Watch him burn
Zozobra, Santa Fe’s famous groaning, inflammatory puppet, has been changing his wardrobe of late. Beginning in 2014, the sponsoring Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe dressed him in the spirit of the 1920s, the decade of his invention by artist Will Shuster. This year, we’re up to the 1950s in the Decades Project that leads up to the 2024 centennial burning of Zozobra (aka Old Man Gloom, aka Big Daddy-O). Related events may bring back memories of the Mickey Mouse Club, bomb shelters, Jackie Robinson, the Ford Thunderbird, and other icons of the time. Pasatiempo joins in the spirit of the occasion with a photo essay featuring Fiesta de Santa Fe images from the 1950s, plus stories about Shuster and a Fiesta Symposium. On the cover is a shot of Fiesta crowds on the Plaza, 1959, photo Bob LaRouche, Neg. No. 010908, courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA).