By Paula @ Holiday World

Ten years ago today, we said good-bye to a wonderful man.

Bill Koch devoted his life to developing Santa Claus Land and the town of Santa Claus.

Bill and Pat Koch made quite a team.

Here there are in 1999, trying out one of the trains for The Legend wooden coaster, which opened in 2000.

Bill and Pat Koch in 1999

Nathan put together this video tribute to Mr. Koch, which will be shown at this afternoon's Golden Ticket Awards ceremony.

Thanks to Rick Sebak at WQED public television in Pittsburgh, for sharing this interview footage of Bill Koch, shot in 1998 as part of Rick's "Great Old Amusement Parks" documentary.

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