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Motors' Parade of Progress is on the road again dramatizing the vital
role of science in American life ... "presenting," as Harlow
H. Curitce, president of General Motors put it, "a picture of
America on the move toward better lives for all of us."
The new and exciting 1953 version of the Parade is
an ultra-modern presentation, high-lighting the enormous progress the
country has made in recent years. Visitors, for example, we will hear
the scratchy reception of the radio of 1925 as compared to modern
high-fidelity microwave transmission -- will watch a tiny jet plane swoosh
across the stage and take a fanciful flight into outer space.
Most of the Parade's exhibits are contained in the
12 "Futurliners." These special, 33-foot long, streamlined
coaches have 16-foot side panels that open to form stages and exhibit
areas. The Futurliners contain some two dozen major exhibits. They
range from a demonstration that covers refrigeration and insulation,
to "Power for the Air Age," the jet engine story.
The Parade's stage show is presented in the
aluminum and canvas Aerodome. Here is presented a show of achievements
in such fields as electronics, aviation and chemistry. And it's all
free -- no admission charge.
A crew of about 60 men, mostly young college
graduates, operates the Parade. The men not only are lecturers and
showmen; they also drive the vehicles, put up the tents and do the
other necessary jobs.
The history of the Parade goes back to 1936.
Sparked by GM's famed scientist, Charles F. Kettering, the Parade took
to the road in Miami, FL, and from then until Pearl Harbor in 1941, it
played before more than 12-1/2 million people in 251 cities. It is
planned to keep the new Parade rolling across the U.S. almost
continuously all year long.