T.J. Marker

August, 1960.
The successful balloon launching of their Rube Goldberg-like chain reaction device. The Disneyland Band would also be on their break and play a big fanfare for the event. A broom would fall over and hit a dust pan that set off a mousetrap, pulling a bottle that released balloons. Every day the gadget would become more elaborate until one day they put an ant in a pill bottle attached to the balloons, thereby launching the first ant into outer space! Stage manager Chuck Corson was impressed and had them perform the stunt for park guests at one of the train stops. It went over like a lead balloon and the Dappers soon dismantled the crazy contraption.