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Moreys Piers Launch New Book, Literally

By Joe Hart

WILDWOOD – There was a countdown and a big explosion at Mariners Landing July 16, but the pier wasn’t demolished. The Moreys launched a new book and when they launch something, they don’t mess around.
The family that puts the wild in Wildwood marked the release of a book celebrating their 40 years in the amusement park business by launching a man from a cannon at their amusement pier on the Wildwoods Boardwalk at Schellenger Avenue.
David “The Bullet” Smith, who’s been a human cannonball for 11 years and 5,000 blast offs, was shot from a huge bazooka at the entrance of the pier. He flew over the Moreys Piers sign, several food stands, rides and games to a landing net over 150 feet away.
During his flight, the Bullet carried two copies of Morey’s new book “A Wild Ride ” that offers nearly 200 pages of glossy photos from the family’s start in the 1969 with its Giant Slide to the state-of-the-art roller coasters and other rides of today.
“A Wild Ride” was authored by Jack Wright of Exit Zero Publishing, of Cape May. Wright called the book “a thrilling story of high risks, big ideas, large monsters and a huge amount of fun.”
Copies of “A Wild Ride” are available on Moreys Piers $19.95.
As the company celebrates its first 40 years it prepares for the next 40.
According to a release, plans are on the drawing board for a one-of-a-kind coaster that would take riders over the beach between two piers. Construction for the new attraction is being considered for the 2011 – 2013 timeframe. So hold on to your hats, it’s going to be a wild ride.

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