January-February 2001

Stinson at IAPPA, Gooding Amusement Park

As I write this story the Christmas season is upon us and I might add this is my favorite time of the year.

I usually close the factory down for at least one week and sometimes two and try to rest up from the many activities of the past year and set the agenda for the future year.

It has been a good year and we have just returned from the large trade show in Atlanta where people from all over the world attend to find new things to purchase for amusement parks, carnivals and other attractions.

This year we were very fortunate to have Steve and Tom Thebault of Astro Amusements bring their new organ into the show for display. Along with the Astro organ were two smaller organs and our new sound system built behind a small organ fa?ade. All Stinson organs at the show were midi controlled and we have submitted the photo of our display.

We also wish to take this time to say thank you to many of you readers that visited our booth.

Our web site stinsonbandorgans.com will be changed in the future to include changes in production and newer models not currently shown.

This year will also start our new stories on the Gooding Amusement Company which I will write with the help from Chuck Clymer who was the maintenance foreman and has many very interesting stories to relate about the show and people involved.

He was a close friend to Floyd Gooding and can give us many insights about the man and his show.

When Floyd Gooding was living and running the show he was always on top of the daily operations and knew how to solve the many problems connected with the business.

One time in particular Jerry Betts was in Mr. Gooding's office talking about organs and related the following story.

Mr. Gooding was waiting for some newspapermen who were coming in to do a story and he was sitting behind his desk dressed in a suit coat and tie.

About that time one of his supervisors came into his office and told of a problem in the shop.

Jerry told me Mr. Gooding said he would take care of it and when he stood up from his desk he had work clothes on and one monster key ring on his belt. The suit coat and tie was just for the visit from the press and the work clothes underneath were for running the show.

On another occasion a friend of mine who at one time worked for Gooding told me they were delivering a generator to a show somewhere in mountain country when the unit came loose and went over the side and ended up far below the roadway.

The knew they had to call the show and report the damage and get new instructions from the boss.

Following the tradition that no matter what difficulties were encountered (the show must go on) he simply told them to come back, pick up a new generator and get the show running. We will worry about the generator later.

And so it was at the old organ shop.


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