April 26, 1997 in Nation/World

It’s Wooden And Scary: The Timber Terror

Eric Torbenson Staff writer
 

The roller coaster formerly known as the Grizzly now is The Timber Terror.

A contest held by Silverwood Theme Park elicited the new moniker from coaster fans. The 2-year-old coaster had great success with the name Grizzly, so much so that patent attorneys on the East Coast caught wind of the name and asked the park to stop using it.

A contest in March asked for new names, and a committee at the park picked the winner from the names entered.

The suggestion of The Timber Terror by Kathleen Tillman of Hayden Lake, Idaho, won her and her two daughters nearly $1,000 in Silverwood merchandise and season passes.

Tillman said she and her daughters, ages 9 and 11, were driving around in their van trying to think up a name for the coaster that they “love so much.”

The 90-second, 55-mph coaster was judged one of the best new wooden roller coasters in the country by coaster enthusiasts last year, according to Silverwood.

“We just kept thinking - it’s wooden and it’s scary - so what name fits with that,” Tillman told Silverwood officials. “That’s how we came up with ‘The Timber Terror.”’

Tillman worked previously at Disneyland, Great America and other theme parks with roller coasters. The Timber Terror is her personal favorite, she said.

The park made sure that The Timber Terror was not trademarked anywhere else before choosing the name, said marketing director David Palmer.

Attorneys for Silverwood took several days to thoroughly search for other uses of the name.

Silverwood opens its 10th season on May 10, and then daily from May 24 through Labor Day.

, DataTimes

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