"Beat the Geeks" coaster geek...

Wednesday, April 10, 2002 6:55 AM

Anyone who's seen the show "Beat the Geeks" on Comedy Central knows that they have guys who know insane amounts of knowledge about certain genres of pop culture. The three resident geeks are the Movie Geek, Music Geek, and TV Geek, but they always have a fourth special guest geek for things like : Hip Hop, Star Wars, Star Trek, Horror, South Park, James Bond, etc.

I was wondering if we had to nominate a person from this site to be the Coaster Geek, who would we pick? I mean whoever it would be would have to have insane knowledge of all things coaster related such as names of coasters, their location, designer, builder, ins and outs of mechanics.

I think I'd have to go with Dave (Rideman) for sheer mechanical knowledge, but I don't know about overall.. what do you guys think? There's a bunch of you who know from personal knowledge about specific parks, but do we have one who could represent us ALL? ;)

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Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like bananas.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 7:20 AM

Dave would get my vote for sure.

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com, Sillynonsense.com
"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 8:16 AM
Rideman! Rideman! Rideman!

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James Draeger
http://draegs.livejournal.com
"Legend is a wooden Jesus"

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 8:25 AM
Dave wins. Surely for technical knowledge!

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- Peabody

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 8:28 AM
But would they be asking about actual mechanics and stuff like that? I know Dave has all of that under his thumb more than anybody I have ever encountered, but does he know his history and more untechincal stizuff as much as some of us? I'd imagine he does but I don't know him so I couldn't say.

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If the shoe fits, find another one.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 8:38 AM
As for Dave knowing history and untechnical stuff....remember, he is the man who put together the Roller Coaster Rollback database.

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I get the feeling there's a conspiracy over at King's Island to remove anything that has "K" or "C" in its initials.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 8:46 AM
Dave maintains the little history tidbits at the bottom of the front page.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 8:50 AM
Well, that answer's that question.

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If the shoe fits, find another one.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 9:14 AM
I maintain the Almanac/Rollback, but it's made up of entries sent to me by people who are much better historians than I am! The most up-to-date list of those people is at the bottom of the 116k text version I posted to rec.roller-coaster at the start of this month.

I'll admit to knowing a bit, but in general, I'm neither a historian nor a "walking RCDB" which is probably the real necessary qualification.

Pity there isn't a posh living to be made as a coaster-geek, though... :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 9:32 AM
I agree, it's Dave. But let's be realistic here: In the zero-chance that the show actually *had* a coaster geek, the questions probably would be more along the lines of, "Which Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park features Millennium Force and the Magnum XL-200?" ;)

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He let the contents of the bottle do the thinking; can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 10:43 AM

Haha Den, you OBVIOUSLY haven't seen the show. The question you posed would be one they ask the contestant, what they in turn ask the geek is mind boggling. For example:

One of the movie geek questions would be something like What 1979 movie won an Academy Award for best Supporting Actor and name the actor and character.

It's pretty amazing stuff they have to know.

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Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like bananas.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 10:48 AM
Adam Sandy (LONNOL from URC) might be the best historian, but I'd still take Dave for technical knowledge....of course, I've been studying rcdb real hard, just in case....;)
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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 10:51 AM

The winner of the 1979 Best Supporting Actor was...

Movie "Being There"

Actor: Melvyn Douglas

Character Name: Benjamin

Sorry, had to do it... :)

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Bob Hansen

Bolliger/Mabillard for President/VP 2004

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 11:02 AM
Yea, but Bob, you're not able to search the web while on the show to get the answers... ;)
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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 11:05 AM
Of course, anyone who's seen the show knows that the contestants have to "CHALLENGE" whichever geek they want a question in... and usually the geeks try to come up with some kind of friendly insult towards the contestant. So, maybe we need to put Jeremy in the running for our geek! He seems to have a razor tongue sometimes. ;)

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Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like bananas.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 11:20 AM
Homey, my point was, even a half-assed movie fan might know who won the Oscar in 1979, but only hard-core enthusiasts know even basic facts about coasters (such as manufacturer, angle of first drop, etc.). So the questions, relatively speaking, would be easier...

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He let the contents of the bottle do the thinking; can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 11:24 AM

Just to clarify... you may be aware of this. The contestant gets a ridiculously easy question in an attempt to steal the medal of the "geek", if he/she gets it right, the geek has to answer a super hard question, so.. just in case.. that's how it works.

I think a coaster geek could definitely be a geek if they have "horror movie geek".

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Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like bananas.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 11:41 AM

Homey G. said:
"So, maybe we need to put Jeremy in the running for our geek! He seems to have a razor tongue sometimes."

Coaster geek would never be me. LONNOL and Rideman would be *much* better choices. But maybe my *wit* (or lack thereof) could get me a guest host spot on Weakest Link.

Who puts the fool in Tomfoolery?
Whose mind went out to lunch and never came back?
Which contestant makes Rainman look like Einstien?

jeremy

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Besides, if we were really shutting down people we disagreed with, would Jeremy (2Hostyl) still be around? :) I think not. - Jeff 1/24/02

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 11:47 AM

I think that a lot of people know a lot of people here know a whole lot of stuff about coasters. I think there should be a jeopardy game at a coaster con someday. But i'd nominate Paul Reuben, he knows a whoooooole lot.

"im a geek not a nerd"

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HurricaneGeauga- Just in case

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 12:14 PM
i think rideman shouild go if it was technical stuff. but i know alot of history. not alot as some older folks (im only 15) but i know basic history. but i think rideman could do some rescarch and get the job done.
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