"Cowboy" Bill Greene personified the "third man syndrome"; he will always be there in thoughts and memories.
Along with Jim Harris, I first met Bill in 1999 at a roller coaster event. From 1999, the three of us were frequently together at Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW), and sometimes even at Carowinds or Six Flags over Georgia. At the most recent Coaster Conference held at Kings Dominion and Busch Williamsburg a few years ago, extra ride time (ERT) included the sky coaster, which Bill Greene had ridden previously, although my son (Chris) and I had never ridden. With Bill's encouragement, he was even our "third man" riding that sky coaster.
Jim, Bill & I would talk at BGW about Bill's Navy experiences, his preaching experiences, the shows, and the many roller coasters he'd ridden during and after his Navy years.
Bill's last Virginia media event at BGW was riding Griffon with Bert the Conquorer, and he was often interviewed by Charlotte media about Carowinds roller coasters. Bill will remain our "third man," only now in his spirit watching over us rather than here to tell us more amazing stories and to ride that new coaster with us.
John Allen (Midlothian/Richmond, VA)