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… until his parents caught up with him

Dominick Tucci, 12, hopped the train from Port Washington into Queens in May 1964, and lost himself in the crowd. He pinched coins and lived off concessions for nearly two weeks.

 	TUCCI, DOMINICK (12 YR. OLD RUNAWAY-SPENDS 11 DAYS AT WORLD'S FAIR) LITTLE RASCAL: Dominick Tucci had quite the adventure before he was discovered.

For more than a week, 12-year-old Dominick Tucci turned the World’s Fair into his own personal playground.

The adventurous Port Washington youngster hopped the train into Queens in May 1964 and disappeared into the crowded, colorful exhibits and pavilions.

Tucci’s parents reported him missing on May 6 but he wasn’t found until almost two weeks later, when a concessionaire noticed the scruffy boy.

While his parents spent days searching for him at the fair, bumbling security guards noticed the youngster wandering around but let him go several times.

Meanwhile, Tucci snatched coins from the fountains to buy food. He sacked out in various pavilions.

 	TUCCI, DOMINICK (12 YR. OLD RUNAWAY-SPENDS 11 DAYS AT WORLD'S FAIR)

The 12-year-old (top right) was eager to get away from his five younger sisters and younger brother.

He was in no rush to return to the home he shared with five younger sisters and a younger brother.

When his Huck Finn-like escape finally ended, his relieved parents picked him up from the fair.

Tucci, who died in 2001, did return to the fair a few weeks later as a guest of the Chrysler Corp. This time, he arrived with his whole family.

 

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