``Flipper'' Cast Members Reunite at Miami Seaquarium for the Show's 40th Anniversary

"Flipper" Stars Tom Norden, left, and Luke Halpin, right, greet two dolphins at Miami Seaquarium

MIAMI--()--June 14, 2004--

  A Special Dolphin Interaction Session Brings Bud and Sandy Together Again with Flipper  



It was an emotional reunion, when after 40 years the original TV stars of Flipper, the 1960's TV series, Luke Halpin (Sandy) and Tom Norden (Bud), slipped into wetsuits and got into the water once again with everybody's favorite dolphin superstar Flipper. The reunion took place at Miami Seaquarium, the original film location of the popular adventure show.

"Miami Seaquarium is very proud of its association with Flipper, the TV series," commented Eric Eimstad, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Miami Seaquarium. "Flipper is an American classic. There is no other place more suited for this momentous reunion than Miami Seaquarium where it all started."

The reunion represented the first time since the show ended that both Luke Halpin and Tom Norden had been given the opportunity to swim with Flipper once again. The last time the two were reunited was on Flipper's 25th Anniversary.

Flipper, the TV show, which first aired on NBC in 1964, was an instant hit. The adventure series featured two boys, Sandy and Bud, befriended by a dolphin, later named Flipper, and their father Ranger Porter Ricks of Coral Key State Park, Florida. The show centered on the adventures of Flipper and the boys and usually ended with Flipper saving the day.

Miami Seaquarium, South Florida's most popular tourist attraction, is a family-oriented marine-life park open to the public 365 days a year. The park provides visitors with a greater understanding and appreciation for marine life through shows, presentations and marine-life exhibits. More information on Miami Seaquarium is available at http://www.miamiseaquarium.com.

Miami Seaquarium is an accredited member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, an international organization committed to the care and conservation of marine mammals. Accreditation by the Alliance means this facility meets or exceeds all the standards of excellence for marine mammal care, husbandry, conservation and education.

Contacts

The Conroy Martinez Group, Coral Gables, Fla.
Michelle Palomino / Jorge Martinez, 305-445-7550
michelle@conroymartinez.com or Jorge@conroymartinez.com

Contacts

The Conroy Martinez Group, Coral Gables, Fla.
Michelle Palomino / Jorge Martinez, 305-445-7550
michelle@conroymartinez.com or Jorge@conroymartinez.com