Six Flags Over Texas is a 212-acre theme park located in Arlington, east of Fort Worth and about 15 miles west of Dallas. It was the first Six Flags Theme Park, but because of acquisitions it is not the oldest park of the Six Flags chain; the park opened on August 5, 1961, following just a year of construction and an initial investment of US$10 million by real estate developer Angus G. Wynne, Jr; the park is managed by the Six Flags Entertainment Corp. which owns 53.1% interest of the Texas Limited Partnership that owns the park. A similar arrangement exists with the partnership. Six Flags Over Texas Fund, Ltd, a private-equity and asset management firm headed by Dallas businessman Jack Knox, purchased the park in 1969. Over the years the various companies that managed the park, exercised options to purchase interest in the fund. Six Flags Entertainment has an option to purchase the remaining 46.9% in 2028. Starting in 1991, the park was managed by Time Warner Entertainment. In 1998, Time Warner sold its interests in the Six Flags parks to Premier Parks of Oklahoma City, which changed its name to Six Flags Theme Parks, Inc.
Following a visit to Disneyland in Anaheim, shortly after its opening, wealthy real estate developer Angus G. Wynne, Jr. decided that his home state of Texas should have a local park for entertainment. Planning for such a place began in 1959, under the leadership of Wynne and the Great Southwest Corporation, along with the backing of various New York City investors. Construction on the park began in August 1960; the name "Six Flags Over Texas" refers to the flags of the six different nations that have governed Texas: Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the United States of America and the Confederate States of America. Wynne intended to name the park "Texas Under Six Flags." Various legends have attributed the name change to his wife Joann. The original park was divided into six separate themed areas for each of the six governing entities that have ruled over Texas. Although additional themed areas have been added, the original six can still be found within the park. Six Flags Over Texas opened its gates from July 29 to August 4, 1961, to several local corporations that Wynne had invited as part of a "soft-test opening."
The park held its grand opening ceremonies on Saturday, August 5, 1961. Dignitaries included the mayors of Arlington, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie and Irving. Park attendance reached 8,374. Admission was $2.25 for children. On opening day, guests could visit the six original themed sections: Mexico, France, The Confederacy and Modern. According to the 1961 Park Map there were 46 "major attractions" listed; the park's first season, lasting only 45 days and ending on November 25, 1961, was a success with over 550,000 visitors. The 1960s were a decade of growth for Six Flags Over Texas; the park added numerous attractions, including two new sections: Boomtown, named after the boomtowns that sprang up rather during Texas' oil boom era and the "Tower Section", named after the Oil Derrick observation tower built in 1969. The park witnessed the birth of two classic theme park attractions: El Aserradero in 1963 and the Runaway Mine Train roller coaster in 1966. Attendance reached close to 2 million visitors a year by the end of the decade.
Six Flags Over Texas was one of the locations used for filming parts of the theme song for Hanna-Barbera's newest TV show The Banana Splits Adventure Hour for the fall of 1968. Sid and Marty Krofft got their debut at Six Flags Over Texas with their own puppet show. In 1969, Six Flags Over Texas was sold by Angus G. Wynne to a new limited partnership managed by Dallas investor Jack Knox; the park's growth and expansion continued through the 1970s. It was the setting for the opening sequence in the 1971 Sid and Marty Krofft television show Lidsville, in which lead character Mark sees a magician named Merlo perform in one of the theaters. After that Mark went to sneak backstage after his show was over, causes Merlo's hat to enlarge and falls right through it all of sudden Mark ends up in Lidsville the land of living hats; the park underwent new management in 1971 with the Penn Central Railroad. The park added two new roller coasters, more rides and a new section called "Goodtimes Square"; the park removed many of its less popular aging attractions in this decade as well.
In 1975, a new mascot, Cyrus Cosmo - the inventor - was led many ad campaigns. By 1978, Six Flags Over Texas had had over 30 million visitors; the 1980s were another period of change for Six Flags Over Texas. The park added three roller coasters as well as a children's section themed after Pac-Man in 1983 and changed to Looney Tunes in 1985. Six Flags Over Texas introduced three popular festivals in this decade. Spring Breakout, introduced in 1984, brought live bands and excitement to the park for students on Spring Break. Six Flags introduced Fright Nights and Holiday in the Park to increase attendance and extend the season; the 1990s started off with a bang when Six Flags Over Texas introduced the Texas Giant the world's tallest wooden roller coaster at 143 feet tall. After a
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Eric Eugene Crouch is a former American football quarterback. He is a TV sports analyst and recreational equipment vendor. Crouch played college football for the University of Nebraska. In 2001 Crouch won the Heisman Trophy, awarded annually to the most outstanding collegiate football player in the United States, he won the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, given annually to the best collegiate quarterback in the US. During that year running Nebraska's option offense, he completed 105 of 189 passes for 1,510 yards and seven touchdowns, while rushing for 1,115 yards and 18 touchdowns. Crouch was the USA Today Nebraska Player of the Year, a Parade All-American athlete at Millard North High School, where he was a two-time All-State selection at quarterback. Crouch appeared on the cover of the video game NCAA College Football 2K3. Ankle surgery forced Crouch to redshirt for the 1997 co-national championship-winning season. In 1998, Bobby Newcombe began the season as the starting quarterback, but he was sidelined by a knee injury after the first game and Crouch took over the starting duties.
