On this day, June 16th in 1884, the world’s first rollercoaster opened in Coney Island; it
was called the Switchback at that point. Two generations later in 1927 it became the Cyclone.
I remember going to Coney Island as many as four times a week as a boy. My dad
would take us during the workweek, right after he finished his morning rounds
at the hospital. It was pretty funny actually, as he would finish his rounds at
10:30am, and by 11:00am we would be on the beach. We would stay perhaps 45
minutes to an
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