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Dick Pope Jr.
Richard Downing Pope Jr.

(1930-12-12)December 12, 1930
Long Island, N.Y.
Died November 8, 2007(2007-11-08) (aged 76)
Citizenship United States
Organization Cypress Gardens
Known for World Championships, inventing barefooting
Spouse(s) Frances Pope
Parent(s) Dick Pope Sr.

Richard Downing Pope Jr. (December 12, 1930 – November 8, 2007), better known as Dick Pope Jr., was a World Champion water skier and an important business leader in Central Florida. Pope was an important innovator in the sport of water skiing, including the development of barefoot skiing in 1947. He is the son of Dick Pope Sr., the founder of Cypress Gardens theme park.

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