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Aug 30, 2018

For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the summer is pretty much reaching the end. And, as a parent, I’m pretty happy about that because it means my daughter is back in school.

But before we start talking about Pumpkin Spice-everything and the holiday season, here’s one last hurrah. And, for many like me, no summer is complete without having ridden the topic of today’s episode at least once. Although, you might be surprised to learn its origins actually began as a winter recreational activity.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Roller Coasters.


It's less than two months until The Story Behind Book releases and I am so super excited and it still doesn’t seem real yet. If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy yet, you can find the book on and Now, believe it or not, there are a lot of books with “The Story Behind” in the title, so people have said searching The Story Behind with my name works well.

Or, the super easy way is to go to and click the links over there. By the way, the more people order the book, the more the price will go down, and when you pre-order on Amazon, you won’t be charged until the day it releases, so the more people you share this news with, the more the price will go down.

And, one more thing, I was told by my publisher to let people know that if you are an Amazon Associates member, you can make an affiliate link to the book on Amazon and share the link with your audience on your blog or website to receive a little kickback when people purchase it using your link. Anyway, thank you to everyone who has been promoting the book so far. You are all amazing and it’s meant the world to me that fellow podcasters and listeners have been some of my biggest supporters. This really is one of the best communities in the world. So, thank you!


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