Randy Frost1 
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Re: “RIP Grandpa the Kinetic Flyer

Grandpa started among the early "street" racers, but he doesn't show up in Stan's list of racers from '69 to '75. The cross country races began in '74, and street races only continued for a few more years, so he must have started sometime in the late '70s.

When I first began work on the Kinetic Museum, I asked Grandpa if I could display his '82 entry. He was so excited that he went home and gave it a fresh coat of paint, duct-tape and bailing wire. He even restored his kite! I'm amazed that he had the guts to try and cross the bay on a Stingray with a 1" foam wing for floatation.

I wrote this about Grandpa for his display in the kinetic museum:

"Dale “Grandpa” Olsen showed up for his first race with a kite, and nowhere to go but up. Over the years, Grandpa’s Fling machine has improved, and Dale has become a staple of the race. Grandpa has also developed a reputation for being one of the most frequent, if not the one of the best cheaters the race has known. Of course in this race there is a saying, “Cheating is a privilege, not a right” and Dale has earned that privilege many times over."

I'll never forget the year he argued that he should have won the award for speed, despite the fact that 3 other riders were pulling and pushing him, or hearing the announcer telling the crowd that "Grandpa's Flying Machine is about to exit the bay" as I stood next to Dale on shore. It's true, the machine did exit. I'll miss that cheating bastard.

Posted by Randy Frost on 03/15/2009 at 1:46 AM

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