Hopkins, O.D.

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Name
Hopkins, O.D. Gender: M
Ogden Dwight Hopkins
born on 15 August 1926 at 00:40 (= 12:40 AM )
Place Beijing, China, 39n55, 116e24
Timezone LMT m116e24 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 21°08' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 28°17 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 24°01'



Biography

American founder of the amusement ride manufacturing firm O.D. Hopkins Associates Inc. Hopkins' family moved from Beijing to New Jersey when he was two years old. He first worked as a farmer, then in logging and road and bridge contracting, then in pre-poured concrete.

Hopkins incorporated Hopkins Engineering in 1962 and from 1962 to 1964 operated as a general contractor installing ski lifts for J.A. Roebling & Sons of Trenton, New Jersey. In 1965 Hopkins purchased the ski lift division and all the related assets from Roebling & Sons. Business improved after a competitor, Universal Design Ltd., discontinued manufacturing Sky Rides, and their customers turned to Hopkins Engineering for parts. Hopkins' first customer in the amusement business was Charles Wood of Storytown USA who owned a Universal Design ski lift and contracted Hopkins to provide parts and maintenance. In 1969 Hopkins sold his first Sky Glider chairlift to Paragon Park in Massachusetts. In 1971 Hopkins changed the name of his company to O.D. Hopkins Associates Inc.

O.D. Hopkins had a long business relationship and friendship with Paul Roads of Wonderland Park (Texas), which currently operates eight Hopkins rides, many of them prototypes, including Hopkins' first flume, first Sky Rider (monorail), first Rapids Ride, and first Roller Coaster.

Hopkins retired in 1991. He died on 3 April 2010 at age 83.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Work : Retired 1991

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided U.S. Consular Report of Birth, born at Peking Union Medical College, Peking (now Beijing).

Categories

  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 83)
  • Vocation : Building Trades : Contractor
  • Vocation : Building Trades : Construction work
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur
  • Vocation : Misc. : Farmer/ Rancher