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Banana George Blair: Water-skiing legend

Banana George Blair: Water-skiing legend

JoAnne Blair met her husband in the Yellow Pages. She tried water skiing once, but failed miserably. So she looked up water skiing instruction in the Manhattan Yellow Pages, and that's how she met Banana George. Banana George Blair made a name for himself in Central Florida. He performed for years at Cypress Gardens, dressed in a yellow wetsuit, skiing barefoot and holding the tow rope in his teeth. He handed out bananas with abandon and owned a yellow house on Lake Florence in Winter Haven. Blair would go from Winter Haven into the Guinness Book of Records for having skied on all seven continents. He was inducted in 1991 into the U.S. Water Ski Hall of Fame in Polk City and the...