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Steel Pier memories: Reader recalls sister's time as a Diving Horse rider

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Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:00 am

Growing up on the Steel Pier was the best time. When I was 9 years old, my sisters and I went backstage (every day) at the Circus Water Show with my dad, Joe Hackney, who was one of the high-divers and clowns in the show and he babysat us girls because my mother worked. We got to know everyone and attend all the shows on the Pier. In 1945, my father dived from a blimp for publicity for Steel Pier. When I was 13, my friend, Marie Osborne DeMari and I would swim out to the end of The Pier to see my dad between shows every day — we’d stay out there for a show or two and swim back to the beach. At 14 I worked at The Pier’s hot dog stand. In the 1950s, my sister, Marion, was a Diving Horse rider for 10 years, and her twin Barbara was in the Disappearing Water Ballet also. They also danced in the Daddy Dave Theater, which came before Tony Grant. They were acrobats and daredevils — I just followed them to all their shows. The Steel Pier Days were GREAT, GREAT, GREAT. — Jo Ann Hackney Wescoat, Absecon

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