He can remember it just like it was yesterday.
And that passion and love for what they did is evident in the pictures and displays at the Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center in Newcomerstown.
The exhibit being referred to is the Great Scott Displays which was created by Vane and the late Barbara Scott of Newcomerstown.
Together, they built the company that provided decorations for hundreds of celebrations -- from coast to coast -- and to such events as Miss America Homecomings, Presidential inaugurations (President Dwight D. Eisenhower), county fairs, festivals, city bicentennials and Hollywood movie premieres to name a few. They were even asked to assist with the parade in downtown Dallas, Texas, where the late President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. However, a last minute change in the parade's route hindered them from decorating the city.
Vane can remember those days just like they were yesterday. He even spoke to the Newcomerstown Rotary Club last Monday evening about his times with the Great Scott Displays. Traveling, coast to coast, they were the largest traveling parade float and decorating company in America for 20 years.
One of their their first opportunities to show off their design, decorating and organizational skills came during the Miss America Homecoming of Jackie Mayer in 1962 in Sandusky. He said they -- meaning Vane, Barbara and their crew -- did everything for the "Welcome Home" celebration. They literally moved to Sandusky for more than a month to decorate the entire downtown and parade route. They built an entire parade and decorated the offical ballroom. They even created their own "parade float kits." The stipulation, however, for the homecoming parade was that every float had to cost more than a $1,000 and they could not be commercial.
Because as Vane said, "They're going for quality here."
The Scotts constructed the huge Miss America float where Vane served as the designer, builder and driver of a huge swan that towed the elaborate 15-feet high throne, with Miss Mayer, through the streets of Sandusky. Vane recalls that the day was very cold with a temperature of about 25 degrees. But that didn't matter to the 100,000 onlookers. They were there to see Miss America. In all, the parade itself was 2 1/2 miles long.
"She was like a real-life Cinderella and the excitement of that crowd on the street was just amazing," Vane said.
It was through this experience, that the Scotts wrote a manual on how to welcome home celebrities. It was that manual which landed the Scotts the next Miss America Homecoming of Donna Axum in Hot Springs and El Dorado, Ark.
During their journey, semi-professional photographer Bill Gooseman, formerly of Newcomerstown, was hired to capture the memories of the Great Scott Displays in photographs. Those photographs -- as well as hundreds more in storage -- are now on display in the Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center in Newcomerstown.
"Everybody that leaves here is talking about it," Vane said about the Great Scott Displays exhibit at the museum.
The display is just one part of the history of the Scott family. Vane is currently compiling a novel of their first 20 years on the road. He also maintains a Web site, www.vanescott.com, where more information can be obtained about his life and life adventures.
"It was a lot of fun for more than 20 years," Scott said.