Post by arkansastoothpick on Nov 16, 2019 23:44:33 GMT -5
I grew up around Houston, and was in Hermann park a few times on grade school field trips around 1970. We rode the mini train, went to the zoo, had sack lunches in the park, and played at the playground. I drank at the lion water fountain. I remember hoping for cool water, but it was warm. I don't remember exactly where it was, but I believe that it was in front of that round building near the engine known as "982".
I have read, on some wiki page, that you should begin at the No. 982 engine, pass by a lion, then position yourself aligned with a lake fountain and the outdoor theater. I believe that is very plausible, but the rest of the journey might be different.
Near the end of the verse is the following:
"What we take to be Our strongest tower of delight Falls gently In December night"
When I was a child, if you asked me what the "strongest tower of delight" was at Hermann park, I would have said it was the rocket slide that was in the playground. It was the tallest thing around, and had about four floors. That thing was a kid magnet, most of the class would stuff it full, and others would wait for someone to exit down the slide in order to climb up in it. It was over 20 feet tall and you have to imagine it full of screaming kids. Here is a picture of one like it:
Post by arkansastoothpick on Nov 17, 2019 0:05:57 GMT -5
the verse goes on to say that it "falls gently in December night".
In 1981, the apollo missions were fairly recent events. The last mission was in 1972 and was called "Apollo 17". It's blastoff was just after midnight on December 7, 1972. It could be said that the rocket boosters fell gently <back to earth> on a December night. The lunar capsule then continued on to the moon.
The playground was full of other interesting stuff. There was a large firetruck, some kind of ship that had a steering wheel, and something that looked like a flying saucer. These were not small.
That is about all I have to add. I do know that the rocket was there in the mid '80s, because I drove by and saw it when in the area. This is the only place that I will post this. I looked at a few other forums too, but I never found the register button.