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by NotBill
Tue Jan 24, 2006 7:43 pm
Forum: Questions, Suggestions, and Site Updates
Topic: Souvineir Books
Replies: 8
Views: 6284

Okay, now the Carousel Song made me want to cry because it brought back employee memories. These books made me cry alright, I'm a big sissy now!! Just seeing them brought back such wonderful memories as a little kid spending all day at the park in the late 70s and then reading through those souvenir...
by NotBill
Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:11 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: All Things Shockwave
Replies: 16
Views: 26219

Do you think the wheel and structual issues were the reason they didn't relocate it? My understanding was they tried to sell it and couldn't find a buyer. If this final wheel incident is true though I would bet that was the straw that broke the camel's back for Six Flags on this ride. Tidal Wave wa...
by NotBill
Sat Jan 21, 2006 6:58 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Nostalgia Value at the Rehire Party
Replies: 12
Views: 6912

Great stuff man, very interesting, would have been a stitch to be there.

--Guy
by NotBill
Sat Jan 21, 2006 2:41 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: All Things Shockwave
Replies: 16
Views: 26219

RLAiello wrote:Wow... either you kept an EXTREMELY detailed diary, or you have an AMAZING capacity for memory. This is great stuff. Thanks for sharing it all!!!
It's a memory that absorbs all sorts of crud and retains it! It drives my estranged wife crazy. :P

--Guy
by NotBill
Sat Jan 21, 2006 2:27 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: All Things Shockwave
Replies: 16
Views: 26219

All Things Shockwave

Okay Shockwave fans, I'm about to unleash a whole boatload of musings on your favorite ride because it was mine as well. My first year in Rides was '89 and while I started out on Dive/Cajun I got transferred to Shockwave pretty early in the season (May or June I think) because I started dating someo...
by NotBill
Sat Jan 21, 2006 12:24 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Park Music for downloading!
Replies: 61
Views: 57935

Rich, you have me almost in tears with the Carousel Song. I'm having many visions of running to close queues right now! Thanks so much.

--Guy
by NotBill
Sat Jan 21, 2006 11:56 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: Tidal Wave Question
Replies: 20
Views: 13744

That was the idea, they would stack a bunch of towels together and place them on the track to get run over by the train, gradually they were able to bring the train to a stop with enough towels.
by NotBill
Sat Jan 21, 2006 1:49 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: Tidal Wave Question
Replies: 20
Views: 13744

I had a lot of friends on Wave crew and I can't remember but I may have even done attendant training on Wave when I was Lead over at Lobster/Gig, can't remember but I remember a lot about the ride operations. On Wave if you hit the e-stop at the wrong time it was possible to hang a train so that it ...
by NotBill
Sat Jan 21, 2006 1:40 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: Cajun Cliffhanger came from Riverview?
Replies: 25
Views: 14621

I was assigned to Dive/Cajun my first year in rides in '89 and have a few thoughts on this. I definitely remember the plaque Brian is talking about but I think that was just the common manufacturer's plaque and didn't make any reference to Riverview on it that I remember. I remember it had the name ...
by NotBill
Sat Jan 21, 2006 1:09 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: Pics of SFGAM in 1989
Replies: 4
Views: 3124

Great pics, brings back memories as '89 was my first year in rides. I may have even been running Rapids that day, depends on what month. Yes, it was Bugs Bunny Land at that point, or BBL to staff or BBHell if you were a ride op working there. BBL became a "Siberia" of sorts for ride ops who had gone...
by NotBill
Sat Jan 21, 2006 12:58 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: Gurnee Edge Photos - Dialup beware!
Replies: 37
Views: 20034

Dive Info

There's been some talk about Power Dive so let me clear some of it up because it was the first unit I worked at in '89. I won't share what our nickname for it, coined by the immortal Jim Hartke was!! When I started at Dive in '89 it was the second year for the ride. There wasn't any sound anywhere i...
by NotBill
Sat Jan 21, 2006 12:40 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: White Water Rampage - Roaring Rapids - Blood River
Replies: 3
Views: 2807

Was definitely a great addition and a fun ride from an operator standpoint given all the different position available to work at. When I was there the typical crew had at least one person in controls -- that is the main room you see when going down the final stair that has all the cameras. Occasiona...
by NotBill
Sat Jan 21, 2006 12:31 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: Sky Trek Tower Questions
Replies: 15
Views: 12185

Oh, and on access under the tower there's definitely components that are below ground there or within the tower. There's an access panel into the tower there, there's an access panel inside the cabin itself which is what I believe is commonly used to access a similar tower access door at the top of ...
by NotBill
Sat Jan 21, 2006 12:25 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: Sky Trek Tower Questions
Replies: 15
Views: 12185

I was lead at Carousel/Tower in Gurnee (the ride unit that handles both rides) in '91 and part of '92. Hopefully I can help with these but remember I was a dumb kid then. :P On storing it up I never remember it being up all winter, that is usually an in-season thing. In-season the cabin is stored in...
by NotBill
Fri Jan 20, 2006 11:35 pm
Forum: Gurnee
Topic: Name Badges and Buttons
Replies: 17
Views: 19225

Looking at your operator badge Brian you look familiar, were you on West side? I was a north sider.

--Guy