The trip to St. Louis seemed to be long, and it was. But NOT and Dave were finally there. The arch welcomed them to the Gateway to the West, and let them know that they had arrived.
Across the country, there are some constants that travelers can count on. However, seeing a floating fast food restaurant is not one of them. In fact, the Mississippi has the only floating McDonalds restaurant in existence, near the arch. Now if corporate headquarters could get the city to put up a second arch, and paint them golden, then the marketing tie in would be complete.
St. Louis is also the home of the International Bowling Museum. Somehow NOT is not as impressed with duckpin bowling, failing to see the resemblance to the pins.
Another friend of his, Christy Casado, helped show him the Missouri Botanical Gardens, introducing him to Linnaeus, who developed the binomial nomenclature (taxonomy). It was like finding his family tree. Not phylumed the under genus. Henry Shaw was the founder of the gardens, and was ready to lend a perch to NOT so the three of them could rest.
Dave wanted to find the fabled leader of the A-Team, so off they went to Hannibal, MO, only to find statues to another man with a cigar - Mark Twain. And they didn't get to meet Guinan either, so they were disappointed all around.
Seeking a Boone, the pair traveled to Defiance, Missouri. The only problem was all they found was the old historic home of some explorer. NOT couldn't find even a coonskin cap so all in all he was disappointed.
Finally, seeking some solace, NOT found that he had young fans to discover his travels web site, as spotted at the St. Louis Science Museum. He was distressed to discovery the false science exhibit stole his trademark sound. Quackery indeed!
Photos (and some puns) courtesy of David Backman
Prepared Fall 1999. Last updated June 2006