Dick Zigun: Surveying His Coney Island Realm - NYTimes.com
As the unofficial mayor of Coney Island, Dick Zigun, 61, craves the craziness of summer. He is the founder of Coney Island USA, which runs the Coney Island Museum, the Coney Island Circus Sideshow and the Mermaid Parade. He spends Sundays strolling the boardwalk, chatting with locals and tourists, eating hot dogs and checking out the rides. He also spends time with his wife, Patience Mukoro White, 50, who performs in the sideshow as an escape artist, as a glass walker and as Madame Twisto, a contortionist. They live with their cat, Buddy, in a Coney Island loft that is being renovated, a project that was delayed by Hurricane Sandy.