National Geographic : 1955 Apr
Tires for Earthmoving Machines Dwarf Those for Airplane and Lawn Mower B. F. Goodrich, oldest rubber company in the Akron area, makes 30,000 different products in its U. S. plants (page 464). These earthmover tires, 6/2 feet in diameter, weigh 1,200 pounds each and can support 23 tons. Midget mower tire is Goodrich's smallest for machines. Aircraft tire is designed for high-speed jet landings. "Everybody does that," Dr. Bruno Gebhard, museum director, said with a laugh. "And you should see the ladies moving the levers on the food chart to find out how many calories their favorite desserts contain." To foster international good will, Cleveland maintains a series of gardens in Rockefeller Park, each honoring a different national cul ture (page 458). The project was begun in 1926. Thus far, 16 of the Cultural Gardens are finished; others are being added. Initial cost of construction is borne by groups of Cleveland folk whose ancestry traces from the countries represented. The city takes care of the upkeep. Leading off are the American Garden and the American Legion Peace Gardens. Then come Irish, Hebrew, Shakespeare, Hungarian, German, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Greek, Ital- ian, Slovak, Rusin (Ruthenian), Czech, Yugo slav, and Polish Gardens. Each memorializes persons or events famous in the history of the people it represents, and each expresses some thing characteristic of their culture. Passing these symbols of friendship, which nurture the One World idea, I noted how many of them represent countries now behind the Iron Curtain. The folk who gave them to the city were immigrants or sons and daughters of immi grants, to be sure; yet Cleveland remembers that many of these new Americans are in this country not by accident of birth but by their own choice. After all, I reflected, our own ancestors were foreigners once. Isn't it possible, I wondered, that the ancient people who built the Ohio mounds thought of the later Indians as foreigners?