Published: September 27, 2011 at 6:18 AMI bet he is on a roller coaster to heaven right
Published: September 27, 2011 at 8:09 AMPython and Loch Ness Monster were the first two "upside down" coasters I ever rode, and ones that inspired my life-long love of thrill rides. If you are Generation X coaster fan (or older), Toomer coasters probably played an important role in your youth.
Here's that video clip of Toomer, talking about roller coaster design:
Published: September 27, 2011 at 8:23 AMDo you remember which episode of NOVA that was?
Published: September 30, 2011 at 12:07 AMAlso, credited with basic design of 80 steel coasters (many were record breakers). Quoted in New York Times in 1989 as being the unquestioned king of coaster design.
Great chapter on him in Ripley's Legends: Pioneers of the Amusement Park Industry, Volume One by Tim O'Brien. It tells of his involvement with Arrow and influence in the themed entertainment industry (IAAPA Hall of Fame inductee).