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Published on Sep 7, 2012
OLD MAN GLOOM 2012 ZOZOBRA OLD MAN GLOOM Zozobra got started, back in 1924. Artist Will Shuster, who had moved from Philadelphia to the Southwest to better cope with his tuberculosis in Santa Fe's dry climate, got together with friends to create an 18-foot effigy to burn off the gloom, and one of them found the Spanish word, Zozobra, to dub it Old Man Gloom. It was fun, it was community, and it sparked a ritual that continued throughout the years, with Zozobra eventually growing to some 50 feet tall.