Happy Birthday Anton.....

Monday, July 8, 2002 6:31 AM

.....hard to believe we have no love thread started yet.....but Anton Schwarzkopf would have been 78 today......

Known as Herr Achterbahn, "Mr. Rollercoaster", Anton is largely responsible for many of the developments we have seen in steel coasters, including the first successful (survivable?) vertical loop in modern times....let's here some praise for the man who taught us that upside-down is at least as good as rightside-up....

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Monday, July 8, 2002 6:46 AM
Happy Birthday Anton. You are sorely missed. :(

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My love for you is ticking clock, berserker... -Clerks

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Monday, July 8, 2002 6:56 AM
Boy did he do better than Arrow... I like him. He was a great engineer, and much better than anyone at Arrow.

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Why do they report power outages on TV?

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Monday, July 8, 2002 7:00 AM

A "Love Thread" is not the place to do this, SOOperGir...

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Formally Known as Ozzyhead.

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Monday, July 8, 2002 7:04 AM

His rides are awsome! mindbender at galaxyland is one of my favorite rides ever.

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I hope life isn't a big joke, because I don't get it!


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Monday, July 8, 2002 8:02 AM
Whizzer forever. Someday I'm going to build his figure 8 looper.
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Monday, July 8, 2002 8:09 AM

Whizzer is the ONE ride that forced me to add SFGAm to "the trip", so glad we did.....the park really helped me fill in a lot of those "missing pieces" to my personal coaster repertoire.....

My first inversion was King Cobra at PKD (now on another continent thrilling riders), and sharing Anton's birthday is somewhat of a thrill all its own......

bill, still thinking Revolution would've been more appropriately honored by the return of lapbars than by an ACE plaque....

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Monday, July 8, 2002 8:10 AM
Happy Birthday Anton! We miss ya!

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Monday, July 8, 2002 8:23 AM
How did Anton croak?

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Im the #1 Canobie Lake Park Fan!!!These are my top 3 coasters:
1. S:RoS @ SFNE 2. Yankee Cannonball 3. Cyclone

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Monday, July 8, 2002 8:41 AM
I believe he "croaked" as you put it, because of Alzheimers.

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Formally Known as Ozzyhead.

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Monday, July 8, 2002 11:39 AM
How old was he when he passed away?
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Monday, July 8, 2002 11:52 AM
I'm guessing 77 because I'm pretty sure he died last year.
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Monday, July 8, 2002 12:10 PM

Whizzer. Scorpion. SDL. Laser. Revolution.

The sadly missed Tidal Wave. SFGAm isn't the same without it after more than 10 years.

Thanks for everything, Mr. Rollercoaster.

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35 parks and 158 coasters in 2002!

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Monday, July 8, 2002 12:50 PM

Jono thanks.....

I couldn't remember if he died last year, 2 years ago, or 3 years ago.

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Monday, July 8, 2002 12:53 PM
Yea he was 77 at death, and he perfected the loop! If only SFAW would get TTT open again!

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Can we change the name of Top Gun to your mom so no one wants to ride your mom?

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Monday, July 8, 2002 4:54 PM
Anton will always be remembered. I only went on Wildcat at CP, but he was still a great designer, and led the way for modern designers. Let's hope that Weiland can carry on the family tradition.
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Monday, July 15, 2002 3:13 PM

In 15 days (today is 7/15/02) it will be the one year anniversery of his death. I didn't know that it was so close to his birthday!

Unfortunately, the first time I had heard of Anton Schwartzkopf was reading a headline of an article in Amusement Today entitled, "Respected coaster designer Anton Schwartzkopf dies at 77." After I read the article, I felt very bad that this was the first time I had heard of him. The really weird part is I did a report on him in school - Got an A.

At the bottom, the teacher wrote, "Josh, how much do you love Amusement Parks?" Then she dared me that on the next paper that I wouldn't write anything related to roller coasters.

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I love roller coasters, and I need psychiatric help. Or a roller coaster.

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Monday, July 15, 2002 3:40 PM
S00perGIR, you will not believe this! OMG, I am actually promoting my love for someone other than Arrow too! Is the world ending? Did you know that their coasters would be my favorite if Arrow didn't exist? And whats more, I'm making special arrangements for a Schwarzkopf to be #300 for me. Now that's dedication. You should be proud!

For those who take this thread seriously, you'll be happy to know that Anton's birthday (one week ago) was celebrated with much rejoicing. PGA kicked the day off at 6:30am with a gathering of enthusiasts and historians, and offered a display of artifacts from Tidal Wave's history, birthday cake, a film documenting its advertisements and transformation to Greased Lightning, 2 models on display (including one from Great American Thrills), and a TV shoot! I also rode Revolution while at Walley World, and thought the OTSRs are brutal and the ride is overbraked to hell, it was a treat, and would certainly be in my top 10 if it weren't for those alterations. I'll have pics soon on my Webshots album (when I finish uploading!), but you can see a couple at the bottom of this page.
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Brad's California Adventure: 8 days, 18 parks, 55 coasters, 2 TV shoots & a winner, Matterhorn!

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Monday, July 15, 2002 3:49 PM
Happy Birthy to Anton, and to ME!!! I never knew I shared a birthday with such a famous coaster designer. I hit the big three-oh today.

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Nothing... NOTHING... can prepare you for... the Fourth Dimension!

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Monday, July 15, 2002 3:52 PM
RIP Anton. I really didnt see what was special about his rides until I rode em. Laser and SuperDooperLooper were extremely intense, and the layouts were just right. He made coasters really fun, and they are not big either. I really miss Anton. He was one of the best.

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