An A+ for Hannah

Hannah is a sweetie. I met her a few seasons ago when she visited the park with her family. Her dad is a journalist from Cincinnati. Hannah is finishing up 4th grade ("Just like Bart Simpson," her dad told me). Her proud papa emailed me a theme paper (remember those?) for which Hannah received 25…

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Holiday World heist

What a nice email (including the subject line, above) from a new friend from across the pond: Good Evening/Afternoon Paula! It is Friday night over here and after a hard day's work I am relaxing at home as I am traveling 2 hours at 7am in the morning to get to Alton Towers for a…

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I, Yappa…

…being of sound mind and … No, that’s not it. When you get involved in this industry, it doesn’t take long to hear about “I, Yappa.” Or actually, IAAPA. The International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions. You know, I-APPA. Or, as some say, I-double-A-P-A. It’s our mighty trade organization. And they just happen to…

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A conversation

Will: I can't believe how many people watch The Colbert Report. Me: And to think we'd never even heard of the guy until a month ago. Will: (My daughter) Leah says her History teacher talks about him in class. Me: And to think we'd never even heard of the guy until a month ago. Will:…

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Golden memories

Hosting the Golden Ticket Awards was a blast. It was well over a year ago that we started bugging Amusement Today publisher Gary Slade that we wanted to host the Golden Ticket Awards again. Turns out he already had us in mind. (Surely it had nothing to do with him wanting to ride this new…

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Snakes on the brain

Long green snake at Voyage

Been wrestling all season about whether to share this story. Snakes, after all, cause many people to get the vapors. And here I am, fresh out of smelling salts. But in light of the movie that’s getting so much attention these days, it’s time to unleash. Back in late April, before The Voyage opened to…

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A mother’s prerogative

It’s a mother’s prerogative to be really rotten once in a while.  Yesterday evening, my son James and I headed down to The Voyage. I had to check on a few things in preparation for media coverage on Opening Day. Then I saw it That sign. The “Are You Tall Enough To Ride?” sign. Now,…

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One last day for the auction

Gary and James on The Raven

The excitement is just beginning for our eBay charity auction. We’re down to the last day, so it should get wild in the coming hours. We’ve received lots of wonderful feedback as well as a few emails asking for some coaching so that they are sure to win. No big secret: Bid more money than…

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Mother’s Day hits twice

I tease Thomas that he’s my egghead son. John, 13, is my musical son. And James, 5, is my farm-boy son. Here they are on Christmas morn a few years back. They’re all bright fellows, but Tom is what I sometimes refer to as “scary smart.” I have, by the way, a newspaper clipping of…

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Can we tie in with today’s big nat’l news?

Star Wars poster

You betcha! This banner is hanging outside the building of the town’s sole C-store. It made me think of a story from a few years back … It was the summer of 2002, less than a year after Mr. Koch passed away. A lovely bipartisan effort by our state legislature resulted in the renaming of…

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Around and around we go!

Revolution at night

Well. Maybe not we. I don’t know, maybe it has something to do with getting older, but those circular rides make me sick. Sorry, I can’t “spin” this into something positive, but it really doesn’t matter, does it? You either like to put centrifugal force to the test or you don’t. I’ll  gladly pass Back…

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Would you like to take a walk?

Mrs. Koch in front of tiki head

A lot of children (and some adults) think working at a theme park is the coolest job imaginable. Yes, making families happy for a living is an amazing career. Permit me, however, to clear up a few possible misconceptions: No, we don’t get to go on rides all day No, we don’t take long lunches…

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