Meet Gene Williams, a retired Air Force colonel, a preacher, and a 94-year old kid. He has been coming to Kennywood since the 1920's. "We always seem to look forward to it," he says.
Gene makes it here just about every year, despite living in Texas. He doesn't come alone, he still brings his 90-year-old bride, Martha, with him.
"Every year. He was in the military for 21 years, and we would come home on leave, and the whole family...mother. brothers and sisters, and their children. We all came," Martha says.
In addition to the rides, Kennywood is also a place for budding summer romance. Gene and Martha's love story is likely one of the longest Kennywood has seen, as this year, they are celebrating 70 years of marriage, and they could think of no better place to be...
"We have had a wonderful 70 years, we really have," Gene says.
While Gene conveniently can't remember if martha was the first gal he ever brought here, one thing is for sure...
"Is she the favorite gal you every brought to Kennywood?" we asked Gene. "Yes. Yes," he answered.
"Was he always a gentleman and hold your hand on the ride?" we asked Martha. "Oh yeah! He still does!" she said.
"Do you consider Kennywood to be romantic?" we asked. "It is, and I think it is for most people that come here often," Martha said.
Of all the rides in the park, Gene says his favorite ride, The Racer, is the most romantic. "Nothing about it was romantic. Just being together," he says.
Even at 94 and 90, respectively, Gene and Martha hope to be back. "If we're able to come, we'll be here," Gene says.
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