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^ My guess is that someone with tall heels stepped (or stomped) on his foot. I can see that happening.

 

Eric

 

 

Eric grabs the brass ring on the first try...I was working a backstage entrance to the Ampetheater when someone took offense to my not letting them in and stomped on my toes...my partner at the gate settled the argument by administering a metal megaphone upside the jerk's head. It was a scary night...we estimated over 7000 people packed into the theater for a third show, which the band agreed to rather than setting off a riot. That's 7000 in a theater that seats at most 3300...the next day, we found that all of the awnings that blocked sunlight from coming in the back of the theater were gone-not just shredded but completely gone, and over half of the pointed iron spikes on the entrance fences were broken off (over 100 in total).

 

At one point in the last show, guys started jumping on the cables that held up the entire structure-while we were pretty much in self-protection mode by that point, my boss sent three of us to stop them, as having the entire stage collapse on the band would definitely bring bad PR...when I got there and told them to get down, they decided they would, if only to beat the crap out of me, a singular white boat in a large sea of darker faces...when suddenly a large black arm came over each of their shoulders and yanked both of them straight back. All three of us looked up into the eyes of a really big man who at the time was the starting tailback at USC. "You f*ck with him, you f*ck with me" he said, and they chilled out immediately.

 

I personally thanked him and the good lord both that I'd been his math tutor in high school, and had helped him get good enough grades to get into USC. I went back in the pit between stage and crowd, and my boss said "I thought you were gonna get killed." All i could say was "Me too!!"

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Regarding the gardener killed on Revolution,

 

I have to wonder, if you are working under a coaster's tracks and you hear a noise, what could possibly make you think "I should stick my head up through the tracks" no that can't be dangerous? Nevermind the numerous bilingual announcements, that's just a lack of common sense. Its sad but really, wouldn't you think about that first?

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^^In all honesty, sticking his head up did give him the best vantage point....well, up until, you know.

 

Yeah, maybe he was looking the other way and didn't even see it coming. But, can you imagine turning around and all of a sudden a rollercoaster train is coming right at you? Yikes!

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I just got my e-mail... I will definitely be at the Media Day on March 16th!

 

I got my confirmation email today too I've already ridden it 11 times during the rehearsals. I hope to ride more this weekend before the Media Event. It's a great rush...

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I'm really digging the posts about SFMM's history - great entertainment and information!

 

 

So, if I understand correctly, the fatality involving the newlyweds took place on a sky-ride type of ride? The car fell of the cable?

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^ At one time, SFMM had a ride called "Eagles Flight," which was the same type of ride as Disneyland's Skyway. SFMM's version had two routes in sort of a "V" layout; both lines ran from what was called the Shangri-La Station on top of the mountain. That building is still there---it is the "V" shaped building near Ninja in the attached picture. You can see where it is in proximity to Tatsu's "egg turn" and Ninja's final lift hill. I think they put a maze in there during Fright Fest.

 

One of the lower stations was close to where Freefall used to be and was known as the El Dorado Station. That route was removed sometime in the early '80s. The other lower station was located about where the Superman tower is now and was known as the Galaxy Station. It was on this route where the accident occurred. (I mentioned earlier that the gondola fell from the cable and landed approximately where Superman's track goes over the midway.) This route was removed after being damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

 

Eric

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^ @ Eric and thecoasterguy-

 

NOW I know what that building is for; I've walked by it numerous times and figured it used to be for some sort of ride.

 

Thanks Eric for describing the layout - I bet it was a fun ride, even if you didn't have to create more excitement within the cars It's unfortunate that skyway rides are a thing of the past - at least here in So Cal. (I know the zoo and Sea World SD have them, but it'd be nice to ride one where you go for other rides, compared to going to a place that revolves around animals.) Does that make sense?

 

It must have been a pretty good fall to the midway for a fatality to occur.

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Here's a nice close-up of the Eagle's Flight Shangri-La station:

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Oh, thank goodness you watermarked that photo! There's got to be tons of sites out there who would be looking to steal your photo of the abandoned Eagle's Flight station. Although, I think your watermark is a bit small. Could you possible make it a little bigger so it's not mistaken who took the picture?

 

Thank you!

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