News and notes on the 2018 IAAPA trade show

Rich Poling, Hardy Haberman and I attended the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions trade show November 12 through 16, 2018.  For years we traveled from city to city, but now and I guess forever – Orlando, FL.

William L. Haralson, renowned Economic Feasibility Guru invited us to share his booth.  Minick Associates and Haralson Associates have collaborated on jobs for years.  He begins the project and we take it through to the end.  A great collaboration for more years than I can remember.  Thank you, Bill and Marsha, for continuing the collaboration.

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Creating the magic

Minick Associates has an exciting new job in and we are happy to announce Hardy Haberman is joining us on this project.  Rich and Hardy have 30 years of amusement project collaborations.  Bob and I have known and loved Hardy 44 years, so I have a long list of great Hardy Haberman stories.  Rich is happy Hardy has known our clients as long as we have so any inappropriate comments from me will be OK (Rich hopes).

Mum’s the word, but this is an exciting project and our conference calls sparkle with energy and ideas flying.  Our client/friend is a true showman who lives and breathes amusement facilities.  Fun and magic daily.  It really doesn’t get any better than this one.  Bob’s upstairs orchestrating.

Pictures are of two very talented men.  Rich hard at work at his drawing table, Hardy bribing me with a coke so he can get back to work.

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Grand Old Man of Wooden Roller Coasters

Today I received the most incredible gift from dear friend, Gary Slade, owner of  that great newspaper, Amusement Today and The National Roller Coaster Museum. He’s slowly going through boxes of Bob’s memorabilia we’ve loaned to the museum.  Gary found a poem to me by William L. Cobb. 

When Bob opened Minick Associates in 1983 he asked one of his heroes, William L. Cobb, if we could rent out space in his office.  Mr. Cobb, we never called him Bill, welcomed Bob and his guys.  However, Mr. Cobb, being Bill Cobb, considered our office his domain expecting certain professional behavior.  Not my cup of tea.

When we moved in Mr. Cobb was the Grand Old Man of wooden roller coasters.  He was kinda gruff and scary, but a twinkle in his eye.  My goal was to wreak havoc in Mr. Cobb’s world.  Wonderful Margaret Rowe, his longtime secretary, who was so much more, encouraged me.  Bob hid in his office.  It was truly the best of times.

When Mr. Cobb wrote this poem he and Margaret were busy turning one of the bays in his office into a “sanctuary” a little living room/nursery because I was 3 months pregnant with Randall.  Mr. Cobb had no children and decided this child would be raised in the correct environment of roller coasters and amusement parks.  Mornings and afternoons, Mr. Cobb and Randall took their naps back there.  The good times became even sweeter. 

John Pierce and Rich Poling, two most important people in that office, can testify to this Curmudgeon turned Softie welcoming Randall into the world.  My maiden is Guilbeau and I was going to name our son Beau.  That explains the last words of his poem.  Bob nixed Beau and Randall is forever grateful. 

So many understand this is a tough time of year when we remember those Treasures In Our Lives who are no longer with us.  I miss that Old Curmudgeon, our wonderful Miss Margaret and so many more.  Today’s gift of this poem you sent me, Gary Slade, is the best.  Thank you, Dear Heart.

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Clients make the IAAPA Trade Show

Favorite amusement park clients Arthur Richardson and Henry Porche were the first in our booth at the IAAPA Convention and Trade Show November 13 through 17.  Arthur and Henry discussed the Master Plan for their park Rich is preparing and preliminary talks about a Feasibility Study with Bill Haralson.  South Africa is the new frontier.  Art and Henry will lead the way.  Rich, Bill and I are ready for our new adventure.   Bob loved these two guys as he loved Rich and Bill.  Bob’s name was on all our tongues during the meetings.  Bittersweet perhaps, but I could feel Bob looking down and smiling at all of us.  Minick Associates continues in the Bob Minick tradition.

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IAAPA Opening Day

IAAPA – International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions convention and trade show opened today in Orlando, Florida.  Stopped by the Amusement Today booth and Gary Slade gave me an this cartoon drawing of Amusement Today’s 20th anniversary.  As luck would have it, Bubba Hunt, renowned cartoonist was there and autographed it.  Seems like yesterday we were reading the first issue.  Congratulations Gary Slade.  Great Publisher, Great Friend.  Minick Associates has always been your number one fan.

