This may well be the very first roller coaster I ever rode…
As you can tell – it was a terrible experience that ruined me for the rest of my life 🙂
With hockey season now finally underway (I’m a huge fan) I thought I’d share with you one of my most treasured NHL-related mementos…
This photo was taken by my Mom at our old home in Evergreen – the man between my sister and I is none other than former San Jose Shark, Perry Berezan.
Somehow, my aunt knew someone who in turn knew Perry – and as cool as hockey players are, he was able to drop in and say “hello, eh!”
Now, as amazing as it was to have a bona fide hockey player visit your house – one moment in particular still stands out for me.
Perry asked me, “What’s your favorite part of hockey?”
I later found out he expected me to say, “The fights.” But instead I said, “The goals.” That must have resonated with him – because he said so to my aunt after he left.
I’m still not sure how she got Perry to come to the house – but damn am I appreciative of it!
Oh and don’t ask about the floral print couches – it was a LONG time ago…
If this photo doesn’t capture my love of amusement and theme parks, then I’m not sure what photo could…
Yours truly on the venerable (and sorely missed) Triple Wheel at Great America in Santa Clara, CA. Here’s hoping it brings as much joy to you as it did to me finding it in an old photo album.
For those wondering what the ride looked like that I’m pictured on, this great video from GreatAmericaParks.com should help you out – the sound ALONE should spark your memory:
Today’s Throwback Thursday is a rare gem!
Presenting the Arrow pipeline concept – a roller coaster that stood for many years in Arrow’s Clearfield, UT plant. However, it never made it into a park (although Intamin would make a similar design in Asia several years later).
This video shows the process of testing and some rare POV of the ride as well – anyone want to get in line to be the first riders? Don’t forget to check out our documentary project on Arrow Development by following American Coaster Enthusiasts on Facebook!