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Date: Monday, January 1, 2001 
Question/Topic: Ferris wheel 
Answer/Pointer: George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. was the original spin doctor. The wheel bearing his name of the bridge-and-tunnel engineer turns 100 years this summer [1993]. His first one, which could seat a whopping 2,160 riders inside its 36 trolley-size cars, debuted at Chicago's World Columbian Exposition in 1893. Towering over 20 stories and weighing 2.4 million pounds, it was the American engineering community's response to Paris's Eiffel Tower, which had opened in 1889. From U.S. News & World Report, July 26, 1993. 
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