August 24th, 2008
10:15 AM ET

Take a ride on the Denver rollercoaster

Kay Jones
AC360° Editorial Producer

Last night was the welcome party for the media covering the Democratic convention in Denver.  And this year, the host committee did an amazing job. The party was at Elitch Gardens Amusement Park, conveniently located just next to the Pepsi Center.

When you get 10,000 journalists together you never know what will happen. The best part for me, outside of riding the roller coasters, was the people watching. And boy, was it interesting!

Obviously, I ran into a ton of CNN people, but I also saw some AC360 guests: Robert Zimmerman was there, walking around the game area. Former Denver DA Craig Silverman was riding one of the roller coasters, only after putting down his huge bag of stuffed animals that he had won.

Finally, the end of the night saw a great fireworks show as well as CNN Political Director Sam Feist showing me and the rest of my gang all of the stuffed animals he won. The smile of pride on his face was priceless!

All in all, a successful welcome party, that managed to bring out the kids in all of us.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. anne,newfoundland,canada


    With all those who are scheduled to be there all week, plus the celebrities on the way,you will ALL be people watching,for sure!!

    10,000 journalists-wow,that is something,indeed.....

    The amusement park sounds like fun,how many of the CNN folks went on that coaster ride?LOL

    I bet I can guess one who WAS NOT on it- Mr. Anderson Cooper,himself!!

    Did YOU win any stuffed animals?LOL

    Should be an amazing week............

    August 25, 2008 at 7:41 am |
  2. Annie Kate


    Sounds like a fun time – the games where you win a stuffed animal and then fireworks on top of that bring back wonderful memories of a more carefree time in life. I'm glad you got to enjoy yourself because I know you and all the others work very hard.

    I'm looking forward to hearing your observations on the convention as the delegates are seated and the real business starts to take place. I've learned so much this last year about the political process from CNN that I never really knew existed or how it worked – how the Democrats apportion delegates, the difference between primaries and caucuses, etc. I hope that we will learn more about the electoral college and how someone can win the popular vote but lose the election in the electoral vote – that has always bothered me and I would love to know more about it.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 25, 2008 at 3:54 am |
  3. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    Good to see the money spent went to a worthy cause!!! Hopefully the 'HOST' committee has a few dollars to spend on some of the less fortunate!!

    August 24, 2008 at 7:28 pm |
  4. Stacy

    Hi Kay, great blog. Media professionals excitedly partying at an amusement park? That's kind of adorable. Don't suppose you have any behind-the-scenes video? We need more details! Who was afraid to ride the coasters? Who gorged themselves on cotton candy? Inquiring minds need to know! Or, at least, really want to know. For entertainment purposes. 😉

    August 24, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  5. Don, WA

    Did you run into CNN's Bill Schneider at the amusement park – and if so, did he win that hat there that he's been wearing on-air for the convention?

    August 24, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  6. Holly, San Francisco

    With Diane Feinstein not being able to make the convention because of breaking her ankle, do you know WHO is leading the California delegation? It sort of looks like it will be Pelosi – but shouldn't it be Barbra Boxer? She doesn't seem to have a high profile in all this. (the local media had been joking that it will be Cindy Sheehan, since she is challenging Pelosi's seat in The House)

    August 24, 2008 at 1:06 pm |