of the Muddle
Shreveport -- One of the main attractions at the spectacular GM Parade
of Progress is an animated "Out of the Muddle" display
designed to focus public attention on city and suburban traffic needs by
dramatically demonstrating possible solutions to common traffic
New highways, parking areas and other improvements
appear as if by magic in model communities in the exhibit, housed in one
of the big Parade of Progress "Futurliners."
"This exhibit is General Motors' latest
contribution toward keeping the public informed and interested in our
nation's very serious highway problems," said Harlow H. Curtice,
president of General Motors.
The exhibit is the result of 18 months of painstaking
work by a GM staff of engineers. The staff was advised by nationally
known highway engineers and traffic experts.
The exhibit consists of two displays on 16-foot-wide
side panels, one on each side of Futurliner where they can be viewed by
crowds outside the vehicle. The displays operate simultaneously.
Model communities in the exhibit contain more than
1,000 "buildings," an estimated 1,500 plastic cars and trucks
from one to two inches long, scores of trees and other fixtures.
A complicated electrical system with 25 electric
motors -- powered by a unit in the Futurliner itself when no outside
power source is available -- operates the displays, automatically
causing the cars and trucks to move, buildings to appear and disappear
and traffic lights to flash.
Recorded commentaries synchronized with the action
explain what is happening.
The display on one side of the Futurliner is called
"Out of the Muddle -- Part I," and portrays the traffic
congestion in a suburban community, its causes and suggested remedies.
Part of this community is turned "upside down" by panels that
revolve to show how express by-pass highways, planned community
developments and other improvements can solve traffic problems.
On the other side of the Futurliner, "Out of the
Muddle -- Part II," offers a similar portrayal of traffic problems
and solutions in a modern city, plus a cross-section of a
"dream" city of the future in which underground thoroughfares
and other improvements have all but eliminated most serious traffic
Parade Director, John E. Ryan, points out
various features of the display.