NBC Dateline Fri 7/20...

Thursday, July 19, 2001 7:05 AM

While watching tv, a blurb about tomorrow night's Dateline came on and it drew my attention when they started talking about theme park accidents. So, I just went to "nbc.com" and saw this and copied it for the Buzzer family to read. If someone's already covered this upcoming show...sorry!!

On ‘Dateline’ Friday:
Until recently, some state governments didn’t require
major theme parks to report roller coaster accidents.
Even now the federal government has no oversight over
them. It wasn’t until something happened in one
woman’s family that things started to change.

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Life is a Great Adventure!!
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 7:11 AM
What time is Dateline on???

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I'm an adrenaline junkie.
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 7:13 AM
Well, for me I think it's 10 p.m. But to be safe, better check your TV Guide in your area, or newspaper.
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Life is a Great Adventure!!
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 8:20 AM
Why does the media have to make things sound so much worse than they really are?

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Craig, nearing 1,000
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 8:24 AM
im betting that one of the stories is about the demon at sfgam getting stuck upside down for 3 hours because they did something on that before and they keep replaying it.
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 8:46 AM

Craig the Coaster Freak said:
"Why does the media have to make things sound so much worse than they really are?

Ratings ratings ratings... Although I do believe the general public IS finally learning these things are safe, and are slowly ignoring the media.

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.:| Brandon Rodriguez |:.
http://www.coasters2k.com
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 9:54 AM
it's on at 9:00 PM for me
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 10:00 AM
My parents always watch Dateline, so if it comes up, my parents will tell me.

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Don't Fight It: Ride It! Raging Bull
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 1:41 PM
(Dave reads the copy, then puts 2 and 2 together...)

They're gonna talk about California, I'll bet you. California exempted amusement parks from State inspections (they've inspected carnival rides for years) until they passed AB-850 a couple of years ago, now they're putting together a comprehensive State inspection program out there.

Now if we could get Florida to do the same, perhaps we wouldn't have to contend with boneheads like Ed Markey trying to make a Federal case out of it.

Something tells me we're going to hear about the story behind http://www.saferparks.org .

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 2:51 PM
Did anybody notice the commercial showing footage of Raptor with the narator going.
"A day at a popular amusement park turns deadly for one family." Why wouldn't they show on-ride footage from the park where it happened?

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I dance like a special ed. kid that was given a sparkler.
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 3:34 PM
Surely they're not talking about Cedar Point. I don't recall them even having a death from a ride there. Or even an injury. So many more accidents happen in travelling carnivals and fairs, yet you don't hear about that. It has to be something big like an amusement park to get the medias attention. Who thinks it's just a bunch or crap and nothing more? I sure do.

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Shawn Bailes
110 Drumline
http://ohiodrumline.tripod.com
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 5:25 PM

Corbin said:
"Why wouldn't they show on-ride footage from the park where it happened?"

It's easier that way. Besides, the vast majority of viewers couldn't tell you if Raptor is at Cedar Point or my back yard. Nor would they care.

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 6:36 PM
Something tells me this is going to be a show that Markey will like!
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 6:40 PM
I think that lady's been on before, if it's her, her son and a friend fell out of the back of a coaster at Bell's two years ago(?),n I may be wrong. She's "lobbying" for the reports and regulations on inspection, she's not out for amusement park blood, or that's the way she comes across, IF it's her.
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 9:59 PM
The story is big becasue a lady died on Goliath from a brain Anuerism (Spelling?) about a month ago. Goliath was closed for a long time MM didn't report it and got into trouble with he state

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Red Wings Suck!!!
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Thursday, July 19, 2001 10:46 PM
Could they possibly be talking about the rotor-type ride accident at SFGAm involved a kid's foot getting caught/crushed? That's what the mother's commentary sounded like...a flat ride that could be stopped at any time/

What upsets me the most is that they don't even show footage from the park that they are talking about. They just show coaster footage to gain the viewer's attention.

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Your best? Losers are always whining about doing their best...winners go home and ******* the prom queen.
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Friday, July 20, 2001 12:56 AM
Oh God! Here comes the hipe. Remember air rage? Gang Shootings? We're screwed!

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What's next at Knott's? Anyone know?
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Friday, July 20, 2001 1:27 AM
I think it's about the kid with his foot caught, a woman that had an anueurism and the woman who drowned when [her boat] capsized. (Repeat?) *** This post was edited by Dirk on 7/20/2001. ***
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Friday, July 20, 2001 5:09 AM
another story that dateline plays a lot is the one where a lady's sons foot is caught on the track of the train ride at disney world and is ripped off.
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Friday, July 20, 2001 6:39 AM
thrillride_FANatic, I think that's the one we're going to hear about, and that's probably a good thing 'cause of all the wronged parents we see on these shows, she's pretty much the only one who seems to be more interested in ride safety than in retribution.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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