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'Banana' George Blair dies at 98; water skier with a thing for yellow
'Banana' George Blair dies at 98; water skier with a thing for yellow

"Banana" George Blair loved yellow. When he water-skied barefoot, which he did into his 80s in theme park shows, he wore a yellow wetsuit and was towed by a yellow boat. But it didn't stop there. "Banana" George, who drove a yellow Lincoln and lived in a yellow house in central Florida, also had yellow cowboy boots, watches, sunglasses and wallets. People may have thought he was just clowning around, but Blair laughed all the way to the bank — and when he went there, it was in a yellow business suit. "God gave me an insatiable appetite for the color yellow," Blair said in a 1993 Chicago Sun-Times interview. His big crowd-pleasing feat was to...

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