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Six Flags Over Georgia (Images of America) Paperback – September 27, 2006
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About the Author
Author Tim Hollis first visited Six Flags Over Georgia during its opening season. A recognized authority on Southern roadside history, Hollis has written two books for Arcadia Publishing about his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, plus numerous other titles on Southern tourism and baby boomer pop culture for the University Press of Mississippi and Stackpole Books. In Six Flags Over Georgia, he delves deep into the personal collections of longtime park employees, as well as his own archives, to document the park as his fellow baby boomers so fondly recall it.
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Remember when going to Six Flags Atlanta was like planning a vacation? Remember how a day at the park some how fancied all of your senses (the scent of thick black tar that covered the Lickskillet section in the rear gated section.. oh how that smell recalls the presence of the Spindle Top and Drunken Barrel rides)? If you don't remember, Hollis will bring it all back. He captures illustrations of former employees, park characters, vintage rides, and many park landscapes that are still prevalent today (for example, the waiting station for the Wheel Barrow that is now the waiting station for the Wheelie). However, it isn't just the photographs that makes this book so rich; it is the details behind the history of the park and attractions that we didn't know that is so engaging. Each photograph not only tells it's own story, Hollis' invaluable commentary supporting each picture is brilliant.
Before I read SFOG, I had classified myself as an expert in this field of amusement. However, Hollis gets to the core and peels off the layers, year by year, highlighting the attractions that have been forgotten (Sky Hook, Satellite Rides, Mo Mo the Monster) while providing enough trivia to keep the reader engaged from page to page. Today I am thankful that Hollis set me straight and wrote the book that I wanted to write, yet lacked the resources to write.
A wonderful black-n-white artifact collection bound into one book. Finally, someone tells the story of Six Flags over GA and they tell it the way it was meant to be told.
Momo the Monster
The 2nd log flume
Tales of the okeefenokee
Jean Ribault's River Adventure
Flying Dutchman & Jolly Roger Island
and particularly THE HORROR CAVE!
If anyone has any specific memories about the horror cave or old SFOG attractions in general, contact me. I love to talk about it!