Checketts wants to build park in Logan, Utah

Posted Tuesday, April 1, 2003 4:32 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Stan Checketts, a lifelong resident of Providence, Utah and CEO of S&S Power, wants to build a fun park south of Logan that would include such things as a go kart track, miniature golf, concession stands — and the extreme, adrenaline-overload rides that S&S Power designs, manufactures, ships and installs all over the world.

Read more from The Deseret News.

Tuesday, April 1, 2003 4:59 AM
Come on new Arrow Looper & 4d!!!

(Hey, they're owned by S&S!)

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 5:18 AM
Stan is such a kid at heart. I wish him the best of luck in this project.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 5:29 AM
If there is one person I want as my relative, it's Stan.

I hope there will be a Thrust Air, Screamin Squirrel, and SWAT there!

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The Mole

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 6:01 AM
I love the picture of Stan atop Power Tower...

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--George H
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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 6:14 AM
Yeah, how did he get up there? How did he get down? And why isn't he a puddle of goo on the ground?

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Love,
The Mole

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 6:29 AM
April Fools!

But you did have me going there for awhile :)

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-Rob*** This post was edited by Rob Ascough 4/1/2003 11:32:49 AM ***

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 7:15 AM
I don't think this is April Fools I have heard about this before today and I hope he is able to pull it off

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It isn't so bad. . .
Once you're used to it

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 7:22 AM
I heard this a while ago as well.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 7:44 AM
I doubt it's an April Fool's joke. A few people have posted some AF's jokes in the General Forums but they've all been deleted.

Now, regarding this story. I'd love to see Stan pull it off. There's room for both parks in Salt Lake City.

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OMG - have you seen this amazing Paramount Parks news?

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 7:44 AM
Unless Jeff just recently purchased the desertnews.com domain, this is real.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 8:14 AM
Good point, Scott...one I forgot to mention.

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OMG - have you seen this amazing Paramount Parks news?

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 8:34 AM
Yeah, I have heard this for a while as well.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 9:30 AM
Stan is *one of us*....well, at least to a larger degree than most in the business...:). I hope he *does* pull it off, and that he's successful as anything. He is *unfettered* by the prevailing wisdom, and that alone makes him a breath of fresh air...(air LAUNCH that is).

Stan, if you see this, hire me...but ya gotta do it before someone else beats ya to it!

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Hey look, gator finally posted a TR...

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 9:38 AM
This is completely true. Stan has been working on this for months now but has kept it pretty low key. Cache County has been disputing the idea for the "typical" city council reason that every park faces.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 9:52 AM
If you take a look at the site that the news item is being linked to, it is DeseretNews, not DesertNews.

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-Rob

(not trying to be a stick in the mud and not saying the whole idea is B.S., just trying to point out something "suspicious")*** This post was edited by Rob Ascough 4/1/2003 2:56:59 PM ***

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 10:12 AM
Why don't they just build it near their production facility in Utah? That would make maintanance easier and ride testing better.

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Love,
The Mole

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 10:46 AM
Rob, maybe it's just a typo on Jeff's part. It DOES happen ya know. ;) Anyway, they could use this not only to make some cash but to also test out new rides on people. Think about it. All of these new coaster types (TA2K prototype, Screaming Squirrel- they're all there anyway, why not just open them up? :)

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 12:18 PM
Mole: Since there is a crane next to the Power Tower in the picture, Checketts was probably lifted in a basket on the crane. However for normal maintenance the workers are lifted up in a set of the seats, the seats are locked out, then they release the restraints and climb on up. Not for the faint hearted, including me.

S&S is located in Logan Utah, so the park will be close to their production facility.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2003 1:20 PM
Actually, they have maintenance platforms that they can stand on for such occasions, but, Stan actually climbed up the side of Superman: Tower of Power for his personal media day for S&S about S:ToP, and he climbed all 285 feet or so onto the platform that connects all 3 towers, not the actual apex of the ride, just where the big S's are.

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