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Welcome! We're hoping to get a lot more of the alumni on the site, so keep checking back!

 

My hat's off to anyone who caught cars on the Dream Street end. I did that for one shift, and it was more than enough for me. :D

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Hi, my name is Neil. I worked on viper back in the 95 season. I remember the mechanics comming out every morning to weld the 3 foot crack in the track in the heart line spin section bout 1\4 way in.lol & And the air conditioning in the computer room was wicked cold! i had the high score on solitare for the longest time. Anyways it was alot of fun back in the day but the outfits we had to wear were redicoulous! rember the jean shorts with the red checkered shirts and hankerchief. Well the best part of working rides was it was easy for us high school kids to pick up hot chicks and give them the 'backstage tour' or hook up with your supers and go 'hang out under the station' anyways too bad viper is the only sfGA coaster to ever get completly scrapped. But TOGO built a horrible ride. it was fun to go to top of lift hill like 30 times a day to hit the start button. they should have welded a chair up there. well i got lots o story to tell of viper days. ill post more later

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Hi Neil, welcome to GAH! We hope you enjoy the site and we look forward to more great Viper stories. We could really use your expertise when we put together a Spotlight for Viper!

 

Wasn't this the computer room for Viper or was it located within the station building? I always liked how the inside of the door still featured Ultra Twister blue from when it was the computer room for that ride.

 

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Ya that sure is it. i guess GA was tring to save money on paint.lol. Well ill be more than happy to tell ya anything i can remember about viper. or any of the shannanagins that went on back satge.lol, just thinking of those days makes me laugh. That might have been the most fun job i ever had. Well i live in Az now but will be moving back to sayreville in few months. I cant wait to go and see how the park has changed

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I bet you guys on Viper got a decent laugh out of those of us who waited upwards of a few hours to get on that thing when it first arrived. I know I get a good laugh out of it these days.

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every one who worked on that ride used to fight on who was doing test runs before park would open. and if we had extra people and an extra seat on the train one of us were in it. rough ride but still fun.

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After the great saddle of 96 we had very little issues with the mechanics of the ride. I remember track issues in 98 when they replaced two areas, one at end of the service break and one after the heartline. Our main problem were the guests. I constantly had to hit a lift stop for those getting out of the harness.

Ah fun times.

 

There are so many stories to tell. Many true but most are false.

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Hey winfield do you remember jen she was one of the night leads?

 

I worked the night shift from 95 to 98 mostly in the western section. I remember a Jen that was a night lead but I can't remember if it was at Mine Train or Viper.

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Jen was over at Mine Train and sometimes so was Rochelle/ Mike was at RT along with Miracle. Viper had myself and Marcus.

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Jen was over at Mine Train and sometimes so was Rochelle/ Mike was at RT along with Miracle. Viper had myself and Marcus.

 

 

Wow, I haven't heard those names in a long time. Brings back lots of memories.

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I remember Mike and Marcus, but I only worked with Miracle in 2000 and 2002. I can't remember where she was in 2001...maybe at Sky Coaster?

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Last I remember Mike became a Blue tag but assume he left since I have not seen him since Ka's first season.

 

I have been trying very hard to get back in touch with Rochelle, Miracle, Pat (who looks identical to me but was kicked off Viper for a violation and moved into shows).

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Hi all! My name is Eric. I worked at the park from '96 through '00 and was part time for '01 & '02. I started in Rides at Western Cables and through out my tenure I was the lead of the Log Flume, Mine Train, Western Cables, Big Wheel and Sky Coaster (The Record Breaking Crew, I still have the Shirt they gave us!). I also did a stint in the Ice house with Mike Savage and Chet (Former and Legendary Log Flume Lead) and was a lead in Grounds. I had a great time working in the park and have met some of the best people there, many of whom I am still in touch with today. Eric

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Hi Eric,

 

Welcome to the GAH! That's an impressive resume of rides! If you haven't alredy done so checkout our Spotlight pages on the Skyride, Runaway Train, and the Big Wheel and our conversations about them here on the Forums. We haven't done the Log Flume one yet but we may need your expertise!

 

We hope you enjoy the site! :)

 

 

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Eric! Good to hear from you. We had some good times working together. Western Cables Rules! I ran into Chet about 2 years ago. He's still exactly the same. We really did work with some awesome people.

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I would be glad to help with any of the Spotlights. I've been enjoying reading about the rides and reminiscing all of my time working in the park. Great Job!

 

Eric

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Does anyone still keep in touch with Campbell or Rochelle Scotti from that time period?

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Does anyone still keep in touch with Campbell or Rochelle Scotti from that time period?

 

I know Campbell is a detective with the Jackson PD now.

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Man was Campbell intense but a great guy. I miss so many people from the Viper days. I keep in touch with a few still but want to try to contact a few more, especially Rochelle. I was looking through all my Viper pics last night of the crew and realized what a great time I actually had working there for three years. The fact that most of us remained on the same ride also allowed us to form a bond that is hard to find almost anywhere.

Cables was the most difficult ride I ever worked on. I do not know how you guys did it all day. I worked on it once when they were doing track work on Viper and was like dancing up and down when they called me back over to start up the ride for the state inspector.

I will never forget the day that Shaun was training someone new and was at the top of the lift for a block check and the side attendant accidentally hit the emergency stop on the side panel that was next to the operator booth. The entire lift shook like crazy with an e-stop. I called him to make sure he was OK and while he was shaky and scared the girl training with him was in tears. Trying to lie to the supervisor and maintenance men that we didn't know what happened (since e-stops are actually safety violations in some cases) was such a chore. I felt so bad for Shaun and the girl but we laughed at it 5 mins later since everyone was OK. ...good times.

Edited by Winfield

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