Columbus Dispatch Article on OH coasters is trash

Monday, May 26, 2003 4:40 AM
In todays Columbus Dispatch there is a two page article on Ohio coasters. It is located on the front and back pages of the Accent & Arts sections of the paper. The front page is really dedicated to a review of TTD ( not a great one either) but after reading it I really begin to wonder whether or not this person even went to The Point much less rode the ride

- He says that the "world class queue" has a two hour wait.

- He says that the hand stmp system is in place and being used for the ride

- Discusses the smoke effect...has this ever been in use?

- He says he'll take Magnum or Mean Streak over it any day. Mean Streak? I would say MF, Raptor and MAYBE Magnum, but Mean Streak? This guy must must be on some serious drugs.
*** This post was edited by Banshee 5/26/2003 8:55:08 AM ***

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Monday, May 26, 2003 5:47 AM

Link please.
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Monday, May 26, 2003 6:47 AM
Everbody has their own opinion. Here we go again with Mean Streak. Some people like the coaster, some people don't. If you don't like it, don't ride it. There are people that love to ride MS, including myself.

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Monday, May 26, 2003 6:58 AM
The smoke was definitely in use during Media Day, which is probably when this guy got his rides in.

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Monday, May 26, 2003 10:30 AM
However, looking at the fine reporters of the New York Times, I start to question if any of them ever actually leave their offices.

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Monday, May 26, 2003 12:47 PM
I thought it was not too bad. The photo is great.

You've got to realize when you read these stories that they are not targeting people like us who know every minutia about every coaster. His comments about the line, the hand stamps, etc., were probably taken directly from the press packet.

Also, Coasterbuzz member Raptor Jo got a nice profile and photo.
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Monday, May 26, 2003 1:05 PM
I wasn't real thrilled with the coaster article either but keeping in mind these reporters really have no clue.

But I actually kinda liked the story on Raptor Jo myself ;)
Kind of pissed they messed up the taking the days off part....actually during Halloweekends I take Fridays and Mondays off of my real job to work on Raptor-which is exactly what I told the reporter!
I do just happen to have the link to the article-go figure! ;)

http://ee.dispatch.com/Repository/ml.asp?Issue=TCD/2003/05/26&ID=Ar03102&Mode=HTML

Jo
2000/2002 Raptor Crew
Lifetime Raptor flights: 717 :) (goin for 1k in '03!)
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Monday, May 26, 2003 1:26 PM
The smoke effect was on again/off again last week. Mostly off, though.
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Monday, May 26, 2003 2:34 PM
The more I think about it.......Who cares?

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Monday, May 26, 2003 3:08 PM
some of the text in that article is cut off!

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Monday, May 26, 2003 5:50 PM
Having worked for various newspapers and magazines full time and had numerous articles published over the years, I should point out that whenever a writer orients his text too far toward the really knowledgeable folk, an editor will summon him and ask, "Who is it you think your audience is here? Remember you're writing for housewives, grade school teachers and secretaries who go to one amusement park a year. They are a whole lot more interested in personalities than in technical ananlysis. For that matter, they're more interested in the guy who runs the pizza stand than in the guy who builds the roller coaster. Maybe five per cent of our readership is made up of people who go to six parks a year and actually study the rides. So edit this technical stuff out and give me some more fluff."
Given that attitude, don't blame the writer too much.
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