"Newt" Perry, swimming and diving expert, and manager of Wakulla Springs - Wakulla Springs, Florida

"Newt" Perry, swimming and diving expert, and manager of Wakulla Springs - Wakulla Springs, Florida

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Title

  • "Newt" Perry, swimming and diving expert, and manager of Wakulla Springs - Wakulla Springs, Florida

Image Number

  • N041877

Year

  • 1940

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General Note

  • Newt Perry worked as a performer and promoter for Silver Springs and managed Wakulla Springs before opening Weeki Wachee Springs, famed for its underwater mermaid shows, which Perry designed. He was also instrumental for the filming of MGM's "Tarzan Finds a Son!" (1939), originally titled "Tarzan in Exile", at Silver Springs and "Tarzan's Secret Treasure" (1941) at Wakulla Springs through his friendship with filmmaker Grantland Rice and actor-swimmer Johnny Weismuller (who played Tarzan). He also influenced Universal Studio's decision to film the "Creature from the Black Lagoon" and its two sequels in Florida (including Wakulla and Silver Springs) as well as the hiring of local swimmer Ricou Browning to portray the Creature. Perry spent much of his later life working as a swimming instructor in Ocala, Florida.

Physical Description

  • 1 photonegative - b&w - 4 x 5 in.

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