RipleysLegends[Book: Tim O’Brien – 2006 – 15x23cm – 268 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Highlighting ten pioneers who were instrumental in shaping the twentieth century fun park landscape. Presented here are the most detailed and comprehensive biographies about these individuals. Chapter Points: Introduction; George Millay (Father of the waterpark industry); Carl Hughes (The first president of IAAPA); Bo Kinntorph (IAAPA president & CEO of Liseberg Park); Marty Sklar (Creative guru for Walt Disney Parks); Harrison Price (Introduced professional data analysis into the industry); Dr. Roberto Ortiz (Created Costa Rica’s first theme park); John Graff (Changed the global landscape of the industry); Harold Chance (Founder of Chance Rides); Ron Toomer (Revolutionised the design and building of steel coasters); Jeff Henry (Industry visionary and waterpark ride designer). ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.

  • dwmfrancis

    I really enjoyed this book, but was disappointed that Karl Bacon, Ed Morgan and Arrow are mainly mentioned in the context of Ron Toomer’s story. Their contribution to the industry was huge, with over 200 ride systems installed at over 100 parks around the world by 1980. Their work deserves at least a chapter of its own – perhaps in Volume Two?