Unofficial Counts Show Terre Haute Residents Break World Record

Terre Haute residents vied for a world record Monday night while attempting to bring awareness to child safety issues.

  • A mother and her son and daughter sign up to participate in attempting to break the world record for most people simultaneously howling at the moon.

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    Photo: Arianna Prothero/WFIU

    Terre Haute residents vied for a world record Monday night while attempting to bring awareness to child safety issues. Indiana State University’s Dede Plaza filled with people hoping to break the world record for the most people simultaneously howling at the moon.

  • Terre Haute residents wait in line to sign up for their attempt to break a Guinness World Record.

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    Photo: Arianna Prothero

    People wait in line at Indiana State University to register with officials with the Guinness Book of World Records. Unofficial counts indicated the event beat the previous record of 250 people with over 300 people in attendance.

  • Event organizer James Wallace stands in front of a building at ISU

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    Photo: Arianna Prothero/WFIU

    Event organizer James Wallace II stood at the front of the registration line. Last December, an accident left Wallace’s five-year-old granddaughter a quadriplegic because she was not properly secured in a car seat. Wallace said he hopes the event will bring awareness of child safety issues not only to local parents but also to state legislators.

  • A little girld stands in front of a booth that has a sign draped over it reading,

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    The event showcased child safety issues as well as local youth organizations.

Terre Haute residents vied for a world record Monday night while attempting to bring awareness to child safety issues.  Indiana State University’s Dede Plaza filled with people hoping to break the world record for the most people simultaneously howling at the moon.  Event Organizer James Wallace II said the event not only promotes child safety issues, but also highlights local youth organizations.

“We have community service organizations such as Chances For Youth that passes out car seats for those in need,” Wallace said.  “We also promote Ryves Hall — an outstanding youth organization here in town that serves troubled youth.  We also support and are promoting the Children’s Museum of Terre Haute.”

Last December, an accident left Wallace’s five-year-old granddaughter a quadriplegic because she was not properly secured in a car seat.  Wallace said he hopes the event will bring awareness of child safety issues not only to local parents but also to state legislators.  Director of Ryves Youth Center Jim Edwards said a small amount of awareness goes a long way toward benefiting organizations like his.

“As with anything else,  publicity helps,” Edawards explained.  “Bringing more people that are interested in protecting children and saving children to find out what we’re doing will help.  And the kids that are here can find out a little about our activities.”

As the night grew darker and the full moon rose, unofficial counts indicated the event — which drew an estimated 300 people — bested the previous record of 250.  However, Wallace said official notification will only come once all the verification materials are submitted.  He predicts it will take at least 6 weeks for the final verdict to arrive from officials with the Guinness Book.

Arianna Prothero

Arianna Prothero started at WFIU as a reporter in May of 2008. She is now the Interim Assistant Radio News Director and, along with her reporting duties, produces WFIU’s Noon Edition and anchors All Things Considered on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Arianna holds her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Political Science with a minor in Russian and Eastern European Studies.

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