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Old August 1st, 2005, 08:40 AM
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Question 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.
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Old August 1st, 2005, 03:25 PM
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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. ..so i kinda ate lunch with her.

1978: Linda Carter (Wonder Woman) for the opening of Shockwave I think.
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Old August 1st, 2005, 04:37 PM
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Default 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.
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Old August 1st, 2005, 07:20 PM
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Karl Wallenda in 1976. He was supervising the construction of the highwire his kids would use in front of the Dolphin Show that summer.
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Old August 1st, 2005, 08:18 PM
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Okay, I didn't see him,

but,

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.

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Old August 7th, 2005, 07:51 AM
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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.
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Old August 8th, 2005, 03:13 PM
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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.
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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.
I remember that event clearly. Shawn Bradley tried the Mini Mine thing like the other NBA player did and got frustrated when he couldn't comfortably sit in it to ride with his son or daughter, tho he was kind about it and almost sheepish from what I heard.

Then he went to ride Skycoaster and even tho I wasn't there for his adventure there that day, he did come back a few years later when I worked there full time and luckily, from what I heard about the first experience of his there (making me the only one employed at that ride who knew anything about it), I remembered what I heard about it and was able to work around it. The man is 7'4" or something like that, and imagine trying to prone someone (where the floor drops away and you fall belly-to-earth on the cables) in a lift that is only about 6 feet long. As long as you don't care about knocking this man unconscious, you had to figure out how to get him belly-to-earth without smacking the s*** out of his skull.

"Ok Mr. Bradley-" "Shawn, please." "Ok Shawn, in order to get you belly-to-earth, we are going to have to physically hold you up until we are sure that when you fall, you won't fall onto the wall on the opposite side over there. Be patient with us..."

The funny thing is, someone was downstairs in the "store" checking out batteries on one of our camcorders to see which ones worked and which ones didn't. They had it sitting on the counter, and it was recording. When someone discovered it had and stopped it, we pulled it out and played it. It was pointed toward the entrance to the flight suit area, with very little activity for most of it. The only thing that it DID catch, however, was our red tag, measuring at about 5'4", walk thru the building out into the flight suit area and out of sight, and not 2 seconds later, Shawn Bradley slowly walked in after getting unsuited after his flight (almost like he was coming in for a landing) and all you see is a body scrunched down with a tilted head up top squat underneath the door come into the picture. I think that was one of my most hilarious moments as an employee. To give you an idea of how "scrunched down" he was--the door frame was 6-feet tall.

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Other celebrities I saw/encountered:
-NSync, before they got HUGE, played two concerts out there before they just exploded into ginormous popularity, tho they were probably halfway there. Their second (and last to date) concert, they wanted an "informal" takeover of the park after the guests were gone, and Giant, my ride, was their first stop. I'd heard some of the younger girls at the park go on and on about these boys, but couldn't decipher them from any other band I'd never heard of. They came to dock, got in the train (they all sat together) and (what I would learn only after I got to know who they were), Justin Timberlake asked me to hold his [sweaty] ballcap. I also checked his lap bar, the closest by far I have ever come to touching a celebrity's uhhh..special area. A proud moment I like to tell to people who go on and on these days about how fine he is and what a [female dog] Cameron Diaz is .... even tho I had absolutely no idea at the time who the hell he was.

I know there were more, but I'll have to post them later when I can think of them...
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 08:06 PM
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Billy Crystal performed a stand up act at the Dolphin Show when I was the foreman there. I believe it was 1978. He was nice. I met him but I can't remember if he gave an autograph.
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 11:09 PM
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Default Stars on Rides,...

Let's see,

I saw Emitt Smith out there around the Pirates Lagoon one day while I was walking around.

Another day, I had just been placed in one of the Roaring Rapids boats, and when there were just two seats left, Ray and Dave Davies of the KINKS were ushered past the Q-line into the boat.
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