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Old September 29th, 2010, 06:07 PM
billgaston billgaston is offline
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I worked at Six Flags for three years when it opened. One time I was a temporary Astro Lift foreman while my ride was being repaired. The movie State Fair was filming at Fair Park and some of the stars came to the park. I only remember one of them now. Ann Margret I DO remember. She rode the Astro Lift from the Texas section. When she came into the station I was helping folks unload. I got to hold her hand and help her. She smiled that Ann Margret smile and said "Why thank You" and squezed it. I didn't wash that hand for days. The other lift guest memory is of an African king who got away from his escorts and walked around alone for a while. He rode the lift in a car by himself. He was 7+ ft tall and 350 pounds and in traditional robes. He spoke with a beautiful British accent. His entourage caught up with him then, much to his disgust.
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Old August 4th, 2011, 12:26 PM
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I was foreman of Texas Lift in 1977. Back then, it was possible to take a "test ride" once in a while, look back to the west, and see the score of the Rangers game on the little scoreboard above the first base line in the old Arlington Stadium.

AstroLift was a popular place for pot smokers. Of course, there were times when someone would light up just after getting on at the Modern end, and we'd get a call... we'd just push them right around the track in Texas, send them back, and security would be waiting to provide them with an all-expenses-paid trip to the front gate.

The handles were permanently affixed to the cars until 1976, when some dumb fool opened his door during the ride. After that, the latch mechanisms were changed, and we inserted the handles into the doors to open and close them at the appropriate times.
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Old August 10th, 2011, 11:18 AM
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Old August 27th, 2014, 02:06 PM
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Was there ever another ride at SFOT or maybe the Fair that used a separate handle like that? I think I have a memory of doors being opened with a handle, but I can not place it. I am not sure I ever rode the Astrolift.
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Old August 27th, 2014, 09:39 PM
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At one point Spinnaker took out the knob/shaft device that unlocked the hatches and had them up in the driver's box for employees to use to open them up. This kept guests from opening them. I still have one from my summer there.
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