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by NotBill
Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:52 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Which rides do you work?
Replies: 17
Views: 12259

Ah, the badge of honor, having your Operator Badge full of holes!!

Mine were:

Tower
Carousel
Dodge
Delta
Condor
Shockwave
Power Dive
Cajun
Rapids
Lobster
Gig
Wolf

Lead Assignments:
Lobster/Gig (Assistant, Then Lead) First Half '91
Carousel/Tower Second Half '91
Condor/Dodge '92
by NotBill
Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:47 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Power Dive
Replies: 30
Views: 30960

Dive Memories

Cajun/Dive was my first unit assignment in Rides and I was on its crew for most of the '89 season. Most ride ops considered Dive a "major" although definitely on the lower end of that. In standard configuration it did need four ride ops -- two load, one enable/unload, and controls. However, it was p...
by NotBill
Fri Mar 31, 2006 5:33 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Z-Force Memories
Replies: 30
Views: 19175

Cool, maybe we should super-impose them in Photoshop or something -- before and after!! :P

--Guy
by NotBill
Thu Mar 30, 2006 11:21 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Z-Force Memories
Replies: 30
Views: 19175

For all the Z-Force fans, my latest eBay pickup:

http://www.pbase.com/wgfinley/image/57971107/large
by NotBill
Sun Mar 26, 2006 10:22 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: 1977 Jack & Jlll Magazine
Replies: 4
Views: 3169

1977 Jack & Jlll Magazine

My latest eBay acquisition: http://www.pbase.com/wgfinley/mgajackjill It wasn't in the greatest condition but I wasn't worried about that too much. For whatever reason it only mentions Gurnee. I'm pretty certain Marriott would have purchased coverage like this but it was still pretty neat seeing wha...
by NotBill
Sun Mar 19, 2006 12:58 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: Tidal Wave Memories (lots of pics!)
Replies: 30
Views: 17461

I'm wondering why Schwarzkopf would even make it possible for the train to be propelled fast enough to go off the far tower... The way the story was told the cable for the weight snapped. That never made much sense to me though because wouldn't that mean it would have lost force then? Like I said, ...
by NotBill
Wed Mar 15, 2006 6:04 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Tidal Wave Memories (lots of pics!)
Replies: 30
Views: 17461

The memory is fuzzy, but I believe they attached a cable to the front of the train, cranked it up to the top of the "runout", and then let 'er go. If all was right with the train, it would make it back through the loop and into the station. Are there any mechanics or ride ops folks on this forum wh...
by NotBill
Sun Mar 12, 2006 12:27 am
Forum: Gurnee
Topic: Who writes this junk?
Replies: 15
Views: 15732

pjm8071 wrote:Ah yes...and so did Powerdive. :D
Ah, veteran of "how many ride ops can we fit in Dive controls"? Hahaha. That one would hold quite a few people with the steps and everything, sometimes it seemed like half our crew was in the control booth on hot days!

--Guy
by NotBill
Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:05 am
Forum: Gurnee
Topic: Who writes this junk?
Replies: 15
Views: 15732

Ahh, the article had it earlier I thought, Condor's first year. When I was at the park still Condor/Dodge was definitely not an envied assignment and it sounds like he had fun with the duty. Sounds like a guy I would have liked, I was chided many times for warning people about the Shockwave "parking...
by NotBill
Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:12 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Eagle Work Under Way
Replies: 5
Views: 3699

Eagle Work Under Way

This is almost silly to mention because, at least when I was there it was said Eagle was worked on every day. However, I noticed what appears to be plats of lumber stocked up on the lift (how they're staying there I have no idea) and some major work is going to be underway. Traffic was too heavy for...
by NotBill
Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:08 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Z-Force Memories
Replies: 30
Views: 19175

As I remember Wolf was part of the Ride Rotation program too, I think it was a Wesray era deal. One of these days I'm going to brush up on the whole corporate culture of Six Flags and try to figure things like that out. As a seasonal employee at SFGA though you had no clue about corporate dealings (...
by NotBill
Wed Mar 08, 2006 7:39 pm
Forum: Gurnee
Topic: Who writes this junk?
Replies: 15
Views: 15732

Oh, and the "Awww yeah" thing was officially dead by the time I was Condor/Dodge ride lead in '92. I believe "Rev Bolin" may have been instrumental in Condor getting fitted with a STU in the '91 offseason because I'm pretty sure that's what it had when I was opening day lead in '92 (I try to purge C...
by NotBill
Wed Mar 08, 2006 7:34 pm
Forum: Gurnee
Topic: Who writes this junk?
Replies: 15
Views: 15732

I removed the names and some of the editorializing. I don't think any one person was responsible for Southwest Territory or ordered rides moved around. When I was there these were pretty big decisions that had to go through corporate before anything was even thought about. Maybe Rick could shed some...
by NotBill
Wed Mar 08, 2006 7:18 pm
Forum: Gurnee
Topic: History of Gurnee Park
Replies: 4
Views: 4199

I did a major rewrite of the article at the end of January see here and then Johnrev came in and has been meticulously adding bits and pieces, it looks good. If some of you guys could help out with photos that would be great to better document the article. If you don't want to edit yourself (anyone ...
by NotBill
Tue Jan 31, 2006 12:05 am
Forum: Games, Merchandise, Food, and more
Topic: Hot Shoppe at Marriott's Great America
Replies: 27
Views: 30004

Man you guys kill me! Awesome stuff. I'm pretty sure they served Root Beer floats in the Hot Shoppe because I remember as a kid we always forced the Home Town Square opening as opposed to Orleans Place. Of course, once Shockwave was built and the root beer was now Barqs (you could get Barqs anywhere...