May 21st, 2018

krazy koati

The train rolls into the station

My mathematics blog had another of those weeks where I didn't have to work very hard to keep it full. I need to break out of that habit, but finding the energy? Me? Tch.

Plus, I have a short report. What's Going On In The Phantom (Sundays)? February - May 2018 had stuff happen, although not very much. It's more in the atmosphere. Anyway, if you liked all that, here's some stuff at Keansburg for you.


Kids' Mini Himalaya ride at Keansburg Amusement Park. Mostly photographed for the backdrop art which includes some fun-looking deer and other creatures.


More of the Mini Himalaya backdrop, with those well-known Himalayan creatures, the penguins and the raccoons.


The Jolly Caterpillar, another kiddie version of the caterpillar ride that's basically extinct except for the kiddie versions.


Close-up of the manufacturer's plate for the Jolly Caterpillar. The maker -- Allen Hershel --- and name --- Jolly Catterpillar [sic]'' are carved into the metal. Some of the details I can make out, like the thing running at 220 volts and being 24.5 feet of frontage. Not quite sure what the speed is; that can't be a mere 2 rpm, right?


Keansburg park offering a Super Slide to bunny_hugger, who offers back ``Nope''.


And oh, what's this? Chaos: a ride that we didn't know was still operating anywhere. Its instance at Michigan's Adventure had a very nasty accident, caused by rust on a not-that-old machine, in the early 2000s.


Seats on Keansburg's Chaos. These would, in operation, swing out from their position and spin on a horizontal axis (as seen from this angle).


Another view of the seats for Chaos. The whole platform would spin, and then elevate at an angle, so you can see where the name makes sense.


The main rotational axis and the armature that elevates Chaos as seen between the cars.

Stick around! More Chaos to come!

Trivia: Frank Remley, guitar player for Phil Harris's band, tried out for the part of Frank Remley when The Phil Harris/Alice Faye Show began. Elliot Lewis got the part, partially on Remley's recommendation. (In 1953 the show changed the name of the Remley character to Elliot Lewis, after some kind of complaint from the real Remley.)
Source: On The Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, John Dunning.


Currently Reading: Beetle Bailey: The First Years, 1950 - 1952, Mort Walker. Editor Alf Thorsjö. Among the things in the art are the first time the comic strip featured a squirrel (drawn to be pretty near any animal but more clearly an animal than what was featured a couple months ago) and in two separate strips has what have to be pinball machines. The first has two plungers, which is idiosyncratic but which I can't rule out existing in 1951. No sign of flippers but that's reasonable for the era; they were still new back then.