Cover Story: The artistic eye of Disney Studios designer and kitemaker Tyrus Wong (text by Valerie Govig, cover photo by Gary Galván). Features: Bill Bigge’s challenge for the 1984 International Exposition of Small Kites, and Bigge on the skills of crafting them very small; “The Day We Flew the Kites,” a classic Frances Fowler story from the 1940s; Luther Hux’s cut-out Columbia Space Shuttle kite; Anthony Turton on the shark-hunting kiters of the South African Kite Angling Association; Shakib Gunn on the Singapore International Kite Festival. Departments: Letter from the Editor: results of a Kite Lines survey; What’s New: Kites: Brooxes’ Boxes, the Peter Lynn Tri-D, the Waldof Superstar, the Columbia Star, the Star Facet and a pair of power sleds, the Parasled and the Paerodigm; What’s New: Sundries: a kite musical album by Maurizio Angeletti and a Smithsonian-produced 16-panel kite exhibit, “Colorful Kite Tales”; What’s New: Books: Kites: The Science and the Wonder by Ito and Komura, and Chinese Kites by Hsieh; Empty Spaces in the Sky: Steve Edeiken, Tan Siak Yam and David Turner; Design Workshop: “Georges” kite by Jean Pierre Vandierendonck; For the Record: the Edmonds (WA) Community College claim for world’s largest and 12-year-old Glenn Dalgliesh’s Ocean City (MD) achievement of most stunters flown; News from Here & There: Dave Checkley on Ha Yiqi of China; Terry Nichols on a memorial fly for Pat Vidan, Indianapolis Speedway flagman, IN: Mary Ames on the Wright Kite Festival, NC; “Sculpture in the Sky” at the Port of History Museum, Penn’s Landing, PA; Herman Wolsgaard-Iversen on the festival of the Kobenhavns Dragecenter (Copenhagen Kite Center), Denmark; Robert Koops on the Museum Society “kite klinics,” Nigeria.
Tyrus Wong smiles in his studio at Sunland, California, where he is surrounded by kites, materials and mementos of his life as a designer with Disney Studios . In his hands is an elliptical kite in rainbow colors, in the foreground a pair of fish line climbers, in the background one of his angel kites along with centipedes and parts of centipedes . (See more about Tyrus Wong on pages 30 to 33.) Photograph by Gary Galván.