the lighter side, Nasti’s factory is very busy working on Christmas
displays, and one of their more recent projects was the creation
of the elements for a large children’s birthday party center
in Edmonton, Canada. Named “A Star Is Born,” this elaborate
attraction will feature talking trees and a number of interactive
animated displays, all created by Nasti’s firm. During Laff
In The Dark’s June 2007 visit, Nasti had 10 projects in progress.
you’ll find a prime example of Nasti’s work in Astroland’s Dante’s
Inferno, where the daily demand of repetitive motion and the
seasonal change in air temperature inside the building would
have retired lesser quality stunts.
stuff has definitely stood up over the years,” remarked Astroland
General Manager Mark Blumenthal.
build everything very strong – I overbuild it,” said Nasti.
“If there’s something that will run on a 1/2 –inch piece of
steel, we’ll use a one-inch piece of steel, because it will
be there 20 years from now. And everything we build, we run
it over and over. Test it, test it, test it!”
Reflecting on his long, distinguished career, Nasti shared a
number of fascinating stories including one about a conversation
he had with an animated Teddy Bear, “Pasquale,”
at a recent trade show. “Pasquale was a chef in a teddy bear
kitchen we created,” said Nasti. “During my presentation, I
asked Pasquale if he was comfortable the previous night, being
alone in the building. He replies, ‘Well, I’m not staying here
tonight!’ And I tell him, ‘You gotta stay here tonight; this
is a trade show. Otherwise I’m taking you apart.” Afterwards,
I tell people, “If this has you scratching your head, imagine
what it will do for your customers!”
his many accomplishments and accolades, Nasti doesn’t take himself
world doesn't really need me or what I do. One of my daughters,
Victoria, is a child psychologist and the other, Margo, is an
English literature professor. They help people and improve their
lives. Me? I play with teddy bears and make people smile”.