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Big Chuck

June 17, 2013

Upstate theme parks offered affordable thrills


And parking was free.

I remember piling into the car at the end of our vacations and heading for home with that Country Squire station wagon proudly declaring to the world (via those impossible-to-get-off bumper stickers): “This Family Has Been To Catskill Game Farm” or “Happiness is Gaslight Village.”

Some folks will tell you that $1,000 a family to get into Disney World is worth it because you get to go on the newest ride, which describes itself as the “Rock and Roller Coaster where you can ride in an upside down stretch limousine through the darkened freeways of Los Angeles accompanied by the rockin’ tunes of Aerosmith.”

Gee, I don’t know. I thought the bear pulling a tin can of food up a wire was pretty thrilling!

I’ll catch you in two ...

“Big Chuck” D’IMPERIO can be heard on weekdays beginning at 6 a.m. on WDOS-AM 730 in Oneonta, and also on Thursday nights from 7-9 p.m. on WSRK-FM 103.9 for his “Oldies Jukebox Show.” You can find “Big Chuck” on Facebook under Upstate New York Books. He invites you to contact him at His columns can be found at

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