The only other stunt I recall is “Felix The Cat” mischievously eyeballing a fake fishbowl, his tail slowly wagging. Despite the comic strip ambience, this boat ride was still rather creepy, with the boat constantly banging the narrow wooden walls in total darkness and the overlapping of loud, but barely coherent playing of old records: theme songs relevant to the comic strip characters.
The Red Mill, being a PTC Mill Chute, ended with a light splashdown off a short lift hill:
a very entertaining first for me.
Although I had ridden my first wood coaster at my hometown Crescent Park earlier that year, Paragon’s Giant Coaster, more than 100-feet high, looked surreal and not inviting. Maybe when I’m older, I thought.
Right: Never too early to start researching an article: Laff In The Dark's creative director Bill Luca, 5 years old, standing at the entrance to the Red Mill.