Meeting "famous" coaster people

Tuesday, July 8, 2003 7:43 PM
I was wondering, has anyone ever met/talked to a famous coaster person like an author, designer, manufactuar, etc.?

A few years my dad called to get us a room for a first time @ CP for this cheap motel that was pretty close. It was recomended by the Rollercoaster Lovers Companion book. Well, my dad calls and says "Hi can we book a room, your hotel was recomended by this coaster book." "Hang on the author of that book is standing right next to me"

It turned out Steven Urbaniz(sp.?) was in the "lobby" of the motel when my dad called and my dad and he talked about CP for a little while. Sorta cool..

Any of you?

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 8:03 PM
I met Claude Mabillard at the Media day for S:UF at SFoG and saw and talked to him for the next week and a half while he stayed to see how the ride worked. Got his autograph since other coaster enthuasiasts were and I got a pic of me with him. Very cool guy...

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 8:12 PM
I was riding in the back seat or Roar (SFA) in late 99. None other than Mike Boodley sat down and rode next to me. He was working on Lightning Racer and wanted to check out how Roar was. Fun ride! :)

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 8:18 PM
I got to meet Bolliger at SFGAm's S:UF Media day and even got to ride with him in the back row of the ride. It was pretty cool, although I didn't have a clue what to say to him besides "Your rides are great" lol.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 8:21 PM
I've never met a "famous coaster person", but I did ride Raging Bull with Iceman from X2. Though at that time I only recognized him from the first since the second hadn't come out. I also rode Psyclone at SFMM with Anna Nicole Smith. The ride sucked cause her breast blocked like my whole view. It felt like I hit an airbag on every drop.

Seriously though, I never met Anna Nicole Smith, but I did ride with iceman.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 8:26 PM
Seriously though, you're not funny.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 8:31 PM
On a more serious note I really don't care.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 9:21 PM
OMG! One time Jeff e-mailed me! I was so excited.

Jeff does count as a "famous" coaster person, right? ;)

I never knew the coaster industry had so many potential stalkers.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 9:22 PM
Got to ride Legend with Jeff Hamersley (sp?) at SRM. Got to ride Whizzer at SFGAm with Nasai. Still waiting to get Mooshed though. :)

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 9:25 PM
I met just about everybody at IAAPA. As of right now, I'm on good terms with Alan, Fred, Denise and crew at S&S.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 9:44 PM
In addition with hanging out with Bob Coker (very cool) at SFGAdv media day, I also got to meet Mick Foley. He's as big of an enthusiast as any of us here. I saw him later in the day practically running to ride Rolling Thunder.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 9:51 PM
I filmed geneticfreak riding S:UF on media day with Bob Coker.

Maybe that one counts?

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 9:57 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
OMG! One time Jeff e-mailed me! I was so excited.

Jeff does count as a "famous" coaster person, right? ;)

I never knew the coaster industry had so many potential stalkers.

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I did get an e-mail about something I'd written here. . . supposedly from John Fetterman of Knoebel's Twister fame.

It excited me, but then, I have no real way of checking to make sure they are who they say they are.

Still, pretty neat to think about. I suppose I should just bite the bullet and respond and see if it's a joke or not.


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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 10:00 PM
I sat in front of two pretty "famous" coaster peeps on Jaguar! @ KBF during ERT for the Solace in March. Forget their names, but they're always in Alvey's vids (kinda old peeps). Then I met the ACE couple who always wear their purple ACE jackets (who are from so cal) at SFMM before I knew who they were, and before he got re-married for like, the 5'th time.

None of that made sense... I'll shutup now.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 10:01 PM
John Pullum, host from "Thrill Rides: Put to the Test," and I have been exchanging e-mails since the show aired the first time. He responded after a said somethings (nice things) about the show and we've exchanged e-mails ever since. He went to Cedar Point, SFWoA, and others.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 10:02 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
I filmed geneticfreak riding S:UF on media day with Bob Coker.

Does that make me a film star?:)

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 11:33 PM
At Worlds of Fun Memorial Day weekend 2000, I encountered Dana Morgan overseeing the operation of Mamba. I simply introduced myself as a coaster enthusiast and told him that Mamba was an excellent ride. He acted rather surprised that someone had recognized him. He was courteous but not at all conversational. I now wonder if he was there due to some sort of problem with Mamba and was perhaps under a certain amount of stress, even though Mamba was running beautifully that day.
When I was a young teen, we had a guest speaker at our small-town library whose husband was a mechanical engineer who had worked many years at Chance. I had a fascinating conversation with him for almost an hour. He had really cool stories about helping design the Zipper, Falling Star, and other Chance rides. A very nice man who had obvious love and passion for his line of work.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2003 4:09 AM
I once got an e-mail from Thrill Network.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2003 4:25 AM

Ride of Steel said:
I was wondering, has anyone ever met/talked to a famous coaster person like an author, designer, manufacturer, etc.?

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Met both Walter (Alpengeist and Batman gradv openings) and Claude (Montu and TopGun carowinds openings), Rode Roar multiple times on a slow night with Mike Boodley, and Rode Backseat of Steel Force, with Steve Okimoto. Sat across the aisle on flights to and from media day at CP with Sandor Kervaks from Intamin. Met Jim Seay of Premier Rides. and the nicest person I've met was Mark Rosenzweig of the Zamperla company, makers of Volare, flying coaster and Zig Zag Mouse coasters, and numerous flat rides.

SAM
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Wednesday, July 9, 2003 4:30 AM
I correspond with Werner Stengel about once a year and can say I have his autograph! That's probably my favorite item of all of my coaster collections.

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