Steve Calloway, Vice President of International Projects for Six Flags, Inc. passed away at his home on Thursday, October 29. He was 59. Mr. Calloway served as Park President and General Manager of Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor from 1995 to 2006. Those who attended the annual Lone Star Coasterthon event, the 1996 ACE Spring Conference, or the 1999 Convention add-on day will probably remember him. When hosting the region's Winterfest, Calloway always made sure all monies collected for the event were donated back to ACE for its preservation or museum and archives funds. He continued the grand relationship between the park and ACE started by his predecessors and always extended great hospitality to our organization.
Calloway started his career working as a seasonal host at Six Flags Over Georgia and came to Texas as part of the management team that took over AstroWorld in Houston when it was purchased by Six Flags in 1975. In 1993 he was promoted to General Manager of Six Flags Over Mid America.
He did his best to maintain a quality guest experience at Six Flags Over Texas during the difficult Premier Parks takeover and subsequent cost-cutting years. When the chain became enamored with superheroes and movie tie-ins, Calloway still knew the true story behind the park was the history of Texas and successfully added touches to the park to keep it on track.
"We have lost a titan," Six Flags Chief Executive Mark Shapiro wrote to employees Friday. "No one knew this business better, its nuances, elements and applications."