"Astroworld 1968"

When AstroWorld was being built in the late 1960s, company execs commissioned a scaled model of the park, and Ed Henderson was the man for the job. "I got my team together, and we started working on it," Henderson says. "The park was so huge that the model had to be pretty big too. We had to make it in two pieces and then put them together." Almost four decades later, AstroWorld was closed down, and many of the fixtures were sold off. Henderson was walking through a warehouse when he found his old model. "It was in pretty bad shape, all dusty and broken in some places," he says. The model was returned to Henderson, who repaired it and has since been looking for a permanent home for it.

The model, will start its new life on display at Optical Project in "AstroWorld 1968." The exhibit opens on the 5th anniversary of AstroWorld's closing. Henderson, now in his eighties, will be on hand during the opening reception for a short talk and a meet-and-greet. "I think people who went to AstroWorld toward the end will be very surprised by the rides it had at the beginning. They were a big deal back in the '60s, but they seem pretty tame compared to what's out there now." Opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. October 30. Regular viewing hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Through December 11. 1125 East 11th Street. For information, call 713-863-7112. Free.
Saturdays. Starts: Oct. 30. Continues through Dec. 11, 2010

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