Get a lot for a dime


June 04, 2000|By Sloane Brown

You couldn't beat the entertainment at the first fund-raiser for the American Dime Museum. Not that you'd want to. Seventy guests mingled and munched popcorn and corn dogs at the Charles Theatre, while watching one self-described "showman" pull string out of his navel, another eat fire and a third stretch out on a mat of barbed wire with five people standing on top of him.

The evening also featured a big-screen showing of the 1932 cult film "Freaks." This unusual party raised $4,500 for the American Dime Museum, which preserves artifacts and oddities from 19th century dime museums and carnival sideshows.

Among the evening's stouthearted partygoers: Dick Horne and James Taylor, American Dime Museum co-directors; John Standiford, Charles Theatre co-owner; Kathleen Kotcher, associate editor of Shocked & Amazed magazine; Scott Huffines, Atomic Books owner; Al Copp, co-owner of Woodhall Wine Cellars; Kathy Keys, Oles Envelope printing account representative; Jeff Truesdell, editor of Orlando Weekly; Harry B. Turner, attorney at Rosenberg Proutt Funk & Greenberg; Bob Rosenbaum Jr., Roanoke Engineering Sales owner; Phillip Odom, intern with In Your Face Productions; Kristin Miller, business services assistant at T. Rowe Price; and Robin and Arthur Guy Kaplan, co-owners of Arthur Guy Kaplan Antiques & Collectibles.

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