Why Boomers Need to Ride Roller Coasters

The summer of 1984 marked the 100th anniversary of the roller coaster, which made its debut in 1884 at New York’s Coney Island. I had just been hired at People magazine a few months before the centennial so I asked my editor if I could do a story about it. “I’d like to find the 10 best coasters in America.”

“Call our travel department and book your flights,” she told me. “Take your time. Come back when you’re ready.”

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