Archive for 2010

Welcome Message from Russ Johnson

I’m back, you can’t get rid of me that easily.  I’ve never really been gone, just lurking in the background, attending a few events here and there.  I guess it was a bit of depression after my surgery that made me step down a couple years ago, but I’m glad Brian had the chance to take the lead and he did a great job.  I hope he takes a rejuvenating rest and comes back to being active again.  I’ve been asking the ACE Executive Committee for things to do, so when the Rep Director asked me if I wanted my old job back I said “Yeah!”

I’m glad that Brian is staying around to conduct Winter SOAR.  I’ll have to talk to the parks to see what else we can do this year.   Does anyone else in the region feel like I do that we should get involved a little more?  I mean, if the parks could use us and our volunteer efforts would help them, would you want to get a little dirty and help them get ready for the season? Would you want to work at Kings Island for a day?  Do you know of any opportunities either directly involved with the preservation of rollercoasters, or rollercoaster related fund raising methods to benefit the preservation fund?  Until I verify my ACE email is working again, please contact me at  Thanks!  It is good to be back.

Rep Change for SOAR

Dear friends, it is with deep regret that I have decided to step down as your rep for this region.  It has been a real pleasure serving you all for the last 2 years.  I have learned a lot.  I am considering other directions in my life at this point, and don’t feel I will have the time needed to continue to devote to this.

Russ Johnson will be coming back to fill in for awhile as Rep, and Adam Wasiljov will continue as Assistant Rep.  I will stay around until after Winter SOAR, as that event is already under way in the planning stages.  Winter SOAR will be on February 27th at Entertraintment Junction.  Details on that will be out at a later date.

Again, thank you for allowing me to serve the last 2 years as your rep.  I will still be around the parks this year riding coasters as usual. Just as a civilian!

Brian Neal