Pictured are Larry Faloon of GM, (left) and Paul
Grondin of H.B. Stubbs. Behind them is the Futurliner facade of the
American Crossroads display as it was when it was on display in the
Chicago Museum of Science and Industry for many years. It has since
been moved to a warehouse where it is stored.
Our host at H.B. Stubbs was Paul Grondin. Paul
has been with Stubbs for 33 years and has detailed knowledge of the
American Crossroads display as well as its history.
The purpose of the trip was to determine the
condition of the American Crossroads exhibit and again talk to GM
representatives about the possibility of reuniting this display with
the Futurliner that we are restoring.
Pictured are some of the Futurliner restoration
crew which includes: Jim Baker, Mike Ball, Al Batts, Stan Bowers,
Del Carpenter, Fred Carpenter, Marge Carpenter, Wayne Jackson, Don
Mayton, Art Meidema, Wes Myrick, Paul Prinzing, Marty Reed, Al
Scholten, Jerry Sigler and Wally Snow.
Paul explains that H. B. Stubbs built the
American Crossroads display for the first Parade of Progress that
used the in Futurliners. This particular show started in February of
1941. This display was used until World War II. After the war the
display was again was used starting in April of 1953 until the
Parade of Progress was terminated in July of 1956.
(We have one document that states that the
American Crossroads display was built in 1932 for the 1932 World
Fair in Chicago. However others refute this and state it was built
specifically in 1939-40 for the 1941 Parade of Progress. The vehicle
used to transport the display was the Futurliners. If anyone has
documents and/or photos showing in being used prior to 1941 we would
appreciate that information.)
After the Parade of Progress was over the
American Crossroads display was stored at H. B. Stubbs. At one time
there was discussion by GM to destroy the display but at this point
several GM people as well as Stubbs employees (including Paul
Grondin) stepped in to save the display. Subsequently it was
restored and then moved to the Museum of Science and Industry in
Again after a long tenure at the Science and
Industry Museum the display needed considerable refurbishment to
keep it running. Again there was discussion to have it destroyed.
Again GM and well as Stubbs (Paul Grondin and others) stepped in to
stop this from happening. It was again placed into storage at