Man finds class ring at Kentucky Kingdom, returns it to owner


by Michelle Arnold

Posted on August 7, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 7 at 10:52 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Imagine it's the summer of 1997 and 31-year-old Jennifer Lobb was 15-years-old then, pleading with her mom Ellie.

“She asked me if she could wear my class ring and I tried to talk her out of it. She was insistent, so I let her wear it and I said but don't lose it,” Ellie Lobb said.

“And I lost it,” Jennifer Lobb said.

Jennifer boarded the popular Blue Beard's Bounty wearing her mother's 1966 Manual class ring--held on her hand with some yarn.

“It was on my finger when I got on and not when I got off so I was hysterical,” Jennifer said.

Jennifer looked long and hard for her mother's treasure but it was nowhere to be found.

“We kept calling Kentucky Kingdom to see if anyone had found it and turned it in but they hadn't.  So over the years I just kind of forgot about it. I'd think about it every now and then and think I wish I had my ring,” Ellie said.

Fast forward 16 years. The park's been closed since 2009. Now crews are preparing for its reopen. Tim McNutt was cleaning the ship two months ago when he spotted something shiny.

“I thought it was a bubble gum ring at first and then it rolled around. I saw the stone that had the "m" in the middle of it. I said yeah that's a high school ring. I'll pick it out and try to find out whose it is,” McNutt said.

He called Manual alumni, and with a little work, they found Ellie.

Ellie thought her class ring was long gone but now she's got a friendship with Tim McNutt and a bond with the Bounty that will never be broken.

More than 15 years later, Jennifer is finally off the hook.