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"FLAGS ACROSS AMERICA TRUCK"®

***The Euclid Beach Grand Carousel opens on Sunday, Nov. 23rd. at Western Reserve Historical Society...Thank you for our best season yet!  Be sure to reserve your favorite car.....the Rocket Ship Car or Thriller Car for your special occasion in 2015.  Birthdays, Weddings, Proms, Block Party's, Festivals, and more....See our "Speical Announcemants Section" below for more details!***

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This section is dedicated to our special four legged K-9 friends that also enjoy riding in our cars! (see links below) The best friend, companion, and traveling partner I've ever had will be forever remembered by hundreds of people she had met in her lifetime.  Those of you that had the pleasure of knowing her have sent me numerous cards and letters after her passing.  To me she was known as Radar...."The World's Greatest Dog".

Radar...."The Worlds Greatest Dog".  Loved by everyone that met her.

Radar was always ready for work!

Radar at Disney's Pop Century

 

 

Radar in Pittsburg waiting for the Kennywood Coaster Car.

Radar watching construction workers in Virginia.

 

 

Disney January 2006.

Radar waiting for breakfast. (Cracker Barrel)

 

www.pawsareprecious.com

 

Links:

rocketshipcar.com

flagsacrossamericatruck.com

 

humphreycompany.com

 

mamarobertos.com

 

www.partycouture.com

wiegandslakepark.com

 

 

northohioclassicparks.com

  

learpromotions.com

 

www.euclidbeach.org

 

achristmasstoryhouse.com

 

www.sainatos.com

 

oldfirehousewinery.com

 

brandtscandies.com

 

chagrinfallspopcorn.com

 

www.debonne.com

 

grandrivercellars.com

 

theonlyclevelandstore.com

 

 

 

 

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rocketshipcar@aol.com

or

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The Euclid Beach Boys       533 Bishop Rd.        Highland Hts., Ohio    44143

 

Phone:

440-460-0565  OH 

727-216-3770 FL

Webmaster: Designs by Tomaro

WELCOME TO OUR WEB SITE!

Well it's about time we got around to updating everyone about all of the new and exciting things that have  happened over the past four years. New acquisitions have been, and are being made, along with that, a new car was built. We are now taking reservations for the "Rocket Ship Car"® in Florida.  Florida residents may now reserve the car by email at  rocketshipcar@aol.com, or by phone at 727-216-3770 in Florida, or 440-460-0565 in Ohio.   

Our unique cars are designed to carry up to 10 adults, and/or 15 children, and rent by the hour.  Please contact us for up to date availability, and pricing. Visit our "Calendar of Events" page, and our "Ride & Dine® " page for one of a kind ideas when reserving our vehicles.

 

"The Happiest Ride's On Earth"®

History: On our history page you will find out the real stories about how we acquired some of the parks most recognizable pieces that, in fact, the amusement park industry was built on.  We currently own the largest and most complete collection of Euclid Beach Park® memorabilia in existence.   So take a few moments to enjoy a trip back in time to a place  that was very special to Northeastern Ohio, a place that was just plain fun, and  inexpensive to attend.  Euclid Beach Park® set the  standard that to this day no other amusement park has come  close to duplicating for the same price.

Calendar of Events: Our calendar of events page will  inform you of current and future schedules of Laughing Sal®, the Thriller Car®,  the Rocket Ship Car®, and any event that we  are currently involved with.

                        

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Section:

 

 "The Euclid Beach Boys"®

are pleased and excited to announce that the Grand Carousel will be opening to the public on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Western Reserve Historical Society.  For More information visit the following websites..... www.clevelandcarousel.org, or http://www.wrhs.org, or call us at 440-460-0565.

Do not miss out on this historical event!  We will see you there!

Joe & John

"The Euclid Beach Boys"®

 

 "The Euclid Beach Boys"®

Rocket Ship Car®  returns early to Cleveland in 2015!

Due to the busy Cleveland schedule, the Rocket Ship Car® will return to Cleveland Ohio for the Spring/Summer by March 28, 2015.  Call 440-460-0565 for reservations.  No deposit is ever required! 

The  Rocket Ship Car® will return to Cleveland for the 2015 spring/summer season by March 28, 2015. Our "Rocket Ship Car"® and our "Thriller Car"® will be taking reservations in Cleveland through Friday, October 31, 2015.

 Heading north to Cleveland!

 

Reservations for the cars are coming in strong so book early to be guaranteed to have the car of your choice for your special occasion!  No deposit is ever required!  Call 440-460-0565, or email us at  euclidbeachboys@aol.com. now as the weekend dates are filling fast!

And remember...

"If it's not "The Euclid Beach Boys"®  "Thriller Car"® & "Rocket Ship Car"®

"It's just another convertible"!

 

 

***The 2015 Spring/Summer Schedule for Cleveland has been posted***

The Calendar Page has been update with the cars 2015 Cleveland Schedule.  The reservations for Cleveland have been coming in much earlier than usual and the summer dates are filling quickly!  Great for us, but it could be bad for customers that wait until the last minute to reserve their favorite car for that special event.  Deposits are never required so do not delay book the car today!   "Click here for a quick link to the Calendar Page" for the up to date Cleveland Schedule, or email your questions to  euclidbeachboys@aol.com or call 440-460-0565.

"The Euclid Beach Boys"®

 

The Return of the Manolio Famliy's

"Eggshelland"®

 by

"The Euclid Beach Boys"®

Sponsored by "Legacy Village" on behalf of

The City of Lyndhurst

Sat. April 12th. through Sat. April 19th. 2014

Visit the City of Lyndhurst website at:

www.lyndhurst-oh.com

 

To everyone that came to see the Eggshelland display this weekend, we want to thank you!  It was great talking with everyone, and to hear the memories that you shared, and the passion that people feel for Eggshelland.  We are so happy to be able to be a part of this Lyndhurst tradition.

Unfortunately due to the weather conditions that are coming our way, we had to pack the display up for the next two days to keep anything from getting destroyed due to the high winds and storms they are predicting.  We will reopen on Wednesday, April 16th. at 4:00 pm.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but our first and foremost goal is to keep all of the Manolio Famly's displays original and intact. 

Please see the schedule below for the coming activities on Saturday, April 19th.  Hope to see everyone there.....and "Happy Easter" to all!

 

Sincerely,  Joe and John...."The Euclid Beach Boys"®

 

 

"The Euclid Beach Boys"®

Hey everyone....Guess what???????  We are finally on Facebook Facebook Posting Trips Up be sure to visit our Facebook page for  up to the minute news about what we have been up to!

