H. John Hildebrandt

John Hildebrant is the Vice President and General Manager of Cedar Point, one of the country’s oldest (1870) and largest amusement parks with an annual attendance of over 3 million guests.  He has worked for Cedar Fair, Cedar Point’s parent company, for 38 years in a variety of capacities.  As the Vice President of Marketing he played a key role in marketing Cedar Point from a regional amusement park to an entertainment destination known around the world for its record collection of roller coasters, thrill rides, and resort accommodations.  He has held a variety of positions in state and national industry associations, and is the recipient of multiple awards for his contributions to the field.

Darren LaShelle

Darren LaShelle is the Director of Content and Creative Services for WGTE Public Media in Toledo, Ohio. LaShelle acts as Executive Producer for all media projects developed within the organization including TV programs and series, radio news and productions, and Web site design and implementation. Previously LaShelle worked for WUPW Fox 36 in Toledo, and for WTOV NBC9 in Steubenville, Ohio. LaShelle is an Emmy award-winning Executive Producer for the science and technology TV series "Plugged-In." He is the Executive Producer of seven nationally-broadcast documentary programs on public television. He has a Bachelor's of Arts in Radio/TV from Marietta College.

Maggie Marconi

Maggie Marconi is the administrator of the Sandusky Library’s Follett House Museum. In this role she works each day to preserve, protect and share Sandusky history. She previously produced two award winning video pieces on Sandusky history topics. Maggie holds an MA in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies and a BA in History from Earlham College. She attended the Seminar for Historical Administration in 2006. Maggie is actively involved in the museum and history fields at the local, state and national level. She serves as the President of the Ohio Local History Alliance and is the chair of the Small Museums Committee of the American Association for State and Local History.

Dennis McMullen

Dennis McMullen is the Director of Reference and Readers Advisory Services at the Sandusky Library.  Originally from Flint, Michigan he was branch manager of the Flint Public Library’s Cody Branch for 9 ½ years before being lured to Sandusky in 2001 by the area’s many recreation opportunities. He considers the opportunity to produce a documentary a unique chance in the library world and has thoroughly enjoyed the creative process of telling the story of the growth of Cedar Point and the development of band music at the park.


Dr. Plank


Maestro Carl Topilow


Tom Whaley

Thomas H. Whaley has been a lifelong resident of Perkins Township having graduated from Perkins High School in 1968. He is the owner of a production company, TW Teleproductions, Inc. in Sandusky, and has been involved in television since 1970. Prior to establishing TW Teleproductions in 1989, Tom was the lighting director at WOUB-TV at Ohio University where he received a Bachelor's degree in radio-television in 1972. From 1973 to 1977, Tom was the program director for Channel 7 in Sandusky, producing and hosting many popular television programs.

From 1978 to 1983, Tom was an editor for a Sandusky based production company, Bay Area Productions. Strating in 1983 the Sandusky Register began a new television venture, Register Cable NEws, and hired Tom as station manager. Tom hosted a live call-in program called "Trivia" during this period. It gained a very popular following and stayed on the air for thirteen seasons.

TW Teleproductions, Inc. continues to produce high quality videos in the northern Ohio area.




Funding for this program was made possible in part by the Ohio Humanities Council with support by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities, or of the Ohio Humanities Council.