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August 10, 1990 | By Edward Brown, Special to The Inquirer
There's a new space-age roller coaster that turns the world upside down for riders at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township N.J. and it's as exciting as a parachute jump. That was my impression anyway, as one of the lucky first to try the thrill ride Shockwave when it made its debut this season. Great Adventure, which has a penchant for providing the ultimate in roller- coaster kicks, has outdone itself. The ride aboard this electric-blue shocker is a two-minute, 55-mile-per- hour chase across nearly a half-mile of open sky, the kicker being that there are no seats aboard Shockwave: Riders go from start to finish on their own two feet.
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June 25, 1989 | By Paul Meskil, New York Daily News
America is having a roller-coaster renaissance, with amusement parks all over the country spending millions of dollars on rides designed to attract more screamers than ever before. Two of the new thrill titans are competing for the title of world's tallest and fastest roller coaster. The contenders - both of which opened to the public this spring - are the Great American Scream Machine at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, N.J., and the Magnum XL-200 at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1998 | By Jeff Gammage, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To some, the abandoned wooden roller coaster on the edge of Lakemont Park is a crumbling remnant of pre-World War I Americana, standing mostly because no one could afford to knock it down. To others, the Leap the Dips is a turn-of-the-century treasure - the world's oldest roller coaster, the holy grail of greased rails, a shrine that draws pilgrims from as far away as France, Belgium and Turkey to this weathered railroad town about 80 miles east of Pittsburgh. Last summer, five dozen English roller-coaster enthusiasts crossed the Atlantic to gaze upon its failing tracks and frayed cupola.
NEWS
July 20, 2005 | By Kera Ritter INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kingda Ka, the world's tallest, fastest roller coaster, could be running again by the end of the month, a spokeswoman for Six Flags Great Adventure said. "Things are going very well," said Kristin Siebeneicher, public-relations manager for the Jackson Township, N.J., park. "Our maintenance team is working hand in hand with the ride manufacturer and the State of New Jersey to complete the launch track area. " The roller coaster, which opened May 19, has been shut down since it malfunctioned during a routine test June 8. A liner in the trough of the launch track became dislodged and damaged other parts.
NEWS
October 18, 1999 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, and Alletta Emeno, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Paul Barteld isn't sure whether his 7-year-old son will ever ride a roller coaster again. Michael Barteld, of Pine Hill, was aboard the Wild Wonder coaster on Ocean City's boardwalk on Aug. 28 when the car ahead malfunctioned, plummeted backward 40 feet, tore around a sharp corner, and slammed into his car. A mother and daughter, Kimberly Bailey, 39, and Jessica Bailey, 8, of Pomona, N.Y., were thrown from the crashing car and killed. "It was very scary for him," said Paul Barteld, whose son was cut and bruised.
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July 22, 2013 | Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas - Investigators will try to determine if a woman who died while riding a roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in North Texas fell from the ride after some witnesses said she had not been properly secured. The accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. Friday at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Park spokeswoman Sharon Parker confirmed that a woman died while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster - dubbed the tallest steel-hybrid coaster in the world - but did not specify how she was killed.
NEWS
July 8, 1987 | By KURT HEINE, Daily News Staff Writer
Operator error caused a Chester teen-ager to fall to her death from a Great Adventure roller-coaster last month, according to a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Labor. An operator erred in locking padded restraint bars on the Lightnin' Loops ride before the victim could get under them, Joe Palazzone, the department's chief investigator, said yesterday. The worst penalty the department can impose on Great Adventure is a fine ranging from $25 to $500, and the department can do nothing to the worker, Palazzone said.
NEWS
July 12, 1987 | By Alan Sipress, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park, where last month a young Chester woman fell to her death from a roller coaster, does not adhere to a policy that is common among other parks: checking by hand that safety restraints are secure on all roller coaster riders. Of 10 major American amusement parks surveyed by The Inquirer last week, only two in addition to Great Adventure said they do not require their employees to hand-check all roller coaster safety bars or harnesses. They are Hershey Park in Hershey and Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 1987 | By Don Russell, Special to The Inquirer
Think of the most exciting thing you've ever done. Your pulse quickens. Your heart palpitates. A tingling heat spreads across the back of your neck. And there's an intangible feeling in your gut - like you're on the edge of something, teetering between supreme delight and extreme danger. Now, climb into a roller coaster car. Strap on the lap harness, giggle nervously and lean back into the seat. The car lurches forward with a jerk and starts climbing into the sky. The chain-drive clink-clink-clinks, inexorably dragging the coaster's passengers to the top. Clink-clink-clink.
NEWS
January 5, 1987 | By JOHN WHITE and LESLIE SCISM, Daily News Staff Writer
First there was the jolt, recalled Genevieve White, a passenger aboard the wrecked Amtrak Colonial. "It was the most frightening thing that could possibly happen," the Mount Airy woman said last night. "It was like being on a roller coaster going sideways. I said, 'Oh, my God, we're going in the river.' I was positive I was going to a fiery grave in the water. " The crash was equally scary from outside the confines of the 12-car train. Michele Exter, who was hanging laundry in her back yard when disaster struck about 40 yards away, remembers "a sound like the crunch of metal.
