Ed Markey on my local news

Thursday, May 16, 2002 9:50 PM
Tonight on our CBS affiliate out of Sacromento, during the health segment they said Ed Markey has another sutdy that there has been somthing like 80 head injuries on coasters in 5 years. I was looking foward to the segment, but as soon as I heard the name," Ed Markey" I new it was going to be ludicrus. It was inronic the whole boradcast during commercials SFMW were running adds on season passes, including right after the segment!

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Thursday, May 16, 2002 10:08 PM

I think it quite ironic that certain ride companies are fighting this BS, and their lines of credit are being taken back from banks they have dealt with for decades. There is no damn good reason that Chance, Wisdom, Arrow, and OD Hopkins all went in the toilet in a matter of months.

Even more certain is that New Jersey has begun passing these 'laws', and the above companies mentioned have loads of rides in that state. Think about it.

Friday, May 17, 2002 9:53 AM

The legislature that is passed in this state never ceases to amaze me. I'm starting to wonder how long before the NJ parks can't afford the insurance for these rides. Certain "brands" will become (or already are) more expensive to insure and will therefore be torn down. On a side note, does he realize that 80 injuries in 5 years are excellent for the number of riders? Oh, wait, I forgot who this is. More people hurt their head on a low pipe in their basement:(

Friday, May 17, 2002 11:21 AM

Oh, Ed Markey is supposed to be talking on that show/documentary on CBS called "Terror Rides" on the 27th. Yesterday the guy was talking about Ed Markey on "The Rest of the Story," a radio show where they take a modern event and tell you what's behind it and what really happened. Well, guess who got nailed?

Quote Mr.Ed: "Roller coasters are getting taller and faster at new super sonic speeds, yet are they safe? I have contributed my time and effort to study the variety of attractions in the industry and have become fond of their thrills. Roller coasters are meant to thrill, to scare, and give the feeling of danger. For the longevity of coaster, they have done well at this, and perheps now to well."

Everything in itlalics is what I am saying, the rest below is the radio guy.

Then the radio guy stopped the reporting and proved his figures false and said: ...Why not limit the take of an airplane, trains running underwater, how far you can dive, no more space shuttles, no leaving the troposphere.... why not pass a law limiting humans from going over 1 gravitational force? It's unconstitutional to take a protest this far by limiting and industry, preventing the growth of technology, and preventing people's desire to have fun. As many other life threatening causes on your own street and you want to bring up one of the most harmless ones? If you say the the speed limit should be lowered to lower the horrendous rate of car accidents, I would understand. If you would propose a curfew(?) to help give a better control over crime in the city, I could understand. But this?!! This is perpostrious(spell?). More people die delivering pizzas at night then on roller coasters, why not go badger them. You know what? I think this guy is just a big phob(short for phoiba I presume), there's something inside Ed Markey that just freaks him out, but he's just turning into a freak. If he wants to be a chicken them let him be, but don't ruin the fun for the kids.

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Friday, May 17, 2002 11:22 AM
'Johnson, I thought Wisdom was the only one with a credit line foreclosure...

(and Hopkins is the one I forgot about when I was posting a list to another forum)

The good reason is that NOBODY is buying rides at the moment. In the past year we had that so-called recession plus months of bad weather, attendance down at major parks (and don't DARE try to blame it on those Egyptian nutcases with the airplanes 'cause that didn't happen until the season was nearly over...), a bad year for carnivals...

I mean, the factors that hit all these companies are all valid; the nasty thing is that it hit them all at once--

Chance: Nailed by financing defaults on carnival rides. They got stuck with the bad loans made on new equipment.

Arrow: Nailed by a combination of cost-overruns on their one major project and a lack of other business to cover for it.

Hopkins: Nailed by a lack of sales by parent company Reverchon

Wisdom: Nailed by a foreclosure on credit line at least partly due to slow sales for 2002

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Friday, May 17, 2002 7:42 PM
All valid reasons out in public, but I still think there is more to the story. I am also aware that there was a few traveling shows that auctioned their rides off, which floods the market with dozens of flats, but when all these US companies hit the crapper so fast, there is always the outside shot of other forces.

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