Champion of amusement parks dies

Gary Story, Edmond-based former president of Six Flags Entertainment Corp., died Saturday at 58.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: September 25, 2013
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Six Flags closed its Oklahoma City headquarters in January 2006, but Story — who once was described as having cotton candy and thrills running through his blood — would return in 2011 to the only business he's ever known and again manage Frontier City.

“I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Frontier City,” he said in a 2004 interview. “It's kind of like your first girlfriend — you never forget.

Over the years, Story brought several signature rides to Frontier City, including the log flume in 1983, the Silver Bullet and Wildcat roller coasters in 1986 and 1991, and Renegade Rapids water ride in 1990. And the phenomenally successful Mr. Six mascot — the a bald octogenarian with thick, black-rimmed glasses and a red bow tie who gyrated his way across TV screens to the sound of dance group Vengaboys' 1999 hit “We Like to Party” — was also during his era.

A memorial service will be noon Friday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond.

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