 

*Major Announcements*

***Note new changes have come to the Charity Rides for WMJI's Jimmy Malone's College Now kids for the summer of 2014!*** 

"The Euclid Beach Boys"® have teamed up with Legacy Village in Lyndhurst, and University Circle Inc. "Wade Oval Wednesdays" on select dates to help raise needed funds for deserving students. This is in conjunction with Majic's (WMJI) Jimmy Malone and the "College Now Greater Cleveland"  scholarship program (formerly known as The Cleveland Scholarship Program). For more info on "College Now Greater Cleveland" visit their website at: www.collegenowgc.org, or Jimmy Malone's site at: www.jimmymalone.com. For just a small donation of $3.00 per person you can ride one of these awesome cars, built by "The Euclid Beach Boys"®. 100% of the Legacy Village donations raised goes directly to "College Now Greater Cleveland"  scholarship program, and 100% of the the "Wade Oval Wow" donations are split 50/50 between "College Now Greater Cleveland", and University Circles high school programs.

We want to thank everyone that came out in 2012 to the Mitchell's Ice Cream locations and rode our cars.  Your $3.00 per person donation helped us raise over $3800.00 in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Thanks to everyone that rode and supported us at Legacy Village, and Wade Oval together we raised over $1200.00 which now brings our total up to and over $5000.00!!! 

Below is the summer schedule for 2014.  Come out and join us, "The Euclid Beach Boys"® along with Jimmy Malone, at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst, and on "Wade Oval Wednesdays" on Wade Oval in University Circle to help raise money for these deserving young adults. Thank you for supporting this worthwhile cause!

Joe & John

 " The Euclid Beach Boys"®

 

    Schedule for Donation Rides 2014@ Legacy Village, & University Circles "Wade Oval Wednesdays". Weather Permitting.

Date

Vehicle

Location

Time

Loading Location

June 11

Rocket Ship Car®

Legacy Village  

(weather permitting)

6:30p to 8:30p

Legacy Village below the Melting Pot

June 18

Rocket Ship Car®

 Wade Oval Wed.  

(weather permitting)

6p to 8:30p

Wade Oval in front of the Botanical Gardens

June 25

Thriller Car®

 Legacy Village  

(weather permitting)

6:30p to 8:30p

Legacy Village below the Melting Pot

July 2

Thriller Car®

  Wade Oval Wed.

(weather permitting)

6p to 8:30p

Wade Oval in front of the Botanical Gardens

July 9

Rocket Ship Car®

     Legacy Village

(weather permitting)

6:30p to 8:30p

Legacy Village below the Melting Pot

July 23

Rocket Ship Car®

 Wade Oval Wed.  

(weather permitting)

6p to 8:30p

Wade Oval in front of the Botanical Gardens

July 30

Thriller Car®

 Legacy Village  

(weather permitting)

6:30p to 8:30p

Legacy Village below the Melting Pot

Aug. 6

Thriller Car®

 Wade Oval Wed.  

(weather permitting)

6p to 8:30p

Wade Oval in front of the Botanical Gardens

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey everyone check out the Rocket Ship Car® on the new hit TV program on ABC "The List!"

On ABC weekdays from 7p to 7:30p.

http://www.thelistshow.tv/the-list/localist/tampa-localist/rocketship-car-turns-heads-on-the-beach

 

Rocket Ship Car® will returned to the Clearwater Beach/St. Petersburg/St. Pete Beach Florida for the Fall/Winter of 2014/2015!

Our Rocket Ship Car® will return to Clearwater Beach/St. Petersburg/St. Pete Beach Florida, from Cleveland Ohio, for the 2014/2015 Fall/Winter season by November 27th!  It is never to early to reserve the car for your special event...Holiday Light Rides, Birthdays, Weddings, Festivals, Block Party's, Reunions, etc., call 727-216-3770 now to reserve the "Rocket Ship Car"® , or email us at rocketshipcar@aol.com, for more information on available dates and times.  We never require a deposit, and remember....

"If it's not "The Euclid Beach Boys"®  "Rocket Ship Car"®

 

"It's just another convertible"!

"The Happiest Ride On Earth!"

 

Laughing Sal's® New Voice!

 

Why are Joe, Sal & John all smiles?  Well let us tell you why!  Our gracious thanks go out to Charles, Sue and John at RACOM PRODUCTS  for re-voicing our Euclid Beach Laughing Sal with their Digital audio announcers.  These fine fans of Euclid Beach Park donated their time, skills and equipment to the lady of the park to update her  infectious laugh!  RACOM PRODUCTS is located right here in Cleveland on W. Schaaf Rd.  Visit their web site at www.racominc.com.  We are truly blessed to have them so close to home. 

The Euclid Beach Boys®, and Laughing Sal® will be forever grateful to them for doing this so that everyone that has in the past, and those in the future will now be able to enjoy her infectious laugh for many years to come!  

 

 

The Euclid Beach Boys® have purchased a small amusement park!  Do to the amount of overwhelming inquires I will be posting photos of the "Little" park soon.  My summer season has been very busy and I apologize for taking so long to get some of the pictures posted.  Once I get down to FL. with the Rocket Ship Car I will have sometime to get them on this site.  Thanks for being patient! 

Joe 

 

New Events & Projects coming for Cleveland for 2014!

New events, and exciting projects for the 2014 season are well underway! These are events you will not want to miss!  Stay tuned to this web site for family fun events and ride information on our "Thriller Car"® & "Rocket Ship Car"® as only  "The Euclid Beach Boys"® can do it!  "If it's not "The Euclid Beach Boys"®  "Thriller Car"® & "Rocket Ship Car"®

"It's just another convertible"!

 

 

The Euclid Beach Boys® proudly support the return of the PTC 19 Carousel that once operated at  Euclid Beach Park®

 

**NOW AVAILABLE**

"Cleveland Memory Grenade" CD.

Only $10.95**

(tax & shipping extra)

 

Heard on WMJI's "Lanigan & Malone morning show this CD will take you back in time with these old Cleveland TV/Radio Jingles.  They make great stocking stuffers!  Order now before they are gone!

TO ORDER A "Cleveland MEMORY GRENADE" CD CLICK HERE! or call 440-460-0565

$1.00 of every CD sold by "The Euclid Beach Boys"® will go directly to Jimmy Malone's College Now Scholarship Fund. 

"Cleveland Memory Grenade" CD.

