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Old 02-05-24, 09:15 AM
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Major Taylor documentary coming 2/26/24

I just noticed that this new documentary about Major Taylor will be shown at the end of the month. Details here:

https://indianapublicmedia.org/majortaylor/

It looks like a must watch show!

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Very cool, thanks for sharing.
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Looking forward to it.
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Jim, and All,
The Velodrome in Indianapolis was named after Major Taylor, and during my stint at Bicycle Garage Indy we could ride from the shop in Castleton Square to the velodrome at the end of the day on Friday. We raced on bikes that were cooked together with bad brazing and no paint but we were able to race in a great venue. Many memories were made there and we even got to meet and speak with the likes of Nelson Vails who raced there. It should be a great documentary! Smiles, MH
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There is another film in the making. It's not as far along, but it will take longer.

https://www.worcesterwhirlwind.com/
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cannot wait to see the Major Taylor doc.
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A few years back ,I was riding on the San Gabriel River bike trail near Lakewood , I caught up to a Dreadlocked older Black Cyclist and said Good Morning. We talked for awhile as we were both headed to Seal Beach . I remarked that he looked alot like Rashaan Bahati the local Crit Racer , He Relied, "I should he's my Son" ,,,What !! LOL.

Anyway he asked if I knew who Major Taylor was, I replied , "Yes, Ive been doing this cycling thing for awhile now im pretty familiar with Him" . He mentioned that he was in the process of making a full length Hollywood movie as He is a Film Producer . He also said that they had John Howard working as a technical advisor on the film , and that Mr. Howard had several of Major Taylors personal items. He mentioned a few Black Actors that were in the running to play the Lead ,,things were getting finalized .

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Originally Posted by Portlandjim
I just noticed that this new documentary about Major Taylor will be shown at the end of the month. Details here:

https://indianapublicmedia.org/majortaylor/

It looks like a must watch show!

Jim Merz

Very cool. Thanks for sharing, Jim.

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Excellent book for pre or post show reading

https://www.amazon.com/Worlds-Fastes.../dp/1501192590
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I do have an Ambrosio adjustable-reach stem on one of the Capo Siegers, but someone corrected me when I called it a Major Taylor stem, because those adjust at the front/handlebar end (good idea) instead of the back/steerer tube end.
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs
Excellent book for pre or post show reading

https://www.amazon.com/Worlds-Fastes.../dp/1501192590
And Google Books has his autobiography available for download (now in the public domain):
https://www.google.com/books/edition...sec=frontcover
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
And Google Books has his autobiography available for download (now in the public domain):
https://www.google.com/books/edition...sec=frontcover
Thank you!! Downloaded.
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I just received a notice from WFIU (the PBS radio station here) about a podcast from the director of the documentary. Looks like it is about ten minutes in length. Google: WFIU Major Taylor Podcast and a whole list of material about the documentary comes up. Smiles, MH

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In the 1990's there was a Major Taylor two part movie made for TV, Australia. Drama / documentary of his racing life in Australia.


--just found an upload on yt

https://youtu.be/zG_aCJe0nw4?si=zfR8jFKW6JhK_bMS


And

https://youtu.be/ZxSMybUKKSY?si=NwKBjIOO5moXZ2W3

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Doc aired yesterday, now up on Youtube - Edit: Apparently, have to go to Youtube site to watch, you can fast forward PBS fund drive sections. Has subtitles that can be turned on/off.
FYI - Posts don't always last on Youtube, so if you are interested, I would watch sooner than later

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Originally Posted by SoCaled
Doc aired yesterday, now up on Youtube - Edit: Apparently, have to go to Youtube site to watch, you can fast forward PBS fund drive sections. Has subtitles that can be turned on/off. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzDn3Ifmd0k FYI - Posts don't always last on Youtube, so if you are interested, I would watch sooner than later
Watching it right now. Gracias.
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Just got done watching it a little bit ago. Thanks for passing on the news. So glad youtube let me skip the pledge drive stuff.
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Thank you, Jim.
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Well done.
It's been many years since reading about Major Taylor, but this led me to several hours filling out his story beyond this documentary.
Thanks.
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Thanks for the heads up on this. I learned more about him than I had known. What a great life.
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Well worth watching. I have some minor quibbles with it, but mostly I enjoyed it and am glad Major Taylor is getting some well-deserved recognition.

It is especially worth watching via YouTube and skipping through what Dennis Miller once called the "'strap the rat cage on my face' pledge breaks." (Everyone I know hates those. I have read that the people who appear in them are also, shall we say, less than fond of them, but they keep doing them because (sigh) they work.)

Thanks again, Portlandjim for flagging this.
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Originally Posted by himespau
Just got done watching it a little bit ago. Thanks for passing on the news. So glad youtube let me skip the pledge drive stuff.
You got that right. PBS certainly overdoes the pledge drive stuff, to the point that it probably costs them more in potential memberships than it brings in.
KPBS is the only TV channel we watch, and we have donated to them for decades, but pledge drives are a really put-off. .
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Originally Posted by bironi
Well done.
It's been many years since reading about Major Taylor, but this led me to several hours filling out his story beyond this documentary.
Thanks.
Yes -- it was great to learn more about his other talents and his personality. No wonder my favorite American president, TR, held him in high regard as a man of accomplishment. Major Taylor was a class act all the way.
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