Web site says mayor lacked vision for Thunderbolt

Posted Friday, November 17, 2000 10:14 PM | Contributed by Jeff

A lot of preservationists and enthusiasts were upset by the sudden destruction of the classic John Allen coaster. A brief item on the Coney Island Web site talks a bit about the incident.

Read it on ConeyIsland.com.

Saturday, November 18, 2000 4:32 AM
shame...total shame....
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Saturday, November 18, 2000 6:01 AM
Stupid mayor...

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Saturday, November 18, 2000 6:14 AM
Guliani doesn't know his*****from his elbow when it comes to what's right and what's wrong. as long as his name is in the news he doesn't care how bad he looks. he's a very needy person. R.I.P. THUNDERBOLT
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Saturday, November 18, 2000 6:17 AM
The thing was DEAD people! There's almost no way they could've saved it unless they tore it down and totally rebuilt it anyways.

JD
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Saturday, November 18, 2000 6:28 AM
Is this the only stupid thing he's done, really people?
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Saturday, November 18, 2000 6:31 AM
No, but this one may be enough to vote him out of office come ellection time if the word gets out about it. I am very glad I got to see it this past summer before the city, probably in a secret pact with one of the builders of the baseball stadium, decided to gut its hstory. Whats next? Removng all of coney Island because it's "dirty"?
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Everybody calm down, the coasters do not open for another fifteen minutes. *** This post was edited by WildOne on 11/18/2000. ***
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Saturday, November 18, 2000 11:55 AM
I wish it was only fifteen minutes!!!! What a long winter this will be! Well guys I sympathize with all of you on this. I am glad I rode Camden Park's Big Dipper this year....I really worry about that park's future.

There are several of these ancient monuments that have seen better days, and even more that we never got to see. It is funny how something like Chippewa Lake (Medina, OH)can still remain, basically untouched for the last 15 years without any evidence of someone successfully getting rid of it. It will be a glorious day when that park gets attention again.
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Saturday, November 18, 2000 2:34 PM
We haven't had a chance to go to Coney Island, but here in Massachusetts we have an old park called Whalom Park that just closed. It had one old classic coaster - "The Black Hole Flyer Comet." It was just enough to justify the $5.00 evening admission rate. We hope this piece of history is not going to disappear.
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Saturday, November 18, 2000 6:02 PM
i wish some people would revamp coney island to its original fame and all three woodies because they look as good as cyclone.
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Saturday, November 18, 2000 8:10 PM
its coming home to kennywood
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Sunday, November 19, 2000 4:59 AM
Maybe some good will come out of the quick demolition of the Thunderbolt. Hopefully parks will start to act faster if they are thinking about relocating SBNO coasters. Look at some of the great coasters that were relocated Phoenix at Knoebels, Wild One at SFA, Skyliner at Lakemont Park. I'm sure by now if other parks didn't step in they all would have been gone forever like the Thunderbolt.

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Sunday, November 19, 2000 6:37 AM
kennywood will take it
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Sunday, November 19, 2000 7:00 AM
Mark, I heard about Whalom being in trouble...is it really closed now for good?

Also..Guliani has done wonders for the city of new york, so its really not all that fair to bash him. The thunderbolt was just one of those things in the clean up process.

Shame on those of you with money who didn't bother to help it sooner.. how we dont treasure things until they are gone.
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Sunday, November 19, 2000 12:42 PM
I'm so broke, I owe MYSELF 2 dollars!

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Monday, November 20, 2000 4:54 AM
James Disney makes a significant point.

Actually, the entire park is only a shadow of its former self. The reasons are many and varied, but most have to do with urban decay.

Personally, I’d rather ride machines like Millennium Force and Villain. It’s true that old timers can be saved and turned in to viable rides, but I think that in some cases the name and machine were more legendary than the actual ride experience.

Still, it’s sad to see a coaster like Thunderbolt go. It was certainly one of the granddaddies. Like the Pretenders song goes, ‘paved down the middle by a government that had no pride’.

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Monday, November 20, 2000 8:04 AM
Weak. Very very weak. From what I have seen of it it would have probably been awesome too. Darn goverment
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Monday, November 20, 2000 9:37 AM
No, da*n Ney York royalty. A fully fuction thunderbolt would have brought in alot more ax money than an A Class baseball stadium.

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Everybody calm down, the coasters do not open for another fifteen minutes.
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Monday, November 20, 2000 12:52 PM
kennywood should have bought it and fixed it
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Tuesday, November 21, 2000 5:08 AM
Shoulda, coulda but didn't. Oh well.
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