May be purchased from this fine retail establishment located in Tower City, Cleveland, Ohio.  See the link below for more information.

www.theonlyclevelandstore.com

Thank You Veterans

 

In honor of "Veterans Day" I have posted a link to a photo of our

"FLAGS ACROSS AMERICA TRUCK"®

I also want to thank all of the men and women along with their families for what they have sacrificed personally, for all of us here, in their dedication to protect and serve for this great country we live in. I also want to send out a "Thank You" to all of the service men and women that gave the ultimate sacrifice....their lives....to make sure our freedom is protected.  Please keep them all in your thoughts not only on Veterans Day, but everyday of the year. 

Sincerely, Joe Tomaro  Jr.

And especially to Joe Tomaro Sr. who served with Navy Seabees in WWII.  with the 4th Special Battalion attached to the 1st Marine Division landing on, and taking control of, Guadalcanal in the south pacific.  "Thanks Dad" 

 

New Video of Our Rocket Ship Car® on Youtube!

 

Check out the latest video on You Tube of our Rocket Ship Car® as seen by our fans....... :

This video is of the Rocket Ship Car at the St. Petersburg night parade as part of the St. Petersburg "Parade of the States" kickoff to the Grand Prix Race 2012.  The car took two top awards.  See the following quotes submitted by parade officials.  Fast forward in the video to the 4:07 sec spot to view the car. March 2012.

Joe,
I got this email Monday from the Suncoasters about the awards for our Rocket Ship parade entry. I didn't think for a second that they would award us both awards, just out of being fair, since there were 2 other neighborhood entries in the parade.
I put your contact info in the email I sent out to all my contacts and I think I sent you a copy of what I sent. I'll try to send more pictures soon.
Thanks again,
Dave

 

Joe Tomaro is the owner of the rocket ship car  and he says the rocket body originally was a ride at a Euclid Beach amusement park. He's in FL through April 23rd, available for rentals, and can be reached at 216-3770 or at www.rocketshipcar.com.
 
Prez Dave "Flash Gordon" Hoover
Riviera Bay Civic Association

Hello,
Hats off to Dave Hoover and the Riviera Bay civic association. Last nights "lighted rocket ship" was truly a sight. A great job by the city in putting on the parade and by the neighborhood for putting themselves on display. Nice glasses, Dave.
Bill
Historic Kenwood

Just passing on some good news we received yesterday that the Suncoasters have awarded us the "Best Illuminated"  and "Best Overall"  for our neighborhood association's entry of the "Rocket Ship Car" in the 2012 Festival of States/Grand Prix Illuminated Night parade.

Dave

Thank you so much for your voice mail and congratulations on your double win! We are always excited to see what Riviera Bay Civic Association brings the parade and you surely did not disappoint with the illuminated Rocket Ship Car this year!

Lisa

 

 

Help us support Geauga Lake Park®

Our collection of Geauga Lake memorabilia is quite considerable, and we are excited to be bringing these things out for public viewing soon!   We are happy to support the newest venture of Geauga Lake Park® supporters website so be sure to visit them at www.northohioclassicparks.com for more information on future events that we, "The Euclid Beach Boys"® will be a part of!

Thanks again, for supporting us in our effort to preserve the memories of these old amusement parks, and have an amusing day!

Sincerely,

Joe & John                                                                                             "The Euclid Beach Boys"®

 

BULLETIN, BULLETIN, BULLETIN

CHECK OUT THE LATEST PRESS RELEASE ON THE ROCKET SHIP CAR®!

"The Happiest Ride On Earth"®

Rocket Ship Car gives real back-to-the-future rides in Largo - St. Petersburg Times

The above article has been picked up by the following newspapers:

Chicago Sun Times

Dayton Daily News

Star Tribune: Minneapolis-St.Paul Minnesota

Gadling Travel

Columbus Dispatch

The News Herald-Lake County Ohio

WKYC Channel 3 News

WEWS Channel 5 News

 

Geauga Lake enthusiasts taking a look back

 

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

By Sandra M. Klepach
SKlepach@News-Herald.com

Some people get tears in their eyes when they see things they remember from  Geauga Lake Amusement Park.

For that reason, Euclid Beach Boys Joe Tomaro and John Frato jump at the chance to show their collections in public.

"It's a step back in time," Tomaro said, also referring to the duo's   memorabilia from Euclid Beach Park, which closed 40 years ago. "People close their eyes and they hear the music and they can just hear the ride."

Anyone who's not yet experienced such a flashback, but loved Geauga Lake — which operated from 1888 to 2007 in Aurora and Bainbridge Township — is now invited to the first ever Geauga Lake Memorabilia Show and Employee Reunion.

 

Feedback from Euclid Beach Park® patrons!

Chicago Sun Times reader sent:

I could not believe it.  When I saw the pic of the rocket ship on the front page I immediately told my husband. I know that ride That was at Euclid Beach Park. I remember riding that. Yes it went around slow but to an eight year old it went awfully fast.  The other ride that really sticks in my mind and I thought was sooo much fun was the racing horses.  Never forget my grandparents talking about the dances that were there. They lived in Euclid not to far from the lake.Thanks for the trip back to my childhood.!!!!  Brought back things I have not thought about in a very long time.!

 

Check out the video's from some of our customers that have enjoyed our cars, and other props from:                           

"The Euclid Beach Boys"®!!

Rocket Ship Car® State Park Event 08

Thriller Car®

Thriller Car® State Park Event 08

Laughing Sal State Park Event 08

Cleveland Plain Dealer interview July 2009

 

"Flags Across America Truck"

To honor all of the men and women that have served, or are currently serving in the United States armed services we  (The Euclid Beach Boys®) have decided to transform one of  our parade vehicles to a patriotic themed float.  We will be debuting Honoring a war veteran in the Blosson Time Parade 2009 Our "Flags Across America Truck"® in the South Euclid Memorial Day  Parade on May 26, 2008.  This new float will honor all 50 states in America. 

Our vehicle is designed to remind us all of what makes being an American so special. It not only proudly displays the United States Flag, but also those of the U.S. Military and all fifty states. The Military Flags serve as a solemn reminder that we are free because of all the men and women who died and gave that right to us all. The United States has always been referred to as a “melting pot” of diverse nationalities and customs. No where is that diversity better represented, than on the uniquely different state flags. Each of these flags visually portrays what is uniquely special about each of the fifty states that make up this great Union. Every square inch of the truck’s exterior is emblazoned with patriotic symbols and sayings. Patriotic music and a “fireworks style” bubble display round out this truck’s “PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN” theme.

Great Job you guys!!!! I was just as impressed with the vehicle.  I got very emotional the day we saw it because my Dad was a  Marine and had a military funeral.  When I watched you and  Dave fold the flag I could only think of the day they took the flag off of my Dad's coffin to fold it and present it to my Mom. Wow!!!!! You slightly Zany guys did good!!  As usual.

