Harold J. Kramer

Boyhood memories of visiting relatives at the house under the Thunderbolt roller coaster

Harold J. Kramer
Interview Date:
August 28, 2016


Every summer during his boyhood, Harold J. Kramer would travel from Chicago with his family to visit his great-aunt and great-uncle in Coney Island. Molly and George Moran owned and operated the Thunderbolt and lived in the house under the roller coaster, which was later immortalized in Woody Allen's 1977 film Annie Hall. Kramer recalls the cousins being given tokens to ride the coaster and play Skee Ball at Playland Arcade. Beginning in 2008 he developed an interest in the family's history, started collecting old photos of the Thunderbolt, and bonded with his cousin who was also named Harold Kramer, after the Moran's war-hero son.