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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Big Tex and America

Took this photo one evening during the State Fair of Texas while running our Big Tex photo booth during the State Fair of Texas.  Can’t think of two better icons to remind us how fortunate we are to live in the USA.

A young man, a veteran, wrote the following on facebook today.  I’ll ask him later if it was OK to put his post in this blog.  I can see him smiling as he says yes.   For a year I “worked” (I use that term loosely) with him and several wonderful young people in the service industry.  The respect they showed all their customers, their diligence to “make it right” and most important their kindness to all gave me faith in humankind.  They were and are a big part in saving my life.  They will always be in my heart.

I found throughout my career in the amusement park industry it’s our wonderful young people who believe and will carry us through.  God Bless Them.  God Bless America.

Werner, thank you for the following:

Happy birthday to the prettiest, rowdiest, albeit sometimes confused girl at the ball, America! Left wing, right wing, democrat, conservative or wherever you fall, put that shit aside for today because we all love this country, in our own way. I love this country because it welcomed my family and that’s why I chose to defend it. I love what America represents and what it can be. Enjoy the day my fellow Americans because it’s our time to get schwifty!

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Bloom where you are planted

We left for Santa Fe Tuesday.

Halfway to Amarillo discovered Turning Gentle Giant Aliens, a lot of them. They spoke to us through the radio explaining they are an exploring committee from a very small ocean planet 3 galaxies away.

A Star, Bob Minick, is building his first ocean amusement park on their planet. They suspect Bob rerouted them to the desert. On their planet they grow to about 3 meters and save the oceans. Here they’ve grown to Turning Gentle Giants on a mission to save the environment.

There’s a message here – Bloom Where You Are Planted

Gonna try.

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Final East Dallas Bathtub Picture

During the big blowout Farewell party my mission was The Bathtub Picture Follies.  Unfortunately I missed some Dear Ones, but you are in my heart and hopefully we will resume the Follies in Santa Fe.  I’ll get you in the tub then.

Once again, Bob Minick, The Love Of My Life, made forever memories for me from the one comment he said many years ago when I left for a meeting, “Get a picture of the bathtub.”  Bob is in every bathtub with us – forever and always.

To all of you who assured me James Randall is 90% Bob with 10% me and my craziness, YES he is and we all the better for Bob to live on.  Our love to all.

 

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Ode to Bob Minick

Many years ago, Bob and I went to a Christmas party, thank you Steven and Clarice.  Another couple said, “Great house we’d love a tour”.  I said,  “It’s not Bob’s and my house but we will take you on a tour.”  One of the bathrooms had a giant candelabra with very tall candles in the bathtubs.  Coooool!  Of course I took a picture.  The party continued and I forgot about the candelabra.

On the way home we were sitting at a red light.  Bob turned to me and said, “You did put the candelabra back on the dining room table didn’t you?”  Always believing Bob, I gasped horrified.  Then I looked at Bob who couldn’t keep a straight face.  I don’t know how he got us home with the tears of laughter streaming down his face and me yelling at him.

Next book club meeting as I was leaving, Bob said, “Be sure and get a picture of their bathtub.”  I did with every book club member inside.  The Bathtub Follies wer born.

And tonight, my last meeting of the Forest Hills Book Club was perhaps one of the best pictures.  Thank you Bob Minick and may I continue your great sense of humor until I see you again.

And thank you Forest Hills friends and neighbors for the very best of times.

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Goodbye at The Palm

Michelle Osborne and Hardy Haberman took me to The Palm for a goodbye dinner tonight.  Let’s talk “old” friends.  Along with Paul Osborne and Doug Litton they were Paul Osborne & Associates makers of magic.  I had to retell Bob’s favorite Hardy Haberman story.  Bob discovered and recommended them for Six Flags Over Texas.  Doug, a tall guy with a terrible red toupee walked in wearing a suit and tie.  Not a comfortable outfit for a former Ronald McDonald clown.  Hardy with long hair in some kind of weird army green pants and coat with a gimmie cap on top of his long hair accenting a lovely uneven beard and mustache added the flash.  Paul was kinda lost between them.

Bob introduce them to the suits sitting at the table.  A few like Jim Ashworth had a great sense of humor.  The others, not so much.

Paul and Hardy start their spiel.  Toward the end Hardy leans back and crosses one foot over his knee.  Slowly begins to untie his shoe.  Takes off his, yes green, sock.   Sock has a hole in it.  Puts the sock on his right hand.  A puppet is born.  The puppet finishes the spiel.  The suits look at each other, the table, the walls, out the window.  Bob and Jim just hang in there trying so hard not to do a spittake with their coffee.

Paul Osborne & Associates got the job.  Chris Lyons who now lives across railroad tracks from me carved a beautiful life size Cyrus Cosmos who welcomed people to the dark ride rotor..  A terrific ride by Bob’s Doc Snooker’s Magnificent Exposition games area.  And the family of Osborne Shows and Minick Associates was born and will be family forever.  Always in each other’s hearts.

The good ole’ days – Sweet Times

If anyone has a picture of Cyrus Cosmos, please send.

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Happy Birthday, Randall Minick

Today is Randall’s 29th birthday and he rode the train in from Denton to spend the day with me.  He use to train in a lot but hasn’t as much the last year or so.  As I drove down to the station on Swiss Avenue I noticed a man in front of 3120 and quickly pulled over.  Asked if I could stop in because this was the first office space of J.R. Minick Associates beginning Jan 3, 1983.  The man graciously invited me in.

Surprise! Now a tattoo parlor.  Said hello to a man lying on his back exactly where my desk sat for many years with another man inking him.  I explained and was welcomed by all.  Of course, after picking up Randall, had to go back.  Again they graciously let us in stopping the tattooing to take a picture of us.

William L. Cobb, wooden roller coaster designer extraordinaire, was our landlord along with his wonderful secretary, Margaret Rowe and Number One Engineer John Pierce.  Five years after they welcomed us to their offices Randall was born across the street at “Big Baylor”.   The week after Randall’s birth Rich Poling join us and the week after that Randall’s crib, playpen, and rocking chair were installed courtesy of Mr. Cobb and Margaret.  Along with the rest of our crew and Mr. Cobb’s crew, we became chosen family.  And now Rich mentors Randall in the business of amusement park design.

3120 Swiss Avenue created magic memories for millions of people who will never know who they are along with true Showmen of the Amusement Park Industry (dear friends and clients); Ira West, Bill Crandall, Bill Dawson, Dean Bradley, Harold Glantz, Victor Donovan, John Dibs, Errol McKoy, Ron Risch and so many more.  Dear Ones.  Minick Associates continues the tradition today.

I’m sure Bob arranged this for us today.  Bob and A God Wink.  I love both my guys and all who surrounded us, then and now, forever and always.

Happy Birthday, James Randall Minick

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