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Even as his profits grew, Jordan continued to live simply, turning all the money back into his collections and displays. Tom had seen Alex Jordan only once since watching him in the boxing ring when Every was a boy. He had gone out to the House on the Rock in 1963 hoping to trade with Alex for a custom car, but he made no headway. Later on, Tom purchased twenty thousand whiskey barrels from a Kentucky distillery and was looking for a way to sell them. Eleanor ran an ad in a Madison newspaper offering them for sale, and Alex Jordan’s friend Sid Boyum saw the ad and showed it to Alex.
These curved white bridges are visible in the photo on page 52. In the beginning, the Forevertron had a different name. For the first few years it was called Force. The conversion of the name came from Walter Bleeker, an itinerant preacher who rolled into the park one day and set up camp. He took to painting Force, not bothering to ask permission. Soon the Doctor and the preacher started talking religion, and before long they were arguing. Tom’s views had grown broad and eclectic over the years, and sometimes their arguments grew heated.
From 1983 to 1986 Dr. Evermor worked alone or with a small crew. By the time he finished with the Forevertron, he had found his artistic voice and created a place to contend with his demons. 2 When Tom’s friend Richard Springer talks about the impact of the Forevertron, he says: “Part of the thing about it is its scale. When people come here, they see the scale of the thing and they’re in absolute awe. How could that possibly be? How could anyone create all of this? ”3 Visitors walking or driving into the park amid piles of Delaney’s surplus scattered in orderly confusion find their eyes drawn to the Forevertron, which rises up among the salvage and cottonwoods, drawing the viewer in with its surprising order—it’s more than one eyeful.
A Mythic Obsession: The World of Dr. Evermor by Tom Kupsh