The Reinkes' Story
Back in 1968 Greg
and Chris Reinke started exploring the "Haunted Attraction"
business at the local fishing hole. Their father didn't like
fishing so the boys were on their own. After a full day of
floating worms Greg and Chris began their glorious career
by hooking their first business asset, a shopping cart. After
a rigorous cleaning of their new equipment the boys set up
shop, in the basement of their parent's home. Borrowing a
plaster skull from their older brother Don, and their father's
footlocker for a coffin they began to construct the walls,
blankets hung from the rafters of their new empire.
Halloween was fast
approaching and they were anticipating a great season. Soon
their first customers approached. Ding-dong the doorbell rung
and the first of their twenty-six clients of the evening were
paying their penny and descending the stairs to the basement.
"Climb in and be prepared to be scared" Greg would
exclaim. Pushing the cart through
the maze of blankets, props and scenes Greg would pull strings
to cause movement in each room to terrorize their clients.
Strings were cutting edge of animatronics at the time. As
Chris fed the extension cord, which ran the electrical grid
for the "Mansion of Terror", providing power to
the strobe light mounted on the front of the cart (It was
a good effect).
Soon the woman who
vaulted the brothers into the limelight came to the door.
Not being able to climb into the cart she began her walking
experience and with amazement she asked, "What would
you charge to build this Haunted House for Saint Mary's Carnival?"
Greg thought quickly and said "Fifty dollars." The
boy's career had begun!
The moral of the story
is, teach your kids to fish!