Ron Toomer dead at age 81

Monday, September 26, 2011 5:29 PM

I can't find any other sources, as, obviously this isn't really important to most people - but it's listed on his Wiki now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Toomer

Gone to the great coat-hanger-factory in the sky. That's a high speed ride all the way, that thing is.

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Monday, September 26, 2011 5:33 PM

RIP Ron
I'll never forget him and Alan's explanation on how they come up with some incredible elements with that close hanger in hand!
A pioneer of cardboard templates that provided millions with some of the best rides ever created!

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Monday, September 26, 2011 5:41 PM

Bummer! He will be missed! I am glad I got to might him at Magnum's 10th anniversary. Will be thinking of him while riding this coming weekend.

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Monday, September 26, 2011 5:53 PM

I'd like a better source. You can edit Wikipedia and claim anyone is dead.

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Monday, September 26, 2011 6:02 PM

While I agree, it's all we've got. Well, that and CoasterForce. I'm pretty sure it's for real.

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Monday, September 26, 2011 7:31 PM

Amusement Today is releasing an obituary by 8pm. He is sadly missed by many coaster fans worldwide. My 85 year old grandmother's favortie coaster is still the Loch Ness Monster.

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Monday, September 26, 2011 7:44 PM

Its now posted.

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Monday, September 26, 2011 7:53 PM

RIP Ron. I'll be wearing my Arrow hat this Saturday in honor of him to Fright Fest at Great America.

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Monday, September 26, 2011 7:56 PM

RIP, Ron!

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Monday, September 26, 2011 8:02 PM

http://amusementtoday.com/

There you have it. Told you I believed it.

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Monday, September 26, 2011 8:48 PM

Almost posted earlier, but couldn't find a source. Too many credible people in the grapevine were talking for it to be a false rumor.

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Monday, September 26, 2011 8:52 PM

Yeah, that's what I was thinking. As soon as his bio was updated on his Wiki, I knew it had to be true. Then, I saw it on that other site, and decided to link to the Wiki, anyway.

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Monday, September 26, 2011 9:31 PM

The first I ever heard of Ron Toomer, I had just returned from my virgin visit to CP in the early 90's, when I first was beginning to realize there were other parks besides GAdv and Dorney and a handful of others. I was watching TV and stumbled across an episode of NOVA on PBS, which opened with a magnificent shot of Magnum ascending the lift hill. An interview with Toomer was included, and he demonstrated how he sometimes conceived of his designs...with a wire hanger bent into seemingly impossible shapes.

Godspeed, Ron Toomer, and thanks for your legacy.

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Monday, September 26, 2011 9:45 PM

RIP Ron. Your legacy lives on through Magnum XL 200, arguably one of the greatest coasters of all time. You will be missed.

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Monday, September 26, 2011 9:52 PM

I know SFGAdv's Runaway Train was manufactured by Arrow, but does anyone know if it was actually designed by Toomer?

I may be going down Saturday kind of unexpectedly, and I'd take a ride in Ron's memory. It's probably, save for El Toro and Nitro, the coaster I've rode most in my life.

Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Monday, September 26, 2011 9:52 PM
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Monday, September 26, 2011 10:39 PM

My first thrill rides were Arrow. I was hooked after my first ride on the Dahlonega Mine Train in 1967.

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Monday, September 26, 2011 10:43 PM

Now that he's gone, are we suddenly going to have a new-found respect for the very same rides we spent countless hours bashing?

(And when I say 'we' I don't mean me, I'm being condescending. I dig a lot of the Arrow rides. It's a side effect of having the rare Togo tolerance gene. :) )

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Monday, September 26, 2011 10:50 PM

NO MORE WIRE HANGERS!

I too have the Togo/Arrow tolerance gene. But man did some of his rides suck. But then I remember he gave us Magnum and Desperado and I'm at the least thankful.

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Monday, September 26, 2011 10:54 PM

I can never forgive those horrible transitions on Vortex at KI, but...I can chose to have a selective memory when I ride Magnum. :)

Those coat hangar hills have some of the most excruciatingly awesome airtime, especially the third to last one.

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Monday, September 26, 2011 10:59 PM

Mike Gallagher said:

I may be going down Saturday kind of unexpectedly.

That's what she said.

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