Linda

For more information about this uniquely designed vehicle, and rental information please contact us at 440-460-0565, or email us at: euclidbeachboys@aol.com.

 

Rocket Car

or

Rocket Ship Car®

FYI

One of the most frequently asked questions we  receive is "Does your Rocket Car have a rocket engine in it"?  First of all the car is This is what the "Rocket Ships" ride looked like after the park closed in 1969.  This picture was taken in April, 1970. named after the ride that operated at Euclid Beach Park® from the mid 1930's until it closed in 1969. The ride  was called the "Rocket Ships".  Our car is powered by a bored and stroked big block Chevrolet gas engine.  The cubic inch is 502, and is producing around 500 horsepower.  Because of the weight of the car a large cubic inch engine is needed to create enough torque to adequately move  the Rocket Ship Car®  down the highway.  The car runs on regular pump gas, usually 87 octane,  (not rocket fuel) without a problem.  So technically our car is really not a rocket car, but it is a car that looks like a Rocket Ship!     

 
Cuyahoga County Fair summary!

Our display at this year's fair turned out to be a BIG crowd pleaser!!  People came from several states just to see the display we put together with the   help of Ron Newell, and our sponsor NATIONAL CITY.  Titled "A Tribute to   Ohio Amusement Parks" contained memorabilia from numerous parks  nthat at one time, and in a some cases, still grace our state.  The largest part of the display was made up of items from the  most famous park ever...Euclid Beach Park®.  Laughing Sal® was on hand greeting and even scaring guests  that  arrived to view never before seen artifacts from now defunct parks, such  as Chippewa Lake Park, Erieview Park, the old Geauga Lake Park®, Idora Park,  Coney Island near Cincinnati, photographs from Puritas Springs, Gordon Gardens, and others. To view pictures of our display click here to go to our Photo Page.  Thanks for taking the time to visit our site, and for those of you that missed our display at the Fair I hate to say it, but you missed an AWESOME opportunity to see a once in a life time event.  Thanks to everyone who attended it and for all your kind, heartfelt words of thanks to us for keeping their memories alive. 

You are all very welcome.

Sincerely,

Joe & John

"The Euclid Beach Boys"®  

 

Comments from the public:

In this section we will publish comments from some of our customers.

 

From: Victoria
To: euclidbeachboys <
euclidbeachboys@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Sep 23, 2013 11:24 am
Subject: RE: Thanks!

 

Thanks again for everything, Joe. You are a class act! We had so much fun and everything went perfectly. We are still on a high from all the laughter J 

Take care, hope to run into you again soon some day!

 

From: CM
To: rocketshipcar <rocketshipcar@aol.com>
Sent: Sun, Sep 22, 2013 11:20 am
Subject: Re: "Thank You"

 

Thank you Joe.  It was terrific as I knew it would be. The only thing missing was you. But John was a great stand in!  Folks liked him.

 

From: Mary Kay
To: euclidbeachboys <
euclidbeachboys@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Aug 19, 2013 12:16 pm
Subject: Re: "Thanks!"
 

Thank u!! Kids n grown ups had a blast!

Sent from my iPhone

 

Thank you so much. The girls had a great time - they couldn't stop talking about it. That had so much fun!

~K A

From: Jennifer
To: '
euclidbeachboys@aol.com' <euclidbeachboys@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Jul 29, 2013 2:53 pm
Subject: RE: "Thank you!"

Thank you all as well.  Hope to book again next summer.  It is always a highlight of the party!  Appreciate your flexibility given the weather.

Jennifer

-
Sent: Mon, Jul 29, 2013 9:53 pm
Subject: Re: "Thank You!"

Hi Holley!

You are all more than welcome!  Be sure to track me down at the event on the 29th of September.  It will be one of the few times I won't be driving the Rocket Ship!  See everyone there for a great trip down memory lane!

Joe

The Euclid Beach Boys

"Preserving Cleveland's Amusement History One Piece at a Time"


 

-----Original Message-----
From: holley
To: euclidbeachboys <
euclidbeachboys@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Jul 29, 2013 3:42 pm
Subject: RE: "Thank You!"

Thanks to you Joe!!   Everyone had a blast, and the kids are still talking about it, calling it the "best birthday ever!"   And thanks for the information on the event on 9/29, my mom is really looking forward to that!
 
Take care,
 
Holley and Scott

Hi Joe,

We won first place in the float contest this year!!!

It is always a pleasure to have you as a part of our celebration.

Pete

July 4, 2013

 

Sent: Fri, Jul 5, 2013 5:39 pm
Subject: Re: Fireworks Ride


Joe,

Just wanted to let you know that we had a WONDERFUL time last night and have received many thank you's from friends and family.  So glad your rocket ship has become part of our July 4th tradition.  Good luck throughout the rest of the summer and we will see you next year.

Bill & Marianne
 

 

Friday June 21, 2013

Joe

On behalf of our family I want to say "Thank You" for helping to make our family reunion a success. Everyone truly enjoyed it!

Thank You,

Taneisha

 

Good morning Linda, 

Thanks for the great email!  I still have some copies left, and will happily hold one for you.  I will be back in town over Thanksgiving (if that works for you), and will be sure to contact you at that time. 

Thanks for contacting us and have an amusing day!  

Joe  

Joe Tomaro                                                                                                                                                 The Euclid Beach Boys

"The Happiest Rides on Earth"

440-460-0565 Ohio

727-216-3770 Florida
 

-----Original Message-----
From:
To: euclidbeachboys <
euclidbeachboys@aol.com>
Sent: Fri, Nov 9, 2012 12:41 am
Subject: Want to buy copy of "Images of America Euclid Beach Park" book


 

Dear Euclid Beach Boys,


Had a great time at 2012 Euclid Beach event!
Bought a copy of the book, and you signed it at your T-Shirt booth. 
I Love it and want a copy for my Brother for Christmas. 
We have great Family memories of the park. 
My Brother and his little friend walked from Goller Ave in Euclid when they were under 9 yrs. old! 
He also scavenged for tickets people would discard on their way out of the park, and we'd have some free rides!
Our Gramma would take the bus that stopped at the park.  She loved  watching people dance at the old dance hall.
Hope you have a copy left for me!


Thank you for a wonderful day at the park!
Your Fan,
Linda

 

 

To: euclidbeachboys <euclidbeachboys@aol.com>
Sent: Wed, Aug 29, 2012 10:04 am
Subject: Re: "Thank You!"


 

Hi Joe & John:

Thank YOU for a wonderful hour of fun with our friends and family last
Saturday with the Thriller car.  John was patient as we loaded the elders
and the handicapped in and out - and they were THRILLED to have the chance
to ride!

