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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Motorcycle Safety Week - 1968

I've been rummaging through stuff lately, both real and in my head.  One of the real things I found was the newspaper clipping at left  from 1968.  

As high school junior at Orange Glen High School and a member of the Interact Club I organized a city Motorcycle Safety Week as a club service project in our little town of Escondido, CA.  We had bikes displayed at the local mall, I got interviewed on the radio and for the local newspaper who happily misquoted me (my first experience with a press bias against motorcycles).  Courtesy of the local Yamaha dealer, Don's Yamaha, (and for whom later briefly worked) I also got to ride the new Yamaha AT-1 125 Enduro for the local newspaper.  Great fun when you're a young pup of 17 years old and mad for motorcycles.

I've always been interested in bike safety although I've sometimes not practiced it and even not practiced it with wild abandoned.  But my adrenalin pumping little heart has always been in the right place.

What have I done lately?  Not much.  Once again life has conspired against my winter riding season.


Trobairitz said...

Thank you for sharing the walk down memory lane. As we look back it is interesting to see where we've been and where we are now headed.

Unknown said...


WOW ! A Yamaha 125cc. Around that time I had a Yamaha 80cc 2-stroke. Your 125cc must have been a rocket . . .

Riding the Wet Coast

mq01 said...

excellent clipping! but why are you rummaging through stuff and not enjoying your winter riding season? you have the BEST winters in AZ...

Camilla Jessop said...

Dear Douglas,

What a fine, upstanding and public-spirited young man you were. And I am sure still are. I hope the Safety Week scheme worked.

The photo of you riding the Yamaha (with some style, I may add) reminds me of a trip I made to Pennsylvania around that time. With my Grandfather, we did some trail riding on Hodaka Dirt Squirts and for which I submitted a report to Motorcycle Mechanics. I was not amused when a sub-editor headed it "Camilla squirts in the dirt", and so I withdrew the article.

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