In May 1972, actor Fess Parker of Davy Crockett fame announced plans for a huge theme park complex in Santa Clara. Eventually, the Marriott Corporation joined the effort. Parker later departed, while Marriott pressed on. Marriott's Great America opened its gates on March 20, 1976. It featured a variety of family and thrill rides on a grand scale plus live entertainment. From Marriott Corporation to the park's current owner, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, Great America has entertained and continues to entertain millions of guests. Author Steven W. Wilson, the Northern California regional representative of the American Coaster Enthusiasts and creator of the website: GREAT AMERICA parks will discuss the stories, archives and photo collections he explored in the process of researching this book.
Sponsored by the Santa Clara City Library, this lecture is free and open to the public. The book will be for sale and the author will sign books following the presentation.