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The World of Sid and Marty Krofft Oral History #1

November 24, 2009

Sid and Marty Krofft produced a number of popular kids television shows in the 60s and 70s, including H.R. Pufnstuf and Land of the Lost.  In 1976 they had the brilliant idea to build the world’s first entirely indoor amusement park and selected the Omni complex in Atlanta as the location.

The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was a total flop and closed in less than six months.  Part of the reason was that Atlanta’s population was shifting towards the suburbs and away from the decaying downtown, and, even though the World of Krofft was an impressive spectacle, many families didn’t want to make the trek into town to experience it.  Eleven years later Ted Turner bought the Omni complex and transformed it into the CNN Center.  Rumor has it that, even as late as a few years ago, CNN employees found Krofft costumes and drawings in the nooks and crannies of the building.

Not that many people currently living in Atlanta can boast that they actually visited The World of Sid and Marty Krofft, so I’ve decided to launch a completely unwieldy project:  I want to do oral histories with every single person who actually went.  I figure I’ll complete this project in 2042.

My first World of Sid and Marty Krofft oral history subject is Jamey Propst.  Jamey was a close friend of my dad and he’s also a fine actor.  He took his family to The World of Sid and Marty Krofft and, in this segment, shares his memories of this bizarre and shortlived place.