|1960 Chicago Yellow Pages.|
Tons of fun, Right?
But then things turn sour. In November 1960, a father and daughter sued Bounce Land for $50,000 in damages, claiming that a 6-year-old girl suffered a sprained right foot when she fell from a trampoline. When her father, James Jennings, bounced on the trampoline to see what was wrong with it, he came down on steel supports, suffering a back injury that forced him to be hospitalized for six weeks, the article said.
John L. Shea was 18 when he paid 50¢ to use a trampoline at Bounce Land in Melrose Park, Illinois, for 30 minutes. He was thrown off balance by defective springs and hospitalized for one year.
Bounce Land and other trampoline park companies closed.
Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.