OSAMA BIN LADEN, BICYCLING AND DALLAS
I was surprised to learn today that Osama bin Laden had been killed by our military. Now, I’m not the kind of person that is going to stand in the street and cheer another person’s death, but I’m glad that he is dead. He was a mass-murderer and an enemy of America.
As I reflected upon his death today, I wondered: does he have any connection to the bicycle culture here in America, and in particular, the DFW area?
The answer, surprsiingly is yes. Here is a photograph of Mr. Osama bin Laden on a tricycle in Ft. Worth, TX in the eraly 1950s (he attended elementary school in Ft. Worth):
Oh, wait a minute. This is that other guy with three names……..I always get them mixed up. That’s right, this guy is Lee Harvey Oswald. Also reviled by Americans, and equally dead.
Frankly, the only real connection to Osama bin Laden and bicycles was here.
There was a 1980s really tall-framed Schwinn Voyageur on Chicago CL this morning that was apparently Mr. bin Laden’s preferred means of transport while living in Pakistan in the early ’80s, but it had sold. Damn!
God Bless America!
Michael W. Hubbard
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