IAAPA 2000: Toomer among those honored as living legend

Posted Thursday, November 16, 2000 4:27 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Ron Toomer, formerly of Arrow Dynamics, was named to the IAAPA Hall of Fame for his contributions to the art of steel coaster design. According to Amusement Business' IAAPA Show Daily, Toomer designed more than 80 coasters in his 30 years at Arrow.

Frederick Savage was also named to the Hall of Fame for his contributions in the late 19th century to the design of carousels. Savage patented the device that causes the horses to move up and down.

Jack Ray was the other person named to the hall. Ray designed parks in the mid-20th century, a trade that he learned from his father, who managed Belmont Park in Montreal, according to IAAPA Show Daily. Ray designed parks including Elitch Gardens, Riverside (Six Flags New England) and Belmont in Southern California.

Thursday, November 16, 2000 12:42 PM
john peck's avatar Ron, I honor you too!
Thursday, November 16, 2000 5:59 PM
Arrow has been an innovater in coaster designs so Ron Toomer deserves this honor.

Thursday, November 16, 2000 6:59 PM
ron thank u for my favorite of roller coaster designs, the hyper coaster and the incredible megnum xl 200
Friday, November 17, 2000 7:15 AM
Mr.Toomer, thank God 4 your creative mind. You truly deserve this award! Enjoy!! *** This post was edited by FloorlessSUE on 11/17/2000. ***
Monday, November 20, 2000 5:00 AM
Interesting that two of the other IAAPA "living legends" from prior years are Karl Bacon and Ed Morgan. Lest anybody underestimate the importance of the Arrow Development Company and its successors....

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Sunday, December 31, 2000 1:04 AM
nice for him.

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