Rollback time...John Miller, innovator of modern wood

Friday, June 24, 2005 11:34 AM
rollergator's avatar From the rollback: 6/24/1941 - Coaster designer and inventor John A. Miller dies at age 66.

Miller's coasters range from the inventive Racer at Kennywood to the sublime JackRabbit, from Elvis' float-coaster Zippin Pippin to the ejection insanity on the return leg of Screechin' Eagle (may she fly again!).

I've seen two SBNO Millers, the T-Bolt at Coney (now destroyed) and the original JackRabbit (not J2) at Clementon. Immensely thankful I got to ride that GEM at LeSourdsville before it went back into hiding...

Before the year is out, I hope to have C:TR from Puyallup and Arnold's Park's Legend on my track record...

John Miller, you changed the way we ride....and we salute you! :)

Friday, June 24, 2005 11:36 AM

I am finally going to AP in a couple weeks and I live in the same state but have never ventured up to ride it . I have heard good things about Legend so I hope it lives up to the hype.

I have a picture of the Fun House in one of my roller coaster books, it looks pretty wacked out.

Skol Vikings
Let's shoot us some deer Joe Joe!!!!

Friday, June 24, 2005 11:38 AM
And don't forget John Millers *other* Ohio gem. The Big Dipper at Geauga Lake. I just hope it doesn't get "Cedar Faired."
Friday, June 24, 2005 11:45 AM
Only ridden 4 Millers, but all 4 rank high! Love Miller coasters, hope to have more by the end of next year.
Friday, June 24, 2005 11:55 AM
Robocoaster's avatar C:TR at Puyallup sure didn't look like much. Boy, was i way wrong. I was so impressed that I took a few days around SRM '03 to make sure I hit the ones at KW and GL.
In August, I'm hoping to add Lagoon's Miller to my count.:)

A salute indeed!

They Live. We Sleep.

Friday, June 24, 2005 12:19 PM
rollergator's avatar Geauga's Big Dipper was *performing* when we were there early this far, no "Cedar-Fairage"...LOL...;)
Friday, June 24, 2005 12:33 PM
It was performing well last weekend as well but they were only running ONE train and the park was (surprise, surprise) busy!
Friday, June 24, 2005 1:28 PM
I must say with my first coaster rides ever being on a classic Miller coaster, the now SBNO Jack Rabbit at Clementon, that I loved this coaster. This summer I will be adding to the list of Miller's creations that I have experienced. If these coasters I visit this summer give rides like Jack Rabbit did I will be in heaven. Which is where a great person deserves to go when they pass on.
Watch the tram car please....
Friday, June 24, 2005 1:33 PM
HeyIsntThatRob?'s avatar My first big coaster was a Miller, as in Big Dipper at Geauga Lake. Hard to believe this ride opened as the largest of its kind.

I've ridden quite a few Millers and I have to say, they are trully innovative for their time, maybe even ahead of their time. These rides knew how to scare the daylights out you, yet I haven't read anything *unsafe* about his creations.

*Big salute to John Miller*

~Rob Willi

Friday, June 24, 2005 4:26 PM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar I rank the Pippin and Eagle HIGH on my list (even made *my* Golden Ticket ballot).

Salute to da man!



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