Big Dipper owner remains anonymous due to "verbal attacks" from coaster enthusiasts

Posted Friday, September 3, 2010 11:59 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The Big Dipper wooden roller coaster, a staple at the defunct Geauga Lake amusement park since 1925, is on eBay with a starting bid of $9,500, and a "Buy It Now" price of $65,000. Tom Woosnam of Apex Western Machinery Movers in Akron made the one and only bid, but said he represented someone who wished to remain anonymous. Through Woosnam, the owner again declined to reveal himself or comment about the eBay auction, citing verbal attacks that coaster enthusiasts have made to him about his intent.

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Friday, September 3, 2010 9:22 PM

Why are people attacking him. If it stays on property it will in time rot away and be torn down. is that what they want.

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Friday, September 3, 2010 9:39 PM

a_hoffman50 said:
OH EMMM GEE. Did I really just read that article?

Apparently 3 m's worth. :)

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Friday, September 3, 2010 9:42 PM
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In all fairness, the title of the article was "Historic coaster at Geauga Lake for sale on eBay: Big Dipper has starting bid of $9,500".

The title of this thread is not the same. I wish it were, because that would make it really, really funny!

If the owner is someone who is well known, that makes a lot of sense as to why he wouldn't want his identity to be revealed.

But I am not defending this guy at all. Look at the "Buy it now" price, $65,000, and tell me that he is interested only in saving a classic coaster (that he bought for $5,000). Just come out and say that you are looking to make a hefty profit and that is why you bought it. Don't sugarcoat it. Still seems shady to me, no matter how the cute little news story paints it.

Even though I really never liked BD, I do hope that it finds it way to reopen sometime, simply because their are some people who did enjoy it.

Edit - added messed up copy and pasted item.

Last edited by LostKause, Friday, September 3, 2010 9:44 PM
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Friday, September 3, 2010 10:56 PM

LostKause said:
But I am not defending this guy at all. Look at the "Buy it now" price, $65,000, and tell me that he is interested only in saving a classic coaster (that he bought for $5,000). Just come out and say that you are looking to make a hefty profit and that is why you bought it. Don't sugarcoat it. Still seems shady to me, no matter how the cute little news story paints it.

This is just a whim, but it could be possible that the owner has been paying rent to Cedar Fair to keep it on location. That could explain part of the markup over the $5000 price.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010 3:17 AM

The owner of "GL BD" probally has no plans to get the coaster running again, so it will be SBNO for years before being pulled down.

Another bit of US coaster history gone forever.

Cedar Fair should of made sure "BD" went to a owner who would look after it and get it back to working order, but they don't care about any coaster history just their profits.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010 10:26 AM
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I agree, this is hilariously pathetic! :)

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Saturday, September 4, 2010 5:14 PM
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I think it's good people still say what they feel ;)

The attacks should be at Cedar Fair, though.


Billy
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Saturday, September 4, 2010 5:21 PM
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Carrie M. said:
Here is a list of the things repeated over and over around here that have become irritating to me, (for what it's worth only of course):

(in no particular order)

  1. If you would actually go back and READ my post...
  2. This is a coaster enthusiast site, right?
  3. Dick Kinzel is corrupting the world
  4. "Pay to Cut" is evil and a violation of the eleventh commandment
  5. Amusement park food pricing is going to cause the industry to spontaneously implode one day soon

Though not in the top 5, something about OTSR would be a close 6th.

Raven-Phile said:
7.) Muslims are all out to blow up roller coasters and build mosques in place of amusement parks.

I'm sure there's more.

8. Cedar Fair killed Geauga Lake.

(and any of the variety of conspiracy theories and/or anger attached to that general statement)


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Saturday, September 4, 2010 7:33 PM

9. Coaster enthusiasts don't care about sick children.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010 8:05 PM
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10. Anyone who cares about sick children more than roller coasters wants all historic parks to close and burn.


R.I.P LeRoi Moore 9/7/61 - 8/19/2008
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Saturday, September 4, 2010 9:05 PM
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Well that ones true.


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Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010 9:07 PM
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Shouldn't you be drinking with the Cheers gang? :)


R.I.P LeRoi Moore 9/7/61 - 8/19/2008
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Saturday, September 4, 2010 10:50 PM
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Actually, my post about Cedar Fair intentionally closing down Geauga Lake was pure sarcasm to poke a little fun at the conspiracy theorists around here. I forgot to include a :) or ;) at the end of it. If I had included one of those however I would be guilty of another irritating trait.

11. People who include a :) or a ;) at the end of their post to compensate for a lack of humor or wit.

:) ;)

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Saturday, September 4, 2010 11:01 PM
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Correction: The :) and ;) are used to accommodate other people's inability to identify humor or wit.


"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

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Saturday, September 4, 2010 11:02 PM
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So, what are you trying to say? Your lack of a ;) or a :) confuses me...

:) ;)


R.I.P LeRoi Moore 9/7/61 - 8/19/2008
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Saturday, September 4, 2010 11:06 PM
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:) ;)


"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

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Sunday, September 5, 2010 12:01 AM
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I think it's fun to let people wonder whether or not I'm being serious.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010 12:08 AM
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sws said:
Actually, my post about Cedar Fair intentionally closing down Geauga Lake was pure sarcasm to poke a little fun at the conspiracy theorists around here.

My #8 wasn't in reply to your obvious mockery.


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Sunday, September 5, 2010 12:13 AM
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Oh

:) ;)

Last edited by sws, Sunday, September 5, 2010 12:13 AM
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Sunday, September 5, 2010 12:30 AM
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:) ;)


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