MYSTIC, Conn: The late Myron Klayman, a past president of the New England Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (NEAAPA) and manager at the former Paragon Park at Nantasket Beach, Hull, Mass., was inducted into the NEAAPA Hall of Fame during the organization’s 103rd Anniversary Annual Meeting.
Ninety persons were in attendance for the April 5 business meeting and dinner at the Mystic Hilton Hotel here.
For nearly 30 years Myron oversaw numerous operations of the seaside resort, which included landmark attractions such as a 1928 Philadelphia Toboggan Co. carousel and Giant Coaster, also built by Philadelphia Toboggan.
Operations he was in charge of included games, arcades, souvenir shops, and a miniature golf course. He was also actively involved in merchandising as well as the park’s advertising and promotional efforts.
He served as NEAAPA president from 1976-77 as also held the office of secretary for the association for several years.
The park closed following the 1984 season and Myron became a bank examiner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until his retirement. He passed away last May in Canton, Mass.
A longtime resident of Hull, he took personal interest in saving the classic carousel, which still operates in town to this day and is known as the Paragon Carousel. A plague honoring his work to save the carousel is displayed at the ride. He was an avid collector of carousel memorabilia throughout his life and donated his entire collection to the Paragon Carousel and Museum.
The huge roller coaster was moved to a theme park near Washington, D.C. and also continues to operate today.
Myron served as chairman and member of the Hull Board of Selectman from 1975 to 1983, and was instrumental in assisting to help rebuild the community following the historic blizzard of 1978. He was president of the Hull Lions Club, was a member of the Committee for the Preservation of Hull’s History and an active member of both Temple Beth Shalom and Bnai Brith.
Growing up in Roxbury, Mass., he graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School. After high school, he met his wife Dorothy (Winkeller) and they were married in 1954.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, earning a National Defense Service Medal.
Myron attended Boston University following his military service, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Dodie), of 60 years; his son, Neil and daughter-in-law, Adrienne Brenner, of Los Angeles, Calif.; son, Barry and daughter-in-law, Elyse Mall, of Scarsdale, N.Y.; and his daughter, Lisa and son-in-law, Neil Aronson, of Canton, and four grandchildren.
Association President Ryan DeMaria, Canobie Lake Park, Salem, N.H., presented the following awards during the evening gala:
Paragon Award: Funtown Splashtown USA, Saco, Maine, for “unequaled excellence in graphic promotion.”
Pinnacle Award: Christopher Smith, Southwick’s Zoo, Mendon, Mass. The award is presented to a student employee who has demonstrated “peak perfection in guest/customer service.” NEAAPA also presented him with a $500 check.
Alan E. Ramsay Safety Award: Don Fleck, CLM Entertainment Group, Woonsocket, R.I. The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated “an unparalleled commitment to safety in the amusement parks and attractions industry.”
Meritorious Service Award: Joe Montalto, High Mountain Enterprises, White Plains, N.Y. It was also Joe’s birthday during the event with NEAAPA recognizing the occasion.
More than 50 members participated in a variety of educational seminars during the day. They included: Radical Retention Ideas And The Tough Truth About Turnover, moderated by Gioe with panelists Eric Meixler of Canobie Lake Park, and Charlene Conway of Carousel Family Fun Centers, Whitman, Mass.; The State Of Security Within Our Industry, moderated by Jason Freeman of Six Flags New England, Agawam, Mass., and Tom McGhee of Protecting the Homeland Innovations, Pembroke, Mass.
Also, Anatomy Of A Ride Incident Investigation, moderated by Erik Beard, Wiggin & Dana LLP, Hartford, Conn.; Active Shooter – How To Defend Yourself, moderated by Freeman, McGhee and Bill Bannister, also from Protecting the Homeland Innovations; PCI (Payment Card Industry) Compliance moderated by Tina Walker of First Data, Tampa, Fla.; and S.A.V.E. – Security, Awareness, And Vigilance For Everyone, moderated by Freeman and McGhee.
A vendor showcase was moderated by Bryan Carney of Dippin’ Dots, Derry, N.H.
More than 30 prizes were up for grabs – courtesy of Pepsi Beverages Co. and Firestone Financial – in the annual meeting raffle, including electronic items and Boston Red Sox tickets. In addition, member properties donated tickets and souvenirs for an Explore New England basket.
The raffle raised a record $2,650 and NEAAPA will donate the proceeds in memory of Myron Klayman to the Paragon Carousel and Museum.
NEAAPA’s Annual Summer Meeting will be held July 26 at Canobie Lake Park.
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