I remember growing up in Rochester, New York when there were still some small, old fashioned amusement parks in the area. Right in Rochester was Seabreeze Amusement Park, at that time it had slipped into a state of seedy disrepair, still functional, but old and run down. It was kind of the lower-level park in the area. (Interestingly, Seabreeze managed to reinvent itself in later years and is still around today.) The other major amusement park was Roseland, in Canandaigua, a bit South and East of Rochester itself. That was the better kept of the two parks, but it is no longer there, the land sold for real estate development. Both parks had, as I recall, Tilt-A-Whirl rides. Those were not new inventions, they were already fixtures of many amusement parks all across the country having been introduced in 1926. Many a child and adult tossed their cookies as a direct result of those infernal machines (I loved riding them – it was fun trying to walk when you got off the ride). Now a lawmaker in Minnesota has stepped up to the plate to address the yawning need of nostalgic boomers to relive their childhoods. Or something like that.
ST. PAUL – State Rep. Patti Fritz, DFL-Faribault, has introduced a bill designating the Tilt-A-Whirl the official amusement ride in Minnesota.
Fritz said she's taking up the cause of 52 kindergarten students from her district who say it deserves special attention because it was invented in their town.
"I represent children too," Fritz said, adding, "Minnesotans like to have fun, and it's a fun thing to do."
The Tilt-A-Whirl is a platform-type ride consisting of seven freely spinning cars holding up to four riders apiece.
I didn't realize that "DFL" meant "Demented Feel-good Lunacy". But there you have it; today's serious state legislatures addressing serious issues all across the country. Seriously.