Memory of John Miller

Monday, June 24, 2002 7:11 AM

Today in roller coaster history:
1941 - Coaster designer and inventor John A. Miller dies at age 66.



I think we should all remember his influence on coasters and his great works of art still operating at parks across the country. What do you like most about his creations?

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Off with the trims!
My fellow Americans; Let's Roll!
Woodencoaster.com

*** This post was edited by bigkirby on 6/24/2002. ***

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Monday, June 24, 2002 7:25 AM

You guys sure sound like you aprecciate the pioneer of roller coasters. That's ok, I guess your saying all of Kennywood's woodies are junk?

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Lake Compounce-So Fresh and So Clean Clean

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Monday, June 24, 2002 7:27 AM

I appreciate the fact that, without John Miller, we'd all be complaining about "these *boring* switchbacks". I mean seriously, where would we be without him....

Oh, and Screechin' Eagle kicks @$$.....

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Monday, June 24, 2002 8:01 AM

Vertigo said:
"You guys sure sound like you aprecciate the pioneer of roller coasters. That's ok, I guess your saying all of Kennywood's woodies are junk?

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Lake Compounce-So Fresh and So Clean Clean"



Umm, no, I am saying they are a work of art :)

He even gave Herb Schmeck his start (who in turn gave John Allen his start). Without Miller, we might have not had any Prior & Church rides either (no upstops).
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Off with the trims!
My fellow Americans; Let's Roll!
Woodencoaster.com

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Monday, June 24, 2002 8:45 AM
I think the best tribute would be to devote a few days this summer to seeking out coasters he designed and riding them and taking a few photos. His remaining coasters are aging and fires, storms or other unforeseen disasters could hit any of them any year now. A good place to start would be Kennywood.
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Monday, June 24, 2002 8:48 AM
Yea fuel Kennywood's money pile so we can get a bigger, better version of Oblivion =) (that was my favorite rumor so far ... )
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Monday, June 24, 2002 9:12 AM
How appropriate. I was riding a 1924 John Miller/Dayton Fun House coaster just yesterday at LeSourdsville Lake...

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Monday, June 24, 2002 9:14 AM

My first ever rollercoaster ride was in 1962 at Walled Lake Amusement Park in Michigan. The coaster was a John Miller named Flying Dragon, and it scared me to death.

I believe he also designed the roller coaster at Edgewater Park, another defunct Michigan park.

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I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead

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Monday, June 24, 2002 9:33 AM

John Miller was awesome. One of the rollercoaster gods.

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