We are already discussing ideas for our next rental!  We love the cars and
everything related to Euclid Beach - such happy memories for everyone.

Hope to see you at the annual Euclid Beach festival in September.  -Linda

Linda

 

September 25, 2012

Kathy,

Thank you soooooooo much for yesterday! The kids had an absolute blast (see attached picture!) It's just so cool to be able to share with my kids something that I enjoyed doing so much when I was a kid! So thank you again, and please give Joe another hug from me, you guys are both awesome! 

See you soon! 

Kate

 

September, 25, 2012

Hi Joe -

I want to thank YOU for the tour last Friday morning. We really enjoyed it. What an incredible collection. 

Heard you guys on Lanigan & Malone on Monday. Sounded great - hope it gives you a bump in attendance on Sunday. We've seen all the other Euclid Beach books, so we're looking forward to the new one from Arcadia. 

Thanks for everything you guys do to keep Euclid Beach alive. What the Humphrey family did was really special and the park was so very special to so many people.

We'll be there Sunday - keeping fingers crossed for good weather! 

- Sue

September 26, 2012

Hi Sue, 

Great, I hope to see you guys on Sunday! 

Joe

October 1, 2012

Hi Joe & Kathy,

Sorry  did  not get to say Thank You before you left on Friday, I was all over this site pulling things together.  Thank you again, as I have heard such great things and we now have a lot of outside people working here from other countries, who have never experienced Euclid Beach Park, or have never went on a Rocket Ship Car ride… Really great to hear their experience after they come off that car ride. 

See you again next year.  Have a safe and wonderful holiday season. 

Sue

July 3, 2012

Hi Joe

We just wanted to say "thank you" so very much!!! The rocket ship car was the greatest thing we could have ever planned. Without a doubt we will totally call you for next year!! Thanks again, and for sharing your stories! You made everyone's day!! I think for sure you will see a bunch of us on September 30! Thanks again Joe!


 

Brad and Jessica

 

Good morning D,

Thanks for the email.....That is the main reason we do what we do.  It was such a great park to so many people, and our hope is to get the doors open on our collection so that everyone can enjoy a bit of the past.  

Joe

 

Joe,

 

Thank you!! Everyone is still talking about how young you made them feel riding on the rocket ship from Euclid Beach. It was really a great time.

 

Have a great year,

D.

 

October, 2, 2011

Hi, Joe --

What a thrill!!  We all had a wonderful time riding in the Rocket Ship Car & are still talking about it -- thank you!!  My computer has not been able to access Internet off & on for days and months, so I never got your email until late yesterday!  Computer is fixed, now.  I surely would have emailed you when I received your email, but wasn't able to -- sorry!   AT & T finally fixed the problem, but it has been a real difficulty for almost 3 months!!  They apologized, but it's been a real difficulty for too long -- they assured me it's really fixed, now.  Sorry to go on so long. Our pictures turned out beautifully and we all have great memories which we'll have for a lifetime -- thanks again, and thank you for your  nice note we received in the mail!   Again, I'm so sorry I didn't receive and return your email -- I'm very good and responsible about responding quickly to emails, but couldn't, as you now know.  I know we'll be calling you again sometime for another ride -- until then, thanks again. 

Sincerely, Gay W. G.

Good morning Gay, 

Modern technology is great until it doesn't work!  Don't worry about the email, I'm glad the rain didn't spoil the ride!  Thanks again, and have a safe and happy holiday season. 

Joe

Dear John,

October 1, 2011

 

On behalf of Weber’s Premium Custard & Ice Cream, Celestial Treats Lemonade, Buckeye Concessions and ZogDogs, I’d like to thank you, Joe Tomaro, Carol Ward and all ODNR/CLSP personnel, plus the Euclid Beach Park Now Committee once again for inviting us to participate in the above subject event. We enjoyed the day very much and appreciate all of the help and cooperation we received from you and everyone associated with the event.

 

We found the setting, lay-out, exhibits, walking tours, car rides, car show, memorabilia and overall theme/program to be very unique and interesting. Also, all of the activities and displays were very well organized and presented. Overall, the event was very well done and I think everyone enjoyed themselves and our products. We think the event would have been better attended If the weather would have been a little bit warmer and less rain threatening. Also, competing events such as the Browns and Indians games and Saint Jerome’s Clambake probably affected the turnout. All in all, it was a great day and enjoyable event. Congratulations to everyone on a job well done!

 

Hopefully you thought our new Food Vendors were a good addition to the event and you will invite us to return again next year. We would be delighted to return (along with Weber’s of course) and help you make next year’s event an even greater success. We’ll need to discuss what foods worked best this year and how we can adjust our menus and logistics/personnel to help improve upon any realized customer service issues. First time involvement in any event always produces areas that can be improved upon and tweaked to make them better. We are willing to make these adjustments so the event can run more smoothly next year. 

I hope you have a safe and enjoyable fall season!  

We’ll see you again next year….on the circuit and at the 2012 Euclid Beach Park extravaganza. 

Best regards, 

John

The Polonye Group

(For Weber’s Premium Custard & Ice Cream, where” FRESH IS BEST”, Celestial Treats Lemonade, where “YOU CAN TASTE THE DIFFERENCE”, Buckeye Concessions and ZogDogs-“SIMPLY THE BEST”)

Hi John,

It  was our pleasure to have you at this years event.  The products you represent, and your professionalism are an added plus, and we are looking forward to next year and are pleased to have you on board. 

John & Joe "The Euclid Beach Boys"®

 

Sept 4, 2011

Joe,

Thank you so much.  It was very nice to meet you too, and I thank you for making such  a great memory for my family.  I told everyone at work about the adventure J  It’s so cool what the Rocket Ship has become, and what it represents to so many people.  The kids can’t stop talking about it.  They are going to want to go on rocket ships all the time!!

p.s. My dad found his camera.

Thank you,

Anna
 

Good morning Rich, 

Thanks for the email.  It was a pleasure to meet you, your family and friends. Thanks for thinking of our Rocket Ship Car, and have a great summer! 

Joe

To: rocketshipcar <rocketshipcar@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Jul 4, 2011 9:03 pm
Subject: Thank you for the great time Saturday evening...

Hi Joe, 

Saw you on Fox 8 this morning...Pretty cool.

I just wanted to drop you a note to say "Thank you" for the great time on Saturday night. Everything loved the   Rocket Ship Car. 

Thanks again and take care.......... 

Rich

Hi Marianne, 

It is always a pleasure to see you and Bill, and I have you down for July 4, 2012. Same time, same place.  Have a great summer! 

