I've always been a sucker for a good roller coaster. I grew up in Colorado, where my family made several trips every summer to Elitch Gardens, a family-owned amusement park dating back to 1890.

My first exposure to thrill rides came in the form of two rickety old wooden coasters, known as Mr. Twister and Wildcat. Opened in 1964 and 1936, respectively, the two were entwined, so you might see another car whiz alongside or overhead before suddenly veering off in opposite directions. I remember hopping out and immediately running to the end of the line to go again.

In 1974, Mister Twister was rated the third best coaster in the nation; it turns out I had a pretty good initiation.

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the editor-in-chief of BenefitsPRO Magazine and BenefitsPRO.com. He has covered the insurance industry for more than a decade, including stints at Retirement Advisor Magazine and ProducersWeb.