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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: February 6th, 2014

Ferris Wheel Glowing at TwilightYes, I know — in February? Next Friday — Valentine’s Day — is Ferris Wheel Day — a tribute to George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., born on Feb. 14.

My first date with my husband was on a Ferris wheel — at the North East Cherry Festival 12 years ago. So, here’s to George Ferris!

The civil engineer made the first Ferris Wheel at the World’s Colombian Exhibition in Chicago more than 100 years ago in 1893.

According to The Man Who Invented the Wheel, and Paid the Price by Dennis Bell, Ferris was born in a Galesburg, Ill., and his family settled in Nevada where he became fascinated with  a water wheel as a kid.

He later worked in New York City and Pittsburgh, designing bridges, tunnels and trestles. He founded G.W.G. Ferris & Co., with offices in New York and Chicago. His 1893 Ferris wheel was built to rival the 1889 Eiffel Tower —  made famous by inventor Gustave Eiffel at the  1889 Paris International Exposition.

Ferris spent $25,000 of his own money on the Ferris wheel plan and constructed it in 22 weeks. It was about 26 stories tall, survived a hurricane and had nearly 1.5 million patrons in Chicago. Ferris later started smaller Ferris wheel productions but lost a lot of money and died three years later in Pittsburgh at age 37.

Another Illinois engineer, William Sullivan, took up Ferris’ inventive ideas and created portable Ferris wheels at the Eli Bridge Company in 1896 in  Jacksonville. Ill.– it is still manufacturing Ferris wheels.

And all because a kid loved water wheels — Happy B-day to Mr. Ferris.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.


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Posted: February 4th, 2013

ExamThe Wall Street Journal and countless media outlets reported Education Week’s best and worst school systems by state in the United States last month, and the report on Yahoo.com is below:

Top 10

  1. Maryland ranked at the top for the fifth straight year
  2. Massachusetts
  3. New York
  4. Virginia
  5. Arkansas
  6. Florida
  7. Georgia
  8. New Jersey
  9. West Virginia
  10. Kentucky

Bottom 10:

  1. South Dakota
  2. Nevada
  3. Idaho
  4. Alaska
  5. Mississppi
  6. Nebraska
  7. Montana
  8. Arizona
  9. Oregon
  10. Missouri

But it’s not the only study. Michelle Rhee, has her own report, according to Huffington Post. She is the former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor and chair of StudentsFirst. Click on that link for a map of the U.S. with grades per state. Pennsylvania gets a D.

Frankly, I am way more interested in education reports than in daily national media coverage of Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te’o’s creation of a virtual girlfriend debacle and whether or not Beyonce lip synced the national anthem. It’s time we all made education a priority.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.  


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