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IN People ON 30 Sep, 2016
Usually, people stick to the bed and become lazy after they retire, but this man is an inspiration for all the elderly people out there.
After two years of retirement, former Mechanical Engineer, Paul Gregg has preferred using his acquired knowledge into something that is not only useful but also 'playful' for his grandchildren.
His grandchildren loved riding a roller coaster and he promised them to fulfill their this desire not by constructing one or two but three roller coasters in his backyard!
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Gregg graduated from the University Of Utah, Mechanical Engineering stream in 1979 and then spent his career in the research and development centre at Boeing. He used the same skills and concepts for designing aerospace to the roller coasters.
The track dimensions, spacing, layout and other parameters needed a proper study as they were to be designed for the children. Their safety was the prior concern in this case.
Gregg mentioned that he documented every little thing that he used and even made Power point charts which is why he has collected 150 pages of information. Used to his habit of documenting, whenever he did a test, some new analysis or reconstructed a design, he made sure it was documented.
..it eventually led to the creation of three in a row-original coaster, larger coaster and a small coaster which is known as 'little rocket' for kids as young as two. It took nine months to finish the work. Gregg lives in the Seattle area and mentions that the children love to ride these roller coasters in the backyard. He has six grandchildren.
Gregg worked all alone on his roller coasters and everything was methodological, but still he wanted to be sure of his creations. Thus, the rides were tested before the children would sit on them and have fun.
Paul worked immensely hard in designing these roller coasters. He took care of the minutest thing that was put into use. Every time his grandchildren visit, he minds to pull out the cart for them so that they can ride carefree and safely under adult supervision. He is currently working on new designs for much better and efficient carts.
Gregg's son Kyle lives in Provo. He said that he was so taken away by his father's work that he decided to write a book. To this, Paul could only mention, 'The kids love them and it keeps me using my engineering skills.'
Way to go, Grandpa!
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