Six Flags Over Georgia opens
It required $12 million to change a 276-acre dairy farm west of Downtown in to the Southeast’s first amusement park that Magic Kingdom lower in Orlando wouldn’t open for 4 years. But all of the clearing and construction didn’t eradicate the red clay and scrubby pines from the Cobb County surroundings when Six Flags Over Georgia opened up for business on June 16, 1967. That rustic flavor put into the verisimilitude of Six Flags Over Georgia’s prime attractions: the Dahlonega Mine Train ride, which hurtled from the thirty-seven-feet peak, and also the Tales from the Okefenokee boat ride, which required passengers past slightly creepy scenes according to Joel Chandler Harris fables.
Another prime attraction was the fir,000-seat Krofft’s Circus puppet show, an earlier foray through the siblings Sid and Marty Krofft, best referred to as creators of these groovy TV fare as H.R. Pufnstuf and Sigmund and also the Ocean Monsters. The Kroffts would will continue to open a competing theme park, the field of Sid and Marty Krofft, within the Omni complex within the 1970s.
With that 1967 opening day, 3,325 people rode the rides at Six Flags, included in this a youthful person in the marketing staff named Spurgeon Richardson. His career in the park rose as continuously because the steep incline around the Great American Scream Machine when Atlanta magazine covered the park’s twentieth anniversary within the May 1987 issue, Richardson was Six Flags’ VP and gm.
The person whose mission was marketing your brain Bender would later will continue to tougher challenges helming the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. Requested to check the 2 jobs, he stated, “At Six Flags, I rather enjoyed giving instructions towards the 1,500 teenagers we’d hire every year. In the ACVB, I learned to savor taking instruction from 1,500 member companies.”
Richardson still likes to ride roller coasters, especially wooden ones. “I love that clickety-clack seem of the wooden coaster. My personal favorite may be the Great American Scream Machine. I really like riding it, and that i love that name. If only I’d develop that. Which was brilliant marketing.”
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This short article initially ran within the June 2011 issue.