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When I was the littlest carny kid with Colbert’s Fiesta, I was a pro at calling the people in to play my Mom’s Pitch Till You Win and worked alongside my Dad in his Spot Game. I spent the first 17 years of my life on the midway, often yearning to travel far beyond the carnival circuit. A scholarship took me to Sarah Lawrence College, then to a study-abroad program in Japan.
I’ve worked as a literary scout in New York for the Japanese publisher Shueisha and translated One Thousand and One-Second Stories (Issen ichibyo monogatari) by the Japanese Dadaist Inagaki Taruho.
In 2001, homesick for the midway I’d left behind, I went on the road with S & S Amusements, touring the Pennsylvania fairs. Since then, I’ve worked as a game agent with Wade Shows at New York City’s Big A Fair, the Delaware State Fair, the Michigan State Fair and the Central Florida Fair.
Today I’m a New York-based writer and social media maven who spends the summer working in Coney Island. You might find me running a game or having a beer and a bite to eat at Ruby’s or Paul’s Daughter.
I’m a contributing editor of Games: The Magazine for Creative Minds at Play. My articles about Coney Island have appeared in Islands, Preservation and Metropolis, among others. I’ve also written for amusement industry trade publications Amusement Business and IAAPA Funworld. Selected articles are archived at triciavita.com
Bob Guskind’s passionate coverage of all things Coney on Gowanus Lounge and curbed and the void left by his death inspired the launch of Amusing the Zillion in April 2009. We dedicated our first news-breaking post to Gowanus Lounge, saying if Bob were still here, he would undoubtedly be covering this story and we would be at the beach.
Rest in peace, Bob Guskind. Journalist, Blogger, Brooklyn’s Blogfather. Coney Island misses you and your work continues to be a source of inspiration.