Woke up this morning and saw myself on CNN !
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Last night, former Texas Governor Ann Richards passed away at the ...
September 14th, 2006 11:24 AM
Woke up this morning and saw myself on CNN !
That's right, yours truly had his mug on CNN..... all over the world !!
Last night, former Texas Governor Ann Richards passed away at the age of 73. The news stories this morning are showing clips from various points in her life and political career. One of the clips was when she was presented a Harley-Davidson in the upstairs rotunda area of the State Capitol to commemorate Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Texas.
As the Harley-Davidson State Safety Coordinator for Texas, I was one of those making the presentation. Just before she came out in front of the cameras, her security officer came up to me and said that she was going to sit on the sportster before the world wide media, and that I had better make sure that motorcycle did not move !
So, I made sure the bike was in gear, then moved in to hold the front brake lever while she mounted up. I then moved to the background, when the picture below was taken. I am just to the right of the right hand rear view mirror with the right side of my head blocked by the mirror.
The clip on CNN today shows me in my bright red H-D State Safety shirt moving in from the left side of the screen to steady the bike again after she got on and raised the bike off the sidestand.
It was a fun day, we took the motorcycle back in her outer office for about 30 minutes while we explained the bike and it's controls to her. Great lady to talk to, just like one of us, no false airs, what ya saw was what ya got with Ann !
Lots of people disagreed with her political stance on various issues (like me on gun control) , but she was a fun lady who believed in living life to its fullest.
And yes, she did take the MSF course and she did get her motorcycle endorsement !
Last edited by DaveT; September 14th, 2006 at 11:41 AM.
September 14th, 2006 12:33 PM
Great story, Congrat's on getting on TV. And it was a positive piece too.
Can we get an autographed copy of that picture.
Did you get to ride that bike. You know, got to test it out for defects before the Gov gets on and has an accident?
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September 14th, 2006 12:40 PM
Actually I did, the day before..... brief ride around the DPS parking lot. They were in a hurry to comply with the State Fire Marshal's demand that we have the battery out and the fuel tank empty before the bike could be taken into the capitol building the next morning. It was interesting getting it in the elevator for the ride to the second floor, LOL !
Originally Posted by 4my son
September 14th, 2006 12:46 PM
It looks like Ann Richards was having a great day. A nice picture. Congratulations DaveT.
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September 14th, 2006 01:03 PM
Great pic Dave - must have been a real surprise to see it come up on the ol tube
That has to be counted perhaps towards your ''Warhole" 15 minutes allocation!!
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September 14th, 2006 01:37 PM
You're old j/k
The only reason that I even knew about her (name, former governor) is from the episode of King of the Hill where Bill and she had something going.
September 14th, 2006 01:38 PM
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September 14th, 2006 01:46 PM
That's better than my 15 minutes! My South end was on the cover of Time......... Of course I was facing North at the moment!!
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September 14th, 2006 03:19 PM
She got to keep the Bike?!
Dang, where's mine?
September 14th, 2006 03:40 PM
The video clip is now on the www.cnn.com website. Just go to 'latest news', then there is a headline about her death and the word 'video' next to it. It is a video clip of her life, about four minutes long.... I'm right about in the middle when she starts talking about riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for her 60th birthday.
As she mounts the bike, I move into the picture from the left wearing my bright red H-D State Safety shirt to hold the front handbrake and make sure the sporty does not move while she is getting on.
Cool, I can now watch me over and over !
Yep, it's a slow day, LOL.........
quantum36 - no, she did not get to keep the bike, that would been a violation of state law as the dollar amount was over the limit of gifts an elected official could keep. The bike is on permenant display in the lobby of the Training Academy of the Texas Department of Public Safety Headquarters in Asutin.
September 14th, 2006 03:47 PM
September 14th, 2006 10:31 PM
Well even though I didn't agree with her politics, she was funny and energetic. May God rest her soul. Nice pic by the way.
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September 14th, 2006 10:43 PM
Pretty cool story. We have a celeb on our forum!
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September 15th, 2006 12:21 AM
Nice Pic...Well Done!
Hopefully, the H-D did not move? Did she ever ride that thing out on the road?
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