Joe

7/8/11
 

Hi Joe - 

Sorry I didn't pick up my emails until just now.  Obviously you found us and we had great time AS ALWAYS. See you next 4th!!! 

Sincerely -

Marianne

 

Hi Joe,
 
Here are the pictures we took last night at Wiegand's Lake Park with Sal. Thank you so much for letting us get the pictures before you "glassed" her in for the night.
 
Sandy

Jim, "Sa" & Sandyl

 

Sun, Jun 12, 2011 10:04 pm

Subject: Re: June 11th

Thanks soooo very much for fitting us in on Saturday's schedule (June 11th) for The Thriller ride!  My husband's great aunt and all of her friends LOVED the ride!  We enjoyed having your wife as   a driver too...she is very nice!

We will keep you in mind for future parties. :)

Thank you,

Amy

 

Hi Amy, 

I got the complete rundown from my wife about your husbands great aunt with her arms up in the  air while riding in our "Thriller Car", just like she did when she rode the coasters years ago!  It was our pleasure to fit you in.  I wish I could have had the pleasure of meeting her, but I had one last event to do on Saturday evening with the Rocket Ship Car, so my wife filled in for me.  Thanks for contacting me, and as I like to say..."Have an amusing day"! 

Joe

 

May 15, 2011

Joe,
I can't tell you how much your braving the elements meant to your rocket ship car riders at the Vermilion prom. I only wish the weather had cooperated so you could have seen what an amazing event that can be.

The rocket ship car was a fabulous way to arrive in style. Thank you for helping us to give our daughter and her friends this wonderful gift.

Rain or shine, the Rocket Ship Car rocks!Thr Rocket Ship Car "ROCKS" @ the 2001 Vermilion Prom.
S. K. J.

Thanks so much for the kind words.  It was my pleasure to meet everyone, and to have the car as part of your daughters special evening. I have a saying when it comes to rain...."Once you get wet, you can't get any wetter"!  Have a great summer!

Joe

 

March 21, 2011

Joe, 

Thank you so much for being a part of the Smokin’ Blues Chili Cook-off.  You and your Rocket Ship Car were a hit!  You added great, fun entertainment.   If we ever have another chili cook-off, you will be my first call. 

I’d also like to thank you for your very generous donation to the Tannehill Children’s Education Fund.   You are a class act. 

Thank you again,

Carolyn

 

3/13/11

I booked the Rocket Ship car back in January and my 80+ year old friends are
still talking about it.  I would like to have about 10 postcards so I could
leave in our beach rental next to Angelo's pizzeria.  Could you mail me a
few.--  I think it is a fun thing for tourists to do. 

Peggy
Clearwater, Fl.

Good morning Peggy, 

Thanks for the email, and I'm glad to hear everyone enjoyed their ride on the Rocket Ship Car.  I will get those in the mail to you today.  Have a great day here in sunny Florida! 

Joe

3/14/11

Dec. 28, 2010

Hi Joe,

I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday. I know we did.

The Rocket ship Car was such a huge success. The staff and the doctors loved it. Plus the neighborhood seemed to like watching the car more than the lights. It was fun being a rock star for an hour. Thank you for all of your help in making the Christmas party a success. We will definitely keep you in mind in the future. I will also    let people know about your business.

Also thank you for the totally cool key ring. I love it! 

Thank you, 

Debi

9-28-10

Hi Joe,

I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed the rocket ship car last Friday night.  My friend Cherie was and still is in total shock.   We all had a blast!!!

You run a 1st class organization and oh my do you have the patience to put up  with 10 partying women!!!  LOL!

Thanks again,

Joy


 

Gary Thomas was kind enough to send us this picture of our Rocket Ship Car® while I was passing through Squire's Castle in the North Chagrin Metro Parks.  View other great photo's from Gary and his comment about Euclid Beach Park®  on this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26992926@N08/

 

Joe -
 
Sorry I did not make it down to see you last night.  I only had one volunteer show up and I had to be at the patio party  run the drawing for prizes.
 
I heard you were as popular as ever and even had a few people leave the patio party to catch a ride before you left.
 
It's just not a festival without the Rocket Ship Car!  I could not do our summer events without you providing this kind of fun.
 
Enjoy the rest of the summer and safe travels to Florida.

Kelley  8/20/10

 

Hey Joe,

I just wanted to thank you for squeezing me in today. I know that you guys  were super busy. To say that everyone had a good time was an understatement. From 2-75 everyone went crazy about getting to ride in "the car from the parades" as the kids called it. John was also friendly and professional he made the experience that much better. I hope we  can do this again next year. You made Anthony's party a hit.

Thanks a million, Robert

8-7-10

 

7/31/2010

 Hi Joe!!! 

We really cannot thank you enough for going the extra mile and being so patient when everyone was running around changing clothes, holding you up- changing the drop off point etc. you were flexible and friendly and we appreciated your friendly service.  We will highly recommend your services over and over again!   I still have 3 more kiddos that still are not married! Your thank you note was also extra special and it touched our hearts.

All the best and thanks again! 

Pat 

P.S. Have an “ Amusing day too J!!!!

 

 

Good morning, this message is intended for Joe....Renee booked the Rocket Ship Car on July 08,2010 for my event

Joe  thank you sooo much!!  The Rocket Ship Car made my bachelorette party a blast. We had such a great time and you were wonderful.  From the  ride to the music and lights it was just such an unforgettable event for all. thanks again:)

 

E.T.

 

Hi Joe,

Thank you for the terrific ride and keeping the spirit of Euclid Beach alive!  Everyone loved it!  I will look forward to my next ride!  Maybe even in Florida as my mother's house is in Holiday a bit north of Clearwater near Tarpon Springs!  

Thank you again! :-)

Cherrie, 6/7/2010
 

 

 

This letter was sent to me recently: Feb. 27, 2010, and by the way Tom, we do have some major surprises  for the coming years.  Watch our website for future news!

 

Dear Euclid Beach Boys,

I had a few minutes to kill while waiting for a file to load at work, and ended up spending over a hour going down memory lane with your web site.  What a thrill it was to remember some of my earliest memories as a child going to Euclid Beach Park, spending the day at the beach, riding all the great rides and at the end of the day, stopping at  the Humphrey booth for some popcorn balls and candy kisses.  

I remember going to other places like Geauga Lake Park, Kiddieland, the Cleveland Zoo, the Clifton Club, all places of my childhood that no longer exist except in the shared memories with my siblings and old photographs.

Thanks for the smile on my face.

