1964 New York World’s Fair memory: Meeting a sex symbol

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Gus Vaccaro kisses his bride Mary Lou at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Jayne Mansfield was the bridesmaid and Mickey Hargitay the bestman.

Meeting a sex symbol

I was 18. My first job at the fair was at the Transportation and Travel Pavilion, where I saw many actors and other famous people, such as the shah of Iran, Eddie Albert and Dagmar.

The most memorable moment came when I was picked to escort Jayne Mansfield to do a photo shoot on the roof of a pavilion shaped like the moon, a greenish-colored dome with craters on it. She was holding two small dogs as she was walking. What does an 18-year-old say to a sex goddess? The only thing that came to mind was, “What kind of dogs are they?” She answered, “Italian greyhounds.”

Ray Steinberg, Commack

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