Sunday, June 13, 2004 5:47 AM
Such a sad day.
Sunday, June 13, 2004 5:59 AM
:( very sad.
A class act and a hard one to follow.
My thoughts are with the family.
*** Edited 6/13/2004 9:59:52 AM UTC by Invy***
Sunday, June 13, 2004 11:46 AM
That is sad news. I was at his park in the Spring of 2000, about 3 weeks before they opened. I was given the grand tour of everything, including that new Intamin water ride which they were so proud of.
That family has made that park a part of British culture, and everyone that I meet from jolly ole England has been there.
He will be missed deeply by the industry.
Sunday, June 13, 2004 3:36 PM
Thanks for the comments. I'm surprised that only two people have commented though. Nevertheless, there is an obituary at http://www.m.sheen.dsl.pipex.com/coasterkingdom/html/index.htm
which gives a good idea of the impact this man had during his life.
Sunday, June 13, 2004 3:40 PM
This is indeed VERY sad news. Blackpool has been a destination for me from the very onset of *enthusiasm*, and Thompson's contributions to the industry are legendary...
Condolences to his friends and family, but it *should* comfort them to know what an incredible LEGACY he left behind...
Sunday, June 13, 2004 6:45 PM
I too had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Mr. Thompson myself a couple of times. Once was in '96 during a tour of England with NAPHA, and once at Cedar Point in 2000, I spoke with him again. A fine gentleman and he was a true legacy in the industry like rollergator said. My condolences to the family.
Wood Coaster Fan Club
Monday, June 14, 2004 8:32 AM
Oh, this is some bad news indeed. Thompson was cut from the same mold as Walt Disney. There are not enough of these types in the world today.