Surviving SeaWorld founder reflects on life and the park

Posted Monday, October 4, 2004 9:52 PM | Contributed by supermandl

George Millay, the only surviving member of SeaWorld's four founders, reflects on the creation of the park 40 years ago and his own life.

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Monday, October 4, 2004 11:32 PM
I wonder how he feels about the loss of Sea World Ohio? My guess is you probably don't want to be around him when he's asked!!!
Tuesday, October 5, 2004 5:39 AM
I would love to hear what he has to say about the loss of Sea World Ohio!
Tuesday, October 5, 2004 9:18 AM
Great, great article. A few things I didn't know, like their involvement in Magic Mountain. I'm sure that I read in some of Disney's biographies that he was invited in on the Sea World venture but he declined. I do think he gave some advice early on in the project though.

I would love to know how they ever decided to plop a Sea World down in Auroroa, Ohio. I'm going to have to get that book.

Tuesday, October 5, 2004 12:48 PM
What a nice in-depth piece. I didn't realize he was also involved in Magic Mountain and Wet n' Wild. Wow. Sounds like a character.

I loved this part:

Or, as it was dubbed, "Tragic Mountain." The amusement park's shakedown cruise was worthy of the Titanic. On opening day, a Los Angeles Times reporter fell from a ride, breaking his leg. He left in an ambulance; his wife tried to follow, but their car was no longer in Magic Mountain's parking lot. It had been stolen.

Too funny! ;)

Tuesday, October 5, 2004 3:04 PM
Definitely a great article. Especially interesting about the poor peacocks :o(. I have to wonder if this incident was the inspiration for the old sitcom WKRP In Cincinnati's episode where they tossed dozens of live turkeys out of a plane because the station manager thought they would fly.
Tuesday, October 5, 2004 7:27 PM
^^^I was thinking that, too!!! Sometimes the truth really is funnier than fiction!

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