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Old 05-15-2014, 05:32 PM   #1
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Tell me about the most interesting person you've ever met...

And I'll tell you about who I met and now have as a customer.....

Due to non-disclosure, I can only list off a few things. His company:

Built all moving dinosaurs for all Jurassic Park movies.
Built & installed 1/4 mile worth of water cannons and lights for the Bilaggio in Vegas that operate within MM parameters
Built and sold patent for bionic suits to the military
Built & sold patent on drug injection pumps
Makes all moving animated parts for Disney
Makes robotic hands for deep water exploration
Made smallest color video camera, focus and aperture, thickness of pencil lead
Developed robotic prosthetic arm
Made the Ford robot from the ad campaign, saw it today
Several other military weapons I shouldn't even point out. Has several prototypes of rocket engines and self powered arsenal.
Developed the bionic arm that responds to your arm's movements remotely

In his personal collection of 'cool stuff' he has:

Plutonium powered artificial heart pump
Prototype trigger mechanism for thermal nuclear device
Ford robot
Billagio water cannon to be used in his next house
Bionic suit and arms
Many rocket engines, movie firearms
Rocket engine from 2nd stage of Saturn V Apollo 14 (600psi fuel pressure)
Giant sandstone sample from under the Panama canal when excavated for testing to see if small nuclear blasts could cut new canal
Single lung compression engines
A mill, lathe, and 2 or 3 computerized CNC machines that are sitting collecting dust I can use anytime
Civil war prosthetic with knife, fork, spoon, and hook
10"x5" piece of steel from the World Trade Center. Said he's never seen steel tear like that. I got to hold it. Felt sad.
More than I can remember....it will take a few trips........

Great guy!

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Old 05-15-2014, 06:47 PM   #2
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Maybe I was in awe but had a long chat on the patio of the hotel at Amelia Island with Dan Gurney. I was leaving the next day after a business meeting and he had come in that day for the Concours. When he learned I was from Charlotte we discussed at length the similarities with the post war car culture cottage industry in SoCal and how Charlotte had a similar culture with all the race teams and support industry clustered here. He was funny, engaging, bright and charming. I waited my entire life to meet the guy and certainly was not disappointed. When you consider the evolution in motor racing that he not only witnessed but helped propel, it is quite remarkable.
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My Glaciology professor at the U of A in the early 1970s. He lived in Wilson WY. (in Jackson Hole) in the summer, our home since 1975, after moving from Tucson. First geologist to ever visit Antarctica. A fascinating, funny, humble, and kind gentleman!
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Old 05-15-2014, 07:58 PM   #5
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Agreed. Not trying to be a buzzkill, but there is a place...

Doesn't really bother me personally, but it could get cluttered if everyone did this.
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Billy Idol - Chatted with him for a while at a bar in Las Vegas, not that interesting

Connie Chung - Breakfast after a night of partying, somewhat interesting.

Mira Slovak - Flew across the Atlantic twice, Germany to California, in a single engine 30hp 1200 cc vw engine Fournier RF4D. I fly the sister ship that was to cross as well but never did. Raced Hydroplanes for Boing Corp.
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Old 05-16-2014, 05:26 AM   #9
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And I'll tell you about who I met and now have as a customer.....

Due to non-disclosure, I can only list off a few things. His company:

Built all moving dinosaurs for all Jurassic Park movies.
Built & installed 1/4 mile worth of water cannons and lights for the Bilaggio in Vegas that operate within MM parameters
Built and sold patent for bionic suits to the military
Built & sold patent on drug injection pumps
Makes all moving animated parts for Disney
Makes robotic hands for deep water exploration
Made smallest color video camera, focus and aperture, thickness of pencil lead
Developed robotic prosthetic arm
Made the Ford robot from the ad campaign, saw it today
Several other military weapons I shouldn't even point out. Has several prototypes of rocket engines and self powered arsenal.
Developed the bionic arm that responds to your arm's movements remotely

In his personal collection of 'cool stuff' he has:

Plutonium powered artificial heart pump
Prototype trigger mechanism for thermal nuclear device
Ford robot
Billagio water cannon to be used in his next house
Bionic suit and arms
Many rocket engines, movie firearms
Rocket engine from 2nd stage of Saturn V Apollo 14 (600psi fuel pressure)
Giant sandstone sample from under the Panama canal when excavated for testing to see if small nuclear blasts could cut new canal
Single lung compression engines
A mill, lathe, and 2 or 3 computerized CNC machines that are sitting collecting dust I can use anytime
Civil war prosthetic with knife, fork, spoon, and hook
10"x5" piece of steel from the World Trade Center. Said he's never seen steel tear like that. I got to hold it. Felt sad.
More than I can remember....it will take a few trips........

