August 10, 1990 |
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.
June 25, 1989 |
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.
June 25, 1998 |
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.
July 20, 2005 |
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.
June 14, 2010 |
If you handed Robert F. Gaynor a microphone at a gathering, your chances of getting it back were slim. Bob, as he was best known, was a ham if there ever was one. Give him an audience and he was in his element. He was the life-of-the-party kind of guy who could croon a '50s ballad at a karaoke, make a speech, tell jokes, whatever the situation called for. He was also an actor who was proud of his role as an extra in the popular 2006 film "Invincible," and acted in numerous plays for a theater group in South Jersey.
October 18, 1999 |
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.
July 8, 1987 |
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.
July 12, 1987 |
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.
July 24, 1987 |
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.
January 5, 1987 |
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.