Richard ``Dick’’ Knoebel, 2014 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (Iaapa) Hall of Fame Inducteeby Representative Lou Barletta
Posted on 2014-12-11
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Mr. BARLETTA. Mr. Speaker, I am proud to recognize Richard ``Dick''
Knoebel for his induction into the International Association of
Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Hall of Fame, which honors
legends and pioneers for their significant contributions to the
growth and development of the attractions industry.
Mr. Knoebel's parents founded Knoebel's Amusement Park in Elysburg, Pennsylvania in 1926, and as a result, he grew up surrounded by the attractions industry. As an adult, Mr. Knoebel pursued his passion for amusement parks, becoming president of the Pennsylvania Amusement Parks Association in 1971. In 1984, he was a key player in the development and adoption of the Pennsylvania Ride Inspection Act.
Since 1988, Mr. Knoebel has served as the president of the family business. In this role, he has shown a strong dedication to preserving and restoring vintage rides including ``The Phoenix'' roller coaster from Texas and ``The Twister'' from Colorado, both of which currently operate at Knoebel's. He has also constructed first-of-their-kind attractions such as a flume ride with wood supports and the ``Flying Turns,'' the only wooden bobsled-style roller coaster in existence which was modeled after a ride from the 1930s. Mr. Knoebel has been an active IAAPA volunteer and has made many significant contributions to the organization, including serving as a member of the Board of Directions from 1999 to 2002.
Mr. Speaker, on the occasion of Dick Knoebel's induction into the IAAPA Hall of Fame, I commend him and thank him for all of his hard work and lasting contributions to the attractions industry, and I wish him well in his future endeavors.