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  1. And I believe that Bill Balfour is now doing work with EnterTRAINment Junction up in West Chester.

    When I was hired at KI in 1972 as a litter gitter, I remember working with a Bill Balfour.  I wonder if he is the same person and does anyone know when he was first hired at the Park and in what position? When I viewed his picture the Entertainment Junction website, it sure looks like him. Just wondering.....

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  2. I worked at the park in Food for 5 seasons and Park Services for 3... I highly recommend a job at the park if you are on the fence about it. Park Services was my favorite as you got to walk around the park and it felt like our department was really a big team!  :D I mean, yes it's cool you get to go to the park for free when you are off, but just walking around the park assisting guests was really cool for me. To quote Shia LaBeouf "Just do it!" lol

    My first of 21 years working at Kings Island was in 1972 when I was one of  Kings Island Original Employee(s). I was hired as a "litter gitter" which is now sweeps in Park Services.  I agree in that position was the best in the park as we had the entire park as our work area.  I spent the vast majority of my years as a "litter gitter."

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  3. As most people speed because others on the road are speeding, otherwise you will get ran over, especially in the toll roads in NJ.  You use the excuse as you explain the officer, "I was only keeping up with traffic" as you are given an expensive fine.  Which reminds me I was speeding 20 mph over the limit on I-76 going west towards PA when it it all of a sudden dawned on me, I can use the excuse of keep up with the traffic when there was no traffic!  I think the troopers are looking for the erratic driver.  


    Same goes for trespassing where people think it is no harm if no one is watching them or others are doing it, so why not me?  

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  4. word of caution, while leaving the park last night, walking on the path b/w Boo Blasters and the first aid station I noticed some sort of "creature" walking b/w the bushes near Boo Blasters.  I first I thought it might be an oppossum as all I caught was a flash of white, upon walking a little further, I noticed that it was a skunk.  I'm not sure how often that skunk takes up residency in that area, and I'll assume its more used to lound sounds and screaming people than your regular skunk, but its close enough to a path that a kid (or adult) could easly "sneak" up on it, neither realizing the other was there.  Would definently not make for the #KIbestday


    Other than that, I don't believe anyone in my family rode Vortex last season, no particular reason, just didn't.  My 7 year old decided he wanted to ride it while he was on Shake, Rattle and Roll with his grandmother, so we both took our first trip on it since he was 5.  Got in 7-1; man I love that ride, just wish it didn't beat myself up so bad, though last night wasn't too bad.  Any tips for a 7 year old?  he's about 53" I lean my head forward a bit to avoid the head banging, he's too small to do that.  When he was 5, he was short enough that he didn't get much head banging, now that he's grown a bit more, that was his only complaint last night.  FWIW, way smoother than The Corkscrew we rode up at Valleyfair a few weeks ago, it had been too long since riding Vortex to compare the two Arrows, it was tough to convince my son for a 2nd ride on Corkscrew (I kind had to semi-force him) so was happy to see him pick Vortex again, and enjoy his ride (other than the head banging)

    That white skunk is well known at the park.  A couple years ago during Haunt, I noticed a white trash bag lying on the ground in the dark of night in the dog walking area in front of the Kennel.  I walked to pick it up and as I got within 15 feet of it, it started to move and it was that white skunk.  It is a good thing it was not frighten as I was well within range of its potent weapon!

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  5. I can only relate the surgery that I have had.  I had cervical spinal fusion of my 6/C-7/C-8/C back in 2003 and 4/C-5/C-6/C back in 2010 and secured with screws and pins.  I have a total of 5 disks fused and even though the sever pain that I had prior has gone away, I still get an occasional stiff neck.    While I might feel that I can ride a roller coaster that does not have loops or cork screws that jerks you neck all over creation, I chose not to.   If you remember there was a Bengal football player a few years ago that broke his neck and had to have cervical fusion surgery (performed by the same surgeon that did my own) of the same cervical disk that I had (6/C-7/C) and he decided it was best to retire from football rather than risk further injury.  That is why I will not ever ride a roller coaster, not even a more milder one.   I would discuss this issue with your surgeon and get his/her advice.  My advice would be as Terpy had said, your health is not worth the risk and heed the health warnings as not to ride if you have back and or neck issues. 

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  6. I have had two cervical spinal fusion surgeries since 2003 and I do NOT ride any roller coasters.   I value my health  more than any thrill that I might get from going down the hill or around the bend on any roller coaster.  Terpy is correct when he said none of the coasters should be ridden.  Warning signs are posted and I heed them.   

