TR: PNE Playland: Coaster's 45th B-day Bash

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Friday, April 18, 2003 6:34 PM
On Thursday the 17th, I took my niece Missy and headed up to PNE for Coaster's birthday. We got there about 8:15 AM for the party. From 7 AM to 7 PM you could ride this classic woodie for free. We rode a total of 16 times throughout the day. I'm not a huge fan of Coaster, but it did grow on me quite a bit throughout the day.

Karl Phare's daughter and grandson were on hand as well as 2 members of the original construction crew who took the very first test ride 45 years ago. They also had a big cake and lots of balloons. I thought the park did a great job with the event and I had a lot of fun.

Aaron

P.S. While there I met Ron Anderson from Portland very briefly. It was nice to see you Ron. I wish we could have talked longer, but I'm sure I'll see more of you in the future.

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Friday, April 18, 2003 6:59 PM
i am going on sunday i havent been there for a few years i live in ladner 1 hour a way from pne
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Monday, April 21, 2003 10:40 AM
While at the PNE Coaster birthday bash, I did have the priviledge of talking to Nina Fraley and Tobin Fraley,daughter and grandson of Carl Phare. I have been in e-mail contact with Nina for several years and it was a thrill to finally meet her in person.She shared her memories of her father and the now defunct Seattle Playland park and the defunct Portland Jantzen Beach park.I shared with Nina and Tobin my photos and memorbilia of Playland and Jantzen Beach. This brought back a lot of memories to Nina and Tobin. We talked for about an hour and a half. Meeting up with the Fraleys alone was worth the trip to Vancouver for me. After that,the PNE officials wisked Nina and Tobin away for lunch. I also briefly met up with Annette Antoinak,PNE CEO,and Laura Ballance,PNE Media relations,and expressed my gratitude for holding this event and recognizing the historical significance of the PNE Coaster.

After that,I proceded to get in as many rides as I could on Coaster. I took one front seat ride so that I could take on ride photos. The remainder of my rides were taken in the back seat for maximum airtime. I challenged several other riders to ride the whole ride with their hands up.

This was the first time I saw Coaster operate with two trains. While the lines were long,especially late in the day,I never had to wait more than 20 minutes for a ride.

Aaron,nice to finally meet you. You are one of the few coaster enthusiasts that I have met who has been to and heard of Estacada,Oregon.I wish we could have talked longer and shared some rides on Coaster. We will meet again,maybe at EV when they open up Timberhawk. I am pleased that you have developed an appreciation for Coaster.:)

Nasai,you should have been here!
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Meet me at the PNE in 2003. Happy 45th birthday,Coaster!
*** This post was edited by Ronald S. Anderson 4/21/2003 2:42:24 PM ***

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Monday, April 21, 2003 12:58 PM
Would have loved to, Ron. Heck, I didn't sell any pianos that day!!!! :( Regardless, glad you both had such a good time.

Aaron, so are you saying you might like Coaster one of these days? ;) I know that ride isn't for everyone. It can be terribly painful, especially in the back getting thrown into the lapbar over and over. Me? I am a masochist, I guess.

Ron, was there any expression from any of the PNE folk to the distant future and the reality of Coaster remaining where it is permanently? I would love it, if they would consider Moosh's idea for the park. Did you get a chance to throw that idea by them?
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Monday, April 21, 2003 7:51 PM
I put some photos up that I took at the event on my website if anyone is interested.

http://wildonescoasterclub.tripod.com

I wouldn't really say I "like" Coaster, but then again I no longer dislike it. Take that for what you will.

Aaron

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Monday, April 21, 2003 11:25 PM

nasai said:
Would have loved to, Ron. Heck, I didn't sell any pianos that day!!!! :( Regardless, glad you both had such a good time.

Aaron, so are you saying you might like Coaster one of these days? ;) I know that ride isn't for everyone. It can be terribly painful, especially in the back getting thrown into the lapbar over and over. Me? I am a masochist, I guess.

Ron, was there any expression from any of the PNE folk to the distant future and the reality of Coaster remaining where it is permanently? I would love it, if they would consider Moosh's idea for the park. Did you get a chance to throw that idea by them?
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I did not get a chance to throw 'Mooshes 'idea at them.I could only talk briefly as they were quite busy with the event.

Coaster is a ride that one has learn how to ride in order to avoid getting hit in the stomach with the lap bar,especially in the last seat with your hands up.I stand up a little bit at the moment the train drops. That way my legs make contact with the lap bar instead of my stomach.Far less painfull.;)

I did gather that the PNE will stay put until at least 2005.I was told that 70% of the Vancouver resident polled would like to see the PNE left as is where it is.The current Vancouver mayor is for the PNE staying put.There is a strong indication that the Coaster will be preserved regardless what happens to the PNE as it has been declared a city landmark.


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Meet me at the PNE in 2003. Happy 45th birthday,Coaster!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2003 8:52 PM

Ronald S. Anderson said:


Coaster is a ride that one has learn how to ride in order to avoid getting hit in the stomach with the lap bar,especially in the last seat with your hands up.I stand up a little bit at the moment the train drops. That way my legs make contact with the lap bar instead of my stomach.Far less painfull.;)


I actually figured this little trick out at the event. That's probably part of the reason why my thoughts on Coaster have improved some. I did have bruises on my legs for a couple of days after the event, but that's better than a bruised belly I suppose.

Aaron

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Friday, April 25, 2003 10:48 AM
Funny, I don't know if I WANT to try and stand up on this monster. ;) That said, I can see why. My legs have always taken a beating on Coaster. Granted, I don't mind, because I love the darn thing, but yeah, it's not the ride you'd want to hit after a week of piledriving somewhere....;)
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