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Throwback Thursday – My First Roller Coaster

Copyright 2015, Kris Rowberry

This may well be the very first roller coaster I ever rode…

Copyright 2015, Kris Rowberry

At the Santa Clara County Fair!

As you can tell – it was a terrible experience that ruined me for the rest of my life 🙂


Throwback Thursday – NHL Edition

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.

Perry was incredibly nice - just like all hockey players are!

Perry was incredibly nice – just like all hockey players are!

Perry Card

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…

Matterhorn Bobsleds – Throwback Thursday

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Yes, that’s yours truly, Kris Rowberry – on my first ever ride on the historic Matterhorn Bobsleds. I suppose it’s ironic, considering I’m working with several of my ACE friends to tell the story of the company that built them.

Once an Arrow fan – ALWAYS an Arrow fan!

Copyright 2015, Kris Rowberry. All rights reserved.

Kris Rowberry and family take on Arrow’s Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland.

Apparently, even back in 1997, I was analyzing rides for a later review…

Copyright 2015, Kris Rowberry. All rights reserved.

Your author, trying to figure out how the Matterhorn operated, even back in 1996!

Throwback Thursday – Triple Wheel at Great America

If this photo doesn’t capture my love of amusement and theme parks, then I’m not sure what photo could…

Two defunct rides in this picture – can you spot the other one?

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 should help you out – the sound ALONE should spark your memory:

The Arrow Dynamics Pipeline Coaster – This Week’s Throwback Thursday

Today’s Throwback Thursday is a rare gem!

Arrow Pipeline Coaster

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!


Throwback Thursday – from Marine World Africa USA

From the first season the park was in Vallejo – circa far too long ago!

Not sure if I could handle having long hair like that again!

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