Thanks for pointing this out, prabe. Mr. Fetterman is, in my opinion, the Rembrandt of roller coasters. It's nice to see some very tasteful press on a deserving individual in a large paper like the Post.
"A semiautistic half-wit with a crazy math ability"
Great article about an individual with so much insight, passion, and knowledge about the amusement industry. It is a refreshing change from the usual inane "news" stories about amusement parks that are little more than superficial ballyhoo about the "ests" and bland corporatespeak about branding.
That's a good question. I think the Phoenix still gets a bigger crowd but I could be wrong. Maybe it just seems that way because the Phoenix is in a busy section of the park while Twister is pretty much off on its own.
I'm a local, and I can tell you people would ride the Phoenix 10 times before they'd ride Twister. That's not to say they don't like Twister, its just that the Phoenix has a special place in their hearts. :)
Many many people I talk to simply ride Phoenix instead of Twister because Twister is "too rough." I usually say something like "believe me, it could be much, much worse." ;)
People seem to ignore the fact that Knoebels has an EXCELLENT one-two coaster punch. Twister may not be as popular as Phoenix but it is still a great ride and I think it has only gotten better in recent years.