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,
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”.