Unicycle Presentation

My friend (and club co-founder) Joe Merrill and I were approached about
putting together a uni presentation for the Hall of Science, in Queens,
NY. The museum has been focusing on wheels and wanted us to demonstrate
unis for 30mins or so. It was a big success.

Club-member David Kaplan, 16, volunteered to participate after Joe had to
bow out, and happily, we had another Unatic, James (age 9) come along as
well. Most impressive was another club member, Anne, who ‘happened’ to be
in the neighborhood; she watched from the crowd and joined us at the end
of the show.

I spoke briefly about the history of unicycling and was lucky enough to
have a big wheel (my 46" Godzilla) to demonstrate as a nice tie-in to
the old penny farthings from which unicycles apparently derive. Then, in
keeping with the historical theme, we demonstrated ‘regular’ 20" unis
and did a few tricks. Cokers and giraffes followed, and I showed the UW
I finally got two days before (I’d been hoping to learn to ride it but
could only manage a few hops). I did a lot of tricks and even pulled off
a suicide mount on my first attempt in months. In all, we had ten unis
on the stage. Along with the history part of the show, we discussed the
future of uni and showed Anne’s Pashley while discussing muni. Then for
the finale, the projectionist ran clips from two videos: On One Wheel,
featuring the really tall unis and Gilby on his 2-wheeler; and UniVerse,
featuring Kris doing some craziness in Vancouver. The crowd totally
loved him.

As an epilog, we handed over our two 16"ers to the kids and let them get a
feel for unicycling as we held the seats while they pedaled (this is where
Anne helped out a lot!). The parents snapped away as the kids smiled for
the cameras. As the audience left, we handed out a sheet of paper with
Internet websites and other info.

It was a great way to spread the gospel of the Wheel.

David Stone Co-founder, Unatics of NY 1st Sunday / 3rd Saturday @ Central
Park Bandshell
1:30 start time after 11/1/01

PS: Big thanks to David K, his mom Linda, Anne, James, and James’s parents
for making the day so much fun.

David,

Congratulations on what looks like a very well-put-together presentation.
No wonder it was a big success. I would have loved to see it too!

Klaas Bil

On Fri, 23 Nov 2001 22:07:14 -0500, “David Stone”
<dstone@packer.edu> wrote:

>My friend (and club co-founder) Joe Merrill and I were approached about
>putting together a uni presentation for the Hall of Science, in Queens,
>NY. The museum has been focusing on wheels and wanted us to demonstrate
>unis for 30mins or so. It was a big success.
>
>Club-member David Kaplan, 16, volunteered to participate after Joe had to
>bow out, and happily, we had another Unatic, James (age 9) come along as
>well. Most impressive was another club member, Anne, who ‘happened’ to be
>in the neighborhood; she watched from the crowd and joined us at the end
>of the show.
>
>I spoke briefly about the history of unicycling and was lucky enough to
>have a big wheel (my 46" Godzilla) to demonstrate as a nice tie-in to
>the old penny farthings from which unicycles apparently derive. Then, in
>keeping with the historical theme, we demonstrated ‘regular’ 20" unis
>and did a few tricks. Cokers and giraffes followed, and I showed the UW
>I finally got two days before (I’d been hoping to learn to ride it but
>could only manage a few hops). I did a lot of tricks and even pulled off
>a suicide mount on my first attempt in months. In all, we had ten unis
>on the stage. Along with the history part of the show, we discussed the
>future of uni and showed Anne’s Pashley while discussing muni. Then for
>the finale, the projectionist ran clips from two videos: On One Wheel,
>featuring the really tall unis and Gilby on his 2-wheeler; and UniVerse,
>featuring Kris doing some craziness in Vancouver. The crowd totally
>loved him.
>
>As an epilog, we handed over our two 16"ers to the kids and let them get
>a feel for unicycling as we held the seats while they pedaled (this is
>where Anne helped out a lot!). The parents snapped away as the kids
>smiled for the cameras. As the audience left, we handed out a sheet of
>paper with Internet websites and other info.
>
>It was a great way to spread the gospel of the Wheel.
>
>David Stone Co-founder, Unatics of NY 1st Sunday / 3rd Saturday @ Central
>Park Bandshell
>1:30 start time after 11/1/01
>
>PS: Big thanks to David K, his mom Linda, Anne, James, and James’s
> parents for making the day so much fun.
>


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