Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of the passing of my Dad. Shortly before he died someone told me that his body would die but that his spirit would live on. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about the Big Guy. The other day I was walking down the hall and someone coming from the other direction asked “how are you doing” to which I replied “good.” I really wasn’t doing that well, I had just had my bell rung in a meeting and I thought about a time maybe 15 years ago when The Big Guy was walking down the hall at Trek and someone was passing from the other direction and said “Dick how are you doing today?” The response was classic Big Guy; with a big smile on his face he said “well I am getting my ass kicked today!” and so last week in a split second I changed my answer from “good” to “I am getting my ass kicked today.” The comment elicited a big smile from the passerby as it did 15 years ago.
In the summer of 2007, six months before the Big Guy went in for heart surgery he spoke at the Trek 20 year club dinner. At the annual gathering of employees who have worked at Trek for 20 years, the Big Guy went through some of his best Trek memories. Luckily, Harry Spehar brought a video camera to the event and filmed the Big Guy’s remarks. Even though the lighting isn’t the best, the stories are priceless. I have edited it down to his story of how Trek got its name, Trek’s first appearance at the New York City Bicycle Show in 1976, and the Big Guy’s memories of the 1999 Tour De France.