April 13, 2019, 4:59 PM · The Themed Entertainment Association’s annual TEA Summit brings hundreds of the world’s top theme park design professionals to Anaheim to celebrate and learn from the best new attractions and developments opened in the past couple of years. Amanda Beach, Bruce Zimmerman, and Michael Patterson (above) actually asked themselves that same question as they took the stage Friday to talk about their upcoming Thea Award for the Evel Knievel Museum during the TEA Summit’s Case Studies day. How a team of people who restored and sold Harley-Davidson motorcycles for a living ended up building an award-winning themed attraction far off the tourist path provided what might have been the day’s best illustration of the creative process that drives this industry. Turning buckets of motorcycle parts into a $350,000 Mecum Auctions sale for rocker Jerry Lee Lewis attracted the attention of Lathan McKay, who has amassed a collection of Knievel motorcycles, leathers, and memorabilia. He’d just bought Knievel’s old Mack Truck hauler and was looking to get it restored. A lifelong Knievel fan, Patterson agreed to project, despite the dealers...