The Tony Danza Show

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 10:26 AM
I was just watching the Tony Danza show when they do their segment on calling someone that claims they are an expert on something. They called a guy in Orlando (I wish I could remember his name) and he said he was an expert in roller coasters.

The question they asked him went something like this...What is the name of the oldest operating wooden roller coaster in North America located at Libertyland in Memphis, TN?

The guy said I thought the oldest operating wooden roller coaster was Leap the Dips somewhere in Pennsylvania. According to all our knowledge he is right, but the Tony Danza show said that it is the Zippin Pippin. Unfortunately the guy couldn't remember the name to the Zippin Pippin and lost but I think he was right and the Tony Danza show is wrong.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 10:32 AM
Zippin Pippin was built in 1915

Leap the Dips was built in 1902.

But depending on how the question was phrased, Pippin could be the correct answer...

If the question was, "What is the name of the oldest wooden coaster currently operating?" - Then LtD would be correct.

But, if the question was, "What is the name of the oldest CONTINUOUSLY operating wooden roller coaster?" - Then ZP would be right. LtD was SBNO from 1986-1998.

--George H

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 10:35 AM
I guess we had better ask our west coast readers to watch the Tony Danza show to make sure we have the exact wording to the question.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005 10:43 AM
The *real* question is "Why was S&SFAN watching the Tony Danza show in the first place?" ;)


Tuesday, February 22, 2005 10:46 AM

LOL! That is a good question! Since I have never seen the whole show only bits and pieces. I have a 1 month old daughter and I was sitting down to give her a bottle and I turned on the TV and it happened to be on the Tony Danza Show right when they were asking this guy what he was an expert in. I perked up when I heard the word roller coasters and the rest is history. *** Edited 2/22/2005 3:47:50 PM UTC by S&SFAN***

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 10:48 AM

redman822 said:
But, if the question was, "What is the name of the oldest CONTINUOUSLY operating wooden roller coaster?" - Then ZP would be right. LtD was SBNO from 1986-1998.

That's probably the case here, they probably just used RCDB in their research, which sometimes doesn't account for periods of SBNO.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 11:01 AM
Exactly, I just did a search on rcdb with the following information.

Searched: Roller Coasters

Criteria: Status = Operating
Criteria: Country = USA
Criteria: Continent = North America
Criteria: Type = Wood

then I sorted it on "Opened Date"

ZP came up on top with an "OD" of 1915, while LtD came up with an "OD" of 5/31/1999

--George H

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 12:27 PM
Tony Danza... shudder. How people can stand to watch that guy for more than a few seconds, I don't know.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2005 12:35 PM
^ I happened to be related to him. Watch what you say.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005 12:44 PM

Tony Danza is the boss.

See, everything in life relates to Family Guy.

*** Edited 2/22/2005 5:44:58 PM UTC by RamblinWreck***

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 1:04 PM
My question is not about how bad the Tony Danza show is, but why do people seem to think that Family Guy is such a good show? Yikes!
Tuesday, February 22, 2005 1:10 PM
Family Guy is hilarious. Its just flat out funny. Stewies constant attempts to kill his mom are just classic.

SFGAdv lover - I'm sorry.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 1:31 PM
rollergator's avatar It does kinda amaze me to think how far coaster technology advanced during those 13 short years...makes ya wonder where we'll be in another 13 years form NOW, huh? :)

The TV show I was watching (that I don't have to apologize for, LOL) that showed a thrill ride....Monk's latest epsiode, from Vegas, showing X-Scream on top of Strat. Can't wait to open Insanity! :)

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Tuesday, February 22, 2005 2:23 PM
Rhino, I was apologizing because they're related to Tony Danza, not because their feelings were hurt.

I believe you are right on the Family Guy thing as well. I know it was on Adult Swim for a while. So I'd watch it then, and then I started hearing it was back on regular tv.

Also, while we're on the subject of TV and coasters. There is an episode of CSI where Grissom rides a coaster at the very end and they show on ride video of him riding it. Does anyone know what coaster that is?

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 2:35 PM
He's been on both Speed and MExpress on various episodes.

--George H

Tuesday, February 22, 2005 6:51 PM
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Tuesday, February 22, 2005 8:19 PM
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Tuesday, February 22, 2005 8:38 PM
Heh.. personally, I'd rather start it off with a coaster or two, but that's just me :)
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Tuesday, February 22, 2005 10:00 PM
My dad watched it and told me about it on the way back from my pole vault practice....then it took him about an hour to write an e-mail to the show. I think he is semi-retarded.

Concerning CSI, i dunno if it was on CSI or some other show like that, but there was an episode where some kid is jealous of another kid and his girlfriend so he plots to kill them or something by changing a part on a roller coaster he operates, it ends up he didnt kill the other kid and his g/f but a family i think. It was a while ago when i saw the show.


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