GREEN BAY - When Chicago Judge Marty Moltz isn't sitting on his circuit court bench, you can usually find him settling into a seat on an amusement park ride.
"I've been to every one pretty much in the U.S., Canada, England, Wales," said Moltz. "I've been to hundreds of parks throughout the years, been on over a thousand roller coasters."
Moltz isn't alone. He is one of about 500 people in the world that belongs to NAPHA, the National Amusement Park Historical Association.
"We are the only club that is dedicated to all aspects of the amusement industry," said Jim Futrell, NAPHA's historian.
Forty-one of the group's members had a private hour to try out Bay Beach's newest addition, the Zippin Pippin roller coaster.
"I've never been here and I walked through the midway and it's like a treasure chest of antique rides," said Tom Keefe of Homer Glen, Ill.
NAPHA played a role in bringing the Zippin Pippin, and other rides, to Bay Beach.
"This is a classic, old-fashioned amusement park and so a traditional-style ride that appeals to the whole family is just the perfect complement to what's already here," said Futrell.
Many of the NAPHA members at Bay Beach on Sunday tried out the original Zippin Pippin in Tennessee. They say the new one is even better.
"Great air time, four spots where you really leave the seat, I really think it was a terrific ride," said Craig Burda of Westchester, Ill.
Many members of the group tested out all seats on the Pippin to find the best spot. For Moltz, he stayed put for an hour straight.
"I've been on every seat at this in Memphis and I found the seat that is delightful, so I figured why should I do work and actually get up, get another seat," said Moltz. "It was fun to just relax and sit for one hour in one seat."
Judge Moltz's ruling on the Pippin was positive and he says Bay Beach can expect him again.
"I'm a fanatic."
The group also presented park officials with a plaque to honor the preservation of the coaster.
NAPHA was founded in 1978.
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