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Donations to National Roller Coaster Museum

Our dear friend Gina Guglielmi, www.intermarkridegroup.com, sent us this lovely news release from Business Wire about the National Roller Coaster Museum.  Gary Slade, Amusement Today, is the powerhouse behind this project.  Gary is dear friend, more like chosen family,  as are a lot of the donors mentioned in the article.

The National Roller Coaster Museum allows J.R. “Bob” Minick and his amusement park designs, experiences, and  memorabilia to live on.  We are forever in Gary Slade’s debt for this lasting monument.

National Roller Coaster Museum to Expand with Mark Moore Memorial Wing

A second round of funding to launch during IAAPA EXPO

Rendering of the Mark Moore Memorial Wing of the National Roller Coaster Museum. (Photo: Business Wire)

Rendering of the Mark Moore Memorial Wing of the National Roller Coaster Museum. (Photo: Business Wire)

PLAINVIEW, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The tragic death of National Roller Coaster Museum founding board member Mark Moore in 2016 is allowing the NRCMA to double the size of its current archive facility complex and to create a showroom for public access to select artifacts within the Museum’s collection. The expansion will be named for Moore and will quantify his success in the industry and his support of the NRCMA.

“The response by the industry to recognize Mark has been unprecedented”

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“The response by the industry to recognize Mark has been unprecedented,” Jeff Novotny, NRCMA Chairman, said. “Nearly $325,000 was raised in one day at the 2016 IAAPA Expo in Orlando, which proves Mark Moore was an innovator in the industry and inspiration to his peers. This effort is allowing the Museum to realize some of its loftiest goals.”

A second round of fundraising at the 2017 IAAPA EXPO (November 14-17 in Orlando) will assist in raising funds to complete this and more projects.

Architectural designs for the expansion have been donated by Herschman Architects in Cleveland. Its colorful, whimsical design references the heritage of fun and excitement of the midway, while the functional design provides state-of-the-art display and archive space.

This development joins other endowed expansions of the museum archive complex. Building one was donated by fund­raising efforts by members of the American Coaster Enthusiasts. Buildings two and three grew the building two more times thanks to donations from the Gary and Linda Hays family (Cliff’s Amusement Park) archive facility. A fourth donation allowed for the construction of the current climate controlled archives area. These four buildings now house equipment donated by Cedar Fair; Disneyland; Dollywood; Hersheypark; Six Flags and many others. Major archive collections have been donated by the Bill Crandall family; the Bill Cobb/John Pierce collection; Harold Hudson; LARC; Tom Major; the Bob Minick family; the Ron Toomer family and countless others.

As NRCMA continues to expand its collection and to work toward both mobile exhibits and a public museum to showcase the history of the amusement industry but it needs the help of the industry and the general public. Donations can be made by mail: NRCMA, Attention: Jerry Willard, PO Box 5424, Arlington, TX 76005-5424.

THE NRCMA IS AN UNAFFILIATED, 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS DEDICATED TO THE PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION OF HISTORIC ROLLER COASTERS AND AMUSEMENT PARK ARTIFACTS AND MEMORABILIA TO DOCUMENT AND ARCHIVE THE HISTORY OF THE AMUSEMENT PARK INDUSTRY IN A DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT WHILE PROVIDING THE MOST COMPLETE REPOSITORY OF INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS REGARDING THE AMUSEMENTS INDUSTRY.

TO DONATE TO THE NRCMA TO AID IN THE PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION OF HISTORIC ROLLER COASTERS AND AMUSEMENT PARK ARTIFACTS:

MAIL TO: NRCMA, ATTENTION, JEFF NOVOTNY, NRCMA CHAIRMAN, PO BOX 5424, ARLINGTON, TEXAS 76005-5424

PURCHASE AT AMAZON: SELECT AMAZONSMILE AND 0.5% OF YOUR PURCHASE WILL BE DONATED TO THE NRCMA

VISIT: WWW.ROLLERCOASTERMUSEUM.ORG OR THE NRCMA FACEBOOK PAGE FOR FURTHER UPDATES

Contacts

National Roller Coaster Museum
Pete Owens, 865-428-9486
Director of Communications
powens@dollywood.com

 

 

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