Posted Friday, August 25, 2006 8:43 AM | Contributed by coasterguts
It's been nearly one year since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. In addition to damaging homes and businesses -- the storm also shut Six Flags New Orleans. The former general manager of that park is making a new life in Washington at Six Flags America.
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Friday, August 25, 2006 9:16 AM
I'm glad to see that there are stories of rebirth coming out of the devastation, particularly in our little community of amusement parks. I know someone who really wanted to go to SFNO and was turned down. Looking back, it might have been the best thing to happen to that person.
Good luck to Terry.
Friday, August 25, 2006 10:23 AM
I had a chance to meet Terry and speak with him on several occasions this season and he seems like he's committed to running a tight ship as far as SFA is concerned and he seems like just a generally nice guy. I wish him the best of luck. I think he may be just what SFA needed.
Friday, August 25, 2006 1:02 PM
Yes, Terry was at my former home park, Jazzland/SFNO, since before it opened in 2000 and served as GM for the vast majority of it's six seasons.
I found him to be friendly, likeable, and approachable, and on more than one occasion went "above and beyond the call".
I'm glad he had the chance to become GM at another park and wish him the best. When I eventually make it to SFA in my travels, I'll be sure and say hi.
Friday, August 25, 2006 3:28 PM
I had the oppurtunity to talk with Terry about his move to SFA and what it was like to talk about having to go through Katrinia. You could still see the devastation in his eyes. He genuninely cares for the employees that work for him (I've seen this on more than one occassion) and this little 1:00 story didn't even report what he told me or CoasterLover that day.
BATWING FAN SFA
Friday, August 25, 2006 5:11 PM
He's done great things for the park so far but you can't help feeling sorry for him & those he left behind in NO by a simple twist of fate.
Not only does he feel at a loss for the former park that he took pride in managing but the bigger,more important loss of an entire city to such a devastating natural disaster as Katrina turned out to be...homes,businesses & parks can one day be rebuilt but human lives & livelyhoods are so much harder to replace.