Hello Coaster Fans Who Are Wondering Why Coasters Don't Run In The Rain Here In Ohio,
This past Friday the 19th the Cleveland Plain Dealer had a HUGE article on the Big Dipper at Geauga Lake. It was pretty well written and had lots of Big Dipper pictures. It talks about how Geauga Lake is planning on celebrating it's 80th B-day this year. Here's the online article link with no pics if anyone is interested:
It's good to see GL get some positive publicity from the media after all the park went through during the last few years. With three woodies and the resurging interest in such coasters, that is just what the park needs. Meanwhile, some heads are turned toward Erie where Ravine Flyer II makes its debut in a year or two. And, of course, there are rumors of new wood at KW and DelGrossos sometime in the future. Its just a matter of how far in the future.
That's the one of main reasons why there is so much effort to save Conneaut Lake Park. The Blue Streak is another of thise old classics that we all want to preserve. Of course, we all appreciate what Kennywood has done to preserve the historic coasters in their park. Now, if only someone could rebuild the Idora Wildcat.
I am disappointed the park still thinks the coaster opened in 1926. A couple of ACE and GOCC members did extensive research on this coaster and found articles in the old Cleveland Press archives indicating the coaster opened in June of 1925. That information was presented to the park--unfortunately that was two owners ago.
Actually, CF is celebrating it both years due to this confusion. Last year the Dipper's station had a giant 80th anniversary celebration sign on it all year. This year I haven't seen anything so far other than the fact that it's talked about. Big sign last year, simple words this year, I think CF knows the truth.
Thrillerman said: Well Jeffrey, you and I know better, but didn't that other club just recently miss the same boat again in the last issue with it's anniversary?? nuff said bud. :)
I wasn't sure what you were referring to, but now that I look at my latest issue of ACE news, I see we left that in there. I saw that listing in the drafts and asked the editor to take it out. He had agreed to, so I'm not sure how it got through to the final version.
Yeah Jeffrey, I have that issue of First Drop too, but Cartmells book was closer to my computer for easy reference. I also didn't want to drop any names and say that ACE had dropped the ball again with the coaster's date. It did irk me though as Ed and Bob did research for nothing it seems.
It sure turned out to be a nice article about the best woodie in the state. I was a little worried doing a phone interview for the Plain Dealer but the reporter seemed really into coasters and even said he liked the wood rides over steel because of the way they ride. But I sure want to see the Dipper thrilling the masses for at least another eighty one years.
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