Great guy!

Wow - Tony Stark is a customer of yours - I'm impressed!!

Interesting people I've met: Harry Chapin, Gary Doer, Allan Rock, and I met Santa a few times when i was a kid.
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IRL weekend at Watkins Glen a few years ago, actually I believe it as the last year they ran there. I sat at the grill in the infield with Mario Andretti and Marcos crew cheif and had lunch with them.

2004 at Steam Boat Springs CO. Skied with Billy Kid in a get aquainted with the mountain tour.
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Old 05-16-2014, 08:47 AM   #11
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Carroll Shelby, I'll never forget my 2nd day working at Shelby American. I walked downstairs into the shop where they used to make Shelby wheels in the late '60's. There he stood, a month before his 75th birthday, 3rd heart working like it should. He stuck out his hand & said "Hi I'm Carroll Shelby." I was speechless for a couple seconds as I shook the biggest hand I had ever shaken. I had long thought of "Shelby" being a race car or company, yet the actual man that started it all stood before me, proudly proclaiming that he was the true Shelby!
A common chicken farmer from rural east Texas becomes one of the best race car drivers in the world in the late '50's. Heart problems convince him to retire from driving race cars in 1959, so he decides to start building his own race cars & becomes the best in the world again!

Jake Raby, maybe you've heard of this guy too. I first "heard" of him here on this forum in 2008 when he posted information he was discovering about our IMSB & his new IMSB. In Oct. 2009 Jake posted in this forum he would teach a 3 day class on how to rebuild & upgrade our M96 engines with specialized tools he helped design. I am normally a very conservative person, but I had been wanting to do this to my engine for a long time. Since there were no better options available, based on my sense of Jake's character gleaned from his generous posts in this forum, I made the pilgrimage to Raby Hill in the "sticks" of GA. What I found was a self made man with a lifelong fascination & aptitude for things mechanical, making things the right way with little regard for the cost. Basically exactly as under advertised.

I fear that men like these will be extinct soon and that is why I find them so interesting.
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recently, an almost 90 year old Church Pastor who has worked all over the world.
He is more lucid at his age than most people I know at 50.
He was in Europe during WWII and was telling me stories about Hitler and the Nazis as someone who was actually there! And he still drives a car and has been married to his wife for 60 something years.
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I guess the best I've got is meeting Hurley Haywood. Didn't get to talk to him at length, but he was a pretty nice guy though.
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Wow - Tony Stark is a customer of yours - I'm impressed!!

Interesting people I've met: Harry Chapin, Gary Doer, Allan Rock, and I met Santa a few times when i was a kid.
Maybe Tony engineered the stuff or headed things up but this guy is Steve J. Owner of all the patents and parent companies that sold divisions to Raytheon and such. He's the top man.
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Ayerton Senna at British Grand Prix, in the good old days when you COULD have a pit walk and the sport was both approachable and interesting, not mega expensive and with no chance of getting near the cars let alone the drivers.
Fantastic bloke and defo down to earth. RIP
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Dan Weldon and Scott Speed (Dan with lady friends) in a hot tub on a race weekend. I was very much the annoying third wheel. But it was cool and both chaps were more than patient with me for asking 'racing fan' questions. God Bless Dan. My wife was friends with him before I met her....really good guy.
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Charles Lindbergh. I worked at Pan Am back in the early seventies. He happened to just stop in to the reservations department that day to say hello. Didn't speak with him much, but he was a royal presence! Also had a chat with Alfred Hitchcock one hung-over Saturday morning. He was confirming his flight to London. I didn't believe it was him at first, but sure enough, it was!
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