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  •  You're welcome. (10+ / 0-)

    I haven't read it. Melanie is filling me in on a lot as she reads it.


    Predicting is hard...especially the future. ~ Y. Berra

    by jim in IA on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:23:40 AM PST

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    •  You should read it! (11+ / 0-)

      It's a great book.  Personally I found the story about the building of the Exhibition to be even more interesting than the story of HH Holmes.  

      Regarding the Ferrris Wheel, the part that sticks in my mind from that part of the book is the account of one rider who was severely afraid of heights (and didn't know it I guess).  Midway through the ride he started to REALLY freak out and tried to exit the car.  Being afraid of heights myself I could definitely empathize with that individual.

      •  I plan to read it. (9+ / 0-)

        The poor rider. Here is a quote from the Hyde Park reference about sensational stories and stunts. As today, things can get blown out of proportion just because they are a fun story to tell and embellish.

        Of course, it attracted sensationalists, such as several couples who wished to be married in the highest car. Two couples went so far as to have their invitations printed, inviting their friends to see them married on the Ferris Wheel, but since the Company was not seeking notoriety, they were forced to be content with a ceremony performed in the Company's offices.

        False stories appeared in the newspapers too, such as that of the pug dog leaping to his death through an open window or the story that the Wheel was stopped for some hours with a number of people in the upper cars. The wheel experienced four months of trouble-free operation on, accompanied only by the clink of the driving chain and an occasional exuberant whistle blast from the engine crew.

        Thanks for your advice about reading the book.


        Predicting is hard...especially the future. ~ Y. Berra

        by jim in IA on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:40:12 AM PST

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