Michael R. Virgintino Interview Part 3

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Title

Michael R. Virgintino Interview Part 3

Description

Michael R. Virgintino, the author of Freedomland U.S.A.:  The Definitive History,  talks about the real reason why Freedom U.S.A. closed and how some of ts rides where sold to other amusement parks.


Creator

Yonkers Public Library

Source

Michael R. Virgintino

Publisher

Yonkers Public Library

Date

5/13/2019

Relation

Interview with Michael R. Virgintino:
http://archive.ypl.org/items/show/594

Interview with Michael R. Virgintino Part 2:
http://archive.ypl.org/items/show/660

Format

MP3

Identifier

2019.029,003

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Michael Walsh

Interviewee

Michael R. Virgintino

Location

Grinton I. Will Library

Original Format

MP3

Time Summary

00:26-Freedomland U.S.A. lasts 5 seasons.
00:36-The 1964 World's Fair did not close Freedomland.
1:38-William Zeckendorf Sr. owner of land where Freedomland was built.
2:12-Land where Freedomland was built was originally by the Butler family who were part owners of Yonkers raceway.
3:56-Land transaction between the Butler family and Zuckendorf.
5:00-Freedomland breaks ground in 1959.
5:16-Zuckendorf's company Webb and Knapp begins losing money.
5:46-Book-keeping problems.
6:36-Zuckendorf borrowing money for mortgages and expenses.
7:28-In June 1964, Zuckendorf sells 25 million dollars of land that houses part of Freedomland to the Pension Fund of the Teamster's Union.
9:40-Plans to save Freedomland U.S.A.
11:57-Freedomland meant to last five years.
13:15-Pilings in ground to test overflow from Hudson River.
14:50-Tornado ride sold to Kennywood and then Storytown.
16:15-Ads about rides at Freedomland being available for sale.
16:55-San Francisco section part of Freedomland blocked off.
17:20-Staff informed of possible layoffs.
17:50-September 15, 1964 Freedomland files for bankruptcy.
18:55-Buccaneer and Earthquake rides sold to Cedar Point.
20:22-Storytown purchases Danny the Dragon.
21:36: Clark's Trading Post purchases Chicago Train Station and Santa Fe Train Station.
23:50-Teamster's Union Pension Fund saved with building of Co-Op City.
25:05-Plaque to Freedomland U.S.A.
26:35-"Freedomland just a placeholder for the land"-Zuckendorf quote in newspaper.
28:41- Rumor that amusement park owner Charlie Wood found Freedomland records that contradict each other.
30:00-Flooding in Co-op City.

Files

Collection

Citation

Yonkers Public Library, “Michael R. Virgintino Interview Part 3,” Yonkers Public Library Archive, accessed October 14, 2019, http://archive.ypl.org/items/show/661.