THE WIZARD OF CENTRE HALL.

TheWizardOfCentreHall[Book: Ralph Gray – 2016 – 22x28cm – 52 Pages – Many B&W and colour photos]. The Garbrick brothers Vernon, Lewis, and Lester, grew up on a farm in Centre Hall (Pennsylvania), at the foot of the Nittany Mountain, each having been blessed with mechanical genius. This book focuses on Vernon Hoy Garbrick, an innovator and builder of amusement rides; but includes the productivity of his brothers, as well. Vernon patented 18 inventions – the most famous of which was the folding Ferris wheel. His legacy lives on in the carnival business to this day. Chapter Points: Introduction; Vernon Hoy Garbrick; Allan Herschell Horse; First Snowmobile in Centre County; Moonshine; The Little Red Car; Vernon Goes Into Business; Mr. Garbrick Builds His Dream House; Vernon Garbrick’s Safe; Vernon’s First Amusement Rides; The Merry-Go-Round; Garbrick Engineering; Vernon and the Animals; The Spindle Ride; The Merry Mixer and Octopus; A Garbrick Acrobat; The Paratrooper Ride; Garbrick Folding Ferris Wheel (Nittany Rides, Inc. Folding Ferris Wheel); Lester Garbrick; Vernon Garbrick Rejects an Offer; Garbrick Roofing Invention; Ferris Wheel Destroyed; Jack Garbrick; Four-Generation Garbrick Family Tree; Epilogue; About the Author – William Ralph Gray; Bibliography and Acknowledgements; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.