Your Inspiration !!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2004 9:26 PM
Who inspired you to become a coaster enthusiest or who told you about this site. While in line for the magnum I ment a guy who told me all about this site. I do not know his name but he is on tv a lot. ( Mostly discovery channel ) If it was not for him I never would of learned 3/4 of the stuff I know about roller coasters. Who inspired you or who told you about coaster buzz.

TTD was built

TTD was broke

TTD is alive

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Tuesday, March 16, 2004 9:30 PM
I found this web site last year searching the web. What kept me coming back was the fact I work with two parks, and the speculation about them brings me and my co-workers many laughs!
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Tuesday, March 16, 2004 10:02 PM
As far as People, it's David Escalante. He has been on several coaster shows, (best known is the Team GRP/Guinness record show, "30 Coasters in 24 hours"). But he is always so energized, whether he's riding coasters, or talking about them. But the thing that really drives me when it comes to coasters is the memories I have of the time in my life when I was too scared to ride any coasters. I am so glad those days are over forever!
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Tuesday, March 16, 2004 10:13 PM
The person that inspired me to become a coaster enthusiast is my dad. I used to be scared to death of any ride that moved, and somehow one day he got me to go to Kennywood with him and he got me on Jackrabbit. I absolutely loved this ride and had to get more of it! It took me a while after that to build up to the taller, faster, and looping coasters, but I am so glad that he got me to ride my first coaster. The weird thing is that earlier that year while at the Magic Kingdom I rode Goofy's Barnstormer and was scared to death of it and didn't like it and then I go ride Jackrabbit and love it.

I found out about this site in 2000 while I was just searching the internet looking for various coaster sites. I'm glad I found it cause this is where I get most of my coaster news and I visit this site many times a day.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2004 10:15 PM
I discovered this site one day at school when searching the web. I just started posting and continue that now.

How I became an enthusiast is an interesting question. I've been attending Kings Dominion since I moved to Virginia, 8 years ago. I've had a season pass every year. It took me awhile to ride the bigger coasters, bigger than Scooby Doo. When I finally rode Rebel Yell, I had a great time. I eventually moved onto Grizzly and Hurler.

I was visiting Six Flags Great Adventure with some friends one day, and I was convinced to ride Batman: The Ride. I rode it and loved it. I wish I could've ridden hundreds of more times. Sadly, we had to leave.

Then back to PKD, I got on Volcano and loved that as well. Just kept moving up and fell in love with the thrill, speed, everything! Its just such a thrill to seek down different rides and ride them again and again! Wee...I can't wait for PKD to open, 10 days, seems like forever!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2004 10:41 PM
Me, and me.

I've been to Lake Winnie at least once every year of my life. When I was tall enough, I rode the Cannonball. I loved it as much as I thought I would.

I found Coasterbuzz, and started posting.

Bland stories I know, but true.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2004 11:09 PM
My sister started me on the path to enthusiasm, and she dosen't even ride anymore!

As for finding this site, I was a huge coaster-net.com fan(the RCT and rumors). It was the best I could find @ the time. When they changed hosts, I knew that they were once hosted by a site named....coasterbuzz. I came here and never left(I'm sure some would have wished I would have...;)).

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Tuesday, March 16, 2004 11:34 PM
Probably only myself. I was at SFO in 2000 for Physics day in High School I think it was the day before opening, and I was going to be one of the first to ride BKF but I was too scared. I came back a week or so later with my parents and we all rode and I loved it and craved them ever since.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2004 11:59 PM
First of all I have loved coasters for as long as I could remember and when I was a kid living in New England going to Canobie, Story Land, and Santa's Village were yearly events; however it wasnt until Discovery Channel's Thrills Chills and Spills that I crossed the line.

After an evening of that fine programing (well it used to be) my family decided that we were going to hit as many parks on that show as we could every summer.

Joining ACE, finding this site and screamscape all followed within the year.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2004 12:11 AM
My wife and kids (as well as myself, of course) enjoyed the parks so much that that was my inspiration.

I really did not pay much attention to parks and coasters and stuff like that until my late 20's when I starting visiting with my own kids. Then I found this site searching for coaster details online. It just grew from there.

Prior to that I would visit a park once every couple of years. Now, during the season, it's every couple of weeks!

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Wednesday, March 17, 2004 12:13 AM
I'm not an enthusiast.
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Wednesday, March 17, 2004 12:39 AM
Found this site searching the web. As for my addiction, my bro is to blame. I was about 10, and the family packed into the van and headed from Bend, OR to Valencia, CA.
The first thing in the park we headed to was the Mountain Express. I had no idea mice are *supposed* to appear as if they are going over the edge before making the corner. I got off shaking, thinking we were lucky to be alive, seeing as the cars were off the track. Why this bothered no one else went beyond me. Screw The Great American Revolution, and Colossus as well; no more coasters for me. So I spent the rest of the day doing flats.
Towards the end of the night, my bro convinced me to give the Goldrusher a try. Reluctantly, I went on the ride. I ended up power riding it until the close of the day. It was, to me, nothing short of absolutely incredible.
My obsession began...
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Wednesday, March 17, 2004 2:09 AM
I found Coasterbuzz from when Jeff posted about it on RRC right before it started. Just look at my sign up date in my profile.

As for coasters in general I liked them ever since Knoebels built/ relocated the Phoenix. I remember my grandmothers one friend told me about it before it was revealed. But it then she just told me it was somthing big and long. I remember she even gave me some coaster mag. I'm guessing an old issue of Roller Coaster from back in the 80's. The only article I remember from it is one of a homemade coaster Liz's Street Lightning or somthing like that. I think that issue had somthing about GASM in GA running backwards as well.

I didn't really learn how much I liked coasters untill I rode the Wildcat at Hershey. That totally blew me away when I rode it. I had no idea where I was while I was on it. At that point I liked coasters but it wasn't until Knoebels built Twister when I started to lear how big of a fiend I actually was/am. *** Edited 3/17/2004 7:27:02 AM UTC by coasterpunk***

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Wednesday, March 17, 2004 2:43 PM
Girls. I was scared to death of them forever. I went to Geauga Lake in 99 with some girls and not to appear the wuse I rode, fell in love. My relationships with those lovely ladies fell apart but my love for coasters and that park in particular still thrives.

Found this site back in the days of SFO when it had the refreshinglook.com forums. Still visit, dont post as much.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2004 2:54 PM
Lessee. I can't remember a time when I wasn't fascinated with coasters. Even before I ever rode one, I used to check out "Goodbye, Coney Island, Goodbye" from the elementary school library. And my 1986 Guinness Book of World Records automatically fell open to the picture of Moonsault Scramble.

As far as online enthusiasm, Eric Griswold's World of Coasters site was the first enthusiast site I found. Of the few enthusiasts I've met in person, I was introduced to all of them through that site (after I e-mailed them about their reviews).

Soon after I discovered RRC, then Robert Coker's site, and finally C-buzz.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2004 3:01 PM
Well I've always loved coasters. When I was a kid I had the fortune to go to SFOMA regularly because my whole family had season passes.

Over the years I got credits on several Fla coasters during family vacations. But when I moved to Ohio for college I really hit the big time. Going to PKI and CP really thrust me into the enthusiast that I am today.

After moving to Oregon for grad school I suffered from coaster withdrawal (Looping Thunder just wasn't enough). That's when I found this place.

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