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George Zima, MA, January 1944

George Zima (Jan 45)George is remembered by his Taft classmates as a tumbler and cheerleader the year Taft won the city football champion-ship, and as a member of “Pops” Rapier’s band. He was in ROTC, on the swim team and in the senior class play. He was vice president of his class.

He attended Wright College, Northwestern University for bachelor's and master's degrees, and Teachers College at Columbia University, which led to his first career as a physical education teacher, and later an elementary school principal.

A second career called him to the stage, as an actor and a dancer, a stuntman and choreographer. On Broadway he appeared in many famous productions: "Pal Joey," "Milk and Honey," "Gypsy," "Li'l Abner" and "Most Happy Fella.“

He danced on Mary Martin's televised "Peter Pan," was on "Captain Kangaroo" for seven years and appeared on "Naked City," "Sesame Street," "Ed Sullivan," "Perry Como," "Jackie Gleason" and "Red Skelton."

Even in retirement, George teaches dance for the Wheaton Park District and is active in community theater.