Radio: Curley the Caterpillar

Grover Whalen wanted Curley to do an English country dance on the Magna Charta at the New York World's Fair. Lepidopterists marveled at Curley's maxillae. People began selling Curley balloons, spaghetti, dolls, toys, picture books. The D. A. R. and the American Legion sent Curley a silver-plated twig and a miniature American flag. When a cinema short on Curley was released, during a time of blizzards and rainstorms, Variety headlined: BLIZ AND DRIZ FAIL TO FIZZLE BIZ AS BUG WOWS B. 0. [box office] FROM N. Y. TO L. A. Walt Disney gave $100,000 for Curley. For Curley was a caterpillar,...

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