The Giant Dipper Turns 95
Talk of the Bay

 
 
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In this Talk of the Bay segment, Rachel Anne Goodman interviews Ted Whiting III and Jessie Durant, two people steeped in the history and folk-lore of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. In this chat, we hear about the natatorium, the woolen bathing suits, and a fire that almost closed the amusement park in its early days. Also, we hear about Laughing Sal, the giantess, the flaming diver, and, of course, the mechanics and history behind one of the oldest roller coasters still in continuous operation, the Giant Dipper. How tall is it? Listen and find out!