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Old 03-10-24, 06:50 PM
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William Saroyan, Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winning writer. Born and died in my hometown of Fresno, California. In his later life he lived just a few miles from me, and during my high school and college years, I saw him riding around town a few times.
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me guess would be that the sum total of their preparation was the time spent in the makeup chair

just look at their mounts! big heavy ungainly things with wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide handlebars

every picture one sees of velo polo shows machines with very narrow bars...even chopping off one side of the bar for mallet clearance/freedom of movement

one sees many small wheeled cycles employed for their nimbleness & ease of maneuver

if these ladies ever played in a game the studio would have carefully staged (choreographed!) it...
We had quite a good turnout for our weekday after-work pickup game in Seattle in the late '80s for a few years. Once you were hooked, you'd never miss it, such a gas. I think it counted as a "scene". A local TV news crew came once and shot footage of us playing, and interviewed a few of us. It was edited down to about 2 minutes of airtime of course, but still we were pretty chuffed.

We played a no-rules, full contact version, and it did get bloody. I got a bunch of stitches once when someone's big chainring got me in the lower calf or upper ankle. I kept playing for a while, but they made me go to the hospital when the blood filled my shoe and was leaking up through my shoelaces. It bothered them more, to look at it, than it was bothering me — I wanted to play polo dammit! I think I was spraying blood on them and their bikes and mallets too, so, fair enough.

The only female we ever got to play was Jacquie Phelan, and she only lasted a few minutes before declaring us all crazy. And we were going easy on her! Y'know, because of her being the multiple-time National Champion and all. Nobody wanted to go down in history as the guy who ended her racing career.

Later I played a safer version called (somewhat pretentiously) "Official Bike Polo" (OBP). In fact I played in the very dubiously proclaimed "World Championships" of OBP, in Moab, maybe 1990-ish. They had so many rules, to make it safe, that they took most of the fun out of it for me, but it did open it up for people who didn't have a death wish. In fact all teams had to be co-ed.

Luckily our little ad-hoc team (which we put together on the spot, the day before) had a real kick-ass lady who was very fit and very competitive. She had gotten to Moab by riding there from Alaksa! We might have won, except it was a full moon the night before, so we rode the slickrock trail by moonlight practically all night (coincidently also with the aforementioned Miss Phelan, who was the instigator of the moonlight ride). And a bottle of vodka was drained. And one of our best polo players, the guy who'd also ridden from Alaska, fell off a cliff from too much vodka. He fell on a juniper tree that might have been 200 years old and smashed it to bits, sad, but he'd have been taken away in a medevac helicopter (or a hearse) if not for that tree. He laughed and finished the ride but was pretty beat up the next day. So one of us was cut, bandaged and bruised, and we all were sleep-deprived and hung over (or still drunk) on the big day. Still worth it though — slickrock by full moon is still one of my favorite rides ever. And nobody took that sham "World Championships" seriously anyway, much to the frustration of the married couple that owned OBP and were trying to promote it into a "thing". I wished them well, but it seemed like a doomed idea.

Anyone else ever play OBP?

Much later, in the 3rd millennium, there was a thriving polo scene in Seattle, but none of them were even aware of our previous scene from the '80s. Some of course hadn't even been born yet when were on local TV.

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Originally Posted by Straightblock



William Saroyan, Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winning writer. Born and died in my hometown of Fresno, California. In his later life he lived just a few miles from me, and during my high school and college years, I saw him riding around town a few times.
Thanks for this! Saroyan is one of my literary heroes.
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Old 03-13-24, 11:46 AM
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Dune 2 was excellent (maybe the best sequel since Empire Strikes Back?)

Paul Atreides
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Chani



Stilgar



Gunney Hallek




Princess Irulan
Almost forgot Feyd Rautha

(From Apple's excellent "Masters of the Air")
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A couple of shots of my favorite actress from Hollywood's Golden Era.

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Ava Gardner wasn't too bad either!
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For those that can't read

Olivia de Havilland Publicity Photo for Captain Blood 1935






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A whole new meaning for "pirate booty".
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unknown to me starlet on the backlot at the film studio -




note the chainguard on her machine - looks like the blade for a slicer machine at the delicatessen


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Emma Rossum during an earlier epoch -




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late nineteenth century British bodybuilder & strongman Eugene Sandow, 1853-1925

quite a well known celeb of his time

images of MDCCCXCVI -






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Sandow is credited for inventing the bungee cord.
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still from Ingmar Bergman's 1953 film, Summer with Monika
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oh boy!

a velo lorrie from Varberg



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I remember that thread....
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This Jerk still rides.

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In the classic Dutch thriller, The Vanishing, cycling vacationer Gene Bervoets moves from having everything...



... to madly searching for his love while the sounds of the '84 Tour play from multiple radios at the gas station.



Horribly, the bikes vanish too.

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Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann, Bergman's favorite and one of the greatest IMO.
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chanced upon this eighties era image without any caption/identification and thought should know this lady as a telly actress of the day but do no place her

the forum experts are sure to know!

wondering if it could be Heather Locklear...

me auld "braine" losing cells faster than the Carolina Panthers lose football games


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Originally Posted by juvela
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chanced upon this eighties era image without any caption/identification and thought should know this lady as a telly actress of the day but do no place her

the forum experts are sure to know!

wondering if it could be Heather Locklear...

me auld "braine" losing cells faster than the Carolina Panthers lose football games


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You got the Heather part right. I believe it's Heather Thomas. She was in "The Fall Guy".
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You got the Heather part right. I believe it's Heather Thomas. She was in "The Fall Guy".
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Thank You!

The Fall Guy explains it because never watched the show due to the presence of Lee Majors who could not stand...

Did you know that Lee Majors starred in a Viking movie?!?!


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