Couples 'Take the Ultimate Plunge' in Mass Wedding on New Giant Drop Freefall Ride at Six Flags Great America

    WHAT:  Up to 200 couples from throughout the Midwest will "Take the
            Ultimate Plunge" by exchanging their wedding vows in a mass
            ceremony on the new, 22-story Giant Drop freefall tower.
           (Note: the park is closed.)
 
     WHEN:  Friday, May 2, 1997
            Wedding Ceremony and "Plunges":  9 a.m. - noon.
            Scheduled satellite windows for live shots:  6-8 a.m.; 12-1 p.m.;
            5-6:30 p.m. (CT)
            Please RSVP; space is limited and interest is high.
 
     WHERE: In the Southwest Territory at Six Flags Great America; Gurnee,
            Illinois.  Media should exit I-94 at Grand Avenue East; pass the
            Park entrance to Route 21.  Take a right, to Washington Street and
            turn right to Washington Street entrance.
 
     WHO:   Open to reporters, on-air personalities, photographers, editorial
            staff (and wedding parties) only.
 
     INTERVIEW
     NOTES: Interviews may be scheduled with:
            -- Jim Wintrode, Six Flags Great America President
            -- Harold Hudson, Sr. VP Engineering, Six Flags Theme Parks
            -- Rev. Cliff Herring, American Coaster Enthusiast who performs
            weddings on thrill rides.
            -- Participating brides and grooms.
 
     TECHNICAL
     NOTES: -- Satellite uplink and editing facilities will be provided and
            will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis through the
            Public Relations office through May 1.
            -- TV cameras will be mounted on the ride to take advantage of this
            one-time opportunity to tape rider and reporter reactions.  Bring
            beta tapes to insert.  Beta and 3/4-inch b-roll of the ride will
            also be provided.
            -- Still cameras will be mounted to the ride with remote control
            equipment available.  Bring 35mm film to insert.
            -- No additional cameras will be allowed on ride.
            -- B-roll of The Ultimate Plunge will be transmitted via satellite
            at 1 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. (CT) on Friday, May 2, 1997 on the
            following coordinates:  Galaxy K-7, Transponder 14 Lower.
 
     CONTACT:  Connie Costello or Kathy Krenger, both of Six Flags Great
 America, 847-249-2133, ext. 6100.
 
 

SOURCE Six Flags Great America

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