Against UAB, Crouch rushed for two touchdowns and completed 11 of 17 passes in his first career start. 1998 proved to be a chaotic season for the Cornhuskers. Crouch made another start before being replaced by a healthy Bobby Newcombe. Newcombe started the next five games, but was pulled in the middle of a game because of a PCL strain. Senior walk-on, Monte Christo, took over for Newcombe, started the following week against Texas. With Texas leading 10-0 in the middle of the second quarter, Christo was pulled and replaced by Crouch. Crouch remained the starter for the rest of the season, which ended with a 23-20 loss to Arizona in the Holiday Bowl; the next fall Newcombe was named the starting quarterback, it was rumored that Crouch might leave the team. Crouch, was given significant playing time in the first and second games, he started the third game against Southern Mississippi, Newcombe moved to wingback. Crouch led Nebraska in a season that saw NU avenge its only loss of the season in a rematch against Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game.
The Cornhuskers finished the season with a 12-1 record and ranked No. 3 after defeating Tennessee in the Fiesta Bowl. Crouch started every game in the 2000 season, which ended with a 66-17 trouncing of Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl. Nebraska's only losses during the 10-2 season were to eventual national champion, Oklahoma Sooners, the Kansas State Wildcats. In 2001 Crouch had his best year, breaking school or NCAA records weekly and appearing to be a serious contender for the Heisman Trophy. In the first game of the 2001 season, a 21-7 defeat of TCU, Crouch surpassed Tommie Frazier as Nebraska's all-time total offense leader, he became the Big 12 all-time career rushing quarterback in the charged game against Rice. The next week, against Missouri, Crouch was backed up near the goal line when he scrambled to escape from defenders and pulled off a 95-yard touchdown run, the longest in school history. Against Iowa State the following week, Crouch broke the record for career touchdowns by a quarterback.
Crouch became only the fourth player in Division 1 history to both pass and rush for 3,000 yards in a career with his performance against Texas Tech. Next, in a hard-fought game against defending national champion Oklahoma, Crouch again showed off his speed and playmaking abilities, this time serving as quarterback and receiver in a single play, the famous "Black 41 Flash Reverse Pass" in which Crouch made a 63-yard touchdown reception. By mid-November Crouch had set a school record for most career wins as a starter and became only the ninth quarterback in D-1A history to have won 35 games as a starter; the Cornhuskers were 11-0 going into the annual contest with Colorado the day after Thanksgiving. Crouch had a career day, setting the school record for offense yards in a single game with 360 yards; the Nebraska defense was dominated by the Buffaloes and gave up a then-record 62 points to Colorado. The 62-36 loss appeared to have ended Nebraska's hopes of playing for the national championship and to have hurt Crouch's chances of winning the Heisman.
Two weeks Crouch was announced as the recipient of the award, edging out Florida's Rex Grossman and Miami's Ken Dorsey in the closest Heisman ballot since 1985. His outstanding season was recognized when he won the Davey O'Brien Award for being the best collegiate quarterback in the nation during the 2001 season. In the meantime several ranked teams were upset and in the final BCS rankings, Nebraska beat out one-loss Oregon and two-loss Colorado to earn the No. 2 spot in the BCS rankings. The final BCS rankings were steeped in controversy since Nebraska had the chance to play in the Rose Bowl for the national championship despite not winning a conference or division championship. In the Rose Bowl on January 3, 2002, Crouch rushed for 114 yards against the Miami Hurricanes but was denied a touchdown for the first time since September, 1999; the No. 1 Hurricanes defeated the Cornhuskers 37-14, leaving Crouch with a 35-7 record as a starting quarterback. 2001 Heisman Trophy 2001 Davey O'Brien Award 2001 Walter Camp Award 2001 Big 12 Conference offensive player of the year 2000 Third-Team All-American 2000 Second-Team All-Big 12 2000 Third-Team All-Big 12 2000 Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP vs. Tennessee 1999 Big 12 Co-Offensive Player of the Year One of three quarterbacks in Division 1-A history to rush for 3,000 and pass for 4,000 yards in a career 13th player in NCAA to rush and pass for 1,000 in a season Nebraska career total offense leader with 7,915 yards Former Nebraska