Quayle mask a winner


While "Beauty and the Beast" has turned a lot of youngsters into fantasy figures this Halloween, the election year is bringing out the politicians in the older generation.

Rubber masks of George Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot should help provide the final word in political overload. A lot of customers still buy masks of Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, says Harriet Berlin, owner of Artistic Costumes and Dance Fashions in Loch Raven Plaza. "We wanted to offer Dan Quayle, but it was such a popular mask, we never got our order," she says.

The selection of women's political masks is basically limited to candidates' wives. Anyone who wants to dress up as Hillary Clinton, however, is on their own.

"We're selling the white wigs and pearls for the Barbara Bush," Ms. Berlin reports. "And we have done well with Nancy Reagan, too."

And other cultural icons?

"We've done well with Mike Tyson masks and convict suits and with Don King wigs. There was a Woody Allen mask tentatively on the market, but it was never produced. Arnold Schwarzenegger has done very well. Boris Yeltsin hasn't done well at all. Prince Charles and Princess Diana, fair. No one's doing Clarence Thomas this year."

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