Nadora (Sam) Hill may not have been one of the most recognizable faces to Kings Island guests, but behind the scenes at the 364-acre amusement and water park, she's an icon to many of the full-time and seasonal staff members.
Sam retired after 48 years of service to Kings Island on January 2. She began her career in 1971 at Coney Island, and transitioned to the new park under construction, Kings Island, in the fall that year.
Before becoming the Administrative Assistant to the General Manager in 1981, Sam worked in the Warehouse, Merchandise, Marketing, and at the Corporate Office of Taft Broadcasting during her career at Kings Island. She had been the Adminstrative Assistant for eight General Managers (the park has only had 10), and has served and assisted the park in so many ways over the years.
Sam was one of the first people to welcome me when I joined the marketing team in 2007, someone that shared my interest and passion for the park's history. I'm going to miss those conversations, the rekindling of memories.
It's quite the legacy she is leaving behind and will truly be missed by many.