Kings Island: The Gary Wachs Years

Enquirer article:

CET’s Nate Byrum takes viewers on a nostalgic trip through Kings Island history with a new nine-part documentary available now on the station’s Web site, www.CETconnect.org.

“Riding History to the Limits,” believed to be the first film about the park’s history, takes you back to Hanna-Barbera Land, the Enchanted Voyage, Antique Cars, Sky Ride, Animal Safari monorail and the visit by TV’s “Brady Bunch” in 1973.

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090910/ENT/909100347/Kings+Island++The+vintage+years

WCET Website:

As early as 1964, the design and concept of a groundbreaking amusement park was growing in the mind of an ambitious young man by the name of Gary Wachs. Until this time, modern amusement parks were leaving roller coasters and other thrill rides out of the mix. Mr. Wachs knew that bringing back the thrill to amusement parks was a path that would be as profitable as it was popular in the future of entertainment. After a five-year struggle, Gary’s dream became reality when Kings Island opened to the public in 1972.

The story of Kings Island combines archival film footage, photographs taken by Rick Norton and also by park patrons, and there’s also video shot recently in the park. Interviews include: Gary Wachs, Dennis Speigel, Charles Mechem, Jack Rouse, Don Helbig, Carmen Electra, Walter and Nancy Duff, Barry Williams, and Michael Lookinland. Hosted by Nate Byrum.

http://www.cetconnect.org/KingsIsland/