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Bob Redman

Occupation:  Laborer Custodian, United States Postal Service
Hometown:  Clendenin, WV
Years in ACE: 16 years (1998)
Favorite ACE event:  CoasterCon XXX 2007 Kings Island, Stricker's Grove, Holiday World, Beech Bend Park  (Won the Viking Fury Challenge riding it 262 times)
Coaster Count:  346
Wood:  164
Steel:  182
Top 5 Steel Coasters:
1.  Millennium Force:  Cedar Point
2.  Bizarro: Six Flags New England
3.  Magnum XL 200:  Cedar Point
4.  Goliath:  Six Flags over Georgia
5.  Apollo's Chariot:  Busch Gardens Europe
Top 5 Wood Coasters:
1.  The Voyage:  Holiday World and Splashing Safari
2.  El Toro:  Six Flags Great Adventure
3.  The Beast:  Kings Island
4.  Lightning Racer:  Hersheypark
5.  The Phoenix:  Knoebels
Top 3 Amusement Parks
1.  Cedar Point
2.  Busch Gardens Europe
3.  Kings Island
Other Activities/Interests:  I'm a news and political junkie.
Additional Comments:  I love being an ACE member!  I love meeting new people who have an interest in rollercoasters and theme parks.  I like to purchase shirts at different parks.

Paula Werne

Occupation: Director of Communications at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
Hometown: The park is located in Santa Claus, Indiana (sometimes it FEELS like I live here!)
Years in ACE: we joined in 1994, the year we started building The Raven
Favorite ACE event: Spring Conference – May 19, 1995 – when CBS’s “48 Hours” shot a segment (blogged about it here:

Coaster Count: I have no idea; I’m usually traumatized after riding
Wood: 3 at Holiday World
Steel: 1 at Holiday World

Water: 2 at Splashin’ Safari

A little background info:

The first park I ever visited was Quassy, then called Lake Quassapaug (I blogged about that experience here:

I used to be a reporter (radio and TV) and then a magazine editor (Pizza Today; really).

I’ve been married to the same saint of a man for 32 years; we have three sons and a grandson and many grandpets.

I’ve worked at Holiday World since 1991 (and have been in the same position ever since; talk about a dead-end job – ha!).

My favorite ride in Holiday World is The Raven.

My favorite ride in Splashin’ Safari is Wildebeest.

I know where Santa parks.

I’m a really good secret-keeper; I know more than you’d ever imagine.

Did you know we started the first park blog ever? I’m really proud of that (you can subscribe to the HoliBlog by entering your email address here:

We were also the first park to use Twitter.

I served on IAAPA’s Communications Committee (and was chairperson for several years); best group of professionals ever!

We have an ACE tag on the HoliBlog:

Brian Lydy

Occupation: Medical Social Worker, but currently substitute teaching and working at Einstein Brothers Bagels

Hometown: Willard, Ohio
Currently live in: Lafayette, IN
Years in ACE: 18 years
Favorite ACE Event: Spring Fling (any of them)

Coaster Count: 529
Wood: 121
Steel: 408

Top 5 Steel:
1. Goliath, SFOG
2. Goliath, LaRonde
3. Behemoth (bless those Canadians)
4. Phantom's Revenge
5. Apollo's Chariot

Top 5 Wood:
1. Phoenix
2. Boulder Dash
3. Blue Streak (Cedar Point)
4. El Toro
5. Lightning Racer (both sides)

Top 3 Parks:
1. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg
2. Cedar Point
3. Hershey Park

Other Interest/Activities:
traditional log rides, drop towers, coaster/park coffee mugs, coaster chat, swimming/hanging out at the beach, action/horror movies, professional football, local breweries

Additional comments: I wish to dedicate my spotlight in the memory of my dad who was my best friend. He took me on my first coaster, The Blue Streak at Cedar Point, when I was five years old and many more after that. He always loved hearing about my coaster adventures even after he was too old to ride. I visit Cedar Point every year on the anniversary of his death and I still feel he is there with me. He was the best!