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Daved Thomson

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  1. HBO Schwartzkopf Shuttle Loop or Arrow Shuttle Loop
  2. Power Rangers SFOG Log Jamboree logs or SFGA Saw Mill Logs?
  3. I agree. Great Adventure was pretty nice when It came to not only the real estate acquisitions they made to somewhat satisfy the judgements against the Switliks, but even the personal property mentioned here. When you consider the entirety of the legal battle between the two parties (Hardwick and Switlik), I tend to agree with the final outcome ultimately reached by the Supreme Court. The crazy part, in my opinion, is that all of the problems between the two seem to have been created, not by Stanley Switlik, but by his son Richard. I get the impression that he had stuck his nose into his father's business (meaning the land sale to Hardwick) when his father was comfortable with what had been agreed upon with Hardwick, because Richard wanted the land himself.
  4. 1982 was my second season working at the park and I worked right next door to Pinball Parlor at Big Wheel Burger. I never really got into the whole PacMan craze or even video games other than at home (Atari, etc.). But, several of my friends from high school also worked at the park with me in food service and were into PacMan. But, I distinctly remember going with them to what was the Dream Street Arcade (Blue Tent) to play PacMan and other video games (Asteroids comes to mind). I don't recall ever stepping foot in Pinball Parlor until the 1985 season when I briefly worked graveyard in cash control and had to go in there when the park closed to collect money from the bill/token change machines.
  5. Miss Hardwick, an adult female giraffe at Great Adventure, gave birth in front of guests at the safari on April 14, 1982. Visitors who witnessed the live birth from the safari roadway "hoorayed and applauded" when the baby boy giraffe rose to his feet and partially walked to the giraffe barn with his mother. The newborn giraffe would be named Asbury, because an Asbury Park Press reporter observed the birth along with some of the safari's visitors. His mother, Miss Hardwick, was named after the company that originally developed GA (Hardwick Companies, Inc.).
  6. Following the destruction of the Fortune Festival games area in an off-season fire, GA rebuilt that games structure (renamed Goodtime Alley) and added another games building over next to Big Wheel Burger. With Bally Manufacturing now the parent company of Six Flags, the new games building housed many of Bally's electronic games and would be called Pinball Parlor.
  7. Miss Hardwick, one of Great Adventure's female giraffes, gave birth in front of guests to the safari on April 14, 1982. Those driving through the safari "hoorayed and applauded" when the baby boy giraffe rose to his feet and partially walked to the giraffe barns with his mother. The newborn giraffe was named Asbury, because an Asbury Park Press reporter observed the birth along with guests on the safari's roadway. His mother, Miss Hardwick, was named after the company that originally developed GA (Hardwick Companies, Inc.).
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