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Diver Newt Perry decorating underwater Christmas tree at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park.
Decoration and ornament
Springs--Florida--Hernando County--Weeki Wachee
Amusements--Florida--Hernando County--Weeki Wachee
Amusement parks--Florida--Hernando County--Weeki Wachee
Accompanying note: "Accustomed to working at depths even of 100 feet with a face plate and air hose, director Newt Perry stayed submerged two hours as he put the tree in place and supervised its decoration."
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 Weissmuller (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.
Subject - Person
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Diver Newt Perry decorating underwater Christmas tree at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park. 1948-12-11. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/67185>, accessed 28 July 2021.
Diver Newt Perry decorating underwater Christmas tree at Weeki Wachee Springs amusement park. 1948-12-11. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/67185>.