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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Meet the C101 Team
John Stevenson, founder/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. In October 2014, I was a judge at the inaugural Ryerson THRILL roller coaster design competition. Feel free to contact me personally through Twitter (@NTWProductions) or email me: nick a t coaster101 [dot] c o m. 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/graphic designer
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, Kings 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 167 different roller coasters in 13 states. My favorite steel roller coasters are Fury 325 at Carowinds and Griffon at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. My favorite wooden coaster is the Voyage at Holiday World (though a close second is El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure). 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.
Eric Wooley, California correspondent
Hi there coaster fans, I’m Eric Wooley, the new California correspondent for Coaster101! I’m a Stanford graduate and mechanical engineer for a small fuel cell company based in San Francisco, CA, and I’ve had a life-long (or at least close enough) love of roller coasters. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve watched the Northern California parks evolve over the years, and have been making trips to Southern California parks since I was a kid. In the last few years I’ve been making an effort to hit up more parks around the country and have slowly been checking things off that list. Beyond roller coasters, I’m a big sports fan (Go Niners! Go Sharks!), and you’ll find me spending most of my fall Saturdays tailgating college football games. I’m looking forward to helping get more information on California’s many amusement parks out there for you all, and getting an opportunity to up my coaster count as part of the effort!
Neil Saunderson, writer
Hello, my name is Neil Saunderson. I’m delighted to join the Coaster 101 team as a contributing writer. A lifelong fan of roller coasters and amusement parks, I was hugely influenced by the documentary ‘America Screams,’ hosted by the great Vincent Price. The UK was still blessed at this time with some fabulous coastal parks. My first large roller coaster, the Cyclone at Southport, wowed me and led me to explore other parks and coasters, leading to many trips overseas. I’ve also found great enjoyment from the local fairs and European kirmes, which for me can be the equal of a good theme park for experience. I believe there’s little to beat the fun of a traditional roller coaster, whether wood or steel, but I am also a supporter of the preservation of our amusement heritage. An occasional radio DJ, I also enjoy the pleasures of supporting our local football (soccer) team.
Mike Martin, Central Florida correspondent
Hello, my name is Mike Martin, and I am the Central Florida Correspondent for Coaster101. I’m a lifelong Floridian born and raised in Miami, a graduate of Florida State University, and have been living in Central Florida since 2006 working as a systems engineer. Believe it or not, I used to be scared of roller coasters until I was a teenager. It took being forced by my older brother to get on my first looping coaster, Batman: The Escape at the now defunct Six Flags Astroworld, to realize what I’ve been missing out on. Since then I’ve become a roller coaster enthusiast, having ridden over 100 coasters across the country. My favorite coaster is Maverick at Cedar Point, while my favorite coasters here in Central Florida are Montu at Busch Gardens Tampa and Kraken at SeaWorld Orlando. I look forward to being able to share my theme park adventures with you!
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