An achondroplastic dwarf who stood 43” tall, Moishe “Mace” Bugen figured out early in life how to make the world aware of his formidable presence. In her new book “The Little Gate Crasher” his great niece, Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, tells his story and presents an amazing array of the photos Bugen had taken of himself with many of the biggest celebrities of his day. Perhaps the first “photobomber,” Bugen managed to pose for photos with such notables as Muhammad Ali, Mickey Rooney, Dr. Jonas Salk, Jane Russell, Joe DiMaggio, Jack Benny, Isaac Stern, and so many more.
Bugen owned and ran a real estate and insurance agency in Phillipsburg, NJ, lived in Easton, PA, and was something of a local celebrity himself. A community leader, he was a regular at B’nai Abraham Synagogue in Easton and active member in its tallis and tefillin club, and he attended all major Jewish events in the Lehigh Valley.
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