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  1. I'm just seeing this post about still not finding where to get these tapes and I'd swear that I sent you a message last year that I had found the company that has the distribution rights to the Mike Douglas Show. Clearly I didn't post anything here on GAH, but again, I know I found the information including address and phone number because I remember thinking OMG, this stuff has been sitting right under our nose. The company is located in West Long Branch. Could I have possibly sent you a personal email? I'll go back through my sent mail folders, but I definitely located the company because I almost fell off the chair when I noticed the West Long Branch address. Okay, this is NOT the information I believed I had sent you with the West Long Branch address, however, there is a phone number, contact person, and some ordering information on how to go about obtaining specific episodes... https://web.archive.org/web/20090831234905/http://www.themikedouglasshow.com/ Per the website... The Mike Douglas Show archives are currently being licensed for professional use in television programs, DVDs, and documentaries. Out of the 4000+ shows Mike hosted, only a small number have been remastered from the original 2" tapes. The majority of the programs listed on this website have been remastered, but many more episodes and guests are available as well. Screening tapes of already-remastered programs can be provided to interested parties at a cost of $95 per 90-minute episode. Fees for licensing of clips will be determined separately on a case-by-case basis. If an episode has not been transferred from it's 2" master tape, the cost for a screener is $200 per program. KINGWORLD PRODUCTIONS FOOTAGE 555 West 57th Street New York, NY 10019 attn: Donna Fields (212) 817-5601 email: dfields@kingworld.com
  2. Erika, if I'm not mistaken, had a twin (or perhaps an older/younger) sister that also worked at Great Adventure for years. I believe her sister was in Food Service for a number of years. They both had pretty heavy accents, but I can't for the life of me remember where they were born/from originally. Very nice ladies and real fans of Great Adventure.
  3. Okay, I guess I'm getting old... FUBAR is an acronym for...?
  4. It will only be the new normal for any business that can operate profitably doing business this way. Many businesses, sadly, will disappear if they can not adopt to operating this way. That is why I believe if governments mandate this type of operation, you will see many different industries disappear because they can not operate at a profit.
  5. Personally, I believe that imposing these "lock downs," especially the longer they go on, will eventually be declared unconstitutional. It's not as if every person who contracts the virus dies from it. We are actually increasing the period of time that it will take to develop an immunity to the disease by maintaining these lock downs. Now, keep in mind that I'm taking this position living in Long Beach, CA. I still have my father and a sister and brother and their families living in NJ and my sister and her husband own a seafood restaurant there. They want to reopen their seafood restaurant (which is take-out only), but because the restaurant is enormously popular, county officials will not permit them to reopen. That, to me, is just ludicrous and quite frankly, unAmerican. We know the risks associated with this virus at this point. I don't see how, knowing the risks involved, anyone should be prevented from going out and associating with anyone else willing to associate with them. From the start, we have been told that the point of all of these stay at home orders was to slow the virus, not to stop the virus. We have slowed it. We will not stop it until we've cured it, developed a vaccine, or developed an immunity to it. As morbid as this may sound, we will all die one day and none of us will have chosen when, where, or how we died.
  6. A reservation system and limits on daily attendance just doesn't sound like it could be profitable for many of the parks. For it to work at Great Adventure I would think you'd have to have maximum daily limits on attendance and ensure those limits are reached each day. Think about how difficult that would be to do consistently in a park like Great Adventure where so many of the park's costs are fixed. I have no idea what daily attendance needs to be generated at the gate in order to break even these days, because parks have a vast number of revenue streams that they did not have before the advent of the digital economy. I just don't see how making it more difficult for your target market to get to you and experience your product could ever be a good thing for a business. And, when you read some of those articles about the public not planning on attending theme parks until the virus is gone, a vaccine developed, or the population developing immunity, without sounding too depressing, I think the theme park industry is going to have to search long and hard to find some means of operating profitably.
  7. I realize we're talking different manufacturers, but is this a cleverly disguised Calypso with lower capacity?
  8. While I do not know this for sure, I believe he may have been tasked with creating the scale models for all of the Six Flags parks new attractions in 1978, which was his first and last season with the company.
  9. So sorry to hear of his passing. In my opinion, Butch Dring was comfortable taking the back seat to initially Warner LeRoy and then the many General Managers to come and go at Great Adventure. He was very secure in his own skin. The reality is that Butch Dring was the leader and father of the Safari from the day it was announced to the day he left the company. Without Butch Dring, there would be no Safari at Great Adventure.
  10. True, but you're looking at it from the perspective of the person being asked the question versus the person asking the question. I assume the person who has the question, has not heard it asked before. I'm am also referring to the question being asked orally as opposed to written.
  11. I see others have already answered your question. As an aside, I was always taught that there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers.
  12. Thank you, Harry, for the appointment and kind words. And, "thank you" to all of the other key leaders at GA History for the warm welcome. As I'm sure it has been for each of you, Great Adventure has been in my blood (and mind) since my pre-teen years. I am eagerly looking forward to helping out wherever I can. As I have mentioned to Harry many times before, the historical content of this website, in my opinion, is without compare. I'm truly honored to work with each of you as the best theme park history site on the web only gets better. The greatest day in my life is here.
  13. Landscaping (especially trees) Employee costumes (by department or theme) Aqua Spectacle Parking Lot Trams Live Entertainment throughout the park
  14. Much of this, I have to believe, Warner LeRoy was behind given his penchant for everything over the top. I can only imagine the battles he must have had with Hardwicke when it came to the marketing of the park. But, in the end, it was absolutely crazy to have had multiple tag lines during those first two seasons when they should have been positioning the park very clearly in the minds of consumers. When I worked in research at the park (1985), the research library (basically a closet) was where we met each morning before going into the park to do ATS. I would often read the various reports they had on the shelves. It was crazy how many different research studies they conducted (during those first few seasons) regarding awareness and imagery of the park. Huge proportions of those considering a visit to the park were unsure of exactly what the park was supposed to be. I'm talking figures like two-thirds and more.
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