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Theater & art

N.H. legislator turns to 3-D painting

Ken Gidge is a politician — a Democratic New Hampshire state representative who recently won reelection to his third term. And he’s an inventor, of refrigeration energy-saving devices and a plastic Frisbee-style toy called the Wing Wheel.

As a young man, he was a Santa Claus at a department store in Boston, and he spent 248 days atop a 30-foot-high perch at a car dealership in Peabody, Mass., going for the world record in flagpole sitting. He once self-published a book on what he believed then were his psychic abilities, and he’s an avid writer of poetry. He says he was a jazz club manager who gave Muddy Waters a gig at the start of the late bluesman’s US comeback tour in the 1970s.

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