About Loopyguy

Photo's on this page are of and the sole ownership of Robert Nagy

My first roller coaster experience was courtesy of the Thunderbolt in Coney Island New York sometime in the mid 1970’s; I took this “first ride” upon exiting a fun house across the street which also no longer stands today. I recall I rode the Thunderbolt twice that day and never again did I see it operate; it faded into history; as did my rides on the Wild Mouse and the Diving Bells at Astroland. I recall a time when Spook-A-Rama was a third larger than today. Where did these come from? Who built them? Where did they go? Why the changes? What is that pile of rubble?

According to my mother between the ages of 1-5; I was most happy in amusement park, zoo and carnival environments. Rockaway, Rye, Palisades and Coney were the destinations though I was too young to ride anything.

Then came stories of family outings at these area parks and rides before my time, more outrageous, more colorful and more fabled than the ones in existence. It was these experiences and ideas that made my childhood imagination go wild and became the foundation for my life interest and the love of the Amusement industry. I found in my teens, at amusement parks everyone seemed happy; rightfully so, with uplifting music, comfort food and laughter in the air. Living in a big city, it was nice to know there was a place where life disappeared behind smoke and mirrors, scary rides and brash colors.

When I was able to earn income in my youth I was always plotting my next visit to Coney Island for a Cyclone ride; then came the year of Backfire when the Cyclone was never scarier. Of course, as I aged my scope widened. The next thing I knew, I wanted to visit other area parks just out of reach like the newly opened Great Adventure. All the while the Thunderbolt sitting idle, deteriorating and Rockaways Playland bulldozed for houses. In winter I'd make the subway trip to Brooklyn to explore abandoned Coney Island grounds and attractions like a haunted house (alone in the dark). Once I buying a ticket to the (still memorable) World of Wax Musee - featuring evil, violence, murder and torture scenes (which also should have not been experienced alone at my age). I did not have the resources to photograph this era of my life. One day watching T.V. I saw a news Article about the opening of the American Eagle at Great America, I vowed to go there one day.

As I gained independence I become a coaster fanatic. I was always seeking newer, taller, faster experiences; often I’d pass up historical parks just to feed this need. Thankfully along the way I was smart enough to take pictures; not many and often not good. I knew nothing of camera quality, viewfinder accuracy, composition and held back by film developing costs. Along the way I passed up Boblo Island, Crystal Beach, Boardwalk and Baseball, the CNE and so many others for one reason or another. These parks and their rides would all be removed from the landscape just like the legendary Coney Thunderbolt would.

Now that’ I’ve “grown up”, I have realized how quickly the industry changes and how much I've seen "first hand". Today, I have friends and clubs whom I get to experience and critique amusements with. I never openly mock and existing ride or park; as someone is probably having fun even in places where I'm jaded. Who would ever think that parks like Geauga Lake, Williams Grove, Astroworld, Nara Dreamland, Opryland, Frontierland (UK), Conneaut, Libertyland, Pavilion or Elitch Gardens would just fade away? Thankfully, I evolved from a Thrill seeker to somewhat of a documentarian. Along the way I have captured many memories that may never be obtained again; mostly through photographs, videos and collectables. My photographs have been featured in books, magazines, industry newsletters and even in park materials. I will continue to document, collect and present as one really never knows what park or ride will be next to fall victim to a different development or big idea. Also, one never knows what resources may inspire an existing park to research the past to resurrect rides as Astroworld, Great Escape, Wild World, Knoebel's, Magic Springs and others have done. Now with 800+ roller coaster credits - my personal goal is to ride 1,001. A feat seemingly grand, but not for some. From my humble begging's it's a dream. If it weren't for personal hurdles in my way since 2014, I'd be much closer to 1,001 today. Today, I share with you an ever expanding web site featuring experiences, fun and memories. A site for those needing a pleasant diversion or to visualize contemporary park history. No ads, rumors, or news; thanks for visiting and hopefully I you find some amusement here.