HN 12/18/2009

P.S. I had forgotten about laughing Sal, but one look at her and the sounds that came out of that woman came flooding right back :)
 

 

Joe,

You just totally make my party every year!!! OMG! I have everyone calling me the next day and telling me how awesome that Rocket Ship car is!!! I had someone who was interested in having it themselves so hopefully you will    get some calls…….hopefully you had your cards with you and you gave some out.  I cant thank   you enough …so go ahead and put me down for next year for the 1st sat. in Aug. and I think that   falls on Sat. Aug. 7…….thank  you, thank you , thank you!!!!

Kathy 8/3/2009

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your website.  I have a ton of great memories of going to Euclid Beach when I was a child!  I have known for a long time that Laughing Sal was still around, but have always wondered whatever happened to her "old man".  Are there any still existing?  And what was HIS name?  I've wracked my brain trying to remember, but I cannot.....can you help?   

Oh (and I'm sure you hear this frequently)....Laughing Sal STILL creeps me out!  LOL Thanks again for preserving Euclid Beach!

 Sincerely,

Debi

Good morning Debi, 

Thanks for the great review of my website!  "Sal's" mate was known as Laughing Sam.  He was removed from the park in the late 50's to a private owner, who sold him to a traveling carnival.  I heard Sam was destroyed by a heavy rain storm while being transported back to the carnival site.  The rain and hail took out the paper mache' that he was made of. 

Be sure and try to attend the stat park event in September.  You will really enjoy it! 

Have a great day! 

Joe 

Good morning Joe! 

Thank you so much for your reply to my email.  Now I can finally quiet my brain re Sal's mate's name.....Sam!  That was driving me crazy, trying to remember.  Sorry to hear about his demise!  What a shame.  I hadn't remembered that he left Euclid Beach.  I was around 10 years old in the late 50's, and only remember BOTH of them outside the "fun house" at the Beach (I think it was called The Surprise House, wasn't it?)  All I remember from those great days was being really afraid of Laughing Sal, and not so scared of Sam.  But not scared enough to stay away from the attraction---that one and "Laugh in the Dark" were my favorites.   

Thanks for the memories, and I will try to be there in September!   

Cheers!

Debi 8/3/2009

Joe & John:

Thanks again for an incredibly memorable evening.  Everyone had a great time and really enjoyed both the presentation and the rides.

I really appreciate your help in making last night a party to remember!

Carolyn
8/3/2009

JOE,                                                                                                                                                         WHAT A GREAT WEB PAGE, IT SURE BROUGHT BACK SO MANY MEMORIES. I LIVED IN COLLINWOOD FOR MANY YEARS AND CAN REMEMBER MY FOLKS TAKING ME TO EUCLID   BEACH, AND THEN OF COURSE THE TEEN AGE YEARS.

I EVEN WORKED IN "KIDDIE LAND" FOR THREE YEARS, WORKED ON ALL THE RIDES AND  MOSTLY THE FIRE ENGINE.

 KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. 

  RAY 8/2/2009

 

Good morning Ray, 

Thanks for the great review of my website!  FYI we have 1 of the kiddie rocket ships, 8 kiddie rodeo ponies, and  some of the large building block letters that were used throughout the colonnade.  

I hope you can make the State Park event in September.....you will really enjoy it! 

Joe 

 
 

Dear Joe, 

Thank you so much for bringing the Rocket Ship out to our resident Luau.  Some of the residents had tears in their eyes when they saw it but were not mobile enough to ride in it.  Even though it rained, no one let it dampen the party. Hope we can use your services again. 

Sincerely, 

Arlene 7/22/2009

Hi Arlene, 

What you just told me is the main reason we do it!  Just the sincere appreciation that we receive from numerous people makes us work that much harder towards our ultimate goal of getting our collection, and the cars out there for everyone to enjoy.   

Thanks for the encouraging email.  

Joe
"Have an amusing day"!

 

Hi, I came upon your site while trying to locate a poster of the park.  I was a resident of Collinwood and my dad used to take my brother and I to the park often, his company had their picnics there,  The only memorabilia I  have is a photo of my brother and myself in front of the entrance when we were probably 5 and 6 and a charm   that a boy in high school gave me and I cherish both along with all those wonderful memories.  Of course I loved the Thriller but I think my favorite were the rocket ships.  Congratulations on all of your treasures, I am seriously envious!

Diana 7/16/09

Thanks again for the good time, Joe. Everyone really enjoyed the rides.
Bob

 

Dear Joe,  

I want to sincerely thank you for providing the "Rocket Ship Car"® for my wife's birthday celebration. She has been talking about getting a ride in the car for the past year and needless to say she was totally surprised when you arrived and thoroughly enjoyed the ride especially the music.  She was still talking about it this morning. She brought the post card  you gave her to show her colleagues at Beaumont.  I kept kidding her that it was the first time she has acknowledged that she was turning 60.  We also had many positive comments from the other guests who said   they had a ball taking the ride.  Many thought that the car would just be there to look at and had no idea that they could actually go for a ride. 

Again many thanks especially for taking the time on a holiday.  

In closing, as you say "Have An Amusing Day" 

Bob                                                                                     5/25/2009

 

Joe,

     Thank you so much for being with us in the parade! Your Rocket Ship was a hit!  We had a blast!!!!!  As soon as I find out the dates for next year I will contact you!  If you could mail me some of your cards   I will put them on our counter for our patients.  I have been asked for them.
Thank you!
Amber
 

I went to the event on Sun. the 28th, it was great!! I shut my eyes and heard all the noises   of the park back then, the happiest times of my life! Euclid Beach will forever be magical!! 

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Diane

 

Hi Joe! 

I just wanted to thank you again for the Rocket Ship last night for my mother's 60th birthday. She had an absolute blast, as we all did!  What a great night for it and it's a memory we won't easily forget.  Thank you again and we'll make sure to refer your services on to our friends and family. 

AP.

 

Dear Joe,
Thanks so much for providing such a great time for the Willoughby  Workshop adults with disabilities! As you know, they  all really enjoyed the Thriller Car rides!  Thanks for your patience and thoughtfulness in ensuring  that everyone who wanted to ride had that opportunity. You are   a true asset to our community. Thanks again from all of us at the Lake County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities!
 

Sincerely,   Ken and the Willoughby Workshop staff

Joe, I got your card today.

Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness and generosity.The event wouldn’t have been the same without the Rocket and the Thriller! J

Take care,

Jenee                     It was a great honor for us to have our Rocket Ship Car and Thriller Car to be the first vehicles to pass through the re-dedicated "Arch".                                                         

Dear Joe,

I can't thank you enough for bringing back such fond memories for all of us. Your professional and caring ways made our first experience so much fun. I have already given your web site to many of the staff and customers at the restaurant, ladies who took the trip, and friends. You have a wonderful treasure, and  we thank you for sharing it with our community.  Keep up the wonderful work.  Evey, and friends surprise Deb for her 50th birthday!

