GEAUGA LAKE: THE FUNTIME YEARS 1969­–1995.

GeaugaLakeFuntimeYears[Book: Jim Futrell and Dave Hahner – 2015 – 17x24cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. In 1968, three businessmen left their jobs at Cedar Point in Sandusky (Ohio) to purchase Geauga Lake Amusement Park (Aurora, Ohio). Geauga Lake had been a summertime escape since the 1870s, but by the 1960s it had fallen on hard times. The businessmen’s company, Funtime, Inc., transformed the ageing facility into a modern amusement park and established a reputation as an innovative operator in one of the nation’s most competitive amusement park markets. Geauga Lake became the first park with two looping roller coasters and the first to integrate a full-scale water park, Boardwalk Shores. The company broke even more new ground in 1988 when it resurrected a classic roller coaster design to construct Raging Wolf Bobs. This book captures the park’s transformation and some of the countless memories that resulted from Funtime’s 26-year ownership. Chapter Points: Foreword (Jeff Lococo). Acknowledgments. Introduction. Prologue: 1870s–1968. A New Era Dawns: 1969–1976. Getting Loopy: 1977–1982. Making a Splash: 1983–1987. Raging into Its Second Century: 1988–1995. A Whale of a Neighbor: SeaWorld Ohio 1970–2000. Epilogue 1996–2007. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.