Writing about the birth and rebirth of a roller coaster

by Tinker Ready

In 1983, I wrote a story for the Valley Advocate in Springfield, Massachusetts about a new roller coaster.  I interviewed the designer on the construction site in what was then Riverside Amusement Park in Agawam. “There’s not much to it, ” William C. Cobb said. “It’s pure physics.”

I rode it about 2005 and it was pretty rickety, especially compared to the new monorail coaster I had just ridden.

In 2015, I heard they same coaster was being revamped by the current owner, Six Flags. So, I wrote about the updated Wicked Cyclone for The Boston Globe. This time, I got to ride it with a video camera. Not rickety anymore.

 

 

 

 

Riding the Wicked Cyclone with the Go Pro from Tinker Ready on Vimeo.

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I have never in my life heard so many people say such nice things about journalists.

And, I’ve been a journalist for a long time. It just keeps on coming.

From the Sunday NY Times conversation with Catherine MacKinnon, “a pioneer and lightning rod for sex equality.”…Last month, she met Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News anchor who, more recently, became a public face of sexual harassment. 

CM Women have talked to each other about this issue forever. But the media’s reporting it, and staying on it, is an amazing credit to journalists. They discovered that this is a story with legs. It matters, and it’s everywhere. It’s not just for the latest iteration of the women’s page. It’s in sports, politics, business, tech. Now that they’ve discovered the abuse is everywhere, they can cover it everywhere. It also means that men in power — generally white men, wealthy men — can’t afford to ignore it, which they’d always been able to do before. Now it’s going to cost them — their customers, their advertisers — in a way that’s going to bring them down. 

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@niemanfdn @nytmike and @emilysteel from @nytimes talk about how they’ve covered #SexualHarassment

From a talk Wednesday at Harvard.

Steele said she borrowed from lines in the movie to talk to her sources. Not sure these are the exact lines, but FYI.  sasha 1

We were worried about getting a small detail wrong and then they would drive a tractor trailer through the story…If there was anything we were not 100 percent sure about, we took it out.

More from Spotlight: This follows a delay in the story after 9/11. sasha 2