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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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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