Someone with a Blogger blog has posted about some early memories of Marineland (including a couple of pictures):
…in my opinion John Holer has made two horrendous mistakes in building his empire and getting rich. Above is the Marineland stadium in the late 70’s when it was known as the Wade Burck Stadium. Below is the same stadium in 2008, only the name has been changed to the King Waldorf Stadium, because of some goofy “fish” with tusks. Big, big blunder and I’ll tell you why. …
From the Niagara Falls Review:
It’s a leather-bound relic stuck on the top shelf of a basement room at Oak Hall.
It’s tucked behind a sheet of plastic, barely noticeable among the binders, filing cabinets and film canisters.
But it just might be the most impressive autograph collection in Niagara Falls.
The first signature in the Niagara Parks Commission’s official guest book is illegible. It was someone from England who visited on Aug. 8, 1920. The next dozen or so pages are the same thing — quickly-scrawled names of people who passed through the Commission’s 62.2-hectare park named for Queen Victoria, which opened in May 1888.
It was an unremarkable tome, notable only to mark the distances people travelled to see Niagara Falls.
Then in 1923, former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George became the first famous visitor to sign the book. It wasn’t flashy — no witty message attached — but it was history.
Since then, the rich and famous alike have been jotting their names in the same book, compiling a roll call any autograph collector would covet.