PATERSON, NJ – The Paterson Museum will launch a new exhibit celebrating Abbott and Costello’s 1942 War Bond Drive Tour on Sunday. 

The event begins at noon and concludes at 6:00 p.m. Admission is just $10 at the door, children under 12 are free.

Beginning in Salt Lake City on July 22, 1942, the comedy duo made their way across America making stops in 80 cities through 22 states, raising $85 million for the war effort.

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Courtesy of Paterson MuseumPaterson native Lou Costello would visit his hometown on August 24, just before their final stop in New York City, where, at an event at Eastside High School, the film legend was presented with a silver loving cup in appreciation for their efforts. Last December, this loving cup found its way back to Paterson and is now part of the Paterson Museum’s permanent collections and the inspiration behind the new exhibit.

Assisting with the exhibition is Karen Winterfeld Cucco. She has been working with the Museum on Abbott & Costello related programming since 1992. Ron Palumbo, Founder of the Abbott & Costello Fan Club, created the Illustrated, informational text panels detailing A & C’s War Bond Tour.

Included in the planned activities is a recreation of the trophy presentation by Mayor Andre Sayegh to Lou Sciara, who will be portraying Costello; a Q&A discussion with Jeff Solimando about the Abbott & Costello War Bond Drive; a screening of the movie Buck Privates; and a special presentation of famous comedy bits by Bud and Lou impressionists: Gil “Bud” Palmer and Lou Sciara.

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