ACE New England News June 4, 2011
June 4, 2011

\’Oddcast\’ On \’Trolley Parks\’ Set For Week Of June 20

Ron Gustafson, Quassy\’s Marketing Director, To Be Featured Guest On Ripley Radio

MIDDLEBURY, Conn. — A century ago there were more than 1,000 \”trolley parks\” operating in the United States. These great amusement centers — many of them at the end of a city\’s electrified trolley line – have dwindled throughout the years to only a handful. \”Believe It Or Not!\”

Ripley Radio, of the world-famous Ripley\’s Believe It Or Not!, will air a segment on the history of \”trolley parks\” the week of June 20 with Ron Gustafson, director of marketing at 103-year-old Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury, Conn., as a featured guest on the show.

During the broadcast, Gustafson will chat with the Ripley hosts about the wonderful slice of Americana still existing at the remaining \”trolley parks\” and how the old has successfully mixed with the new.

\”Ron\’s interview will also tell us why these remaining gems are loved by all who attend,\” said Tim O\’Brien, executive producer for Ripley Radio.

An industry author and long-time historian, Gustafson has hundreds of published articles and two books to his credit in his more than 35 years in the amusement industry.

His current duties include all aspects of marketing and public relations for Quassy, which opened in 1908 as a \”trolley park\” on Lake Quassapaug in northwestern Connecticut. In 2003, Gustafson\’s history of the 20-acre property was published by Midway Publications of Nashua, N.H. His other book, \”Midway Park, A Century Of Fun,\” was published in1998 and relates to the history of another \”trolley park, Midway State Park in Maple Springs, N.Y.

To listen to the Ripley Radio show, simply logon to the week of June 20.

Other guests on the broadcast will include:

. Former aerospace engineer Jim Seay. He will explain why people of all ilk the world over love to be scared to death on roller coasters. He should know — he\’s the creator of the world\’s scariest coasters.

. The Lizardman will be visiting Ripley\’s Believe It or Not! Times Square Odditorium (New York) this month and will unveil a remarkable wax figure of himself, and then hang around a few days entertaining and meeting Ripley\’s guests. The Odditorium\’s manager Michael Hirsh outlines the other exciting sideshow acts lined up for the summer.

. Chad Netherland of Ripley\’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, S.C., reports that the aquarium will become the first major U.S. aquarium to feature live mermaid shows on a daily basis throughout the summer!

. Edward Meyer lists the articles found in a lake that lies below a major European roller coaster, including false teeth and glass eyes!

. Ronald McDonald stops by for another visit and tells us that he has been a fan of Ripley\’s for years and then gives us his impersonation of Jack Palance\’s rendition of \”Believe It or Not!\”

. Intern Abby reports on the Happify app.

. Ralf explains why Texas is trying to make noodling (catching catfish by hand) legal.

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