Back before the Web was commonplace, roller coaster/park research meant going to libraries and historical societies and digging through tons of meaninglessness to find little hidden treasures. In the early '80s, I discovered this article on the infamous Riverview Bobs in a university microfiche collection.
Sorry for quality of the images but that was the best their printer could produce. I don't even know what magazine it came from now, but I would love to see these photos in the original. There's mention of Chicago (mag?) on the bottom of page 6, but I don't think every page came from the same mag. If anyone can ID this publication, please let me know.
Here is People magazine pick of 1984's Ten Best Roller Coasters. Kings Island's King Kobra is #7. At least they chose the Texas Cyclone (RIP) as #1. Look closely and you might see someone you know in these photos.
-Lagoon's Fire Dragon compared to a sassy Joan Rivers.
-Magic Mountain's Colossus as massive as Arnold Schwarzenegger
-Texas Cyclone as rough as Tom Selleck's stubble or like riding a bucking bull on crack.
But the one I don't get is the comparison of the Riverside Cyclone to the New York Cyclone... They always say that the Riverside Cyclone was patterned after the famous New York Cyclone. The only similarity I see between the two is the name.
PS- any of you out there remember who Mr. Magoo is? If so don't forget to take your Geratol with a nice glass of warm milk.
Yeah, I noticed the Coney/Riverside Cyclone comparison as well. That didn't make any sense to me either. It was nice to see the Texas Cyclone with its three-bench PTCs still intact. That was the first year I rode TC. What a ride ...
Oh, yeah, TClone ran PTC four-benchers at first, then went to three-benchers to negotiate the turns better. Then, after a ludicrous lawsuit they put on regular headrests, followed by the foam phone booth things ... and THEN the Morgans.
That poor ride had more surgeries and alterations than Michael Jackson's nose. It really was a great ride ... until Six Flags tried to tame it .. and then destroyed it. Sad, sad, sad.
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