Ontario Beach Park – #9

In either 1895 or 1896 (accounts vary) a Ferris-wheel came to Ontario beach. The first Ferris wheel was designed by George Ferris World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. That one had 36 cars. You  can from the old postcard view that the one at Ontario Beach was much smaller. It was run by a …

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Ontario Beach Park – #8

I couldn’t find any new amusements at Ontario Beach for 1894. The biggest event would happen after the park closed for the season on Oct. 31st. A fire started about 9 p.m. in a small building attached to the Hotel Ontario pavilion. That building contained a ride called the Mystic Swing. A night watchman turned …

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Hit Songs of 1968 – #19

Simon and Garfunkle were on the top of the charts in 1968 with “Mrs. Robinson.” The song was written by Paul Simon for the 1967 film The Graduate. The version of the song in the film is different from the single version that was released in 1968. The soundtrack album of The Graduate went to …

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WDYTYA – Jean Smart

You know Jean Smart from the series Designing Women (1986 – 1991). Since then she has been on other TV series, movies, and on the stage. Jean wants to find out more about her mother’s family. They are able to go back to jean’s 8th great grandmother, Dorcas (Galley) Hoar. Dorcas was arrested for stealing …

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