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Great Moments in JBE History

on July 7, 2014 - 11:01am

Here’s the first installment in a series of reminiscences of momentous events in our project. They may not all be chronological, or presented in any rank that denotes their significance. Mostly, these will be the retelling so that those of you who are interested can learn more about the who, what, where and why of the JBE prior to our Mississippi River Road Ride. They’re also a great way for me to savor and share what we’ve accomplished before we confront our biggest challenge yet!


8 or 9 years ago I invited about 25 interesting and accomplished people to our home to make an announcement, and to “take their temperature” regarding an idea I was hoping to act on. It was very far from JFK’s announcement of putting a man on the moon, but also a long ways from just talking trash over a few beers. I announced my hope of activating a dormant vision- building a custom bicycle that could haul an acoustic piano, and riding it some great distance. I wasn’t sure of my own motivations, but I knew they were multi-faceted, and that the urge to see it through was strong. The reactions were varied, I think. Some were unimpressed, or at least very skeptical. Some were happily interested to see a friend shape a vision, and some were moved enough to jump in enthusiastically by offering up ideas and energy of their own. Some of those present went on to significantly help form the JBE, to help discover its potential, and to help glean the value the project might have to the many people we hoped to meet as we evolved. I’d like to thank all those who came that day, and especially those that have become a real part of our project going forward. My original vision of whimsy, self-expression and adventure has become a really fine project, involving the efforts of dozens of people who all share their talents graciously. Stay tuned for the next installment!


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