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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2001 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A brain aneurysm caused the death of a 25-year-old woman who collapsed after a roller-coaster ride at Knott's Berry Farm, the third such incident at California theme parks this summer, authorities said Tuesday. Gafudji Mekanisi, a former Knott's employee who family members said was a thrill-ride aficionado and an aspiring model and singer, was on the Montezooma's Revenge roller coaster with a family member about 7 p.m. Friday when she reportedly slumped over the safety bar. She died about 4 a.m.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1993 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Times staff writer David Reyes contributed to this report
A woman was in critical condition with head injuries Thursday night after she fell from a high-speed, spinning ride at Knott's Berry Farm, authorities said. The woman, identified by Fire Department officials as Cheryl Vandegrift of West Covina, fell from the Tampico Tumbler about 2:40 p.m. as it was twirling riders, park officials said. It was unclear how far she fell, but the ride is 30 feet at its highest point.
BUSINESS
January 4, 1991 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Knott's Berry Farm said Thursday that it will close the theme park two days a week for the first time in five years, a cutback that could be a sign of the recession's effect on Southland tourism, though the park said otherwise. The five-day schedule, with the park closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, will start next week and continue for six weeks, after which the park will again be open seven days a week, said Stuart Zanville, a Knott's spokesman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1995 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five animal rights activists protesting the captivity of marine mammals chained themselves to a dolphin swim tank at Knott's Berry Farm on Saturday, halting a noon dolphin feeding show, park officials and police said. After the protesters had remained chained for about an hour, Buena Park police summoned by security guards arrested them. They were taken to police headquarters and booked on trespassing charges, then released with orders to appear June 29 in Municipal Court in Fullerton.
NEWS
May 6, 1999 | JACK LEONARD and E. SCOTT RECKARD and DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Drawn in part by television and radio promotions, tens of thousands of youths converged on Knott's Berry Farm on Wednesday for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, disrupting traffic and commerce and sparking scattered violence until hundreds of riot police restored order. The event's 5-cent admission price was heavily publicized on KIIS-FM, a music station popular among teens, and also promoted on Spanish-language station KMEX-TV.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1993 | DEBRA CANO
Russell Knott leaned back in a chair behind the desk in his unassuming office at Knott's Berry Farm and reminisced about working on the farm--both in the fields and as general manager of the theme park. Knott, 77, also reflected on the city's first tourist attraction, founded by his late parents, Walter and Cordelia, who had settled in Buena Park nearly 74 years ago.
BUSINESS
May 13, 1999 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at scott.reckard@latimes.com
At Knott's Berry Farm's Cinco de Mayo debacle promoted by KIIS-FM DJ Rick Dees, the rowdy youths were mainly outside the park--those who didn't get in on the 5-cent admission. But a similar promotion at Disneyland for Halloween in 1994 produced not only horrifying gridlock, brawls and frustrated customers outside the Magic Kingdom but a crime wave inside. "It was a nightmare," recalled Deena Ipolito, a sales clerk at the Emporium on Main Street that day.
NEWS
October 22, 1997 | LESLIE EARNEST, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In some ways, the Knott family has served as a sort of First Family for Orange County, weaving themselves into the very fabric of the landscape with their involvement in politics, community affairs and charity events. While family members will point to more "prominent" clans, the Knott brood was one of a kind. Beginning with Walter and Cordelia Knott, the family and its world-famous amusement park helped place Orange County solidly on the map.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2011 | By Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Wendell "Bud" Hurlbut, who helped turn Knott's Berry Farm into a modern amusement park by designing and building two of its signature attractions, the Calico Mine Ride and the Timber Mountain Log Ride, has died. He was 92. Hurlbut died Jan. 5 at his home in Buena Park, Knott's said. No cause of death was given. Over the years he designed and built several rides for Knott's, as well as a replica of the Liberty Bell, crack included, for the park's replica of Independence Hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1996 | MICHAEL G. WAGNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two animal rights protesters who chained themselves to the dolphin tank at Knott's Berry Farm last year were found guilty of trespassing Friday in Municipal Court in Fullerton. Gina Lynn, 24, of Costa Mesa and her mother, Sherry Trapp, 55, of Buena Park contend they were only trying to educate the public about mistreatment of dolphins at the amusement park when they staged their protest in May 1995.
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