Oral History Archive

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John Hunt
Model builder of roller coasters and amusement rides including the Cyclone and Deno's Wonder Wheel
Michael Liff
Memories of working at the Tornado roller coaster and other Coney Island rides and games in the 1970s
Alonzo Kittrels
Memories of bus trips to Coney Island with the Good Will Family Club from the 1940's through 1961
Jim Lucarelli
Memories of operating Steeplechase Park's Sports Car ride in 1963-1964 and fighting the Ravenhall fire
Lois McLohon
Brooklynite who posed for a now iconic 1950's NY Daily News pin-up photo on Coney Island Beach
Connie Scacciaferro
Memories of going to Coney Island Beach as a child in the 1930's and a teenager in the '40s
Josh Wolfe
Chairman of Coney Island Prep on growing up in Coney Island and the charter school's first 15 years
Angbeen Saleem
A poet and roller coaster lover describes her weekly ritual of riding the Coney Island Cyclone
Irwin Temkin
Growing up in Coney Island and how learning French at Lincoln High School influenced his life
Frieda Schwelke
Memories of growing up in Coney Island in the 1930s and '40s and moving to Luna Park Houses in 1962
Randy Kasper
Memories of living in the newly opened Luna Park Houses in the 1960s
Alison Cintorrino
Memories of growing up in Luna Park Houses in the 1960s and 1970s
Reverend Cliff Herring
The Roller Coaster Reverend shares stories of Cyclone weddings
Tara Altebrando
Author of Dreamland Social Club, a novel set in Coney Island, who got engaged on the Wonder Wheel
Frederick Brosen
Artist whose watercolors of the Astroland Rocket and Wonder Wheel sign are emblematic of Coney Island
Sam Shlivko
Growing up in the Russian community in Coney Island and Brighton Beach
Mindy Gress
Memories of growing up on Coney Island's first block and working in the Cyclone photobooth's darkroom
Rosalie Diamond
Memories of going to Steeplechase Park as a teenager in the 1950s