Thank heavens a now-forgotten Walt Disney manager decided that Richard "Dick" Kinzel wasn't good enough for Disney. Cedar Point might never have gotten the roller coaster king. Kinzel's rejection by the Mickey Mouse empire is one of the revelations of "Dick Kinzel: Roller Coaster King of Cedar Point Amusement Park" by Tim O'Brien, a new authorized biography written with Kinzel's cooperation.
Anyone looking for a holiday gift for a serious Cedar Point fan should keep the book in mind. I'm not touting it for the National Book Award, but it is interesting throughout with a surprising tidbit on nearly every page.
The book chronicles how Kinzel grew Cedar Fair from a rather small outfit that owned a couple of parks into the behemoth that owns amusement parks, water parks and hotels across the U.S., and how Kinzel turned Sandusky's Cedar Point into world's undisputed roller coaster Mecca, launching the "coaster wars" with the park's competitors.