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Goliath ‘coaster lives up to its name

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CHICAGO — Alan Schilke’s job is to make people scream.

As a hotshot roller-coaster designer, Schilke promised to build a massive, record-setting wooden coaster at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill. When he saw how small the construction site was, crammed between a railroad track and other rides, he knew he would have to do back flips to squeeze shrieks out of his customers.

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” he said. “We had to make a crazy ride…

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