Missouri governor takes spin on Wildfire, says "fantastic"

Posted Wednesday, March 14, 2001 3:56 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Not all politicians are stupid when it comes to roller coasters. Missouri's governor Bob Holden got three laps on Silver Dollar City's new Wildfire, a B&M looper, and said it was "fantastic." The governor used the opportunity to talk about the importance of tourism and a good highway system.

Read the whole story from The Springfield News Leader.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2001 4:57 AM
I see that being an important political official has its perks, even from a coaster enthusiast point-of-view!
Wednesday, March 14, 2001 5:49 AM
This was front page, above the fold, news here in Springfield, Missouri. Couple of nice photos of Wildfire entering and leaving the cobra roll.
21 days till April 4th and SDC opens to the pulbic.
Wednesday, March 14, 2001 5:56 AM
With all the Six Flags announcements, I completely forgot about this coaster. It's nice to see pictures of the first new operating coaster of 2001.
Wednesday, March 14, 2001 6:48 AM
I didn't know political officials even liked to have fun.
Wednesday, March 14, 2001 6:52 AM
Intamin Fan, WildFire would be the SECOND new operating coaster of 2001 (at least to the public anyway). Let's us not forget that *little* coaster just down I-95 a piece (Hypersonic opens 3-24-2001).
Wednesday, March 14, 2001 6:55 AM
Actually, weren't the two coasters that opened at Disney's California Adventures the first of the 2001 coasters to open?
Wednesday, March 14, 2001 7:23 AM
Thank you Rob Ascough. Let's all try to remember things now
Wednesday, March 14, 2001 7:38 AM
What B&M coaster isn't fantastic in its own special little way (except for Alpengeist)??? I can't wait for Montu!

An unnerving stillness in the woods of southern Indiana beckons for your soul on May 11th.....
Wednesday, March 14, 2001 8:34 AM
That looks like a good ride.

All time Top 5: (1) Millennium Force (2) Alpengeist (3) Hulk (4) Ice Dragon (5) Raptor
Wednesday, March 14, 2001 9:00 AM
Rob: *D'OH*
--who will refrain from trying to correct people till he gets HIMSELF straight...
Wednesday, March 14, 2001 10:27 AM
I wasn't trying to start an argument... I don't take it to heart when someone corrects me when I'm wrong, which I am plenty of times.
Wednesday, March 14, 2001 10:50 AM
I think he was joking Rob and then he was talking about HIMSELF. Right, 2Hostyl?
Wednesday, March 14, 2001 10:52 AM
Can't Wait To Ride It!

Wednesday, March 14, 2001 11:01 AM
Actually, I wasn't even sure if the two DCA coasters had opened this year or late last year... these long winter months seem to go on forever and I lose track of time! Not that it really matters... I just wish I could be at the openings of Hypersonic and Wildfire, I envy those who will be there.
Wednesday, March 14, 2001 11:25 AM
yeah that was my intent...maybe I should just be quiet for a while
--who will quietly sit in the corner on a self inflicted "time-out"
Wednesday, March 14, 2001 12:21 PM
Democrats have more fun! ;)

Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
Wednesday, March 14, 2001 12:47 PM
I've read the article, and I find it interesting how the governor got his start working at an amusement park...

However, on a lesser note, I think they should look at the school system, too...
"Julie Menke, an 18-year-old senior at Branson High School..." "...comparing it favorably to the Batman ride at Six Flags near St. Louis. “I go on any roller coasters anywhere,” she said."

That just stuck out to me as one of the weirdest sentences I have heard in a while.

It's coming...
Wednesday, March 14, 2001 1:56 PM

"Democrats have more fun!"

I'll second that

Scorching the Competition in 2001
Wednesday, March 14, 2001 3:42 PM
As a Republican, I can say that I have LOTS of fun. I enjoy things like organizing my sock drawer, ironing my boxers and alphabetizing the items in my refrigerator ;) !

Back on subject, It's nice to see a new for 2001 actually built! ***cough***SFMM***cough***

"X" marks the spot in 2001!

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