Former Disney “imagineer” and current Hill-Rom advanced engineer Mark Chiacchira designed a series of moving haunted faces similar to a former Disney haunted house exhibit. McCaig explains, “The Hill-Rom engineering and model shop team took his drawing and programmed it into a computer laser to create the master vacuum head mold. The outcome is an optical illusion from a concave space. The eyes appear to follow wherever you move to.”
After diagramming the tour’s layout, while she was on vacation, project manager (and Halloween fanatic) Carol Dial and two friends, Susie Rowland and Joan Westerfeld, worked eight to 10 hours a day some days.
Senior electronics technician Chris Newport became Fear Factory’s technical adviser and even created a light show set to music. Also heavily involved were project administrator Linda Fullenkamp; Vice President of Engineering Tom Gillis; engineers Jim Voll, Tim Johnson, Mike Buccieri, Alejandro Conejo and Kennita Dobbs; Bob Kinker and the Model Shop team; test technicians Gary Dakin and Dale Struewing; project manager Charlie Howell; engineer specialist Steve McCaig; and even Chiacchira’s wife Ginger and sons Daniel and John.
Of Hill-Rom’s generosity, Adams says, “We really appreciate that. It’s been awesome.”
Other businesses have been supportive, too. “Every year Gillman’s (Do It Best Home Center) has helped us” by selling materials at cost and making monetary donations. The after work hours help of Gillman’s employee Bill Moody “has been huge. Bill’s got some great carpentry skills.” Batesville Tool & Die contributed money; Hillenbrand Inc. and Fabric Finishing Partners, Cincinnati, gave materials; Gibson Theatre offered free advertising; Enneking Auto Body towed over a demolished car; Pro-Prints reduced its marketing rates; Batesville firefighters helped with exterior decorations; and French’s Meat Locker donated – wait for it – bones.
Citizens can pitch in as well. Organizers would like to borrow “a big fortune teller chair. We can always use monetary donations and actors,” according to Rippe. She can be reached at email@example.com or 513-519-9936. Tax-deductible checks made payable to the Batesville Community Education Foundation and earmarked Cierra’s Club may be sent to BCEF, P.O. Box 121, Batesville, IN 47006.