Larry the Area Host...

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Larry the Area Host...

Post by Mat » Sun Aug 28, 2005 9:33 pm

Last week I was having lunch at the local Burger King and I saw a face that I had not seen in years. It was Larry, an Area Host that I remembered working with back in 1983. If you recall, an Area Host was a glorified name for the park sweepers that kept MGA beautiful and shinning.

Larry was an easy guy to remember.

While most sweepers at the time were young high school students, Larry was already an adult with a quiet energy and a passion for his work. While I tended to my Amazing Alfredo duties, I would often see Larry with his broom and dust catcher impeccably cleaning his assigned area. I would often say hello to Larry and he would just smile back and get back to work. Later I found out that Larry was mentally handicapped but was self sufficient enough to get himself to work everyday (by several county buses I later learned) and he was able to follow simple directions that allowed him to do his job….wonderfully, I might add. Someone told me that he had been employed by Marriott’s since the park opened in 1976. At that time there were a few people that worked continuously since that park opened, but they were mostly managers and supervisors. Larry simply was happy keeping the park cleaned for the thousands of guests that enjoyed it each year.

When I saw Larry at Burger King I approached him on the way out and re-introduced myself to him. He looked up and smiled like he remembered working with me. As we shared a couple of minutes at the restaurant, Larry told with that after 29 years, he still works at Great America. They are no longer called Area Hosts, but now “Ecologists” Larry said that the park has changed a lot through out the years, but he still loves getting on the bus and heading out to his favorite place to work, Great America.

So many things have changed at my once favorite place, but it is very refreshing to know that one has remained the same; Larry the Area Host.

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Post by Bush985 » Mon Aug 29, 2005 1:32 am

Larry is an awesome associate. A hard worker to this day. I always make sure to say Hello in the morning as does he. Thats awesome to hear about your experience with him.
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Post by RLAiello » Mon Aug 29, 2005 4:26 pm

I love this story... it's so touching and sweet. Thank you SO much for sharing it with us!!!
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OMG! I remember Larry!

Post by retlawfan » Sat Dec 17, 2005 11:34 am

OMG! I remember Larry. I saw him almost daily when I worked at GA from 1989-1992. He always had an energy to him that most never had or had lost. There is one thing that Larry always has with him, that many employees leave at home...his SMILE. I'm glad to hear that he is still there. At least there is one person who will smile at you when you go there.


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Post by tasod » Wed Dec 21, 2005 12:32 pm

I have to add another - OMG - As soon as I saw this thread title the light clicked on! I also remember him there at the park when I was there (80 - 89). That is great his is still there...
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You read it here first!!!

Post by retlawfan » Tue Jun 20, 2006 9:31 am

Saw this in today's San Jose Mercury News.

Remember, you read it here first!

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercuryn ... 859214.htm
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Great Article

Post by Mat » Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:51 am

I emailed the columnist from the Merc a few weeks back about doing a story on Larry for his weekly column. I was surprised when Mike Cassidy contacted me right away. He spent a lot of time with Larry and came back to me saying that it would be great piece to run in the paper. I couldn’t agree more.

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Post by RLAiello » Tue Jun 20, 2006 7:00 pm

What a wonderful story! And even a little 'plug' for this site. ;)
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Post by steven » Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:16 pm

Thank you, Mat, for making it possible for Larry to get such great recognition! This is a true "30th Anniversary Season" story. I'm glad that this site was included as part of the story. Thanks again!

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Post by Bush985 » Thu Jun 22, 2006 9:55 pm

This is an awesome story. I know Larry personally from my work at the park, and Larry is one hell of a guy.

Thanks for giving Larry the recongnition he deserves!

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Post by Crzy4coasters » Fri Jun 23, 2006 3:50 pm

I was one of Larry's arehosting leads back in 97. He's a fun guy to work with. Always made work fun.

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Post by eight10 » Tue Jul 25, 2006 1:58 am

I got to know Larry back when Ecology or Area Hosting was a part of Rides. Great guy and still smiles and says hello every time he sees me.

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