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Dad builds backyard roller coaster for family

It’s every 10-year-old kid’s dream: walk out the backdoor and take a ride on your own, personal roller coaster. For one northern California family, that dream is a reality.
Robynn Garfield, KSL Modified: May 7, 2014 at 8:44 pm •  Published: May 8, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO — It’s every 10-year-old kid’s dream: walk out the backdoor and take a ride on your own, personal roller coaster.

For one northern California family, that dream is a reality.

In September 2013, Will Pemble and his son Lyle, 10, decided to take on a project of epic proportions.

“After a summer vacation back East, my son Lyle asked if we could build a roller coaster,” Pemble said. “I said 'yes.'”

Pemble said he’s always enjoyed building things. He works as a the chief product strategist at a company in San Francisco and is constantly looking for the next project to build, test and put to use.

“Liz, my wife, wasn't terribly surprised,” Pemble said. “I've been up to nutty, unlikely things all my life, and at every opportunity, I try to teach my kids that we're more likely to regret the things we don't do, than the things we do. Things get a little crazy at the Pemble house from time to time.”

Pemble took his skills as a designer and lay-engineer and began to put together plans for a home-built roller coaster. Since last fall, he’s been able to build a coaster that is not only fun to ride, but, he said, is also structurally sound.

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