Tom Thaler left ADA after that winter to pursue other projects, but Tracy soon summoned him back. With Tom back in the fold, he and Jack Seddon incorporated with Tracy in the business. But on August 22, 1974, just months after the merger, Bill Tracy unexpectedly died, leaving Tom Thaler and Jack Seddon to run the show.

The two continued to operate Amusement Display under the new name of "This Is, Inc." Jack also brought in his equally skilled brother Wayne "Butch" Seddon as an artist, but before long the Tracy gang began to disband. In late 1975, Jack left "This Is" as did Wayne a short time later. Over the next several years the two brothers collaborated together on several projects, taking them from Pontchartrain Beach Amusement Park in New Orleans, Louisiana, back to South Jersey to Fun Pier on the Wildwood Boardwalk. In late 1976, Ronnie Trout and Eli Lashley left the gang to work for Freddie Mahana on his new Castle Dracula project for the Nicklel's Midway Pier in Wildwood.

During this period of change following Tracy's death, another accomplished artist, Jim Melonic, had joined the ranks of "This Is." The company endured, refurbishing many rides that Tracy had originally installed, and it created new attractions utilizing some of the original Tracy molds for many of their projects.

Thaler and Melonic continued to operate "This Is" eventually ending their partnership and closing the door on what was left of Tracy's Amusement Display Associates. Jim Melonic continued to run the company under the name Fantasy and Dreams before ultimately becoming J.M.M. Studios. Currently located in Woodbine, New Jersey, his work can be seen throughout the state and across the country. Tom Thaler returned to commercial art specializing in sign painting and continues to work out of Cape May County, New Jersey.

Brothers Jack and Wayne Seddon continue to utilize their artistic talents as well. Jack eventually relocated down to Florida in the 1980's and spent many years working for the Disney Corporation. More recently Jack left Disney to pursue a teaching career in the field of art.

Wayne Seddon has been the lead artist for the Gillian Family on the Ocean City Boardwalk in New Jersey for many years designing and fabricating some incredible pieces. His unique one-of-a-kind work can be seen throughout Wonderland Pier. Among his creations is the Alien Invasion kiddie dark ride which ironically was installed on the site of an earlier dark ride built by the Tracy gang. Some of the former dark ride stunts now serve as targets in the park’s shooting gallery.

There were other men who I learned worked for Tracy such as Bill Howard and another Pretzel alum Howard Hewlett, who worked on both JungleLand and the Golden Nugget on Hunt's Pier. Another long time employee of Tracy's was Herman Jones, an artist from Trinidad in the Port of Spain. Herman was responsible for making many of the giant lunging rats and colorful elaborate dragons you can still find in Tracy's dark rides.

There was also Bob McKendry, who worked for the gang from 1972 to 1977, doing fiberglass work as well as serving as shop steward. And there was Bill Steers, a long time foreman at ADA who did much of the carpentry along with Evert Frank, another member of the Tracy gang.


Photos from top:

Tracy figures from the former Ghost Creek Cavern dark ride at Gillian's Wonderland Pier
are now targets in the shooting gallery.

Wayne Seddon stands outside his "Wayne's World" studio. At right: a relic of the past - a wall section at Gillian's inscribed with the names of the Tracy Gang.

Wayne at work on a project.

One of the many fantastic sculptural figures created by Wayne Seddon on view at Gillian's.