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.
     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.
     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 Ulimate Plunge will be transmitted via satellite
                 at 1 p.m., 2 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 of Six Flags Great America,
 847-249-2133, ext. 6100.

SOURCE Six Flags Great America

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