My first new thread for ages. AT has such a rich and amazing history, dating back centuries. We love the history, the rides, the gardens, the towers, the atmosphere... and so we should... but who are the movers and shakers... Who are the people who put AT on the map for the right or wrong reasons? I'll go first. John Broome Recognised AT as an amazing site to bring an American style theme park style experience to Britain. Without him, there would be no Alton Towers... Thank you, John! Morwenna Angove Gets a lot of stick on these forums for daft publicity stunts, and marketing 13 as the ultimate thrill ride... Simon Cowells bodyguard protecting AT secrets, corkscrew steel used for 13 theming, etc. Say what you like, but she got the gate up. Nick Varney Another chap who gets a lot of stick for recent marketing and budgeting, but I thought he was great in the short term aftermath of The Smiler incident. We all defended him when he was savaged by Kay Burley. Started off lowly and worked his way up. Thinking about it you never saw Nick Varney and Henry Hound at the same time (in joke). The guy sometimes has to make unpopular decisions to make AT a commercial success and a going concern but I respect him. John Wardley The obvious one. Imagineer, enthusiast, visionary, genius.. Did more than anyone else to put AT on the map. Nemesis alone makes him great. Thank you John. Bradley Wynne Creative Lead on Wickerman, which is brilliant in so many ways. With JW retired, I wish they had kept him on and would have loved to have seen what he could do on future projects. Rank and File Staff. Criminally under appreciated. To the amazing unheralded and underpayed staff that have contributed to me having a great day, even when they were having their worst, I say thank you. The Ropers Though not their intention, their actions about AT indirectly contributed to the creative thinking that gave us some of the best rides in the world. Who are your heroes and Villains and why? Try to be constructive. I don't want to run anybody down.