Noted roller coaster designer Ron Toomer dead at 81
Published: September 26, 2011 at 6:15 PM
Magnum, Mine Ride, Gemini, Corkscrew, and Iron Dragon at Cedar Point
Desperado at Buffalo Bills in Nevada
Python (Busch Tampa)
Big Bad Wolf, Drachen Fire, and Loch Ness Monster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
The first I ever heard of Ron Toomer, I had just returned from my virgin visit to Cedar Point in the early 90's, when I first was beginning to realize there were other parks besides GAdv, Dorney and a handful of others. I was watching TV and stumbled across an episode of NOVA on PBS, which opened with a magnificent shot of Magnum ascending the lift hill. An interview with Toomer was included, and he demonstrated how he sometimes conceived of his designs...with a wire hanger bent into seemingly impossible shapes.
Godspeed, Ron Toomer, and thanks for your legacy.