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"Always Cedar Point, a Memoir of the Midway" gives the reader an insider's view of the operations of the world's greatest amusement park, Cedar Point. From a summer as a 20-year old ride operator on the Frontier Lift to becoming the park's general manager 35 years later, John Hildebrandt brings the reader inside the fascinating world of what it takes to market and operate a destination built for fun.
Hildebrandt walked the midway every day for 40 seasons, talking to guests and employee. He collected a lifetime of stories. There is humor, history, disappointment, thrills, and excitement in his storytelling. And there are memorable people as well. Cedar Point truly is The Amazement Park.
The focus of the book is Hildebrandt's relationship with the park's most iconic attractions--its legendary collection of world class roller coasters--including Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster, Magnum, Maverick, Corkscrew, GateKeeper (to name just a few). As marketing vice president, it was Hildebrandt's job to introduce these magnificent scream machines to the world. From how the coasters were named to thrilling first rides to the creation of memorable advertising campaigns, Hildebrandt gives the reader a unique perspective, including lessons learned.
"Always Cedar Point" is one of the best books yet written about life inside an amusement park. Part memoir, part history, part business brief, part autobiography, "Always Cedar Point" is also Hildebrandt's love poem to a remarkable place, a nearly 150-year old amusement park and resort in Sandusky Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie.
About the Author
Authors John and Marie Hildebrandt are uniquely qualified to tell the story of the shores and islands. John is a retired vice president and general manager of Cedar Point, the Sandusky amusement park and resort that first opened in 1870. He has spent 40 years in the tourism industry. Marie is a former news reporter for the Sandusky Register and a retired public official. For five years, she wrote the region's leading tourism publication.
Jennifer Wright is a columnist for the New York Observer and the New York Post, covering sex and dating. She was one of the founding editors of TheGloss.com, and her writing regularly appears in such publications as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Maxim. Her breakup cure is gin, reruns of 30 Rock, and historical biographies. She lives and loves in New York City.
TIM O'BRIEN received the 1979 National Book Award for Going After Cacciato. Among his other books are The Things They Carried, Pulitzer Finalist and a New York Times Book of the Century, and In the Lake of the Woods, winner of the James Fenimore Cooper Prize. He was awarded the Pritzker Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military writing in 2013.