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analogkid280 August 1st, 2005 08:40 AM

What famous people have you seen at SFOT?
Recent discussions have made me wonder. How many famous celebrities (infamous ones too) have you seen at Six Flags?

I have seen 2.
Kerry VonEric - Old loudmouthed 80's wrestler.
Clint Eastwood - I think it was him, he was covering his face really good and runnning really fast!

That is not counting many of the local news reporters and other local celebs.

sfotadmin August 1st, 2005 03:25 PM

1976: "Lady Bird" Johnson, complete with Secret Service detail ( ), eating at Dry Hole Charlies in Boomtown. (at least they knew where the good burgers were). I sat 2 tables away. i kinda ate lunch with her.

1978: Linda Carter (Wonder Woman) for the opening of Shockwave I think.
"I did not have lunch with that woman"

JStroop August 1st, 2005 04:37 PM

Celebrity sightings
I don't remember the years for a lot of these, but at least approximately... and I'll leave out folks I saw inside the Music Mill.

James Hetfield, Metallica lead singer, 1992, rode the Cliffhanger when I was foreman.

Brad Wright, Channel 5 anchor, early 90's. He was at the park for the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, back when they used to hold the local bits at the Southern Palace... he was in his tuxedo shirt and pants... and slipped out for a quick ride with his kids - and of all places, he chose the Flume. I hope he was done for the day, because that white shirt was blue when he got off the ride.

Jerry Rice, NFL football player, at the Air Racer, early 90's - he was waiting in line.

Doug Smith, 1994, Dallas Maverick, Mini Mine - Doug is 6'10". I have NO IDEA how he crammed his long legs into a Mini Mine car... but he rode it 7-8 times in a row. I was a ride supervisor at the time, and was visiting the Mini... nobody there appreciated the fact that an NBP player was there, much less knew who he was. So I called my friend Sheldon -who was (probably still is, I guess) a big NBA fan, he was working at the Mine Train - to come over and verify it for me. He wouldn't ride any other big coasters... I guess he was afraid of them... but he found the Mini Mine to be acceptable, and rode it for a good 20 minutes.

Gary Busey, insane actor, early 90s - I wasn't there for this particular portion of his visit, but he verbally assaulted a friend of mine, Chris Ulrich, ranting incoherently about our customer service.

Pam Tillis, country singer, 93 or 94, exit ramp to Chaps, Rusty Fitzgerald, the operations assistant mgr was escorting her about the park.

Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboy QB, early 90s... Troy and his girlfriend who was a country singer (I think it was Lori Morgan?) were at the park and asked if they could convince the crew and a couple supervisors to stay late and run the Texas Giant for them and their entourage after the park closed. In return, Troy promised everyone who stayed autographed footballs, which he never delivered.

The Dallas Mavericks team and most of the Maverick dancers, '97 - this was a private party for Mavericks season ticket holders, which was attended by most of the Mavericks. It was funny seeing Shawn Bradley try to fit under the shoulder restraint of the Cliffhanger.

There may be others, but I don't recall any more right now.

Carl_LaFong August 1st, 2005 07:20 PM

Karl Wallenda in 1976. He was supervising the construction of the highwire his kids would use in front of the Dolphin Show that summer.

Parktimes August 1st, 2005 08:18 PM

Okay, I didn't see him,


one day while working the upper level of the tower slide, the foreman (who wasn't really the type to pull a stunt) yelled up the intercom that Ceaser Ramero (not sure about the spelling) (as in the Joker on TV Batman and many other gigs) had just come down the slide and handed her his mat.

Seems, there were some others I didn't see. I'll have to think about it.


Twisted August 7th, 2005 07:51 AM

Tiffany, the redheaded popstar of the late 80's, was walking the park and riding rides with 2 bodyguards for a few hours before her concert. Her disguise of a cap and sunglasses might have worked had she not had the two giant security guys with her.

Besides the "flavor of the moment" pop star, I also saw a real rocker there around 1983. David Bowie was in line for the modern cars with his son, Zowie. Most people didn't recognize him, and those that did pretty much respected his privacy...not something that you see very often anymore.

Stacy Schnellenbach August 8th, 2005 03:13 PM

Famous Sightings
In the summer of '77 I met Mel Tillis and Gabe Kaplan. Both were doing shows at the ampitheater. I was manager of "Glo-Necklaces". We stored them in dry ice (in a freezer behind the food stand in Good Times Square) and then girls sold them at night out of portable coolers...stationed at different parts of the park just like balloon girls. Given the fact that you could only see the necklaces at night, Glo-Necklaces had no day shift. We always contacted whomever was performing that night and asked them if they would wear a Glo-necklace on stage. We'd deliver them personally, and that's how we met the celebs. Too bad they didn't come out the summer before '77...that was the summer K.C and the Sunshine Band performed as well as the O'Jays.

JStroop August 8th, 2005 06:13 PM

Mr. Kott-ERRRR?
You got to meet mister Kott-Teeerrr? Sweet! What kind of show was he doing? Comedy? That seems like a peculiar show to be booked by Six Flags.

Stacy Schnellenbach August 9th, 2005 12:54 AM

Mr. Kotter
It was a stand-up comedy act. I think "Welcome Back, Kotter" was based on his real life. It was a low key act and I think the characters (based on kids he grew up with) sort of spoke through him. He was the straight man. After the show's success, he started touring doing stand-up and basically elaborating In person, he seemed very quiet...almost shy. Six Flags just wanted to ride that wave of success while they could, I guess.

Jason Garrett August 15th, 2005 11:51 PM

1998- Leann Rimes, Coming of Texas Giant with her dad. Refused to sign a dollar for a little kid, but did shake hands with everybody. I think she wished she was a nobody at the time, so we would all go away.

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