What is your 15 minutes of Fame?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Rick G, May 14, 2018.

  1. CSI

    CSI Long timer

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    I'm originally from St. Cloud.

    Missed a couple.......A letter I wrote to "The BMXer" (Official Magazine of the American Bicycling Association) was publish a few years back.....it was basically about "Those things that happen to OTHER people, can happen to YOU". It was written a few weeks after my then 12 yr old son was permanently blinded in his left eye by an idiot kid with a pellet gun.

    The one I am MORE proud of is when my comment to Dave Despain (Motorsports show called "wind Tunnel') made the next day broadcast.

    The question was "Name something you would like to see more of in NASCAR"

    My reply?

    "The Number 48 car on the flatbed"

    Some folks here are downright famous tho......almost.
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  2. racermx66

    racermx66 Suzuki

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    I was in the background pic at the Kawasaki Race Of Champions at Raceway Park in Motocross Action Magazine. It was sometime in the 90s. I saved the magazine, but I ended up throwing it out by accident.:doh
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  3. jay547

    jay547 Long timer

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    My wife, who is a member here but doesn't post much, is from Bloomington. She's been an Okie since the 80's though.
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  4. Tall Man

    Tall Man Priest, Temple of Syrinx

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    I won Best In Class last weekend.

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    That's 15 seconds down. Just 14 minutes and 45 seconds to go.
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  5. MrVvrroomm

    MrVvrroomm Been here awhile

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    My wife is from Bloomington, my daughter and grandson live there now.
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  6. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Mad Scientist

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    I refuse to answer the OP question, on the grounds that my answers could incriminate me, and would intimidate others. :gerg
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  7. LookMaNoHands

    LookMaNoHands Reformed pirate...

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    As a kid in the 70’s was riding water slides at Weeki Wachee park while they were filming a commercial. My little brother made the B-reel, he was so fascinated by the camera in front of him he ran straight into a concrete arch turning the wading pool into a bloody mess.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeki_Wachee_Springs
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  8. DSquared

    DSquared Dilly Dilly!

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    I crashed at an ADV gathering resulting in my hospitalization.

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  9. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

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    Probably all I can hope for:

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    But... but... In 1965, our 8th grade Baseball Team won the Chicagoland CYO Championship, and we attended a dinner featuring Ernie Banks from the Cubs, and Ronnie Bull from the Bears. By sheer luck, Ernie sat down right next to me at the table during the dinner. We talked, and he told me to "do good in school". I never let him down.

    About three years ago, I went to the Chicagoland/Progressive Motorcycle Show. Just walking around, I swore I recognized Peter Egan, the Cycle World/Road and Track writer. He was just walking around by himself, looking at stuff. I casually said "Hi", and respectfully introduced my self. He admitted that yes, he was Peter Egan, but was not rude or off-putting. He seemed fine with just casually chatting. We walked around together for about 15 minutes (there's that 15 min.!!) checking out the various bike booths, until I felt I had used up my allotted time. He was extremely nice, and we talked about old Triumph's Vs. Hinkley Triumphs, electric bikes, and what we were going to do when we retired. I respectfully left him alone, and thanked him for all the great stories through the years. Very nice guy.

    Later he gave a speech at the Progressive podium/stand, and yes, that was him.

    I cancelled my subscription to Cycle world after 37 years right after he retired. I still enjoy Kevin Cameron, but it's just not the same. :(
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  10. Conedodger

    Conedodger Wanna Ride

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    Not sure it made me famous. And it definitely didn't last 15 minutes. But...it makes me laugh thinking about it.

    I won "Best Appearing Motorcycle" at a show last year.

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    The "motorcycle" is behind me. Turns out no motorcycles were entered, but my car has a Yamaha R1 engine. The trophy was there, so the organizers said "why not!" :rofl
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  11. Conedodger

    Conedodger Wanna Ride

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    How tall is Tall Man? So tall his head doesn't appear in photos! :lol3
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  12. CSI

    CSI Long timer

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    Made an article in LowRider magazine a few years back.......my car, I'm driving.....Mayor in the back....

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  13. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Aww, come on HeidiHo, besides riding the Darien Gap, what else ???
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  14. Rick G

    Rick G Ranger Rick

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    I met Peter as well when a buddy and I went on the Slimy Crud Run. Hoping to see him, I had brought along his book Leanings. I did and like you I introduced myself and asked if he was indeed THE Peter Egan. He was very gracious and when I told him I had his book at my bike, he said, "Lets take a walk over to it and get it!" My buddy Ken worked at a Triumph dealer in Chicago and the two of them discovered they knew some of the same people. Very gracious man!

    Rick G
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  15. RatAssassin

    RatAssassin Been here awhile

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    Kool and the Gang. I was 16. Did a few horn licks in series that then got plugged in. It was a big deal I guess, but there was about 20 years I didn't even think of it. For some reason, it seems kinda cool now.
    When my cousin died, they did an all day tribute to him on NY's biggest rock station. And all the guys showed up at the funeral. Many others also. Santana also recorded there once in a while.
    Kool and the Gang members. Very...VERY genuine people.

    https://www.discogs.com/label/767261-House-Of-Music-West-Orange-NJ
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  16. TacNom

    TacNom Adventurer

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    I almost ran over Ron White in Lafayette, IN one night. He was crossing the street getting ready to do a show. Stumbled into the road right in front of me, I slammed on the brakes and he barely seemed fazed. During his show he mentioned nearly getting killed trying to make it to the stage on time. So I guess that counts as honorable mention. Right?
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  17. ydarg

    ydarg Miscreant

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    Not that it means squat to anyone....I was the USA Cycling official of the year in FL for 2016.

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    Also have this to my name from my lackluster bike racing days. Photo on left...few days after getting shelled in a Cat 3 crit, I got an email from the photographer asking if he could use my photo on a banner. Couple of legal releases later, my ugly mug is on a life insurance banner that got used at the 2007 Hartford Marathon.

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  18. SeanF

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  19. david61

    david61 Been here awhile

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    I used to race Motocross, way back in the day, we had a small local "club" of like minded guys. I boldly approached the organizers of the town Speedway, and suggested that we build a small circuit in the middle of the track, and "entertain" the patrons during breaks like track grading [ for a while I stupidly thought I'd invented Supercross!]

    Come the night, we were tearing around our little track, apparently the crowd loved it, until some IDIOT, namely me, got ambition confused with talent, soared through the air off the only real jump, and smacked straight into the back of the St Johns ambulance. The only one there.

    So, while I got loaded into the ambo [ broken collarbone ] and off to the hospital, the racing couldn't go ahead for over an hour. No ambulance.

    Made the local paper, but we did not get invited back.......
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  20. oic

    oic Business is ALWAYS personal

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    2 friends and myself "starred in a commercial for Jim's Smokin Que and North Georgia tourism. We had a police escort (they were thrilled) while they filmed us riding in front of Jims and then pulling in the parking lot. The director thought he was Speilberg and it took about 4 hrs but totally worth it. We got to eat ribs until we couldn't eat anymore. I have not seen it but I understand it was played on a loop in the ATL airport. Oh and I won a race and was interviewed( 20 secs or so) by Chris Carr. That was fun, won a free trackday and CC is a good dood.
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