Six Flags president to hold news conference on brain injuries

Posted Tuesday, January 14, 2003 7:11 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Six Flags president Gary Story, along with six experts, will hold a press conference next Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington regarding the hype surrounding brain injuries and ride safety. The experts include:

  • Dr. Greg Henry – Physician, former director of College of Emergency Room Physicians
  • Dr. Robert Harbaugh – American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Dr. Lee Dickinson – Exponent Failure Analysis Associates
  • Robert “Hoot” Gibson – former Navy test pilot, former NASA shuttle commander
  • Dr. Rhea Seddon – Physician, former NASA astronaut
  • Clark Robinson – President, International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions
Tuesday, January 14, 2003 7:12 AM

There you go... finally, an organized effort to get the word out to Washington. I'm sure Markey won't be there.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 7:13 AM

Markey will be there Jeff, picketing against *science* in the name of public safety...;)

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 7:22 AM

Markey will be there in "spirit". ;)

I am surprised a representative from CF, and Paramount arent going to be standing along side Gary. They may be competitors but this situation is one of unity for the industry.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 7:39 AM

How ironic...you'd think they could explain some of the lame-brain SF policies to having ridden some of their coaster too many times...LOL!

Moosh - kidding, of course.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 7:44 AM
Actually, I think that the word is already out in Washington. I seem to remember one of Markey's fellow congressmen referring to him as a man with a solution in search of a problem.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 8:12 AM
I gotta give credit to Six Flags for this one. It's about time, for someone to finally put the sock in the big a** media's mouth.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 8:12 AM
Will any neurologists and chiropractors be there?

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 9:53 AM
Holy crap. That's one of the funniest stories I've read on that site. Thanks, chris...

Edit: Actually, I was referring to the 'Xtreme' article...but the neurologist/chiropractor bit was quite funny as well.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 11:58 AM

Finally doing the right thing and getting NASA Astronauts involved. The G Forces the Astronauts go through on the space shuttle are so low that NASA doesn't find that G Froce training is needed. Their centerfuge has not been used for quite a few years.

I found out this when I went to Space Center Houston over the Summer.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 12:09 PM

Even though this is a great effort, I have to wonder if DC will even take serious notice. You know how politicians can be...once they get something in their heads, it's hard to shake it loose.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 12:09 PM

Great bunch of experts... But have to wonder why Dr. Robert Braksiek, of Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was left out.

It's been known and accepted that some of his reseach was valuable. I'd love to know why he was not invited... More then anything he's smart enough not to attend such a one-sided event.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 1:10 PM

I was wondering why the researchers from Penn are not on the list? You know, the ones who through computer testing have proved that some of the most extreme coasters are perfectly safe.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 1:18 PM

Where are all the Six Flags bashers now, eh?

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 1:23 PM
Don't even start with the "where are the Six Flags bashers" thing. This has NOTHING to do with SF vs. CF vs. Paramount.

Gary sits on the executive board of directors for IAAPA. This has nothing to do with Six Flags as it much as it does IAAPA.

There was ALOT of talk about this kind of thing at the summer IAAPA conference. Don't go thinking this is a Six Flags effort. Gary is just the most visable person on the board. People all over the world know the name Six Flags. It's a matter of public relations to use his name.

Having gotten to meet Gary last summer at the conference and almost the entire board of directors. I'm confident that this is a step in the right direction.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 3:31 PM
You don't get it I guess. Lots of people like to hate on SF (sometimes for good reason but usually just to whine) just because they're SF. But you won't hear anyone trash talking this. As far as I'm concerned it has just as much (if not more) to do with SF than IAAPA.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 3:46 PM
This is a great step. I think next they just need to get a large group. Park representatives with information on their coasters (g wise) and the manufacturers. I don't think people like Markey realize exactly how much goes into making the coaster safe.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 4:08 PM
Thanks red garter for pointing to the obvious, Gary is the biggest fish on the excutive board and also the first vice president. Dont forget Clark Robinson will be there also.When it comes to the general public Six Flags is alot more well known then Cedar Fair, Paramount and Busch. It might not be the flag bearer everybody wants out front, but they do own 39 parks, and by far provide the most data for this research.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 4:12 PM
Roller coaster no cause brain injury. Rides good. I no dumb, and me ride--those thingees--all time and lots.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 4:22 PM
Yeah, that was cool. Of all things to rag on and criticize, you choose something that will help to keep our passion alive and exciting. Heck, I don't dislike Six Flags, after all, they do give me my paycheck.

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