GM Futurliner Restoration Project
National Automotive and Truck Museum of
the United States
'33 World's Fair
Roberts Cathedral Cruiser
Oral Roberts Cathedral Cruiser
lectures were a big part of the Parade of Progress. While the
Futurliners hosted most of the major displays, demonstrations and
lectures were also conducted on various other subjects in Aer-O-Dome tent.
The stage show
presentation focused on the marvels of science and how they would affect
our lives in the future. The demonstration incorporated a model jet
plane that would streak across the stage in a fraction of a second –
depicting the speed at which we would travel.
Chemicals were poured into a pop bottle and 90
seconds later would jump out as synthetic rubber. In yet another
foretelling of the future a small "rocket shop" would take to
the heavens, depicting the yet unknown of scientific research in outer
There was no explanation with this picture
but the demonstration was sure popular with the nurses and in many cases
the lecturers were the center of attraction for the single ladies. The
60 plus men working on the Parade were required to be single and college
In many accounts from the men who worked
on the Parade of Progress they speak of this time in their life as one
of the most important. Speaking in front of people gave them experience
and confidence that carried them forward in successful careers.
This demonstration was not identified.
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