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01 (001-072) chapters 1-4 34 2/26/08 12:08 PM Page 34 A Mythic Obsession The Forevertron aerial view from the east JIM WILDEMAN Most visitors search for answers to their questions: What is this? Who built it? How? Why? The story is filled with Dr. Evermor’s dreams, humor, and special logic. The spirit of the whole project may be summed up in the answer Tom gave to a visitor who asked him what it was all about. He answered with a seamless rendition of the myth and embellished on the description of the parts and functions of the Forevertron.
The city of Madison was talked into giving their waterworks pumping station to the House on the Rock. Tom and his crew went down to Madison, pulled the gigantic works out, and installed it at the House on the Rock, where the huge machine dominates one end of the Organ Building. Tom directed the difficult installation, and when they were finished it was all inspected and approved by consulting engineers hired by Alex. Tom is very proud of his work there. As was usual then, they did the work first and overengineered everything— then they got permits.
The fourteen-foot-high base will be made from a series of eight generators, compressors, rheostats, and motors combined with a navy buoy from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where it reportedly was used to support antiBridge supports (7′1′′ h × 3′ w) JIM WILDEMAN submarine netting during the Cold War. Rising above, for twenty-two feet, are the Magnetic Laser Love Guns in position for firing. Dr. Evermor explains, “You see, there are cannoneers in there [midlevel of drawing page 55] and they have periscopes and they see somebody that’s not smiling.