 42, designs most of the floats for the Orange Bowl Parade wonderlands on wheels that will bring miles of oohs and ahs in downtown Miami and over nationwide television. Just to set the record straight, Nielsen, a former theatrical set designer who's on his second OB Parade, doesn't have a candyland job that happens once a year. He's already working on 1976 while ironing out production work for Dec. 30. Working for Vaughn Parades Inc., at 1100 NW South River Drive, Nielsen is in a whirlwind of activity over finishing touches on 34 of the parade's 42 floats in this year's parade. "Once they're finished, we strip them down and start again," he said. Nielsen proudly flipped through design sketches of his floats which reflect his theatrical background. Most all parade floats this year will stick to the "Land of Dreams" theme. Vaughn Parades Inc. designs floats for the Orange Bowl Committee and busi- Schedule of events Junior Orange Bowl Bowling Tournament, Coliseum Lanes, 9:30 a.m. daily beginning Dec. 16. Junior Orange Bowl Tennis Tournament, Salvador Park, Dec. 22 to Dec. 26. Ninth Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship, Biltmore Golf Course, 9 a.m. daily from Dec. 26 to Dec. 29. Orange Bowl International Junior Tennis Tournament, Flamingo Park, Dec. 22 to Dec 29. N.C.A.A. National Soccer Championship Semi-Finals, Orange Bowl Stadium, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 27. Admission $2 and $3. Junior Orange Bowl Parade, downtown Coral Gables, 1:30 p.m., Dec. 28. Seats $2. Orange Bowl Coaches' Luncheon, City of Miami auditorium, 11 a.m., Dec. 29. Orange Bowl Fashion Show Luncheon, Fontainebleau Hotel, noon, Dec. 29. N.C.A.A. National Soccer Championship Finals, Orange Bowl Stadium, 8 p.m. Dec. 29, $2 and $3. King Orange Jamboree Parade, downtown Miami, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 30. Bleacher seats on Biscayne Boulevard $3 and $4. , " Press Cocktail Buffet, Dupont Plaza Hotel, 9 p.m. Dec 31. By invitation oniy. 39th Annual Orange Bowl Football Classic, Orange ' Bowl Stadium, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 1. Tickets $8.50. Burdine's Invitational L.P.G.A. Golf Tournament, Doral ' Country Club, Jan. 3 to Jan. 7. nesses which want to enter floats in the annual parade. Costs range from $5,000 to $50,000 for a float. "But often the least elaborate ones get the best response," Nielsen said. A major change since Nielsen joined Vaughn Pa- Ml Vim A---'V Patrick Nielsen at wcrk in office V 1 Float marks man's first moon walk IjMajfrMiliAliMiiliiW Designer Ted Martono with parrot Radio nager tunes in fo Latin market When I heard that Herb Dolgoff had invested his life savings in a Cuban radio station without being able to speak a word of Spanish 1 thought maybe he had flipped out under the strain of listening to rock and country music. Dolgoff is well-known locally for the three highly suc-c e s s f u 1 years he spent managing WQAM, a pop music station, and more recently as the boss of WWOK, a 'country music station which came on strong. When I called on Dolgoff t WCMQ, for which he paid $450,000, he said it was true that he couldn't speak Spanish as of Nov. 1, the day he took over. "But I'm learning fast," said Dolgoff. "I have daily lessons and most of the people I've hired speak both Spanish and English." Dolgoff said he was starting at the very bottom in that his station is allowed to operate during daylight hours only. This is because WCMQ's frequency Is identical with a long-established station in Havana. In addition, said Dolgoff, his local competitors WFAB and WQBA are both dominant forces by any measure in the Miami area. Both operate 'round the clock and both have big audiences. "My competitors both program in the old style of radio," explained Dolgoff, "with blocks of time set aside for news, music and soap operas. What I've done is to switch WCMQ over to JACK ROBERTS modern music with news on the hour and half -hour. "It isn't a rock 'h roll station because Spanish music doesn't have that equivalent. It's a modern Latin sound hut the format is strictly American. I've hired young disc jockeys who are so enthusiastic you wouldn't believe it." It was obvious that Dolgoff, who was attorney for Storz Broadcasting for 10 years before entering radio In a managerial role, knows exactly what he's doing. He reeled off all the old statistics about Dade County being one-fourth Latin and 93 per cent of this number speaking only Spanish at home ... 60 per cent speaking only Spanish at work. And, he said, he would reach these people because there are no daylight programs on TV for Latins. "If I just get a third of the 350,000 Latins here I'll have it made," said Dolgoff. Ah yes, I said, but what about 10 years from now when all the refugee children have grown up? You'll run out of Spanish-speaking people after that. The new generation will be thoroughly Americanized. Dolgoff said he doesn't believe it. He said that when his ancestors came to this country they were under tremendous cultural and economic pressure to become assimilated Into an English-speaking society. This isn't true of the Latins, he insisted. ' "Sure, their kids all speak up Spam O.K., English." said Dolgoff. "but they're proud of their Spanish" heritage. It's an advantage to speak English but you don't have to speak English to get a job and these people aren't going to give their culture. They re sh and proud of it." 1 said, coming to the real purpose of my visit, I II grant that you'll probably make it big in your first plunge on your own, but why can't the "big daily newspapers here score a touchdown with the Latins? They've tried having Latin columns, news aimed at Latins and even translations of English news into Spanish. Dolgoff thought that one over a long time and said the big daily newspapers ought to start from scratch . . . start up daily newspapers written in Spanish and staffed entirely by Latins. "They're the only ones who can judge what Latins want to read," said Dolgoff, "and you'd be astonished to learn how much young talent we have here . . . young people who are Americanized to a large extent but want to preserve the Spanish language and Spanish thinking. "They're bright and aggressive, just like their parents in that respect, but they're a new breed enjoying the best of both worlds." Dolgoff said this town is jumping economically and it's primarily due to an infusion of Latin (mainly Cuban) talent, money and an overwhelming desire to acquire things. I believe him. rades has been emphasis on professional performers as float riders. "We're going more into production using more name people rather than girls waving on floats," he said. And that promise was clearly evident in the sketches. An Eastern Airlines float features the Cuca Martinez dancers in a Caribbean festival setting. A Burger King creation uses drama students from Miami-Dade Junior College North Campus as medieval characters. The first U.S. Army float entered in a parade features a rock music combo. A belly dancer gyrates on an elaborate float and the Rhodes Brothers sing on a sunshiny Coppertone float. Leading off the float brigade will be singer Anita Bryant for the Florida Citrus Growers. She'll be joined by a local dance group. All in all, there will be nearly 500 persons with the usual smiling faces and mechanical waving on the parade floats. Float riders include the pop music group the Fifth Dimension, actor Robert Hor-ton and former Miss America V'onda Kay Van Dyke. And. whether on streetside or on a television screen, there will be colors, colors everywhere. The Orange Bowl queen and her princesses amid bright green and white in yellow gowns. A red, white and blue "Modern Volunteer Army" float with people in every Army uniform. Smashing pinks and yellows in an Arabian harem. A blue and silver snowland on "A Winter's Dream." Orange and yellow sunshine for "Summer Dreams." Circus fluorescents for a clown float with bright confetti. Nielsen, who came here four years ago to do film work, is a native Californian who designed sets for Off Broadway productions and almost 100 summer stock shows in New York. ; When he came to Miami two years ago, he was art director for the "Ray Anthony Show" on ABC-TV. Nielsen also did set design for such films as "Wild Reb- Continued on 8A, Col. 2

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