Evey

Joe - 

Our thanks for bringing the Thriller Car to Cedar Lee and sharing some of the nostalgia from Euclid Beach Park with us.  Everyone enjoyed the ride and it is perfect for families with small children!    As I mentioned, it is challenging to have a street festival when the city will not block off the major traffic route.  Thanks for being a considerate, patient and safe driver.  Much success with your endeavors. 

Regards,

Kelley

 

Hi Joe, I wanted to send you a few photos of your trip to Amherst from our Old Time
Jamboree. The Rocket Ship Car was unquestionably the hit of the Jamboree.
Looking forward to seeing you again next year. 2007 Amhurst "Old Fashion Jamboree"

Ted

PS: Thanks for sending my granddaughter's sunglasses back.

Joe,

Thank you so much for making our party a hit!  The Thriller was thrilling! I
had my heart set on the Rocket Ship so I was so surprised by how much fun the
Thriller was! Frank treated the kids and everyone to wonderful rides!!!! The
money spent was worth every penny for the lifetime memories it brought back
and created!!! I'm sure you will be getting future bookings from the party!

Trudy

Hello Joe,

Thank you for coming to our party on Saturday night.  Your ride was the main event and was loved by all.  I have received several calls from our guests all commenting on how much fun   they had on your ride.  Many saying they have  not laughed that hard in months.  Thank you for making it a party to remember. 

Joan 

Joe-

Thanks for a great night. Everyone loved it... We will see you at the Cindy's on Sept. 1st. 

Janna

 

I received a very nice "Thank You" card from Sue who had come out to the Cuyahoga County Fair, and just recently attended the Stat Park event at Euclid Beach State Park.  She doesn't have the ability to send emails   but did take the time to send us a card that shares her thoughts about Euclid Beach Park.  Here is what she wrote:

Dear Joe and John,

Just wanted to say "Thank You" for giving me and others the fun of going back to one of our favorite childhood places where we were able to enjoy the roller coasters, Thriller, Racing Coaster, Merry-Go- Round, the Great American Racing Derby, Flying Turns, the Bug, Over the Falls, Laughing Sal, the  Surprise House, a walk on the pier, salt water taffy, Humphrey popcorn balls, the Frozen Whip, the    Rocket Ship Car in the air and on wheels  for a ride around the park.  It sure did bring back many   memories!  Come early and stay late for many hours of  fun until the park closed in 1969. The Arch will always be the landmark and a reminder of where the park is, and I will never forget.  It will always stay in  my thoughts and dreams.

Again "Thank You"!  Your friend and Euclid Beach new member.

Sue

Dear Joe,

You guys made the "Salute"!  I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks for your very active involvement at our 16th Annual Salute to Orange Village on September 2, 2007.  The success of this event was  made possible by the "dedicated efforts" of so many willing participants.  Your support in our  celebration demonstrates your caring spirit and represents an investment in the future of our village. 

I hope to see you again next year.

Sincerely, Valerie 

 

First and foremost, I would like to commend you on your presentation at the Cuyahoga Fair this past summer.  I visited your display after work (5 am to 3 PM) and was  impressed by your collection and by the ever present circulating number of people that  were attracted to it. You were both busy with people for the whole time I was there, so I didn't have the opportunity to ask any questions.  I took numerous pictures and took  several trips down memory lane as I saw memorabilia that I hadn't seen since my childhood. One of the most vivid memories from my childhood was when I was finally big enough to reach the gas pedal and drive by myself on the turnpike car exactly like the one you have.  Two days ago my family was at Cedar Point and my 9 year old son drove the same course in the newer cars and I stood there watching, lost in time as the generations mixed together.  

We seem to have a common interest and kindred spirit.  I collect much smaller memorabilia.  My budget won't allow for rocket cars, but I am happy with collecting park maps, ceramics, glassware, coins and other small memories of the past that in some cases don't exist anymore and in other cases are still going strong and have a wonderful variety of historical items. 

Ironically, on the same Saturday that the news broke about Geauga Lake closing I  saw your rocket car go by the Eat'n Park that I work at on Snow Road.  I was so bummed out and melancholy about the closing until I saw the rocket ship car and I said to myself,   "That is a sign, that is good karma. You are not alone."  Your simple act of driving by my workplace cheered me up enough to get through the rest of the day and I thank you for that.  

I am still stewing at Cedar Fair for pulling out of this market.  If they really wanted it to succeed, they would have invested more in the ride side than a paint job the first year.  They had a plan in place from the beginning, I believe and it just took time to work   through it.  I was hired by Six Flags the year of the sale to work at the hotel although I really wanted to work in the park and be where the action was.  Then Cedar Fair bought the park and everything changed.  Working at the hotel, I got to meet most of the management including Bill Spehn and Dave (?) the head of security for the park.  Dave  and I became friends. CF reduced my pay by $3.75/hour and  took away my management position.  Yet I stayed for a while to see what would happen.  Of course what happened was the removal of the animals from the Sea World side and that was a very surreal day.  I went to lunch at the KFC across the street from the park and the slow parade of trucks bearing passed by and you could hear the sea lions barking sadly as they left their home of many years.  

I wonder about the future of some of the more historic items from the park.  The Illions carousel needs to be preserved.  I rode it this summer and was thinking that it really  needed cleaned up and restored. I work part time at Fun'n Stuff, a family owned amusement park in Macedonia and I keep telling the GM to look into auctions for the smaller kiddy rides to add to their park.  I would rather see these rides be used than sold for scrap.  And more recently, CF has announced that they will close a park in San Francisco to make room for the 49'ers new stadium.  Deja vu?

Bill was in the Halloween Parade on Sunday, so he really is back at the Point.  The Euclid Beach Band sang "There's no surf in Cleveland" and I have the vinyl to prove it.  But there's certainly a lot of pride and respect for the past and I appreciate you guys for your leadership in this cause.  If I won the Mega tomorrow, I would build a place for birthday celebrations that would embrace the fun of the amusement park with a museum of the   past that would be affordable to all and memorable to many.  But that's just a dream, but it's a good dream, much like the description by James  Earl Jones  in Field of Dreams where the memories of the past are so thick you    have to brush them away. 

I apologize for being so long winded, but I thank you for letting me vent on certain subjects.  Good luck with your future endeavors and please help keep the memories alive! 

Brian

 

 

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