About

We love roller coasters and everything related to the amusement industry. We share that passion through writing about and documenting all of the happenings within the amusement world. Coaster101 went live on June 15, 2005, and although the website has undergone some cosmetic changes over the years, our goal remains the same: to bring readers interesting, engaging and dynamic content that relates to roller coasters and the amusement industry. The website’s home base is Memphis, Tennessee, but our team members are located across the United States. We feature in-depth technical articles about the latest roller coaster technology, interviews with amusement industry experts, detailed ride reviews, vivid roller coaster photography, video and much more. We love what we do, and we hope that you enjoy your time here. Got a question or comment? Contact us!

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The Team

John Stevenson, owner/writer

Hello! My name is John Stevenson, and I started Coaster101 in June 2005. I like to think that I was born a roller coaster enthusiast. My first coaster was Chaos at the now-closed Opryland USA in Nashville, Tenn. Since then, I have ridden countless coasters at various parks across the United States. My favorite steel coaster is Sheikra at Busch Gardens Tampa, and my favorite wooden coaster is Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City. I started Coaster101 as an outlet for sharing my love of coasters with the online community, and I am very grateful for its growth over the years. I’m a graduate student studying strategic communication at the University of Memphis. I also enjoy running and exploring cities. Thank you for visiting the website, and I hope you enjoy your time here.

Nick Weisenberger, co-admin/writer

Hello, my name is Nick Weisenberger, and I am a co-administrator for Coaster101. I’d like to thank John for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in mechanical engineering and now work as a CAD Engineer. My childhood love of trains evolved into a fascination of roller coasters and thrill rides. After riding over one hundred different coasters my favorite, by far, is the Voyage at Holiday World. In August 2009, I participated in the Coasting for Kids Ride-a-thon at Cedar Point where I endured 10 hours on Gemini (that’s 105 laps) and helped raise over $10,000 for Give Kids the World charity. Feel free to discuss any aspect of the amusement industry with me by commenting on our features and interviews. See you on the midways!

Larry Treece III, social media manager

I’m Larry Treece, I’m currently studying Fine Arts and Photography at Grand Rapids Community College with hobbies in computers and, of course, in roller coasters. I was part of the Coaster101 Podcast, “That Coaster Show” we had a few years ago, but now I’m part of the team again as the Social Media Manager. You can say my love for the industry began in the early 2000‘s with my first trip to an amusement park, Michigan’s Adventure and has grown ever since! Having rode around 50 roller coasters, my favorites would have to be Shivering Timbers and Diamondback, but I’m always looking for ways to increase my coaster count! Having had experience working in an amusement park, I have great insights on how rides operate and also how they are maintained.

Kyle Lindner, writer

Hey, my name is Kyle Lindner, and I am a graphic design student at Ohio University. My dream is to someday work for a major amusement park company’s design team. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t captivated by roller coasters. As soon as I was tall enough to ride, I was hooked. My home parks are Kings Island and Cedar Point, but I love to travel to new parks! I have been on 77 coasters and am looking for more. My favorite steel coaster is Millennium Force because of its speed, airtime and how it hugs the ground. My favorite wooden coaster is the Beast because of its setting and incredible double helix. I also love to collect amusement park memorabilia. My hobbies include golfing, drawing and painting. I’m very grateful for the chance to write for Coaster101 and to provide a unique perspective on the thing we all love.

Andrew Stilwell, writer

I’m Andrew Stilwell, and I’m happy to be a contributing writer for the Coaster101 team. I graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2012 with a degree in sports administration. If you ask me what my home park is, geographically, I’ll tell you Carowinds, but I’m also a huge fan of Busch Gardens Williamsburg, King’s Dominion, Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. I caught the “coaster bug” after my first ride on the Incredible Hulk Coaster. I’ve been a theme park and roller coaster fan ever since. I’ve ridden 75 different roller coasters in seven states. My favorite steel roller coasters are Apollo’s Chariot and Griffon at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. My favorite wooden coaster is the now-defunct backwards version of Thunder Road at Carowinds. I’m a huge Carolina fan and sports junkie. Follow me on Twitter at @stilwell for my random musings on theme parks, sports and life in general.

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