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  7. This thread regarding advice on motels close to the park reminded me of my first trip to Washington, DC back in 1984.   I was searching for places to stay in DC that was clean, safe, close to all of the monuments, museums and most of all, within my price range.  I purchased this book titled, "Washington, DC on $35 a Day."  It gave me good tips on affordable places to eat and most of all, decent hotels.  What got my attention of a hotel called, The Hotel Harrington, which was located 2 blocks from the FBI HQ and 3 blocks from the Mall.  The rates were around the $60/day range.  I decided to make reservations at The Hotel Harrington for 5 days.  Because I was very concerned about this hotel, I made reservations as a national motel chain 10 miles away.  I was concerned that this old hotel was a haven for "ladies of the evening" and other unsavory elements.  But I was wrong.  As I drove up to it, it was a nice building, clean and saw lots of families and tour groups going in and out.  This hotel reminded me of the old Hotel Gibson in downtown Cincinnati.  It had been rehabbed in and out.  It was very clean and well kept and maintained.  Like I said, it was just two blocks from the FBI building and I walked there in time for a tour.  I enjoyed my stay there and stayed there there again on my next trip to DC.    


    So I can understand when families are asking about good places to stay near the park.  Like me, they want a clean and safe place and not too expensive, but most of all, a place that provides a good place rest after a hectic day at the park

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  8. The Shaker Inn in Lebanon has been in business for a LONG time, since the 60's at least.  While I have not stayed there, it is always busy and has a nice pool in front.   As for Lebanon, it is a lot quieter than Mason.  They have a nice downtown area with nice shops, including a very good ice cream shop. If you like trains, there is a very good scenic train ride that goes from Lebanon to Mason and back with the station located just below the downtown area.  

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  9. I was applied at a huge box store that sold computers and accessories (they had not even opened for business yet in the early 90's) right out of college and they called me in six times for an interview and at the end they admitted they didn't know where to place me.  Therefore, I swore NEVER to work them for that very reason.  That was the only place that treated me like that and I could only hope that they changed that method of hiring.   At least Kings Island is NOT like that or other places that I have worked for.


    Good luck with working at Kings Island, you will not regret it.  

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  10. I remember it was in the summer of 1967 that I first rode a roller coaster.  I was in the 6th grade and my family and cousins drove down to Coney Island for a day of fun.  We were in front of the Shooting Star and I decided to get in line for it along with my sister and cousins.  I did not really want to ride that ride and I kept saying to myself, "NO!  NO! NO! there is no way that I am going to ride that thing", But I walked in the line as we moved towards the platform to get into the car.  I had sweaty palms and was wanted to turn away and leave, but I went along with the flow and finally was seated in the car.  I was seated in the very first car and as we left the station and I could hear the clanging of the wheels on the track and then the noise from the chain as we started going up the hill and as we past that sign that read, "Don't stand up", I grabbed onto the front bar and hung on for dear life.  But as we reached the top of the hill and turned as we reached the drop of the hill, I could see fate that was in store for me!  But as we crossed that threshold of no return and as I was staring down that drop and my stomach was trying to leave my body, I was screaming for joy!!!  I loved every dip and banging against the side of the car when it changed direction.  As we entered the station at the completion of the ride, I could not wait to get back in line again to have another ride on the Shooting Star!    

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    Happy birthday to Kings Island

    It would be so epic to go back in time to see this. I am jealous of anybody who saw this in person.


    I remember that day every well.  I marched in that parade as a member of Kings High School marching band.  We also marched down Kings Island Drive when the ribbon was cut to open the road to traffic.  Kings Island's design group made a banner that we carried in front of our band that announced who we were (Kings High School Marching Band, Kings Mills, Ohio, Home of Kings Island).  

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  12. All of my friends are always checking out all of the pictures in the yearbooks from our school that were published decades ago. We like to look at our pictures from the years when we were just starting 1st grade and our progress through high school. We look up pictures of our parents, our sisters and brothers, all family members, teachers, all of our friends, everyone one that we know and see all of the pictures of our distant relatives and parents when they were kids from decades ago. We share all of our memories and upload pages of our yearbooks from decades ago for our friends that don't have access to. We even share if any of our teachers have a famous son that went on to be an All Pro wide receiver in the NFL and to become one of the top rated sports broadcaster on NBC. Chris Collinsworth's father, Abe, started his coaching and teaching career at Kings Mills High School back in 1959. But most of all, we use our yearbooks to look up the pictures of our dear classmates that have passed on and share all the good times we all shared with them.

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  13. I think that the 2006 season was the last year that the park had the yearbook, when it was still Paramount Kings Island. Human Resources used to have some copies in a rack that job applicants could browse while applying for a job. I wonder if the Park might consider bringing them back again?

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  14. Prior to starting my classes at the Mount St. Joseph (College of Mount St. Joseph) in 1987, Computer information systems and computer science department head, gave all of the Business Administration/Information Systems majors a logic test. She wanted to see how we were able to think logically and solve logic problems, ranging from simple problems to more difficult ones. I found it easy to see the what the pattern of numbers was on problems and had no problems on this test, as did others. That was not required to pass before entering the degree program, but was given just for fun and challenge of it.

    I like forward to going there and giving it a try,

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