Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Zozobra To Honor Man Who Was His Voice
SANTA FE Zozobra will be in mourning when he goes up in flames Thursday night, opening the Santa Fe Fiesta.
The white, 49-foot-high marionette will be sporting black-and-white wrist bands, a tie and cummerbund to honor Harold Gans, who was the puppet's moaning and groaning voice for four decades.
Gans, a Santa Fe native, died April 5 in Norman, Okla. He was 85.
The contractor in charge of building Zozobra since 1994, Ray Valdez, says he also plans to slip in a short recording of Gans' Zozobra voice during the burning.
The fiery ritual, which dates back to 1924, is intended to burn away a year's worth of troubles.
Gans was the voice of Zozobra from 1951 until 1996, howling through loudspeakers as the puppet went up in flames.
Gans missed a year at the microphone in 1982 after suffering a heart attack.
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