Fifty years ago today, Six Flags over Georgia opened to the public. SFOG was the second park in the Six Flags chain. It is still considered by many to be among the most beautiful of the Six Flags parks due to its location along the Chattahoochee River and nestled among heavily wooded rolling hills of Cobb County.
The experience Six Flags provides isn't what the big year round parks offer, but that's OK. I will also say, that while I had many happy years working at Universal Orlando Resort, the years I spent at SFOG were by far the most enjoyable of my professional career.
So, raise a glass to Angus Wynn and his Great Southwest Corporation for setting the pace for regional theme parks across America.
Raise a glass to the thousands of young people who had their first jobs as a black tag host or hostess. The experience and job skills we gained have served us well.
Raise a glass to generations of guests who had their first thrilling ride on a roller coaster, or exposure to a Broadway style show, or taste of a Cherry-Berry frozen treat.
My greatest wish is that the seasonal staff who work at SFOG and all the other regional parks are having as much fun as I had.
That the friends they are making now will be the greatest friends they ever have.
That crushes and puppy love will blossom for many of them in to marriages and life long romances.
I only wish I was in Atlanta today for the big celebration taking place in the park.
Happy 50th Six Flags over Georgia. Long may your flags wave!
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