Ok, well here’s my profile although it’s a little bit more in depth. I was asked to write up a personal profile for an upcoming newspaper article (5/5/08), and I was told that it will be used, almost as written, in the writeup; I guess she liked it lol!
Back in late 2005, as Piano tuner/technician Terry Peterson was about to turn 50, he began to notice a bit of a “spare tire” around his waste, which was the final motivation needed to get back in shape after years of a mostly sedentary lifestyle.
But deciding on just what kind of exercise program he would finally undertake would prove frustrating. Running, swimming, biking; these common, everyday fitness methods didn’t appeal to him; he’d been there, done that, and nothing else he’d tried up to that point held any lasting interest.
Then it dawned on him that maybe, just maybe, he could start unicycling again! It’d been nearly four decades since he last ridden one, but Terry thought he should check online to see what today’s unicycle’s had to offer.
Well, after a little online research, it was found that today’s unicycles have made quantum leaps in technology since the mid 1960’s, and a new, purpose-built one wheeled machine called a “Mountain” Unicycle, aka, “MUni”, was just what the sports doctor ordered!
This was a far cry from the very weak, low quality unicycles of the past, which for the most part were considered more of a novelty than any form of serious exercise. Indeed, the better MUni’s made today are as hardcore and hi tech as the best Mountain bikes! Strong, rigid aluminum frames, splined hubs and cranks, double walled 65mm wide rims, custom platform pedals (costing $100 per pair!) and even a hydraulic brake! This makes for a bullet proof one-wheeled calorie burner that can withstand drops as high as 8 feet…with the rider on it, of course!
In just the past two years or so, Terry has made more than 100 unicycling videos that can be seen on youtube and google-all of which have generated more than 100,000 views! Terry has tackled some of the most technically challenging trails from Moab Utah to San Diego, and most everywhere in between.
He has been featured on several sports websites, profiled in “Masters Athlete” magazine, appeared on Tru TV’s, “Ocean Force”, and most recently in a segment of KDOC’s “Daybreak OC”, which is broadcast to more than 5.4 million home in Los Angeles and Orange County, Riverside and Ventura county. Peterson had recently added two new sponsors to his growing “uni-resume”; SixSixOne and uniproshop.com.
Prior to his current career as a Piano technician and the Owner/operator “accurate Piano Service since 1999, Terry had quite a varied life as both an accomplished Ventriloquist and Radio announcer. Concurrent with his early start as a unicyclist back in the mid 1960’s, Terry was also fascinated with ventriloquism, after having seen Paul Winchell & his wooden sidekick “Jerry Mahoney” on TV.
After entering a school talent show in 1966-and winning first place-he found that performing in front of an audience was exciting and rewarding. Since then he has appeared as a guest star in several TV shows, starred in a PCS cell phone commercial, did a stint on a cruise ship, and also has appeared on stage from Hollywood to Las Vegas.
Today Terry rides his Mountain Unicycle seven days per week, and sees no slowing down anytime soon. In fact, the way he sees things, he’s “only just begun!” Now in 2008, Terry Peterson is among the rarefied few [over 50] going to the extreme…on just one wheel!