September 2nd, 2013

krazy koati

Watchin' girls in the air

DelGrosso's Amusement Park is in Tipton, a suburb of Altoona. It's not a very large park --- it's almost what we could figure on Kokomo's family amusement center growing into --- but the Roller Coaster Database does credit it with two coasters, one of which I think is really stretching the term to include. But it's got that serious weirdness that marks a real Pennsylvania park. For example, you may have the name DelGrosso's nagging somewhere at your mind. This is because DelGrosso Foods makes spaghetti sauce, noodles, pizza sauce, and that sort of thing. It's the same family running this, and yes, the amusement park is just across the highway from the spaghetti sauce plant. Arguably it's just down the road, as the park has a water park across the highway, beside its parking lot, so like Kennywood, you have to cross the highway to actually get into the park. Here they use a pedestrian footbridge instead of an underpass.

The park was called Bland's Park until 2000, which sounds like the normal sort of name change after new owners come in. The DelGrossos bought the amusement park in 1946. Our best guess about why they waited to change the name --- and then finally did --- was that part of the sale was a desire not to change the park's name until the last of the old owners had died, and to suppose that took longer than anyone would have expected. The theory's fine enough but the old owners were not the Blands, but rather the Rinard brothers. The Blands owned the farm on which the Rinards built the park starting in 1907. So we don't know what to make of it.

Another distinctly Pennsylvania Parks thing about DelGrosso's: in 2006 the park bought ``Revolution'', a loop-and-corkscrew roller coaster that really seems too much for this park, from Libertyland in Memphis; they kept it for five years without installing it, and then sold it to Gloria's Fantasyland in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines, where it apparently hasn't opened quite yet.

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Friday was to be our day at Knoebels.

Trivia: The most popular author in Armed Service Edition books during World War II was Ernest Haycox, represented by eight Western titles. Next most popular were Max Brand, Thorne Smith, and C S Forester. Source: Don't You Know There's A War On?, Richard Lingeman.

Currently Reading: War With The Newts, Karel Čapek. Translated by Ewald Osers.

PS: My August 2013 Statistics, for the mathematics blog.