Saturated Pink Promise of Endless Summer | Margalit Fox | Conversations With Tyler

Saturated Pink Promise of Endless Summer | Margalit Fox | Conversations With Tyler


Tyler: Who invented the lawn flamingo? Margalit:  A very interesting man, a Massachusetts
man with the wonderful and appropriate name of Don Featherstone. He trained as a sculptor. He got work in the post‑war years at a plastics
factory. It’s like that wonderful famous old line from
“The Graduate,” “I have one word of advice for you, plastics.” He took that advice. The plastics factory made all sorts of three
dimensional ornamental pieces for the home. He had the idea, again, just in a stroke of
inspiration of making a creature that would connote the ongoing pleasure of endless summer. I think we say in the obit the saturated pink
promise of endless summer. It took off in ways that he never imagined,
sold millions and millions and millions and literally changed the landscape of America. Tyler: Now we have the saturated pink promise
of endless summer because of him. Margalit: We do. Perhaps had he not done it, someone else would
have, but the point is he did. He was transformative enough, albeit in a
perhaps campy way when viewed through a postmodern lenses, the Times put him on page one.

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