Liberty Weekend caused the following things to happen yesterday:
A French metal-embossing specialist who came here to build the statue's new torch and flame announced he is not going home. He would rather live in New Jersey. "It was a turning point, this statue," said Jean Wiart in his newly acquired English.
ABC, which bought the television rights to the celebration for $10 million, sold all its commercial time for $30 million.
The Library of Congress published a five-page bibliography on the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
In Downers Grove, Ill., a hair salon was trying to market a $350, 20-inch-high hair sculpture of Ms. Liberty.
New York and New Jersey ended a nasty feud over tax receipts sk,2 sw,-2 from Ellis and Liberty islands when they agreed to share the take and earmark it for the homeless in both states.
A retired professor who wrote a song called "She's the Only Miss America for Me" to pay his alimony will be honorary grand marshal of the Fourth of July parade in Washington. Chris Holloway, 63, will share the spotlight with Toni Tennille.
New York security officers, from the Coast Guard to a hostage negotiating team, practiced what to do if (1) a runaway barge ran down the reviewing stand, (2) a ship caught fire, (3) the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge fell down, (4) manholes started exploding, and (5) a parachutist landed on the statue.
Across the Hudson River in Wayne, N.J., 460 college musicians got ready to turn themselves into the Statue of Liberty All-American Marching Band. It won't be the only band, but it may be the only one with 40 sousaphones.
A winery in Washington State produced a cookbook to raise money for the statue foundation. Free for a $20 contribution, "Tastes of Liberty" is already in its third printing. A sequel is planned, naturally.