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August 23, 2015 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Storybook Land nostaglia amusement park has delighted generations of children for 60 years. It opened in July 1955 in Egg Harbor Township on Routes 40/322 - once the main route to the Shore - as the vision of John Fricano and his wife, Esther, who wanted to build a place for young families and their children. The couple started off with a five-acre wooded site. John Fricano, an Army veteran and housepainter, built the first attractions - the Little Red Schoolhouse, the Old Woman's Shoe, and Jack and Jill's Hill.
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July 27, 2015 | By Shannon McCloskey Allain, For The Inquirer
SANDUSKY, Ohio - Our three sons love roller coasters. This year, the youngest, who possesses an understanding of their mechanics and physics far beyond his 10 years, wrote an essay on the low probability of rider injury so persuasive that even his risk-averse mother couldn't argue with it. For two years, the boys had been on a quest to persuade us to take them to Cedar Point, the amusement park on Lake Erie known as "The Roller Coaster Capital of...
SPORTS
March 18, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
SOMEDAY AFTER the NCAA Tournament is over and, since JayVaughn Pinkston is of legal age, Villanova coach Jay Wright said he's going to buy his senior forward a beer and ask him what changed. The conversation Wright said he was going to have with Pinkston before the season started, the one about senior leadership and sacrifice and example-setting, was never necessary. Pinkston had figured it all out and was already bringing it to the table. "JayVaughn is what a coach dreams of having in a senior," Wright said yesterday as the Wildcats prepared to face Lafayette on Thursday in Pittsburgh in an NCAA Tournament East Regional game.
SPORTS
January 16, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before the Phillies' shortstops of past and future were no longer part of the same organization, J.P. Crawford had a couple of opportunities to chat with Jimmy Rollins. Crawford twice visited Citizens Bank Park, first after he was drafted in 2013 and again in September, when he was feted as the team's top minor-league player. "He just told me that it's going to be long seasons ahead of you and you're going to have bumps; you're going to have a roller coaster of a ride," Crawford said.
SPORTS
November 24, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nerlens Noel is showing signs that he can be a solid player in the NBA. But the 76ers rookie is likely to have ups and downs for the rest of the season. Noel showed both extremes in the span of 48 hours. On Friday, the 6-foot-11, 217-pounder was relegated to bystander status in a home loss to Phoenix. He made his lone shot and scored all three of his points early in the first quarter before disappearing for the rest of the game. Then on Saturday, the rookie remained active and finished with career highs of 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 91-83 loss to the Knicks.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Annette, 16, loves scary things, from movies to amusement-park rides, with roller coasters at the top of the list. "Technically speaking, life is a roller coaster," she says. "I have my ups and downs, and sometimes I feel I'm going in a circle. " "I guess bad things happen," she adds, "but then good times come. " An animal lover, Annette is considering volunteering at a shelter, and, in the long run, hopes to become a veterinarian. Her favorite subject in school is English, but when not in class, she enjoys spending time with her many friends and listening to rap and hip-hop.
NEWS
September 22, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
WILDWOOD - Maybe you've had one of those evenings on the boardwalk when the rides have tired you out so much you just want to lie down right there and have a snooze beneath the glimmering lights and speeding roller coasters. Well now you can, because on Oct. 4, Morey's Piers will host a first-ever outdoor sleepover on the pier. It's called the "Boardwalk Bunk-Down," and beginning at noon that day, campers can bring tents, sleeping bags, and other supplies to Morey's Adventure Pier and set up camp.
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July 22, 2013 | Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas - Investigators will try to determine if a woman who died while riding a roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in North Texas fell from the ride after some witnesses said she had not been properly secured. The accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. Friday at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Park spokeswoman Sharon Parker confirmed that a woman died while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster - dubbed the tallest steel-hybrid coaster in the world - but did not specify how she was killed.
NEWS
May 16, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. - It built an early reputation as a boardwalk thrill ride, but will be remembered as a symbol: the roller coaster that dropped into the Atlantic Ocean. On Tuesday, as people watched from the decks of a pizza joint and a shuttered tattoo parlor, a soaring crane on a barge began unceremoniously taking apart the mangled Jet Star, still partially submerged where it has sat since Hurricane Sandy. And in what seemed like no time at all, not long after Prince Harry left, the image that has defined the impact of Sandy at the Jersey Shore began to disappear, twisted track by twisted track, like a beach eroding before your eyes.
NEWS
May 15, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Update: Prince Harry has ended his short visit to the Shore with Gov. Christie and flown to New York for the next stop on his tour. During his visit, the prince walked on the Seaside Heights Boardwalk with the governor, who presented the royal guest with one of his trademark fleece jackets. SEASIDE HEIGHTS - Prince Harry, as it turns out, will be among the final tourists to take in the sobering sight of the Jet Star roller coaster in the Atlantic Ocean that has defined Hurricane Sandy on the Jersey Shore.
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