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N > Laser light show — This show
tonight and Saturday night at the
Mueller Planetarium will feature
the music of heavy-metal band
Metallica. Nirvana will be featured
next weekend, and Pink Floyd on
Nov. 4 and 5. The first two shows
will be at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00
p.m., and Pink Floyd times are
7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 p.m. Tickets
are $4 each.
Taste of terror tantalizes the handicapped
By Ann Stack__
Want something this Halloween a bit
more frightening than a rubber Rush
Limbaugh mask? Try The Fright Zone.
New to the haunted house scene this year,
The Fright Zone, located in Omaha at 5335
S. 139th St., is fully accessible to disabled
“We at first thought we were the only one,
but we've since received an anonymous
phone call telling us there is a small one in
the Old Burlington Station in Omaha. So
we may not be the only one.” said Buck
Weyerman, marketing director for Yard Art,
Inc., which is putting on the house.
The house also is the one of the largest in
the state, Weyerman said. Formerly a health
spa. The Fright Zone covers more than
20,000 square feet.
The idea for handicap accessibility
evolved from the American Disabilities Act,
which has been effective in providing rights
for the physically challenged.
“We went by the ADA as far as what to
do safety- and code-wise,” Weyerman said.
Instead of using staircases to get into the
one-level building. Weyerman said, the Zone
uses ramps, providing access for wheel
“Everyone should be able to come and
have the Halloween experience,” he said.
Don Losole. president and owner of Yard
Art. said The Fright Zorte went above and
beyond the ADA.
Most of the paths in the haunted house
are 4 to 6 inches wider than specified under
the ADA. Losole said. And there is only one
alternate path that wheelchair users must
follow; others must crawl o^pr a snake pit.
“Most people probably would rather not
do it (crawl) anyway,” he said.
“We are l(X) percent handicapped-acces
sible.” he said.
Other things that set The Fright Zone
apart from other haunted houses are all the
technical innovations it contains. The house
uses animatronic effects similar to those used
at Disneyland, Weyerman said.
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Soul-seekers ride spirits tour
By Pula Lavlgn*
Lincoln is a “dead" town, and
local residents and visitors are
flocking to see why.
They’re interested in the
ghosts, apparitions and polter
geists that highlight a
motorcoach tour of Lincoln's
“hauntingly” popular spirits.
The tour, sponsored by the
Lincoln Convention and Visitors
Bureau, runs every Friday in Oc
tober from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The motorcoach starts and
stops at the state fairgrounds and
visits more than 12 popular
haunts, including the C.C. White
Building on the Nebraska
Wesleyan campus, the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln Temple
Building and the state peniten
Although the tour was started
five years ago, this is the first year
it will be offered to the public —
and it’s already booked.
Dan Quandt, bureau director,
said 46 people were allowed on
each tour. He has a waiting list
of more than 100 people.
“It's just fascinating. Most
people wish they’d brought a
notepad to write down the sto
ries/’ he said.
Quandt said the bureau
wanted to ofTer something differ
ent to visitors instead of the tra
ditional Capitol, museum and
“Now and then, people are just
bored,” he said. “If we’re the 26th
day on a 27-day tour, we wanted
something to make Lincoln stand
Quandt said the tour had a
special spook of its own to make
it stand out. Dale Bacon, a mem
ber of Lincoln’s Parapsychologi
cal Studies Institute, serves as the
Bacon saw his first ghost in
1973. Since then, his fascination
' with ghosts and related topics
He said he had seen an ad in a
local newspaper for a ghost tour
host and had contacted the bu
With his natural narrative
abilities, Bacon tells a grand
“It’s not like I’m
standing up there
reading a script. /
firmly believe in what
I’m doing. ”
“It’s not like I’m standing up
there reading a script.” he said.
“1 firmly believe in what I’m do
Tour patrons also get a scien
tific explanation of ghosts and
translations of ghost terminology.
Bacon said compared to other
cities its size. Lincoln had an av
erage number of ghost incidents.
Some areas have a higher con
centration of ghost-related inci
dents than others.
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UNL students star in,
direct Theatrix plays
By Jod Itraucti _
Theatrix will be putting on
three separate one-act plays by re
nowned playwright Alan Ball
The plays will be directed by
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
student Channing Roos
Julie Haeemeier, Theatrix
production director, said, “The
plays arc about contemporary so
ciety. They deal with everything
from the issue of marriage to
humanity’s place in the food
“They’re all satires, so you
can’t take them too seriously,”
she said. “But different parts of
the audience will be able to con
nect to different characters in
The first of these plays, “Made
for a Woman,” is written for com
mercial society. It deals with
people’s images and how society
views different people, she said.
This play stars UNL students
Rhonda Gerrard and Dana Wall,
who play a woman and her boy
friend, whose main purpose in
life is to look good.
Wall described the play as
“kind of a runoff on two victims
of the American way of advertis
“The two characters are the ul
timate consumers, and it deals
See PLAYS on 7
Show: Three One-Act
Comedies by Alan Ball
At: Studio 301, Temple
Times: 8:00 p.m. Friday,
2:00 and 8:00 p m.
Tickets: $2, available at the
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